July 22, 2020
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!
July 15, 2020
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.
July 8, 2020
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!
July 5, 2020
The Northern Myths Podcast returns after over a year! We discuss our exciting plans for the future, and we hope to have you along with us!
May 22, 2019
In this episode we cover Rígsþula, or the Lay of Rig, from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology.
May 15, 2019
We are joined by Lee Accomando, host of the Viking Age Podcast!
May 8, 2019
Väinämöinen is being healed by the old man he met at the end of the last Runo, and they discuss the mythological origin of iron.
May 1, 2019
In this episode we interview the hosts of the Saga Thing podcast, one of the longest running shows in the Norse/Viking space and a show that we personally enjoy very much.
April 24, 2019
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
April 10, 2019
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!
April 3, 2019
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.
March 27, 2019
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!
March 13, 2019
Väinämöinen has been shot down into the sea by Joukahainen, and after being rescued by the sea by an eagle, Väinämöinen meets Louhi, the mistress of Pohjola.
February 13, 2019
The Northern Myths Podcast is joined for the second time by Siobhan Clark, author of Children of Midgard and host of the Myth Legend & Lore podcast.
February 6, 2019
This is Völundarkviða, or the story of the escape of Volund the smith, where we hear how Volund is captured by the evil king Nithuth, and Volund gets his revenge.
January 16, 2019
This is the conclusion of the story of Joukahainen, where as Väinämöinen travels toward new adventures in Pohjola, Joukahainen is consumed with resentment and directs his anger towards Väinämöinen.
January 2, 2019
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.
December 19, 2018
This humorous story involves Thor, Loki, and Freya retrieving a stolen Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, from the giant Thrym.
December 12, 2018
In the aftermath of the Fate of Aino, Väinämöinen struggles to come to terms with the loss of his betrothed, and we explore the symbolic parallels to how society treats its younger generations.
November 24, 2018
This famous poem is the rap battle of the Gods, and will Loki put the Gods in their place, or will the Gods exact their punishment on the trickster?
November 10, 2018
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!
October 27, 2018
In Kalevala Runo 4 we read about the Fate of Aino, who was promised to marry Väinämöinen by her brother Joukahainen.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 13, 2018
We conclude our series on the Havamal with one of the most important stories of Norse Mythology, Odin's sacrifice on the world tree to win the runes!
October 6, 2018
We discuss Dr. Jackson Crawford's background, the process of translating the Poetic Edda and other Old Norse literature, as well as the importance of learning about mythology.
September 29, 2018
The Northern Myths Podcast is honoured to welcome Jocko Willink and Leif Babin onto the podcast to discuss their new book, the Dichotomy of Leadership.
September 22, 2018
We welcome Fjörn the Skald of the Fjörn's Hall podcast and blog onto the show, and we discuss our shared passion for Norse mythology, his fascinating academic work, and his great podcast and website.
September 15, 2018
This is Hymiskvida, Thor's grand adventure to fetch the cauldron from the giant Hymir, a classic hero's journey, with a quest to the unknown to bring back something of value to the tribe.
September 8, 2018
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.
September 1, 2018
We read about the battle between Väinämöinen, the old and steadfast eternal bard, and Joukahainen, a young man from Pohjola who thinks he can defeat Väinämöinen.
August 25, 2018
We cover the 3rd major section of the Havamal, the Words of Loddfafnir, which is presented as Odin telling a young man, Loddfafnir, many great pieces of wisdom.
August 18, 2018
We are joined by Finnish ethnomusicologist Tuomas Rounakari, who is perhaps best known for his one man musical project Shamanviolin and as the violin player of folk metal band Korpiklaani.
August 11, 2018
In Harbardsljod, we read about Odin taunting Thor in a poem that compares their personalities where Thor is noble and orderly, perhaps to a fault, and Odin indulges in chaos for his own benefit.
August 4, 2018
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.
July 28, 2018
We are joined by Siobhan Clark, author of Children of Midgard, a historical fiction novel steeped in Norse Mythology.
July 21, 2018
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.
July 14, 2018
We are joined by our first guest, Noah Tetzner of the History of Vikings Podcast!
July 7, 2018
We continue our series on the Havamal with the section known as Odin's Love Poem, including Odin's wisdom about love and the famous story of his winning of the mead of poetry.
June 23, 2018
In this episode we hear about the courtship of Gerdr by Freyr by way of his servant Skirnir.
June 9, 2018
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.
June 2, 2018
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.
May 26, 2018
We continue our series on the Havamal, the book of wisdom attributed to Odin, including about how to live a good life, and we cover the two most famous verses in Norse Mythology, Havamal 76 and 77.
April 28, 2018
In this episode we begin Grimnismal, where Odin and Frigg compete for influence and Odin reveals wisdom in exchange for a drink of mead.
April 14, 2018
We continue our series on the Havamal, the book of wisdom attributed to Odin, reading about friendship, charity, and the burden of responsibility.
March 31, 2018
Odin Travels to Jotunheim for a Deadly Battle of Wits with the All-Wise Giant Vafthrudnir
March 11, 2018
We begin our series on the Havamal, the book of wisdom attributed to Odin, reading about hospitality, humility, moderation, and the necessity of the search for knowledge.
February 26, 2018
We read about Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods, their Doom, the Death of Odin, and the inevitable, terrible destruction of the world.
February 18, 2018
We continue our look at the Voluspa, including the eye of Odin, the tragedy of Baldur, we meet Loki, and we see the beginning of the end of the world.
February 4, 2018
In our first episode, we are starting our exploration of the Poetic Edda beginning with the first poem, the Voluspa.
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