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Frithcast Episode 18- In the Beginning

September 19th, 2017

Episode 18 – The Beginning

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

“I can clearly not drink the wine in front of me...” Quote from The Princess Bride (1987)

 

Suzanne’s favourite film is…

 

A random discussion on the best swordfights on film:

The Lord of the Rings (film trilogy: 2001, 2002, and 2003)

The Last Kingdom (ahem, I actually meant Kingdom of Heaven (2005).  My bad.)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Lightsaber fights in Star Wars – Obi Wan and Vader, Yoda and Dooku, Darth Maul...

The Art of the Saber (2002) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMXpokrfblM

 

“I know something you don’t know, I am not left-handed” - Quote from The Princess Bride (1987)

 

Suzanne and Kate sing the theme tune

 

Nine is a significant number

 

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ – GRR Martin’s book series on which is based the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.

 

‘Ring of Fire’ - song written by Jonny Cash in 1963

 

In the Beginning – the creation of the worlds – paraphrased from Snorri Sturlson’s Prose Edda.

 

The concept of Wyrd

 

Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett – there’s a whole thesis analysis available here: https://is.muni.cz/th/175303/ff_b/Bachelor_Thesis_Eva_Homolkova_Final_Version.pdf

 

Shakespeare’s Macbeth – the Thane of Cawdor

 

The Three Norns of Norse cosmology parallel with the Fata or Parcae of Roman cosmology and the Moirae of Greek cosmology.  http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/three-fates-destiny-s-deities-ancient-greece-and-rome-003039

 

The Stygian Witches from Greek mythology.  Also known as the Graeae Sisters or the Crone Sisters. http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Graiai.html

 

Karma and Nirvana

 

Fate is a Feynman diagram… (now we come to look at it, it’s closer to a Minkowski diagram https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/special-relativity/minkowski-spacetime-2016-01-18T22:56:14.718Z/v/introduction-to-special-relativity-and-minkowski-spacetime-diagrams )

 

“Fear profits man nothing.” Quote from The Thirteenth Warrior (1999)

 

A question of fear and courage

 

“Better it is to have a stout heart always...” – The Histories by Heroditus.  Book 7, chapter 50.

 

‘A man will often meet his fate when he is trying to run from it’ – Galadriel from Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring ch7), see also Jean de la Fontaine (Book VIII (1678–1679), fable 16 (The Horoscope)) and Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda (2008)

 

Pre-destiny versus self determination

 

“Wibbly wobbily timey wimey” – Doctor Who (especially when played by David Tennant)

 

The Block Time Theory – also know as The Block Universe Theory of Time or The Growing Block View)  https://plus.maths.org/content/what-block-time

 

The Worm Theory of Identity –  Perdurantism, as a subset of Four Dimensionalism, also known as the Space Time Worm, or The Worm View.  The understanding that a persisting individual is the sum of all it’s parts through time.

It keys into the philosophical conundrum of the Ship of Theseus: if you replace parts of a ship through time, is it still the same ship at the end? https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/wi-phi/wiphi-metaphysics-epistemology/wiphi-metaphysics/v/ship-of-theseus

 

Kate learned everything from QI and Cracked.com…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frithcast Episode 17- Frigga and Her Attendants

September 4th, 2017

Shout out to TAC Charter Member Brandie Willis, who suggested the topic for this episode.

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Introductions - smooth like a baby’s butt...

 

‘First of her Name/ Lord of the Andals and the First Men’ – additional titles for nobility from Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (8 season TV series based on the books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’)

 

‘Lots of planets have a North’  - Doctor Who episode ‘Rose’ (2005)

 

The High Lady of Asgard

 

Frigg’s day – Friday (and who doesn’t love Fridays?!)

 

Shared characteristics and influence with Freya - see here for a site that understands them to be the same: https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-aesir-gods-and-goddesses/frigg/ and here for a site that understands them to be seperate: http://mythology.net/norse/norse-gods/frigg/

 

Practicer of Seith – (you may see this written as seid, seidr or seidhr) – can be described as northern shamanism, and is concerned with the knowing of the threads of fate. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/seidhr.shtml

 

Loki’s Flyting – The trickster insults Frigg

 

The falcon feathers/ falcon cloak belonging to Frigg - https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=UcI5CgAAQBAJ&pg=PT95&lpg=PT95&dq=friggs+falcon+cloak&source=bl&ots=4D3mmhtILj&sig=HNmvo4BTkhTKYzyWHTc-Vw2m5b0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiCn8_e0PnVAhVICMAKHem-B8gQ6AEIcTAQ#v=onepage&q=friggs%20falcon%20cloak&f=false based on Sturlson’s account: (Snorri Sturluson. The Prose Edda. Skáldskaparmál 18-19.) 

 

Frigg – influence over love, marriage, hearth and home, fate and destiny – more about her can be found here http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/frigga/who-is-frigga.html

 

Frigg spinning and weaving is a reoccurring image – see a list of deities associated with spinning and weaving here: http://kws.atlantia.sca.org/dieties.html she’s also been depicted as spinning the clouds: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FriggSpinning.jpg

 

Parallels with Juno and Vesta: Juno being the wife of Jupiter, and Juno who rules the hearth and home in the Roman pantheon. More information on Juno can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_(mythology) Info on Vesta here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesta_(mythology)

 

The ‘Second Meresburg Incantation’, (or sometimes the Second Meresburg Charm) mentions Frigga http://www.germanicmythology.com/works/merseburgcharms.html

 

The Grimnismal – a wager between the Allfather and his wife.  Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for the Allfather…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%ADmnism%C3%A1l

 

The Mithrandir – one of the additional names for Gandalf from JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ books and films. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Gandalf/Names Mithrandir translates to ‘Grey Wanderer’ or ‘Grey Pilgrim’

 

Frigg’s role in The Death of Baldur

 

The Power of Naming - https://culturedecanted.com/2014/05/26/names-part-1-whats-in-a-name-the-power-of-naming/ also compare the TV trope ‘I Know Your True Name (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IKnowYourTrueName)

 

The naming magic in Rumpelstiltskin – there’s a telling of the tale here: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Rum.shtml for an analysis head here: http://fairies.zeluna.net/2011/11/analysis-of-rumpelstiltskin_06.html

 

Frigg’s attendants

 

Frigg’s hall Fensalir – the Hall in the Marsh Meadows

 

Two prayers to Frigga – from https://hrafnar.org/articles/dpaxson/asynjur/frigg/

 

 

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Frithcast XL – Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp 2017

August 27th, 2017

Frithcast XL – Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp 2017

 

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Your Frithcast roving reporters are proud to present a Frithcast XL from this years Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp.  It’s a fabulous long weekend filled with talks, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and traders, all coming together to do their thing.  From the opening Beating of the Bounds ceremony on Thursday evening to the entertainment on Friday evening, to the great Lammas ritual and Kate’s ‘Mind Bending Science Shit’ lecture on Saturday evening out under the stars, to Sunday Morning Storytime to finish the camp off, we’d like to give you a taste of some of the things that we got to experience. 

 

Word of warning: as we’re outside for the majority of these recordings, so there’s noise from wind.  We’ve done or best to cut it out, and level the sound quality off, but let’s face it, there’s only so much you can do with sound quality recorded on a mobile phone in a windy field on a hilltop.  It adds to the homemade charm, really, it does ;)

 

Shout out to the Friday night entertainers:

Rena – sadly we couldn’t find a surname to credit her properly...

Beth Rees

Darren Ramsdale – “The Man with the Mandolin”

 

Warning: Darren’s set might just contain one song which is a little… shall we say … rude.  And perhaps a tad close to the wire for totally wholesome family entertainment.  Just sayin’.  Although it depends on the family, we suppose.  If you like songs about poo, then you’ll be just fine.

 

 

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Frithcast Episode 16: Altars and Sacred Spaces

August 22nd, 2017

Episode 16 – altars and sacred space

Shout out to TAC Charter member, Dalton Essick, who suggested the topic for this episode :)

Buckle up, this episode is a little longer than usual

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Suzanne needs to practice more…
A mostly UPG episode – UPG means that a lot of the content of this episode is the personal opinions and experiences of Suzanne and Kate.

Parsecs and lettuce

Medieval Scandinavian community halls – the Hof

Not that Hof… http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001327/

The saga references to altars

The outside altar made from stones

What’s currently on Suzanne’s altar

A ritual hammer – Suzanne found a small short-handled lump hammer from a DIY store works just fine.

What your altar might look like…a wooden box, a shelf, a small table top etc...

What an altar can be used for – a shrine or ritual space, or an area to hold sacred items

‘Nobody can tell you how to heathen’

Changing an altar – for the seasons, for different gods, for different festivals

Stepping into sacred space from the mundane

What is sacred space?

Altar size – pocket altars available from Odin’s Beard Woodworking - http://www.odinsbeardwoodworking.com/

The use of Godposts – this comes from descriptions in ‘Witches of London: Lars’ by Aleksandr Voinov - http://www.aleksandrvoinov.com/witches-of-london.html  and check out Gungir Godposts: https://www.facebook.com/Gungnir-Godposts-1565456350415538/

The Hammer Rite – the creation of temporary sacred space

Closing sacred space

Parallels of sacred space – segregation of space in churches in Christianity; washing of hands, face and feet, and removal of shoes before prayer in Islam, Roman shrines, temples and the covering of heads/wearing of masks as preparation for ritual.

Creating temporary sacred space.

Using ritual tools – temporary or permanent.

You don’t need expensive ritual kit to be able to heathen and connect to the Gods.

‘My Grandfathers Axe’ - a philosophical argument better know as the Paradox of Theseus Ship - https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/wi-phi/wiphi-metaphysics-epistemology/wiphi-metaphysics/v/ship-of-theseus Simply: if you take an axe or ritual tool, and replace each part of it as it gets worn, once all the parts are replaced with identical new ones, is it still the same axe as it was at the beginning?

Consider treating yourself as the altar – the use of ritual clothes or jewellery

Take time to develop your own practice

An Altar to Sunna – an example of things you might consider using

The historical record – what do the sagas tell us about altars?

Adam of Bremen and the temple at Uppsala http://www.germanicmythology.com/works/uppsalatemple.html

What’s associated with an altar in a Hof? Oath rings and Bowls

Sacrificing animals – the changing nature of wealth

The nature of sacrifice in Roman religion.

Experiences with the divine are all valid.

How to find us online

Kate gets scandalous

 

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FrithCast Episode XL: Asgardian Heathen Festival 2017

August 15th, 2017

Frithcast XL: Asgardian Heathen Camp 2017

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

‘Tribal Drums’ by Herb Boland, performed by Mark Hage, on Freesound.org

 

00:00 – 15:04 Friday

Hellooo listeners – from a very rainy Asgardian Heathen Camp

“This one is wet and this one is wet...” Eddie Izzard’s Death Star canteen sketch

The mead stall is already Kate’s highlight

Suzanne and Kate introduce themselves

Kate gets tested on the Gods – “[he] looks just like his picture” paraphrased from Terry Pratchett’s character Nanny Ogg in Lords and Ladies

What exactly is the Asgardian Heathen Festival?

Shhh! we’re in the quiet zone…

Confusion around times and days and recording...

Have a listen to the rain

An update from later Friday evening

The thing about Druids…

(Serpentyne play in the background) http://www.serpentyne.com/

The opening Blot on site

Kate describes the ritual in her own words

What we’re expecting tomorrow

Why we’re not livestreaming

Signing off for this evening

 

15:04 – 36:03 Saturday

Early morning birdsong

Surprise Frithcast interview!

Breakfast choices

The rain has stopped…

Lecture on the techniques and knowledge of a Cunning Woman – by Elaine Rose Mien

Beowulf – in 30 minutes by Vilia Kane

Hail and Safety!

Suzanne’s thoughts on Thor and helicopters

A walk around the traders

Mystery bird is mysterious

Good evening listeners

Smite it! (paraphrased from The Blues Brothers)

Wights and Wyrd lecture by Jenny Blain ← has blown Suzanne’s mind for a bit

Flame of Frith Ritual

Other rums are available…

Kate thinks this feels like Kelethin (Everquest, Everquest II)

 

 

 

36:04 – 41:01 Sunday

(The crows come in to roost in the trees overhead on Saturday night

Hindarfjall played for Saturday night’s entertainment) https://www.facebook.com/hindarfjall.music/

Suzanne and Kate reflect around the central fire

This is your friendly Frithcast reporting team, signing off...

 

Shout out to some of the lovely traders on site:

White Wizard, Purple Elf (for some fab embroidered hoodies, embroidered bags, and gifts: http://www.whitewizardpurpleelf.co.uk/ or their etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WhiteWizardPurpleElf?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Phil, proprietor at Millstream Forge (for beautifully forged knives, oath rings, ladles, tripods and fire boxes) http://www.millstreamforge.co.uk/

Runecast Copper (for skilfully crafted copper arm rings and amulets with runic inscriptions) https://www.facebook.com/RunecastCopper/

Samantha J Chilton (for statuary and paintings) https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SJChilton

Matt and Ali Poole at Hawthorne Crafts https://www.facebook.com/HawthornCrafts/

Jacqui de Rose Art https://jacqui-de-rose-art.myshopify.com/

More Mead http://www.moremead.co.uk/ (For mead.  All the mead.)

Mad King Trading Company https://www.madkingtrading.co.uk/ (for jewellery, weaponry and other items)

 

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Frithcast Episode 15: Thor (and Meatloaf)

August 2nd, 2017

Episode 15 – Thor (and Meatloaf)

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

Storm sounds from Martin Lightning at Freesound.org https://freesound.org/people/Martin%20Lightning/sounds/16480/

 

 

“Give yourself over...” from ‘Don’t Dream it, Be It’ - Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Kate drinks coffee recklessly…

Welcome to the virtual campfire

It’s important to have warm knees

Meatloaf song klaxon: Objects in the Read View Mirror

Meatloaf song klaxon: Life is a Lemon and…

Meatloaf song klaxon: Bat out of Hell

UPG and your own personal understanding

Pop culture and kennings – Kennings in modern poetry(www.poetryarchive.org/glossary/kenning) , Viking kennings http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/resources/mpvp/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/What-are-kennings.pdf

Chris Hemsworth returns

Redhead? Blond?… it’s all good

Thor: seen as a parallel with the Roman Jupiter, another thunder god

Thursday, Donar, Donnerstag (modern German for Thursday), and Donner and Blitzen (Thunder and Lightning – traditionally two of Santa’s reindeer)

Meatloaf song klaxon: Man of Steel

Protector and defender of the people. 

Mjolnir – a sign of faith and a symbol of Thor.

What can I DO to make this situation better? The Thoughts of Thor

Thor’s goats and chariot –  an absence of zombie goats...

Meatloaf song klaxon: What You See is What You Get

Thors hall, his wife and his children

Thor in the Sagas:

The Lay of Thrym – Thor dresses as a bride to retrieve his hammer from the giants.

The unique relationship between Thor and the Lord of Mischief

The Journey to Utgard – Thor goes to a giants castle and is challenged to unbeatable tasks.

‘Bernard’ - Blackadder II episode I ‘Bells’.

‘Granny Weatherwax would be proud’ – Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discword series.

Two short prayers to Thor – both from ‘A Book of Pagan Prayer’ by Serith.

Meatloaf song klaxon: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Kate’s tangent into the etymology of the word ‘Starboard’

Meatloaf song klaxon: Goods Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls go Everywhere.

‘Bad girls go with Ragnar’ - reference to the main character of the TV show, Vikings (2013)

Thor’s fishing trip – go find it!

Suzanne and Kate decide to settle matters by lifting their cat… it may not end well…

How to find us online

‘But I don’t wanna explode’ - Serenity (2005) based on the TV series ‘Firefly’

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Frithcast-Episode 14 Happy (in moderation)!

July 18th, 2017

Episode 14 – Happy (in moderation)

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Suzanne says hello

“George...don’t do that” - the indomitable Joyce Grenfel - Nursery School Sketches - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBFA_AJvrp4 

Fourteen doesn’t work

Kate is totally clear

The discussion starts with Joy (the rune Wunjo/Wynn)

What do Anakin Skywalker, Harry Potter, Marcus Aurelius, and Minions have in common?

Kate tries to work it out…

Kate thinks on the mystery of bananas

Happiness as a heathen

“To shush the noisy...” Conan the Librarian - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_the_Librarian

The Rune Poems

Having just enough

The Minions enter stage left – the concept of living in the moment (from Despicable Me (2010)   Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Minions (2015))

Kate is not sorry

Jedi – living in the present

Jedi minions…

Druids and Buddhists

Marcus Aurelius (https://dailystoic.com/marcus-aurelius/) and a legion of Roman minion Jedi…

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Happiness in balance – the balance of need and want

The difference between need and want is wish

The art of correct wishing

(Examples from fairy tales – See Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 750A ‘Foolish Wishes’ - http://www.mftd.org/index.php?action=atu .  The Aarne-Thompson scale is a way of classifying folk tales by trope.  Head here for some examples of this type: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0750a.html)

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (film 2001, book 1997 (twenty years?!? when did that happen?))

Anakin Skywalker – Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The Jedi minions return

Dragon sickness and need – from JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit (novel 1937, film trilogy 2012, 2013, 2014)

Connections in popular culture – things in moderation

How to find us online

Happy take one  Happy take two (with graceful apologies to Pharrell Williams...)

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Frithcast Episode 13 The Franks Casket

July 2nd, 2017

Episode 13 The Franks Casket

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

We have coffee

‘It’s 106 miles to Chicago and we’re wearing sunglasses’ - Blues Brothers (1980)

‘Thirteen!  Thirteen!’ From the TV series Rome, Season 1, episode 11 ‘The Spoils’. (2005)

What exactly did happen to the 13th legion?

An introduction to the Franks Casket

That sock: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=155676&partId=1

Kate has the power

Tangent warning – The Scottish Play.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scottish_Play

Sir Augustus Franks is awesome

The Franks Casket aka The Auzon Casket

5 panels not six…

The replica right-hand panel

The carvings and inscriptions on the panels – Roman Christian, Jewish and Germanic legend images and inscriptions in four scripts.

The Far Side (by Gary Larson) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far_Side

An explanation of shared cultural imagery and stories through Red Riding Hood – with a nod to Hoodwinked (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443536/ 2005)

The cat makes herself known

Which sack of Jerusalem exactly?

The Northumbrian connection

‘A box on legs’ Luggage from Discworld – Terry Pratchett http://discworld.wikia.com/wiki/The_Luggage

The front panel – the two images explained

The right-hand side – the Adoration of the Magi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoration_of_the_Magi

The cat comes back

‘The magic of radio’ - “If I stand on your shoulders and then you stand on mine...” paraphrased from ‘The Histories of Pliny the Elder’ The Goon Show, series 7, episode 25, first broadcast in March 1957.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/thegoonshow/

The front panel inscription – an Anglo-Saxon riddle

A sideways step into The Hobbit.  Argh, chapter 5 isn’t ‘Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire’, it’s ‘Riddles in the Dark’ (by JRR Tolkien, 1937)

Kate solves the riddle

Too much complicated...

The left hand side – the story of Weyland.  Why are there four and a half figures?

A quick retelling of the legend of Weyland the Smith  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayland_the_Smith  

Dame Celia Molestrangler – the ‘Fiona and Charles’ sketches from Round the Horne (1965 - 1968)

Mooses, Meeces…

The mystery deepens

A replica in the British Museum shop http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/sculpture/the-franks-casket-sculpture-british-museum-exclusive/invt/cmcr49940

Photographs of it on the British Museum website http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=92560&partId=1

To know or not to know…

How to find us online

Kate gets left on her own with the mic

Kate tells a thing about Star Wars

Suzanne gives her best Wookiee impression

 

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FrithCast Episode 12-Land Spirits

June 17th, 2017

Hail and welcome to the latest episode of Frithcast! 

We know you have all been excitedly awating for the next episode, and here you go! 

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

“Permission to boop!” -  ‘sharp tooth paddle doggo’ meme

“Roaming the valleys...” Blackadder, series 3 ‘Amy and Amiability’

The Muppet Show Theme – from the Muppet Show 1976-1981

A trip round whales and Wales

Kate bangs her elbow

Landspirits and animism

Saga of Olaf Tryggvasson – the four major landspirits of Iceland are a dragon, an eagle, a bull and a giant.  These are now on the national Icelandic coins and the Icelandic coat of arms. https://eng.forsaetisraduneyti.is/state-symbols/icelandic-coat-of-arms/history/

Ibn Fadlan sees the Rus leaving offerings out for landspirits, which dogs eat.

Egil’s Saga contains an account of a cursing pole being set up to scare landspirits away - Egil's Saga, Penguin Classics, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044321-5, p. 148

Spirits of place, and house.

Nice table

Genii Loci – the Roman spirits of place

Modern spirits – spirits of glass, concrete and electricity (Kate’s phone beeps: the spirit of electricity makes itself known...)

The dragon prow: One version of the Icelandic Book of Settlement says that the ancient law of Iceland forbade having a dragon-prow in place on one's ship in harbor or coming in to land "with gaping mouth or yawning snout," because the landvættir would be frightened away - (Ulfljót's Law)

Keflavik air base, and the Icelandic foreman’s dreams of landspirits. - KveldulfR Hagan Gundarsson, Elves, Wights, and Trolls, Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry vol. 1, New York: iUniverse, 2007, ISBN 0-595-42165-2, p. 18.

A prayer/dedication to the landspirits

Offerings for the landspirits

How to find us online

 

Bonus material:

Why exactly is Kate waving?

‘Thirteen!  Thirteen!’ From the TV series Rome, Season 1, episode 11 ‘The Spoils’.

What legion was the 13th?

The ninth legion in Damnatio

‘defeated in detail’ - a legion and an industrial shredder

“To the trees!” - Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991)

The Ents get in the way – Ents from Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

Suzanne and Kate recount The Battle of Teuteberg...

“The line must be drawn here! This far and no further!” - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

...and sing Desumiis Luge very badly… (Desumiis Luge, from the album Arcane Dominion I by Eluveite) caution: these lyrics are based on a Roman curse tablet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamali%C3%A8res_tablet

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-asatru-community/id1170263300?mt=2 

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Frithcast Episode 11: Prayer

June 3rd, 2017

Episode 11

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Welcome to episode 11! or is it 10a, or 12b…?

A wee wifey

This episode is rated UPG

What is UPG?

The spiritual driving test

Prayer is personal

What is prayer?

Prayer doesn’t have to be words

Prayer with the Gods is not a business transaction

Posture in prayer

Prayer can be formal or informal

The ritual of prayer

Prayer can be things other than words (again)

Choosing right action as prayer

What do you use prayer for?

Warning: results may vary...

When do I use prayer? Formal and informal revisited

Spontaneous prayers

Life and annual occasions that might warrant prayer

Who can prayer be addressed to?

Prayer to your ancestors and the landspirits

 

One of Suzanne’s favourite prayers for opening special occasions.  Feel free to adapt for a group occasion as you like.

 

How to find us online

 

Prayer is hugely subjective, and what one person likes, another might not.  It’s all good.  If you are looking for a prayer of praise for a specific deity, then there’s lots of sites out there with prayers or poetry on that you can adapt to your liking. 

Suzanne had found A Book of Pagan Prayer (Ceisiwr Serith, 2002) really useful.  Whilst it’s not a wholly heathen book of prayer, there is plenty in there, including sections on how to write your own and what things you might want to consider.

 

 

 

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