10 – Reading Beowulf, Pt. 1: “Poetically Recreating the Past.”

Behold! the first episode of our read-through of R.M. Liuzza's translation of Beowulf! In this gathering, we discuss pages 11 through 18 of the introduction, which provides us with the knowledge that we need to responsibly read this epic poem (and medieval literature as a whole). Along the way, we highlight the following questions: how did a burnt, genre-defiant manuscript barely live to see its explosive popularity in later periods? What made Beowulf so popular, anyway? What are its narrative roots? Is it historically accurate? How have scholars tackled this work? And how should we approach it for ourselves? Join us in the Hall to hear more! Head to https://fjorns-hall.com/2020/01/31/ep-10/ for more information.

Pod-Prep: Beginning Beowulf

The votes are in, my friends! Our Thingmen over on Twitter have decided which work of medieval literature will kickstart the revival of The Fjorn's Hall Podcast: Beowulf. https://twitter.com/Fjorn_the_Skald/status/1216705147470073857 Indeed, it has been decided that I will take on one of the most discussed works of medieval literature right off the bat. Prepare for (some) …

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09 – Álfablót: Sacrificing to the Elves

Occasionally, Viking fans and modern-day Norse pagans throw around the term álfablót (elf-sacrifice), but what does that actually involve? What is an elf-sacrifice, anyway? And what is it for? In this episode of the Fjorn's Hall Podcast, I share a few stories from medieval sources dealing with this topic: sacrifices made to the elves. Although …

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Njal’s Saga: A Medieval Best-Seller Most People Haven’t Heard of

If you want to experience a medieval Icelandic 'family' saga at peak performance, then this is the saga to read. [...]

Like Norse Mythology? Here are Some Resources.

Of course, I do have my own fair share of resources about Norse mythology here in the Hall, including Lore Tomes about the Norse Gods, several posts about the Land-Spirits (including a podcast episode), and information regarding the Old Norse-Icelandic Calendar. But for those who really want to explore this topic further, here are several …

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06 – Feuding, I: What is Feud? Solving Problems with an Axe (ft. Beowulf)

Many of the great sagas and ancient lore from the medieval North recount endless, bloody feuds between generations of prominent families: a conflict ends, peace...

Feuding, I: What is Feud? Solving Problems with an Axe

Many of the great sagas and ancient lore from the medieval North recount endless, bloody feuds between generations of prominent families: a conflict ends, peace...