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Black Sabbath released their Norse-inspired "Tyr" album on August 20, 1990. The band's lineup at the time wasn't their most well-known, second most well-known, or third most well-known.... but the album had its moments.
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A lot of people don't remember this Black Sabbath album. I still have the CD.
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THANK YOU to everyone who read & shared my latest article, making it the #1 feature at Iceland Magazine last week.

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from Snorri's Edda

Then said Gangleri: "The sun fares swiftly, and almost as if she were afraid: she could not hasten her course any the more if she feared her destruction."

Then Hárr made answer: "It is no marvel that she hastens furiously: close cometh he that seeks her, and she has no escape save to run away."

Then said Gangleri: "Who is he that causes her this disquiet?"

Hárr replied: "It is two wolves; and he that runs after her is called Skoll; she fears him, and he shall take her. But he that leaps before her is called Hati Hródvitnisson. He is eager to seize the moon; and so it must be."

Then said Gangleri: "What is the race of the wolves?"

Hárr answered: "A witch dwells to the east of Midgard, in the forest called Ironwood: in that wood dwell the troll-women, who are known as Ironwood-Women. The old witch bears many giants for sons, and all in the shape of wolves; and from this source are these wolves sprung.

"The saying runs thus: from this race shall come one that shall be mightiest of all, he that is named Mánagarm; he shall be filled with the flesh of all those men that die, and he shall swallow the moon, and sprinkle with blood the heavens and all the lair; thereof-shall the sun lose her shining, and the winds in that day shall be unquiet and roar on every side."
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Registration is open for my new class on Tolkien's Silmarillion, the collection of epic tales forming the mythology behind The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings. We'll explore Middle-earth's history (from the creation of the world to the War of the Ring) while tracing myths & legends Tolkien drew upon: Norse, Celtic, Finnish, Jewish & Christian. Follow link for details.

Image: Carcharoth vs Beren & Lúthien
(Tolkien channels the Norse myth of Fenrir & Týr)
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as performed by Elmer Fudd & Wonder Woman
in a work by Rachel & Terry Dodson
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This is great.  Totally stealing liberating this.
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from Snorri's Edda

The Wolf said: "If ye bind me so that I shall not get free again, then ye will act in such a way that it will be late ere I receive help from you; I am unwilling that this band should be laid upon me. Yet rather than that ye should impugn my courage, let some one of you lay his hand in my mouth, for a pledge that this is done in good faith."

Each of the Æsir looked at his neighbor, and none was willing to part with his hand, until Tyr stretched out his right hand and laid it in the Wolf's mouth. But when the Wolf lashed out, the fetter became hardened; and the more he struggled against it, the tighter the band was. Then all laughed except Týr: he lost his hand.

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Dona: This is a myth, and the characters are mythical. The wolf is the son of the giant who will lead the destruction of the world and a giantess named "bringer of sorrow." He talks. He's destined to kill the father of the gods. He's not one of "natures animals."
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Photo: Thor thinks about going bowling with dwarves in Scottsdale, Arizona

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...or the sound of dwarves bowling in the hills.
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Abridged from Archeology website

Archaeologists at Vasagard on the Island of Bornholm believe that 5,500 years ago, a temple complex at the site may have been used for rituals associated with sun worship.

Stone disks inscribed with images of sun rays have been discovered there. The complex had an entrance that was aligned in the direction of the solstice sunrise.

This summer archaeologists unearthed several ditches at the site, which may have held remains that were taken to burial chambers once they had decomposed.

"In the ditches we find large amounts of pottery, animal bones and damaged stone sun discs,” says archaeologist Janusz Janowski. “The function of the latter has not been fully explained yet."

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Interesting.  If I recall correctly, Denmark was the center of the Ing/Frey cult, and he's associated with weather and seasons.  Could this be a proto-Frey temple?
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Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359) is a nebula in the Canis Major constellation. It's about 15,000 light-years from Earth. Astro-imager Adam Smith created this fabulous picture. Here's what he says about the nebula:

"The central star that powers this large space bubble is a Wolf-Rayet star. It exceeds 20 times the mass of the Sun and loses mass at a rate 1 billion times faster than our wonderfully stable star. If our Sun were to shed its mass this quickly, it would evaporate completely in less than 1 million years.

"The Wolf-Rayet star is so hot that most of the light it emits is in the ultraviolet range beyond our visual abilities. Imagine that: It would appear brighter if it were less energetic. Still, there’s a lot to see. Note how the radiation and stellar wind sculpt the gas and make it glow in fantastic ribbons of color.

"But my mind could only fixate on the hyperbole of the nebula. Eventually the awesomeness transformed to gratefulness when I noticed that 'helm' (an ancient word for helmet) also exists within the word 'overwhelming.' I figure that is exactly how it should be."

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Wonderful information on one place beyond beyond the reach human intelligence.
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Oslo (Norway) Museum of Cultural History now has 3D scans available of 10 artifacts from the Oseberg Viking ship burial of 834. You can zoom & view them from different angles. I get a message stating "Your graphics card does not seem to support WebGL." Are they working for you?
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Aha! Yes, it does. Fantastic.
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My new article those who follow the Old Way of Odin, Thor, Freya & the other gods & goddesses is now on the *Iceland Magazine*​ website. Thank you to the editor +Jón Kaldal for giving me the opportunity!
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Registration is open for my new class on Tolkien's Silmarillion, the collection of epic tales forming the mythology behind The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings. Journey through the history of Middle-earth, from the creation of the world to the War of the Ring. Explore the legends that Tolkien drew upon, including those of Norse, Celtic, Finnish, Jewish & Christian traditions. Follow link for details.
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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
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