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This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with a man who needs no introduction, the amazing Einar Selvik! Last time Einar was on it was to talk about the music he had created for the just released Assassin's Creed Valhalla. This time he's here to talk about the success of Wardruna's latest album, which debuted to an amazing reception back in Ja…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with the amazingly talented hand poke tattoo artist Hrafnhildur in order to discuss the Icelantic Runestaves. In the current climate of Viking fever these runestaves have become highly requested tattoos but do they really have any connection with Vikings at all? Also, where does she weigh in on our long…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Mario aka Travelers Spear to talk about his unique path to Heathenry. Mario is an african american and US army veteran. Together with the boys he'll be discussing the popularity of Viking symbols in the military, the picture stones on the Island of Gotland, and possible interpretations of the Völus…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Maria Franz whose iconic headdress has become the symbol of the amazing band Heilung! We previously spoke with all the members of Heilung back in Episode 57, which is itself a great listen if you want to check it out. Maria and the boys will be discussing the Viking fairs she grew up with, her hist…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Shachar Orlinski, a PHD student at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem whose study is concentrated on human trafficking in the Viking and Merovingian period. It's a hard topic to tackle but hopefully with Shachar's help we'll all walk away from the discussion a little bit wiser. Other topics this we…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with swedish folklorist Tommy Kuusela to discuss the diverse and highly entertaining folklore of Scandinavia. Complicated questions answered this week include: What is the difference between mythology and folklore? Why do so many animals in folklore turn into sexy ladies? And Dan's most pressing questio…
 
Mathias and Daniel are delighted to be sitting down again this week with Dr. Ruarigh Dale in what is shaping up to be an unofficial three part saga. You might remember Ruarigh from his last appearance on the podcast where he spoke at length about The Danelaw Saga, a subject he quite literally wrote the book on. This week though he's here to talk ab…
 
It's always fun to have returning guests! This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down for the second time with Andrew Saulf aka The Seawolf. In the world of Viking themed music Andrew has a unique angle producing more chilled out low-fi tacks which he jokingly describes as: "chill viking beats to study to." If you listen carefully you may even he…
 
It's another bonus episode! This time Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Heri Joensen lead vocalist of the amazing Faroese folk metal band Tyr! Together with the boys Hari will be exploring the history and culture of the Faroe Islands, which are often unfortunately overlooked in Viking (and sometimes modern) history. Why is that the case? Wel…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Sofie Draheim aka The Instagram Artist formerly known as: "Odinscrotum." Sofie also happens to be an expert when it comes to Skaldic Poetry and together with the boys she'll do her best to explain the complicated topic well enough that listeners can in turn flex on their friends for their weak unde…
 
This week features the triumphant (and much requested) return of Guildmaster and hilarious man about town Ed Gamester! Ed is a writer, strongman, musician, and Guildmaster of The Guild. Together with Mathias and Daniel Ed will continue the seemingly unending task of reading Odin's advice from the Hávamál aloud, while also swapping stories of facebo…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Sól Geirsdóttir perhaps better known by her internet moniker: "The Viking Queen." Sól is a Scandincavian Viking blogger as well as the vocalist and songwriter in the folk rock band Vǫluspá. Together with the boys she'll be discussing the goddess Freyja and her unique character and place in the Nord…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with The Saxon Storyteller, a very near and dear member of our production team whose amazing art you get to see on each and every one of our episodes! Together with the boys he'll be discussing the Anglo Saxons and their most famous epic poem Beowulf. Will they actually manage to get through a decent su…
 
This week we're getting a special peek behind the curtain as Mathias and Daniel sit down with Kai-Uwe Faust, Maria Franz, and Christopher Juul, founders of the amazing band Heilung! Kai has been on the show before back in Episode 20, but this time we were lucky enough to get all three band members. Together with the boys they'll be discussing how t…
 
This week we're getting hands on as Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Qays Stetkevych an expert in medieval combat, grappling, and wrestling in medieval literature. He has been an active competitor in wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for twenty years. Qays is here to help the boys grapple with the past and hopefully make some sense of "Gli…
 
We're dialing up the mischief to 11 this week as Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with comedian, streamer, and podcaster Shayne Smith to discuss the OG prankster himself: Loki. We're hoping Shayne with his own background of twisted comedy can help give some insight into the twists and turns of this archetypal trickster. The answers may not be co…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are going back to the basics with primative survival expert and Youtuber Chad Zuber! Chad makes videos chronicaling his own survival in remote and often desolate areas. Together with the boys he'll be speculating on how people would have used similar survival skills in the viking age. For once the answers won't be compl…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Ruarigh Dale a viking age scholar and archeologist who has done extensive work curating The Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands exhibition. More recently he also coordinated the World-Tree Project, which created a multimedia archive of resources for teaching and studying Viking…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Jennifer Snook Ph.D. and author of American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement. Doctor Snook spent years researching the book by taking part in various rituals, and talking to individuals in the community in order to create a fascinating end product. If you would like …
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Ruben Terlouw, archeologist and one of Heilung's famous black-clad Harii warriors. He and the boys will be conducting an in depth discussion of the Beserker in Viking myth and culture. Were they an elite group of warriors clad in bearskins, or Christian propaganda? And where do the magic mushrooms …
 
This week in a special bonus episode Mathias and Daniel are honered to be sitting down with Professor Martin Carver to discuss the new movie The Dig that was recently released on the Netflix as well as the famous Sutton Hoo excavation that the film is based on. Martin is the director of the Sutton Hoo research project and author of many books inclu…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Ludwig Swärd the amazingly talented musician behind the one man band Forndom. His latest album FAÞIR is available now and Ludwig has come on the podcast to talk about his sources of inspiration, including the poem Sonatorrek or "Loss of a Son" by Viking age poet and certified badass Egill Skallagrí…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Jakub Vaniš the amazing artist who goes by the internet moniker The Raven from the North. Jakub has helped create amazing pieces and cover art for clients like Einar Selvik of Wardruna, as well as Kati Rán, and Oliver S Tyr of Faun. Jakub is here to talk about his unique self taught art style, as w…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are really pleased to be sitting down with Ed Gamester a writer, strongman, muscian, and Guildmaster of The Guild. The Guild is Ed's brainchild and a physical manifestation of his own life philosophy, to live life as a bold adventure and surround yourself with people to further that goal. Check it out over at: edgameste…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Eirik Storesund, the content creator behind Brute Norse, a blog and podcast dedicated to dispelling the many popular misconceptions about the Viking Age and Norse culture, and bridging the gap between scholarship and public perception. Together they will be discussing the riot in the US capitol las…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel sat down with the amazingly talented Stine Sandnes, whose unique photography and desire to reconnect with her roots gave birth to the hugely popular Instagram Helheimen! Stine's photos are all themed around Vikings, death, and particularly the character Hel. It's an episode that is all things underworld and if you want …
 
This week is a bit of a throwback episode. We figured that for our first episode of the New Year we would keep it light. In that spirit Mathias and Daniel will be discussing Viking drinking games, possible PTSD in ancient warriors, and looking back on their favorite episodes and moments of 2020. As a special bonus Mathias also reveals his favorite …
 
For our final episode of 2020 Daniel and special guest host Sean Parry of Sacred Knot Tattoo will be interviewing our very own Mathias Nordvig! We figured we would go out on a fun low key note to end a year which has been severely lacking on both of those fronts. Topics include: Mathias telling the story of Odin and Thor vs the giant Hrungnir, disc…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Josh Rood the lead singer of the band Nexion. Together they will be answering all your questions about the celebration of Yule in the Viking era, and also discussing the practice of human and animal sacrifice in various Norse religions and texts. Those may seem like strange bedfellows for topics bu…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Espen Hatleskog otherwise known by his internet moniker: "Pilotviking." Espen does a lot of Viking themed photography and runs successful Instagram and Facebook pages for both himself and his dog Fenris. Topics of discussion will include: The significance of wolves and ravens in Viking Culture, wha…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are thrilled to sit down with Emilie Lorentzen to speak about how she joined the band Heilung, nerd out about her background in Indo-European Languages, and her mysterious new music project. Other topics of discussion include: The Danish island of Bornholm , where Emilie hails from, and whose folk music is the inspirati…
 
Maybe this would have made a better Halloween episode, but this week is all about the macabre Viking ritual known as the "Blood Eagle," as made famous in the show Vikings. Luke John Murphy has been researching the historical and practical sides of the ritual and has come on the show to share his findings with Mathias and Daniel. Surprisingly Daniel…
 
This weeks guest needs no introduction. It's Einar Selvik the front man of the amazing Wardruna! He's fresh off of working on the music for the upcoming Assassins Creed Valhalla and was kind enough to sit down with Mathias and Daniel to discuss the experience, as well as Wardrunas upcoming album. But that's just the jumping off point. From there th…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Jason Ralls to talk about his heathen spiritual practice and recent book of poetry The Oath: A Heathen Poets Journey. The Oath chronicles the transpositional journey of the poet as he travels through the planes, meeting with gods, and even going through the underworld. But of course that isn't all …
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Jeanette Verberg an archeologist and curator for the National Museum of Denmark where she is responsible for the Bronze and Viking Age; think Indiana Jones but one who only cared about Viking prehistory and didn't destroy the dig site half the time. Together they will be discussing her experiences …
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are chatting with Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen who runs a successful Youtube channel and the web page Nordic Animism both of which are well worth checking out! With 2020 drawing to a close (finally) Rune is releasing the 2021 Runic Animist Calendar, a wall calendar which features a selection of amazing artists working off of t…
 
It's time to unwind, and as we all know there is nothing more relaxing than kicking back with some black metal blasting and just letting all your cares slip away. Why, what were you thinking? This week Mathias and Daniel are both really excited to sit down with one of the principal organizers of the Midgardsblot festival Vicky Mickaleson. Midgardsb…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel get to seriously nerd out with Joans Lau Markussen author of The Anatomy of Viking Art the book which helped get Daniel started designing his mead horns. Together Jonas and Mathias will cover tons of Viking art history theories from Lindisfarne to the existence of Dragons. It's going to be a good time. We know we've bee…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are really excited to talk with Ethan Stark an administrator of Heathens Against Hate, an organization dedicated to inclusivity in heathenry through the philosophy: "We are our deeds." Together they will be diving into the topics surrounding the difficulties faced by people who practice modern paganism and heathenry; th…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down from with Collin Dale of Skin and Bone Tattoo to discuss his designs and the success of his Facebook page: Traditional Nordic Tattoos, where he shares images of traditional tattoos from Nordic, Celtic, Pictish, and Sami backgrounds with over 50,000 people, head over and check it out, there's some amazin…
 
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Cierra White to discuss the recent success of: “Death In My Metal Not In My Streets,” a virtual concert and talks series she helped organize in Colorado to raise awareness and money for the Black Lives Matter movement. Cierra is the drummer in multiple awesome metal bands including: Oak Ash & Thorn…
 
This week Daniel and Mathias sat down with Jack Donovan to talk a bit about his thoughts on the role of men in the Viking age. We realize this might not be everyone's cup of tea and for those of you who (deservedly) have some doubts we encourage you to listen to the first 6 minutes or so before drawing your own conclusions. Together they'll discuss…
 
We all know that every Viking ever was a barrel chested, big bearded, lady killer (sometimes literally). But is that really the case? How realistic is it to believe that every viking for almost 300 years had a knotty spear shaft only for Freya? This week Mathias and Daniel sit down with Amy Jefford Franks a fellow historian and host of the awesome,…
 
It's a good old fashioned scholarly debate this week as Arngrimur Vidalin, a fellow Old Norse Literature expert, sits down with Mathias and Daniel to talk about his many exciting translation projects. As it turns out Arngrimur is involved in a lot of really cool stuff right now including: translating Alice in Wonderland into ancient Norse, gatherin…
 
First things first, we've really got to apologize for the audio quality on this weeks episode. It is well below our standard of quality. The truth is coordinating recording setups in 3 different places is complicated and in this case the audio that was recorded using a new program for us was pretty damaged to begin with; our editor did what he coul…
 
We are really honored this week to be able to talk about ancient music traditions with Oliver S. Tyr lead singer of the band Faun, as well as discuss their new single "Tamlin". Together with Mathias and Daniel he will be discussing the new surge of interest in pagan traditions and music because of the popular show "Vikings", as well as sharing stor…
 
Sigurboði is back to talk about his new single with Mathias and Daniel, but that's not all. First and foremost he's here to give us the hard truth about the runes! Are they magical? Can you use them as a compass? Did they come straight from Odin or take a roundabout journey through Portugal? The answers may surprise you. Together they also cover so…
 
In this episode we are going old school and telling the story of Utgard Loki. Daniel and Mathias also have a broader discussion of how this myth in particular is the perfect example of Christianity absorbing local mythology to further its own ends. Get ready for some good old fashioned storytelling, as well as some quality discussions from the host…
 
In this episode, Daniel and Mathias sit down with Kati Rán, Dutch vocalist and folk musician who has embarked on a new music project called Blodbylgje. Her new music project is about the ocean and Nordic mythology, drawing on inspiration from the myths about the sea goddess Rán and her nine daughters. Kati works with Gaahl from Gaahl's Wyrd, former…
 
In this episode, Daniel and Mathias talk with Kai Faust, tattoo artist and one of the prominent singers in the Neo-Nordic music group Heilung. Their conversations travel far and deep into what it means to be interested in and identifying with the pre-Christian Nordic-Germanic culture. They also talk about tattoos and how to learn from indigenous pe…
 
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