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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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Frithcast Episode 10: Paracetamjolnir: Faith and Funnies

May 16th, 2017

Hail and enjoy! 

 

Episode 10

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

 

The Tea Break at the Wall of Asgard…

Paracetamjolnir…

We are your bona heathens… (Julian and Sandy: Round the Horne)

Faith should be joyful and life affirming

Humour is subjective

Faith through the lens of humour allows change and growth

Humour is based in a shared understanding of culture

 

‘At least we won’t die a straw death’ - Arrgh where is this from? I know it’s a saga, it’s a small matter of remembering which one...I’m sure I haven’t dreamt it…

 

Vikings are fatalistic.

Kate likes a happy ending

Vikings are utilitarian

In a hole in the ground...

The Viking graffiti at Maeshowe

 

A bit of a neolithic diversion:

Maeshowe and the Viking graffiti - http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/maeshowe/maeshrunes.htm

A laser scan of the tomb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DX-OBFdUTE

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skara_Brae

The Tomb of the Eagles http://www.tomboftheeagles.co.uk/index.html

 

The two most notable inscriptions: ‘X carved these runes up high’ and ‘Ingeborg is a very fair woman’

 

The Lincoln Comb Case: ‘Thorfast made a good comb’ http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=65237&partId=1

 

Only listen to this after the 9pm watershed...

A parallel with Ibn Rustah’s translator

‘And notice gentlemen, the faster I go...’ - The Far Side, Gary Larsen

Funnies and faith go together

How to find us online

 

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FrithCast Episode 9- Building the walls of Asgard!

May 2nd, 2017

Episode 9

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

 

 

This is Suzanne’s interpretation of one of the stories from early on in the Myth cycle, The Building of the Walls of Asgard.  We hope you enjoy it.

 

How to find us online

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Frithcast Episode 8:Archaeology!

April 16th, 2017

 Hail!

 

Enjoy Frithcast Episode 8!

Episode 8 - Archaeology

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

 

Kate needs more coffee
Kate and Suzanne sing the theme tune
Archaeologists use the bestest superlatives
Things that archaeologists do
Victorian gentry and the bible sites – how archaeology starts
Ogres, parfait and trifle – things that come in layers
Site surveys without excavation
Digging is destructive
Where does it all go? Archives, museums and reports
UNIT – Dr Who
The Portable Antiquities Scheme – how it works - https://finds.org.uk/
Viking hoards - Arabic coins and hack silver
The Sigtuna Box and a viking anti-theft device https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigtuna_box
Anglesey – defences and arm rings https://museum.wales/articles/2007-04-02/When-the-Vikings-invaded-North-Wales/
The Great Army – sites at Repton, Torksey and Ingleby. Repton: http://www.reptonchurch.uk/Vikings.htm Torksey: https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/viking-torksey-inside-the-great-armys-winter-camp.htm Ingleby: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/635/1/richardsjd1.pdf
Scar – a boat burial on Orkney - http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/scarboat/
Sutton Hoo and all the shinies - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/galleries/europe/room_41_europe_ad_300-1100.aspx
Pictish combs - http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/vikingorkney/takeover.htm
Viking York and Dublin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_York https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Scandinavian_Dublin
The Braaid and the Thing Place on the Isle of Man http://www.iomguide.com/braaid.php http://www.thingsites.com/thing-site-profiles/tynwald-hill-isle-of-man
Ridgeway, Dorset http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-26453621
How to find us online

 

 

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Heathen Moments: The Nine Noble Virtues Part Two

April 11th, 2017

Hail and welcome to Heathen Moments! Join us as we continue our mini series on the Nine Noble Virtues with Jeff on Episode Two! hail!

 

Video Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JKVKJVezbc

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