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Frithcast XL: The Names of the Allfather

September 28th, 2017

Drum and chanting track: ‘Jagadamba – Shaman frame drum with Om chanting’ from Freesound.org

 

We had sudden want to create a piece, reciting the names of the Allfather over layers of Elder Futhark rune names and drums.  As usual when you get a sudden instinct, it generally proves longer to actually do the thing than having the thought in the first place.  

 

The names of the Allfather are many – this isn’t a definitive list, we may have unintentionally missed one or two.  Generally the list comes from the Gylfanning, which lists about 200 names.  You may know the Allfather as the Wanderer, First Husband of Frigg, One-Eyed or The Raven God, but he has many more titles and spheres of influence.  You can find a listing of most of his names here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_names_of_Odin

 

We leave you with a quote from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Kate and I hope you enjoy this.

 

“This is what they call me.  I’m called Glad of War, Grim, Raider and Third.  I am One-Eyed.  I am called Highest and True Guesser.  I am Grimnir and I am the Hooded One.  I am Allfather, Gondlir Wand Bearer.  I have as many names as there are winds, as many titles as there are ways to die.”

 (American Gods, Neil Gaiman (2001) Ch6.)

 

PS We had a little help from the Thargoids… just sayin’ #cantstopthesignal

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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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