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Barbarossa in Italy (c1160)
Translated by Thomas Carson

Someday, he shall return!
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Video: Thor vs Fire Giant in Chile

It's silent, so you can add your own Amon Amarth soundtrack.
Collisions of rock, ash and ice cause huge lightning flashes within volcanic plume
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Twilight of the Thunder god sounds amazing to this 
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An excerpt from J.R.R. Tolkien's

Thus ages pass,
and men after men. Mourning voices
of women weeping. So the world passes;
day follows day, and the dust gathers,
his tomb crumbles, as time gnaws it,
and his kith and kindred out of ken dwindle.

So men flicker and in the mirk go out.
The world withers and the wind rises;
the candles are quenched. Cold falls the night.

It’s dark! It’s dark, and doom coming!
Is no light left us? A light kindle,
and fan the flame! Lo! Fire now wakens,
hearth is burning, house is lighted,
men there gather. Out of the mists they come
through darkling doors whereat doom waiteth.

Hark! I hear them in the hall chanting:
stern words they sing with strong voices.

Heart shall be bolder, harder be purpose,
more proud the spirit as our power lessens!
Mind shall not falter nor mood waver,
though doom shall come and dark conquer.
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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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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 & order it at
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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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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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Forget Floyd vs Manny. Weekend's biggest fight is Beowulf vs Grendel. My Old English prof introduces Benjamin Bagby's performance at University of Chicago tonight.
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I was lucky enough to see Mr. Bagby when Sequentia came to the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform "The Original Sound of the Carmina Burana" before that night's performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Excellent performance with a lot of great information about how medieval music likely sounded prior to our modern interpretations. Would love to hear this performance as well - hope folks are able to get out and enjoy!
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JÖRÐ from Simek's Dictionary of Northern Mythology

(Old Norse, "earth). An Æsir goddess, even though she is also called a giantess. She is Odin's wife, and Thor is frequently said to be her son. According to Snorri, Jörð is the daughter of Nótt ("night") and her second husband, Anarr.

In the late heathen period, as recorded in our oldest literary sources Jörð appears to have only been known as Thor's mother, and she plays no further role as an earth-goddess – as she certainly once was.

It is uncertain whether the names Fjörgyn, Hlóðynn, Fold, and Grund (all meaning "earth") were merely poetic synonyms for the mother of Thor created by the skalds, or whether they are various names for the old earth-goddess Jörð. However, the first suggestion seems to be more likely.

Tacitus refers to the veneration of the earth-mother Nerthus in his Germania. Just as Thor's counterpart in Indian mythology, Indra, is begotten by the god of the heavens Dyaus and the Earth, so Thor is also a son of the Earth, just like the proto-ancestor Tuisto, referred to in Old Germanic myths of descendency (as mentioned by Tacitus).

The Earth as the mother of the gods can no doubt also be understood from the Eddic cosmogony where the giantess Bestla is the mother of the first gods Odin, Vili and Vé, since the giants should be seen as chthonic beings.

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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:
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"Myth embeds the past in the present, while history embeds the present in the past."
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Whatever calendar you follow, Happy Ostara to you & yours from!
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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
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."
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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."
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