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Kids, Teens & Adults: Norse Mythology​ Art Contest is open, with celebrity judges Simon Coleby (Punisher, Judge Dredd) & Dr. Kendra Willson (University of Turku, Finland). Please share this post!

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The Norse Mythology​ Midwinter Art Contest is here! We have kid, teen & adult divisions + celebrity judges Simon Coleby​ (Punisher, Lobo, Judge Dredd) & Dr. Kendra Willson​ (University of Turku, Finland). Please share!
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Writing in the year 98, the Roman Tacitus describes hairstyles among a group of Heathen Germanic tribes known as the Suebi:

"It is a special characteristic of this nation to comb the hair sideways and tie it in a knot. This distinguishes the Suebi from the rest of the Germans, and, among the Suebi, distinguishes the freeman from the slave. Individual men of other tribes adopt the same fashion, either because they are related in some way to the Suebi, or merely because the imitative instinct is so strong in human beings; but even these few abandon it when they are no longer young.

"The Suebi keep it up till they are grey-headed; the hair is twisted back so that it stands erect, and is often knotted on the very crown of the head. The chiefs use an even more elaborate style. But this concern about their personal appearance is altogether innocent. These are no love-locks to entice women to accept their advances. Their elaborate coiffure is intended to give them greater height, so as to look more terrifying to their foes when they are about to go into battle."

Photo: head from approximately the time Tacitus was writing, preserved in a bog and discovered in 1948 near Osterby, Germany
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A Symbol of Reaction Against the Christian Cross?
by Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide

New featured free article in The +Norse Mythology Online Library: follow link to read this + over 200 books & articles – all available for free to download or read online.
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May Freyr & Freyja protect Paris.
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KRAMPÚMÁL: Words of the Krampus

I know that we sat in the bucket cold,
Sat there for nights full nine;
With the fork we were prodded, and offered we were
To Krampus, ourselves to himself,
In the bucket none may ever know
What hoof beneath it runs.
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There's a lot of talk these days about "holy war" & "war on religion." My new series focuses on a real religious war: (Christian) Charlemagne's efforts to completely erase the religio-cultural identity of (Heathen) Saxons via subjugation & conversion. Part 1 examines Charlemagne's destruction of the Irminsul shrine & retaliations by Heathens. Tree-chopping Boniface also makes an appearance.
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Gullinbursti (Golden-bristles) or Slíðrugtanni (Dangerously-sharp-tusks) is the boar that pulls the chariot of the god Freyr (Lord). Snorri's Edda (c1220) tells us that "it could run across sky and sea by night and day faster than any horse, and it never got so dark from night or in worlds of darkness that it was not bright enough wherever it went, there was so much light shed from its bristles."

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Crying won't help you, praying won't do you no good
Crying won't help you, praying won't do you no good
When the Krampus comes, into the bucket you go
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This week, the FBI busted three allegedly Ásatrú racist militants who planned attacks on churches & synagogues. The media responded by denouncing Ásatrú as "a comic book religion" of racists.

Many Heathens (including me) responded to both the extremist appropriation of our tradition & the religious profiling by the media. Follow link to read what we have to say.
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Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried is a writer on mythology and religion. A Norse mythologist and musician in Chicago, he teaches courses on mythology, religion, J.R.R. Tolkien and Richard Wagner for Newberry Library's Continuing Education Program. He taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and Norse religion at Carthage College, where he was founder and faculty advisor of the Tolkien Society.

Karl's website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world's Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is the first religion blog to enter the Weblog Awards Hall of Fame. In addition to original articles and interviews on myth and religion, the site features projects such as the Worldwide Heathen Census 2013, a first attempt to estimate current numbers of adherents of the modern iteration of Norse religion.

Karl's work on mythology and religion has been published in Herdfeuer (Germany), Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), MythNow (Joseph Campbell Foundation), On Religion (UK), Religion and Ethics (Australia) and Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland). He wrote all definitions relating to Ásatrú (Norse religion) in the Religion Newswriters Association's Religion Stylebook.

Karl has been interviewed on myth and religion by the BBC, Daily BeastHistory Channel, OnFaithPublic Radio International's The World, Strings Magazine, Chicago Public Radio's Morning Edition, Raven Radio, Viking Magazine and Wired Magazine. He has been a featured lecturer on literary and musical interpretations of Norse mythology at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wagner Society of America and Wheaton College.

A member of the Religion Newswriters Association, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, and Viking Society for Northern Research (UK), Karl is 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 studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy and has taken Icelandic language courses through University of Iceland's distance learning program. 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
Weblog Awards Hall of Fame: First religion blog to enter the Hall of Fame
Chicago Public Radio: "[Karl's] one of the country’s most respected researchers and lecturers on Norse mythology."
Chicago Humanities Festival: "Seigfried is a prolific chronicler of the world of Norse mythology."
Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth): "[Karl's] probably a better Guardian of Asgard than I am."
Jóhanna G. Harðardóttir (Ásatrúarfélagið): "Hér er rétti maðurinn á ferð til að kenna Norræna goðafræði í US."
Syracuse University iSchool: "This is an entertaining and enlightening blog to follow for anyone interested in Norse mythology."
Weaving Wyrd: "His questions are thought-provoking, and his scholarly bona fides are pretty impressive."
Bob Freeman: "Best Esoteric Website 2013: For anyone with an interest in Norse culture, myth, and magic, there is no better place to visit on the web."
The Wild Hunt: "If you aren’t already reading Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried's amazing The Norse Mythology Blog, then you've been remiss. The blog is one of the most content-rich affairs for lovers of Norse mythology I’ve ever seen."
Tales of a GM: "This is an amazing resource for anyone interested in the history and culture of Northern Europe. The Norse Mythology Blog is such a brilliant combination of modern issues and ancient sources. If you have any interest in Norse culture or mythology, then you must visit Dr Seigfried’s site."
Vancouver Sun: "The best blog on faith and spirituality may be one about a so-called ‘dead’ religion, Norse mythology. The Norse Mythology Blog reflects deep knowledge of this ancient religion, along with an affable spirit. [Karl] knows everything one would ever want to know about Thor, Odin, Frey, Loki, Frigg, Freya and countless more Norse gods, goddesses and mythological hangers-on."
City Magazine (Serbia): "Ako vas je ikada makar malo zainteresovala istorija i kultura severne Evrope, a naročito njena istorija, ovde ćete naći mnogo više interesantnog štiva nego što biste se ikada nadali. Posebno je interesantno da uspeva da poveže savremene momente sa prastarim izvorima."


Questions? Contact Karl through the Contact page at The Norse Mythology Blog.