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“I advise against that,” said Sivrit then. “Indeed the queen has such dread customs that anyone who seeks her love will pay a high price.”

Part 1 of my series on Sivrit (Siegfried/Sigurd), Prünhilt (Brünnhilde/Brynhild) and inversion & enforcement of gender roles in medieval German Nibelungenlied now at The +Norse Mythology Blog: norsemyth.org/2015/04/dread-customs-inversion-enforcement-of.html
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"Myth embeds the past in the present, while history embeds the present in the past."
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VÖLUSPÁ: PROPHECY OF THE SEERESS
How did Old Norse music sound? Sequentia researched ancient vocal & instrumental traditions to recreate how Poetic Edda may have been performed. CD now available in The +Norse Mythology Store. Please support norsemyth.org & order it at norsemyth.org/p/store.html
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It's always interesting to me when people's feelings about past cultures collide with careful scholarly research. This happens a lot where Vikings & Norse myth are concerned.
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Today in my Holy Roman Empire class: Christian Charlemagne destroys Heathen Saxon religion & culture - a different level of religious persecution than politely asking someone to make a pizza.
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Charlemagne wasn't a Roman Emperor and the Holy Roman Empire was neither "holy" nor "Roman" it was solidly German. At the time of Charlemagne's coronation the Emperor of Rome was Constantine V who was an iconoclast who refused to help the Pope when he called for assistance.

When Charles, son of Pepin the Short, came to the Pope's assistance he was crowned the Holy Roman Emperor to piss off the real Roman Emperor in Constantinople.
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DID VIKINGS WEAR HORNED HELMETS?

The Straight Dope Science Advisory Board tells the whole story of horned helmets, from 9thC BCE through 19thC. Lots of good info!
straightdope.com/columns/read/2189/did-vikings-really-wear-horns-on-their-helmets
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How about WInged ones?
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GROUNDBREAKING FOR HEATHEN TEMPLE
Excerpted from mbl.is

Mem­bers of the Ásatrú so­ci­ety [in Iceland] con­ducted a spe­cial so­lar eclipse cer­e­mony this morn­ing com­bined with a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the Ásatrú tem­ple set to rise next year.

"The good weather is en­tirely due to us," ex­plains [Ásatrú leader Hilmar Örn] Hilmars­son in a hu­mor­ous tone. "We or­dered the weather from the gods es­pe­cially for this event." Ac­cord­ing to Hilmars­son, over 300 peo­ple came to Öskjuhlíð, a wood­land cov­ered hill in cen­tral Reyk­javík, this morn­ing to ob­serve the eclipse.

The Ásatrú cer­e­mony be­gan at 08:38 when the so­lar eclipse be­gan, sym­bolic rit­u­als were per­formed such as the light­ing of can­dles and sac­ri­fices were made to the gods, of beer and wa­ter.

"When the eclipse was at its peak a fire was lit in the place where the tem­ple will rise and the vic­tory of the sun and light was cel­e­brated with po­etry read­ings, song and mu­sic. Drums were beaten and trum­pets sounded," ex­plains Hilmars­son who adds that the Ed­dic po­ems con­tain beau­ti­ful so­lar ref­er­ences. "The tim­ing of this eclipse is ex­tremely im­por­tant and laden with sym­bolic mean­ing."

At the close of the so­lar eclipse cer­e­mony, Mayor Dagur B. Eg­gerts­son took to the shovel for the ground­break­ing for the new tem­ple and the gath­er­ing was sanc­ti­fied by Hilmars­son. "It was a mag­i­cal mo­ment and I still have goose­bumps," he says, adding that the event ex­ceeded all his ex­pec­ta­tions.

Full article: mbl.is/english/culture_and_living/2015/03/20/pagans_light_fire_during_solar_eclipse/
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Awsome, I hope to be able to raise funds to get a piece of land do something like this someday here in the US. I have a couple of ideas for raising money to get the ball rolling if anybody might be interested in helping out be sure to let me know.  you can contact me on my page I started on here called Asatru Online Kindred
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“DREAD CUSTOMS”: INVERSION & ENFORCEMENT OF GENDER ROLES IN THE NIBELUNGENLIED, Part One
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New article at The +Norse Mythology Blog examines gender roles in three scenes from medieval German "Nibelungenlied": defeat of Prünhilt (aka Brünnhlde, Brynhild) on competition field, defeat of Gunther in bedroom, defeat of Prünhilt in bedroom. If you only know Icelandic version of the Valkyrie, this will all be new to you!
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"Even the process of remembering, the basis for all historical thought, may be so subject to unconscious manipulation as to raise serious questions regarding the reliability of our evidence and perhaps suggest that attempts to understand the past are largely the product of modern scholarly fantasy."
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I agree, I mostly believe what I see and feel not what I read and here and I enjoy the stories history has given us but I try not to let it effect me too much because I wasn't there and I don't really know what happenend 100% so I'm not too judgemental I just have an opinion. Make your own History!!
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A perilous path, it proved, he trod
who heinously hid, that hall within,
wealth under wall! Its watcher had killed
one of a few, and the feud was avenged
in woful fashion. Wondrous seems it,
what manner a man of might and valor
oft ends his life, when the earl no longer
in mead-hall may live with loving friends.

So Beowulf, when that barrow’s warden
he sought, and the struggle; himself knew not
in what wise he should wend from the world at last.
For princes potent, who placed the gold,
with a curse to doomsday covered it deep,
so that marked with sin the man should be,
hedged with horrors, in hell-bonds fast,
racked with plagues, who should rob their hoard.

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That part of the story always made me wonder what potent princes they were talking about. Danish chieftains from the 8th century or something?  
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ANGLO-SAXON MEDICINE WINS!
Abridged from Archaeology.org

9th-century Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections has been found to kill modern-day superbug MRSA & disrupt naturally antibiotic-resistant biofilms in tests conducted by researchers from University of Nottingham & Texas Tech.

Anglo-Saxon expert Christina Lee enlisted microbiologists who recreated the potion, which includes ingredients such as onion, garlic & part of a cow’s stomach brewed in a copper vessel.

Recipe is from Bald’s Leechbook, a volume in the British Library thought to be one of earliest-known books of medical advice & medicines.

“We thought that Bald’s eye salve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity, because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab—copper and bile salts can kill bacteria, and the garlic family of plants make chemicals that interfere with the bacteria’s ability to damage infected tissues. But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was,” Freya Harrison said in a press release.

Source: archaeology.org/news/3127-150330-anglo-saxon-recipe
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Makes me wonder about the antibacterial properties of hops a bit more, too.  
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I'm of Irish and Swedish descent and will be checking those out for sure. Thank you.
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HEATHENS IN DISGUISE

Facebook is closing accounts that don't use real names. Many members of minority religions like Ásatrú don't use real names on FB, to avoid reactionary reactions from bigoted bosses or close-minded colleagues. Do you know anyone deleted while using an assumed name for safety?
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Fb gives users the option to "deactivate" their account - which, in essence suspends it. Info., photos, etc. are still there &, if applicable, still come up in search engines. When fb DELETES an account, it (along with everything uploaded or connected to it) is GONE. I deactivated accounts 5 years ago that I'm still getting emails about from fb
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by Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried

Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried writes The Norse Mythology Blog. A Norse mythologist and musician in Chicago, he teaches Norse mythology classes at Newberry Library. He has also taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and Norse religion at Carthage College, where he was founder & faculty advisor of the Tolkien Society.

Karl has been featured as a writer and lecturer on mythology and religion by On Religion Magazine (UK), Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), the Joseph Campbell Foundation, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Wagner Society of America and Wheaton College. He is the author of all Ásatrú definitions in the Religion Stylebook of the Religion Newswriters Association. He's a member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, the Tolkien Society (UK), the Viking Society for Northern Research (UK) and the Religion Newswriters Association. He's also the Official Norse Mythologist of the Stephanie Miller Show.

Karl holds degrees in literature and music from University of California at San Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Texas at Austin. He also studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy. He recently received an academic scholarship from University of Chicago Divinity School and is now working on an MA in Religion.

2012, 2013 & 2014 Weblog Awards: Best Religion Weblog
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