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While tasting a new mead each episode, the show finds news of archeological findings or relevance in modern media. The hosts then have an open discussion on questions or topics about Nordic mythology and religion. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/skalpodcast/support
 
In Viking times, a ‘Thing’ was a gathering; a place where leaders and warriors could meet and talk. In the 21st century, our ‘Thing’ is a virtual place where history academics and enthusiasts from around the world can come together to share knowledge. Join us each episode as we delve into another fascinating topic about Vikings, archaeology, and more!
 
This podcast is a storytelling journey through world-folklore. With brief context and analysis in the introductions, the main focus is the retelling of stories themselves. From saucer-eyed spectral dogs to pond-scum haunting child-eating witches - experience the darker side of Britain's folklore in Series 1. Then journey to central and eastern Europe to the world of Slavic folklore, home of Baba Yaga and lurking nature spirits (Series 2). From there, step into the vast world of Nordic Folklo ...
 
A Book Lovers Podcast. For Book Lovers, by book lovers. Every fortnight, Kristia and Rachael, two long-distance besties chat about the books they stayed up way too late reading. Listen to see which ones were totally worth the loss of sleep and which ones, well, weren't. Send us your book recommendations to isntitpastyourbedtime@gmail.com and you might just get a chance to hear our thoughts! www.isntitpastyourbedtime.com Music: www.purple-planet.com Sound Effects: www.zapslat.com
 
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This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Alex and Jeremy, the organizers of the metal and folk music festival Fire in the Mountains. Fire in the Mountains is a celebratory event with music, art, camping, adventuring, education, socializing, and local food and is an amazing place to, as Einar Selvik said it: "Sow new seeds while strengthen…
 
New Year Same Us but this episode we're got some debut authors to kick off the podcast and welcome us all into 2022. Rachael's pick has already been turned into a movie, so you know it's gotta be good! It was translated from French and set in 1885 where a women could be considered mad and set anyway because she displease a man (lovely right). Krist…
 
One of the most popular artefacts on display at the JORVIK Viking Centre are the bone skates - ice skates made from the foot bones of a horse. But what do we actually know about Viking ice skating? Was it just a fun children's activity or the viking equivalent of jousting? Join Miranda and Lucas as they explore what the Vikings left behind, and wha…
 
This week we're doing our first show and tell episode of the new year! By now you should know the format: Mathias and Daniel each bring some topics and we have a laid back old school episode. This week's topics are: did Vikings have an equivalent celebration to New Year's, a much deeper look at the origin of most modern Rune Magic, and Mathias's re…
 
It's our final episode of 2021 and we're going out with a bang. This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down returning favorites Ed Gamester and Jonas Lorentzen with a very laid back episode to bring us into the new year in style. We'll be talking about how Ed's Ragnarok wrestling show went, giving our opinions on the new Northman trailer, and ans…
 
Nordic Noir: nour: a type of Scandinavian crime fiction that typically features dark storylines. Yeah, we can attest to that. This episode we've got some dark dark stories to tell you. Both books are translated with vivid descriptions - these books aren't for the feint of heart. TW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Murder, Animal Cruelty, & Bodily Mutilation …
 
Gather round the hearth and listen to another saga from our own skald, Lucas Norton! Today he tells us the tale of a Viking who wants to give the King of Denmark a polar bear. Then we'll talk with him about what we know about Viking Yule from the original sources - and the answer just might surprise you. Want to have a say in the future of That JOR…
 
We're back with our last minisode of the year! If the dreary weather's got you down, no need to fret, Kristia's book will take you to paradise! The only downside is the dad is dead and turns out he has a total double life no one knew about, but other then that it's absolute PARADISE! Book Discussed: Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Dr. Jenny Butler, Jenny is a well known folklorist and the leading authority on the academic study of contemporary Paganism in the Irish context. Together with the boys she'll be digging into such questions as: What is the connection between pagans and the pentagrams? Are the snakes in the Saint Pa…
 
This week we're going in the way back machine with our historical fiction. Rachael is back in the 1600s on board a ship that is may or may not arrive at it's destination, there may be a bit of magic involved. Kristia is in China during WWII listening to jazz in a club, while all around her the world isn't what it used to be. Books Discussed: The De…
 
You've probably heard of Ragnarok, but did you know that it might be based on a real event? Today we're talking about Fimbulwinter, the great winter that comes before Ragnarok. Listen as we talk to Katie Spreadborough, who tells us about the real events that might have inspired the twilight of the gods. Want to have a say in the future of That JORV…
 
Mini eps are back this month and we're just embracing the Winter season! Well, technically it may be the middle of the summer in Rachael's book, but give a listen to see how it ties into the theme. People die. People start to lose their minds. The only source of food is hotdogs and beer. All around a great read! Book Discussed The Snow by Flint Max…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with returning guest Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen, and new guest Kyrre Franck to discuss the Sámi tribes and cultural appropriation. The idea for this show came about after Rune made a trip to the Danish National Museum and saw a display of four traditional Sámi drums. So this week we're going to be talking ab…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Lindy-Fey Hella the amazing vocalist of Wardruna and Lindy-Fey Hella & Dei Farne, the later of which recently released a new album, "Hildring." Topics this week include: Lindy's musical influences, a brief recap of Mathias's presentation in Iceland on whether or not the Vikings tattooed, and the di…
 
This episode we're taking it way back to the time of Greek Gods and Goddesses. That's right, we're got Greek mythology this week! In Kristia's book, Zeus set all his kids down to Earth and every 7 years, for 7 days, they're in mortal bodies, all to try and teach them a lesson. Spoiler alert, it's been over 200 cycles and they still haven't learned …
 
Gather round for our interview with Nytt Land, the amazing Nordic Folk Band from Siberian Russia, as we discuss the environment, musical inspiration, and their awe inspiring new album! Want to have a say in the future of That JORVIK Viking Thing Podcast? Take our survey here to help us out! Support the show (https://jorvikthing.com/donate/)…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Christian Frederick Nicklaus, the artist behind Art for Valhalla, where he makes beautiful shields, axes, and other weapons. Together with the boys he'll be discussing his own artistic process as well as the unique challenges of criticism and creating art in the age of social media. Other topics in…
 
This week is another show and tell episode, in these shows Mathias and Daniel each bring a few topics and proceed to do a really good deep dive discussion on them. This week we'll be talking about whether or not Iceland is part of Scandinavia (as you might have guessed from the title) and also the inherent problems of Odinism. Keep in mind sometime…
 
November in America often means time to turn in your ballots, so sticking with that theme we're bringing you two great political thrillers this week! There are lies, spies, espionage, secret codes written on disappearing paper, an exciting game of chess, and some dysfunctional families to tie them all together! Books Discussed: An Unlikely Spy by R…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Andrea Hejlskov, a modern day Völva and old friend of Mathias. Andrea is an accomplished author and her latest book: Vølve, is based on the chapters of Völuspá in the Poetic Edda and her own personal spiritual history. The book has unfortunately not been translated into English yet, but if you read…
 
It's the re-return of The Ham... again. This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with the one and only Ed Gamester! Ed has become a regular on the show and his episodes are always a blast. This time he's here to discuss his upcoming show, Mythos: Ragnarok, a live theater performance which re-imagines the events of the twilight of the gods thro…
 
It's November and American Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, a time to spend with family and loved ones. With that in mind we picked some domestically thrilling family drama books. Kristia covers a book with ex-convict dads just trying their best to figure out who murdered their sons and why. If they have to get their hands dirty to do t…
 
October, in much lore, is a spiritually potent time and the oft stated idea that the veil between worlds is thin at this time holds true in traditional Latvian practice. The living would prepare their homes for a visit from deceased ancestors, with the house cleaned and table laden with food for the occasion. To open this feast, an elder of the hom…
 
Our very own skald, Lucas Norton, returns to the podcast to bring us this terrifying tale from Eyrbyggja Saga - the tale of the draugr, the Viking undead. (content warning: mentions of violence, body horror, gore, and death.) Want to have a say in the future of That JORVIK Viking Thing Podcast? Take our survey here to help us out! Support the show …
 
Spooky season is coming to an end, but not before we get to tell you about one more scary story! Rachael is up this week and her story combines medical professionals and the paranormal. When 9 people see the spirit of someone who has just passed will you believe? Or what about light entities befriending a terminally ill child? Listen in and let us …
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Barbara Jane Davy, author of Introduction to Pagan Studies, Paganism: Critical Concepts in Religion, to talk about her latest work which examines gift giving rituals and their links to ecology. Together with the boys she'll be delving into gift giving rituals in the Viking and modern age and their …
 
Inside our Cabinet of Archaeological Curiosities, we'll tell you about Britain's oldest brain, a mummified cat found in the Lord Mayor's floor, and what may be a graveyard full of Roman gladiators. Want to have a say in the future of That JORVIK Viking Thing Podcast? Take our survey here to help us out! Support the show (https://jorvikthing.com/don…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Visy Bloodaxe, the frontman of the awesome band Seidrblot! Seidrblot debuted at Midgardsblot several years ago to a very warm reception and promptly began touring until the current ongoing unpleasantness brought that up short. In addition to his musical talents Visy also hand crafts instruments bot…
 
We're right in the middle of spooky season and you know we've got some frightening stories to share with ya'll! Rachael covers a classic that somehow neither of us ever read that has some really good scary fall vibes and two best friends who are total opposites. Kristia's book is set in the 50s and offers some unsettling feelings about a house, a f…
 
Next in our Ominous October series, we talk to Skye McKenna about magic in Medieval York. Who were the people who were practicing magic? What did they even consider magic to be? And what exactly do we know about Mother Shipton? Follow Skye on Twitter (SkyeMc_Kenna) and Instagram (Skye_McKenna)! Want to have a say in the future of That JORVIK Viking…
 
With spooky season comes true fears. This month our mini episodes are all about scary things that have happened in real life. For this first episode, Kristia covers a true crime story that may have left us with more questions then answers. We hear about an incredibly smart serial killer that no one even realized was out there until he was caught! T…
 
This week is another of our new old school Show and Tell Episodes. Just to remind people of the format both our hosts Mathias and Daniel each bring a few topics and proceed to do a really good deep dive discussion on them. This week's topics are: Why are Vikings so popular in South America? And what were the actual living conditions of people in th…
 
Welcome to Ominous October! This month, we will be delving into all things creepy and spooky - we’ll talk to all about ghosts, witches, curiosities, and viking zombies, and more hair raising history. This time, we tell you one of the most famous ghost stories in York , and then we talk to Graham Harris of the Roman Bath Museum here in York to learn…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Uffe Berenth one of the brilliant artists behind Ginnungagap Art, a tattoo studio specialising in Nordic Tattoos, Viking Tattoos and Rune Tattoos; Uffe also has a special personal connection with the god Týr. Together with the boys he'll be discussing the spirituality behind the tattooing process, …
 
We all know the King of Horror, Stephen King, what you might not know is that he reviews a lot of books! Side note, how can we get that job?! Anyway, this episode we've got books that the King himself says scared him. One "scared the hell out of [him], and [he] couldn’t put it down" and the other one was "scary as hell and hypnotic." Listen to hear…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Ben Mudge, Ben catapulted into the limelight in 2017 with his "Thursday Thorsday '' Instagram posts and his uncanny resemblance to the popular Marvel character played by Chris Hemsworth. As a person with Cystic Fibrosis Ben used this attention two raise awareness for the genetic disorder as well as…
 
The mythic origin tales of Baltic amber are full of magic, and the pre-history of the golden-umber resin-stone is no less awe-inspiring. This pine-tree resin was fossilized 45 million years ago, during a period of intense warmth that caused the pines to exude huge amounts of sap. There is an inherent enchantment in handling something that warms to …
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are hopping in the wayback machine and doing something we haven't done in a while, that is to say doing an episode without a guest! We recently got some feedback that some people missed the laid back feel of the old shows. So moving forward we're hoping to mix in more of these slower Show and Tell style episodes where b…
 
It's our first time covering Science Fiction and we couldn't be more excited! We're in SPACE, at least we're pretty sure we're in space. These two amazing books have us questioning everything we know. One is a newer release trying one last ditch effort to save the Earth and the other has managed to break reality (and Kristia's brain). Books Discuss…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Varg Saastad, the lead guitarist and master of many instruments in the folk rock band Vǫluspá. We've spoken with Varg's partner Sól Geirsdóttir, perhaps better known by her internet moniker: "The Viking Queen," back in episode 59 (which is also a great listen). Together with the boys Varg will be d…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Helena Hals, perhaps better known by her internet moniker Viking Helena. Helena is a historian and author known for her hands-on approach to exploring Iron Age Norway. Together with the boys she'll be discussing the history of the Sámi tribes in Northern Norway, which is a subject we have not reall…
 
Last time, we talked to our archaeologists to hear about the history of our three branches, as well as some of their most important excavations. This time, we're going to hear about some of the projects York Archaeology has been working on in the past 18 months. Listen to our field archaeologists, our conservators, and even our community engagement…
 
We are headed back to the good old days this week on NMP as Mathias and Daniel sit down with Gustav Holberg and Kjell Braaten , two of the OG musicians who helped start the genre we now know as, "Viking Music." Together with the boys they'll be sharing stories of their humble beginnings at a millenium new years party, and marveling at how huge the …
 
It's getting spooky this week as Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Rich Blackett, The chair of Asatru Uk, to discuss all things Zombie in the saga literature . Together with the boys Rich will be delving into every mention of Drauger, who it turns out are not just a random mob found in the bowels of Skyrim. What exactly are they and where do…
 
What does it mean to be a New York Times best selling author, or do have a book on the NYT Best Sellers List? We have no idea. But we do enjoy reading them and you should too! This week Rachael covers a NYT best selling authors who has a questioning if our loved ones can be trusted or if the stranger on our doorstep knows more than us. Kristia's bo…
 
In this episode, we journey again to Lithuania: we will go to the noble hall of an ignoble count and to a sylvan lake, to meet a washerwoman of great spirit, whose patrons are full of earth and water magic. A massive thank you to Co-Ag Music and Jēkabs Zariņš for their permission to use their music. 'Meža diesma,' 'tehniskas variācijas,' and 'Grand…
 
Join Miranda as she speaks to Ian Milsted, Howard Jones, and Glyn Davies about the history and development of three archaeological units: York Archaeological Trust, Trent & Peak, and ArcHeritage. Is there more to York than Viking archaeology? Was Nottingham always destined to be tied to York? And is there anything in Sheffield from before the indus…
 
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