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.
The Poetic Edda. Translated by Henry Adams Bellows, 1936. Internet Sacred Text Archive, Evinity Publishing, www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/poe03.htm.
Snorre Sturluson. The Younger Edda: Also Called Snorre’s Edda, or the Prose Edda. Translated by Rasmus B. Anderson, Scott, Foresman, and Co., 1897. Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=XQ9NAQAAMAAJ&dq=prose%20edda&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q=prose%20edda&f=false.
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:
- Part 1: https://open.spotify.com/track/1iwOMo2fN5y6HQgrZUuTuL
- Part 2: https://open.spotify.com/track/5ROP0ig6iF7EQ63B5Dqmqi
- Part 3: https://open.spotify.com/track/1nThCnTNCYSMzGiDQcsLrW
Image: “Disco Yggdrasil,” based on a manuscript image from Árni Magnússon Institute MS AM 738 4to (Wikimedia Commons), filtered through Google’s Deep Dream.