Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried
is a writer on mythology and religion. A Norse mythologist
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.
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 Beast, History Channel, OnFaith, Public 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.
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.
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."
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