Norse Mythology

Norse Gods and Goddesses: Ullr

2017-05-19T18:39:45+00:00

Ullr is the god of sports. In particular, he is the god of bow hunting and skiing. He is considered to be one of the eldest gods in the Norse pantheon, and because of that, much of the mythology surrounding him is lost to the ages. More's the pity-- if what we DO know of

Old Norse Returns to York in a JORVIK way

2017-05-03T19:39:38+00:00

For the first time in hundreds of years, the Old Norse language is being spoken in York, England once more. Thanks to researchers and students at University of York, the animatronic Vikings at the JORVIK Viking Centre are now speaking their actual, native tongue. These animatronics tell the tale of the Scandanavian warriors who harassed

American Gods (and Nordic) are Coming

2017-04-24T19:04:45+00:00

In case you are out of the loop, the new show American Gods will be coming to STARZ on April 30th that will sure scratch the itch of all you Vikings and Game of Thrones fans waiting for a new series. No, it doesn't have much in the way of sword and sorcery-- at least

Spring Goddesses and the Origins of Easter

2017-04-17T19:29:10+00:00

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that the early Christians took a lot of their influences from the pagans of the lands they spread out to. The same is true of Easter. Obviously, Easter in the Christian tradition is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead

The Death of Baldr

2017-04-08T18:20:54+00:00

Have you ever met someone so pure and wonderful, you want to devote all of your attention to protecting them from the evils of the world? Perhaps it’s a friend, your child or younger sibling, or even your pet?That person is your Baldr. Baldr You see, Baldr was a Norse god, the son

Norse Gods and Goddesses: Idun

2017-04-24T19:01:23+00:00

This week, spring rolled into the northern hemisphere, and with it comes various traditions and celebrations. For the Norse, spring is the time of Idun (or Iðunn), the goddess of rejuvenation and the keeper of the magic apples that keep the gods and goddesses young. Idun and Bragi You read that right: the

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Celtic Symbolism: The Celtic Knot

2017-04-24T18:59:34+00:00

St. Padraig's Day is nigh upon us, so we thought we'd finish our month of living Irishly with one of the most famous and beautiful of Celtic symbols: the Celtic knot. Celtic knotwork is an ancient tradition dating back long before even the Celtic people existed. They have been used in tapestries, masonry, jewelry and

Celtic Symbols: The Green Man

2017-03-04T12:54:26+00:00

Ever seen this face before? Perhaps on a tree in the woods somewhere, or in a painting? The Green Man This is the Green Man (also called Jack in the Green and many, many other names) and he's a feature of much of the pastoral lore in the Celtic countries, including Great Britain

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

2017-02-24T20:45:28+00:00

Having listened to many of Neil Gaiman's books on audio and seen him perform live a great number of times, I can tell you for certain: there's no other way to read Gaiman than by hearing Gaiman.  If you don't know what I mean, then let me introduce you to his honeyed tones the same

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Valisblot: Norse Valentine’s Day

2017-02-11T11:23:43+00:00

Norse Valentine's Day? If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it kind of is. Vali The truth is, the Norse didn't really have what you and I might consider a Valentine's Day. They had a patron goddess of love, but she's also the patron goddess of war. So, take that with

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