Medieval Death Trip

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MDT Ep. 47: Concerning Ragnarok

Disco Yggdrasil

Disco Yggdrasil

This episode we tap into the Ragnarok zeitgeist and go back to the medieval Norse sources: Snorri Sturluson’s Gylfaginning and the apocalyptic poem Völuspá.

Today’s Texts:

References:

  • Page, R.I. Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths. U of Toronto P, 1995.
  • Page, R.I. Norse Myths. The Legendary Past Series, U of Texas P, 1990.
  • Sequentia. Edda: Myths from Medieval Iceland. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1999.

Spotify Links: Performance of Völuspá by Sequentia:

Image: “Disco Yggdrasil,” based on a manuscript image from Árni Magnússon Institute MS AM 738 4to (Wikimedia Commons), filtered through Google’s Deep Dream.

 

MDT Ep. 45: Concerning Magnus Barefoot vs. Ireland

Wooden statue of Magnus Barefoot in Tannaghmore Gardens, Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Photo by P Flannagan, via Wikimedia Commons.This episode we (that is, I) wax autobiographical as we look at our first saga text, an account of the death of King Magnus Barefoot during his attempted conquest of Ireland in 1103. Also, there are some thoughts on the idea of the progress of literary technique.
Today’s Text:
  • Snorre Sturluson. The Heimskringla, or The Sagas of the Norse Kings. Translated by Samuel Laing, revised with notes by Rasmus B. Anderson, vol. 4, John C. Nimmo, 1889. Available at Google Books.
References:

Image: Wooden statue of Magnus Barefoot in Tannaghmore Gardens, Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Photo by P Flannagan, via Wikimedia Commons.

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