Dr. Jackson Crawford returns to the Northern Myths Podcast to tell us about his Wanderer's Havamal. We discuss his involvement with the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and other exciting projects Dr. Crawford is working on. In our discussion of the Havamal, we hear why Dr. Crawford finds this wisdom so timeless, and we find out some interesting new things about Yggdrasil and the runes! This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon Dr. Crawford's excellent YouTube channel with videos about Old Norse and Norse Mythology can be found here. Dr. Crawford's website is https://jacksonwcrawford.com/ If you'd like to support Dr. Crawford, you can do so on his Patreon. If you'd like to connect with Dr. Crawford, you'll find him on Twitter @norsebysw The Wanderer's Havamal by Dr. Jackson Crawford is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ectCEq Show Outline (YouTube timestamps): 00:00:00 - Opening and Introduction 00:04:27 - Dr. Jackson Crawford Calls In 00:05:25 - Assassin's Creed Valhalla 00:09:33 - The age and dating of the Poetic Edda 00:15:00 - The number of versions of the Havamal 00:20:23 - Introduction to the Wanderer's Havamal 00:23:01 - Dr. Crawford's Great Courses class on Norse Mythology 00:26:07 - The origins of Dr. Crawford's Poetic Edda translation 00:27:46 - The runes and spells in the Havamal 00:34:05 - The tree Odin hangs on and the origins of "Yggdrasil" 00:48:12 - The runes, Odin, and sacrifice 00:52:42 - The significance of Havamal 01:01:40 - Odin as the archetypal wise man of Norse Mythology 01:05:30 - Star Wars as a modern day Saga 01:08:14 - Dr. Crawford's current projects and upcoming books 01:13:35 - Closing and Acknowledgements Referenced sources (signup required to download from academia.edu): In Prayer and Laughter - Anatoly Liberman Contradictory cosmology in Old Norse myth and religion – but still a system? - Eldar Heide Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:  Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel Check out Grimfrost for our favorite source of authentic viking merchandise and modern apparel inspired by the viking age and Norse mythology! Our intro and outtro music is Takk from the album Sagnamadr by Folket Bortafor Nordavinden. Check the album out on Spotify, and you can purchase from Grimfrost.com or Amazon.  If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Facebook Twitter Instagram You can also email us at northernmythspodcast@gmail.com
This week on Unorthodox, we’re very literally all over the place. First, we bring you News of the Jews from our live show earlier this week at the Valley of the Sun JCC in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. Then we call Wall Street Journal reporter Louise Radnofsky to figure out why so many figure skaters perform to the Schindler’s List theme song. Stephanie sits down with Sarah Hurwitz, a former speechwriter for Michelle Obama and the author of the new book Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). She tells us about rediscovering and embracing Judaism while working in the White House, how she’s using the skills she honed as a speechwriter to make Judaism more accessible, and the advice she has for people who want to make Jewish practice a bigger part of their life but aren’t sure how to do so. Our Gentile of the Week is Jackson Crawford, a professor of Old Norse mythology, who chatted with Mark while we were in Denver last month. He tells us about translating Norse poetry, bringing an ancient world to life through his YouTube channel, and the strange conspiracy theories circulating about him on the internet. Let us know what you think of the show! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at 914-570-4869. Come see us on tour! December 15 – New Haven, Connecticut: Brunch and book talk with all three hosts December 19 – St. Louis: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel January 8, 2020 – Westport, Connecticut: Book talk with Mark and Liel February 6, 2020 – Scotch Plains, NJ: Book talk with Stephanie & Liel February 9, 2020 – Wyomissing, PA: Book talk with Mark and Liel February 26, 2020 – Naples, FL: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark March 12, 2020 – Boca Raton, FL: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel Copies of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia will be sold and signed at each event. Like the book? Leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram and join our Facebook group. Get your Unorthodox T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies here. Sponsors: Soom Foods makes delicious tahini products that are dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher. Try the pantry sampler, which includes their tahini, chocolate sweet tahini halva spread, and silan date syrup. Head to soomfoods.com and use code UNORTHODOX to get 15 percent off your order.Adeena Sussman’s cookbook Sababa shares the vibrant flavors of Israeli home cooking, and makes a great Hanukkah gift for the foodie in your life. Get a copy of Sababa online or at your favorite bookstoreHarry’s limited-edition holiday sets are the perfect gift this season. Get $5 off any shave set when you go to Harrys.com/UNORTHODOX. (Free shipping through Dec. 16.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today I speak with Dr. Jackson Crawford, an Old Norse specialist, and translator teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss the Old Norse poem Hávamál and how it contributes to our understanding of Norse myth and literature. Referenced in Today’s Episode: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pmAwjsX-qQlVSBGcDbWTQ (The History of Vikings YouTube channel) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN9v4QG3AQEP3zuRvVs2dAg (History Time) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqoGR_EedlhKDVuWNwYWRbg (Voices of the Past) https://amzn.to/2OUOy8j (The Wanderer's Havamal ) https://amzn.to/2rDPjLe (Dr. Crawford’s translation of The Poetic Edda) https://amzn.to/2OX8lns ( Dr. Crawford’s translation of The Saga of the Volsungs) Recommended Articles by https://www.ancient.eu/ (Ancient History Encyclopedia): https://www.ancient.eu/Edda/ (Edda) https://www.ancient.eu/odin/ (Odin) https://www.ancient.eu/Norse_Mythology/ (Norse Mythology) Follow The History of Vikings on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pmAwjsX-qQlVSBGcDbWTQ (YouTube), https://twitter.com/historyofviking?lang=en (Twitter), and https://www.instagram.com/thehistoryofvikings/ (Instagram). Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or inquiries noah@thehistoryofvikings.com Music: https://danheimmusic.com/ (Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr)
Today I chat with Dr. Jackson Crawford, an Old Norse specialist, and translator teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss everything a beginner will need to know about the Old Norse sagas, including the genres, characters, and more. Referenced in Today’s Episode: https://youtu.be/G3_iLTpTYhY (1000 AD: A Tour of the Viking World // Vikings Documentary) https://amzn.to/2WHDGg4 (Dr. Crawford’s translation of The Poetic Edda) https://amzn.to/2Iov3mN (Dr. Crawford’s translation of The Saga of the Volsungs) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCxNFxw6iq-Mh4uIjYvufg (Dr. Crawford’s YouTube Channel) Follow The History of Vikings onhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pmAwjsX-qQlVSBGcDbWTQ ( YouTube),https://twitter.com/historyofviking?lang=en ( Twitter), andhttps://www.instagram.com/thehistoryofvikings/ ( Instagram). Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or inquiries noah@thehistoryofvikings.com https://danheimmusic.com/ (Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr)
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Aug 28th, 1985
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