In this episode we return to the Kalevala with Kalevala Runo 10 - The Forging of the Sampo! We read how Väinämöinen gets Ilmarinen to journey to Pohjola to forge the Sampo, a powerful mythical device of unknown properties!
This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. In this introductory episode, we introduce the podcast, the stories we cover, and our most important influences.
Dr. Jackson Crawford returns to the Northern Myths Podcast to tell us about his Wanderer's Havamal. We discuss his involvement with the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and other exciting projects Dr. Crawford is working on. In our discussion of the Havamal, we hear why Dr. Crawford finds this wisdom so timeless, and we find out some interesting new things about Yggdrasil and the runes!
We return to the story of the Death of Baldr through the famous poem Baldrs Draumar, or Baldr's Dreams, where Odin rides down into the underworld to find out why his son Baldr is having bad dreams about his death
We continue our series on the Kalevala with Runo 8 - Väinämöinen's Wound, where we read about how Väinämöinen gets distracted on his way home from Pohjola when he sees a maiden of Pohja, she makes him complete seemingly impossible challenges in order to win her hand in marriage, and Väinämöinen makes a potentially grave mistake!
Our good friend Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings podcast joins us for the second time on the anniversary of his podcast, and we talk about some of his favorite experiences from his first year of podcasting, including visiting the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, UK.
In this episode we read Alvismal, or the Words of All-Wise, from the Poetic Edda, where the dwarf Alvis (or All-Wise) visits Thor's hall to bring back Thor's daughter as his bride, and Thor acts very un-Thor-like as he deals with this unwelcome guest!
In this episode we cover some of the history and traditions of Yule, the pre-Christian midwinter festival of the Norse and Germanic peoples, such as the timing of Yule based on the phases of the moon, Odin's Wild Hunt, the child-eating character Krampus, as well as Finnish traditions around the Christmas season.
We are joined by Einar Selvik of Norwegian band Wardruna, and we discuss the influences behind Einar's music, the way he brings relevant elements of the past into the present through his work, and his upcoming projects including Wardruna's upcoming album, Skald!
We are joined by Heri Joensen of the Faroese metal band Týr, and we discuss the mythological and traditional inspirations of the band, themes in Týr's albums, and the importance of mythology in the modern world.
We interview Eric Schumacher, author of the Hakon's Saga series of books, and we discuss the history behind his books and the Christianization of Scandinavia, as well as the hero archetype and its influence on his writing.
We are joined by Dr. Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature at Oxford University, who has authored many fantastic books related to European Mythology as well as one of the best translations of the Poetic Edda currently available.
In Runo 2 of the Kalevala we follow Väinämöinen from landing in a barren country to sowing fields with Barley, meeting fertility god Sampsa Pellervoinen, Tursas the water monster, a small man dressed in copper, and the great god Ukko, highest of all.
We continue our series on the Kalevala with our second episode on Kalevala Runo 1, including the creation of the world by Ilmatar and the birth of Väinämöinen, and we delve into the ancient bear cults practiced around the world and by the Finnic peoples.
We begin our exploration of the Kalevala, the epic national poem of Finland. including our introduction to this amazing poem, compiled by Elias Lönnrot as Finland sought independence from the Russian Empire, and our introduction of many of the main characters including Väinämöinen, the old, wise bard who was the inspiration for Gandalf of the Lord of the Rings.