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Episode 28 – The First Rune: Bovine Bank Accounts

February 14th, 2018

Shout out to TAC Charter Member Kelly Marie Geary 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. 

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

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

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

The William Tell Overture  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell_Overture"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell_Overture and to hear it played properly:  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU

“This is the BBC...”

 

Havamal verse 3 -  (warm knees) 

 

The Elder Futhark and The Younger Futhark:  HYPERLINK "http://omniglot.com/writing/runic.htm" l "elder"http://omniglot.com/writing/runic.htm#elder 

 

The Anglo Saxon Futhork:  HYPERLINK "http://omniglot.com/writing/futhorc.htm"http://omniglot.com/writing/futhorc.htm 

 

The origins of the word alphabet – from first two letters of the Greek letters ‘Alpha Beta’  HYPERLINK "http://omniglot.com/writing/alphabets.htm"http://omniglot.com/writing/alphabets.htm 

 

‘Sounds like steam escaping...’ Blazing Saddles (1974)

 

The Rune Poems – where the aspects or concepts of the runes come from.  There are a few rune poems: Anglo Saxon Rune Poem, Norwegian Rune Poem, Icelandic Rune Poem, Abercandium Normandicum.

 

For rune poems, Suzanne has Dickins ‘Runic and Heroic Poems’.  There’s a PDF of the full text available online here: https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/14759/1/fulltext.pdf 

 

“The love of money is the root of all evil” The Holy Bible, Timothy 6:10

 

Viking coinage and hack silver – there are plenty of Viking age hoards which have Arabic coinage in, here’s three to start you off:
Thurcaston Hoard – Leicester, UK -   HYPERLINK "https://finds.org.uk/counties/leicestershire/treasure-20-fitzwilliam-museum-the-thurcaston-viking-coin-hoard/"https://finds.org.uk/counties/leicestershire/treasure-20-fitzwilliam-museum-the-thurcaston-viking-coin-hoard/ 

Spillings Hoard – Gotland, Sweden -  HYPERLINK "http://www.medievalhistories.com/silver-hoard-in-gotland/"http://www.medievalhistories.com/silver-hoard-in-gotland/ 

Skaill Hoard – Sanday, Orkney -  HYPERLINK "http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skaillhoard.htm"http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skaillhoard.htm 

 

Sigtuna Box (with a rather nifty runic curse on guarding against theft)  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigtuna_box"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigtuna_box 

 

How do you measure wealth?  

 

“Cattle die, kindred die.” Havamal verses 76 and 77

 

Cattle/cows as the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the Gothic alphabet and the Greek alphabet.

 

“Kindred and Kine”  HYPERLINK "https://www.thefreedictionary.com/kine"https://www.thefreedictionary.com/kine 

 

Irish cattle raids, such as the Cattle Raid of Cooley:  HYPERLINK "https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Cattle-Raid-of-Cooley"https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Cattle-Raid-of-Cooley 

 

Zoastrianism and the group soul of domesticated cattle, more on how cattle are viewed in different faiths can be found here:  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion_and_mythology"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion_and_mythology 

 

Mind Bender: the Phonecian letter ‘A’.  The ideogram for cattle.  HYPERLINK "https://www.omniglot.com/writing/phoenician.htm"https://www.omniglot.com/writing/phoenician.htm 

 

Feoh is also a picture of a cow: horns through a yolk.  

 

The etemology of the word ‘fee’  HYPERLINK "https://www.etymonline.com/word/fee"https://www.etymonline.com/word/fee 

 

Suzanne’s UPG moment: The giant in Jack and Beanstalk.  The understanding came from a conversation a few years ago with a Vitki (runic magician) in Derbyshire.

 

The Norse creation myth: Audhumla (the cosmic cow)  HYPERLINK "http://www.norse-mythology.cba.pl/page,23,audhumla.html"http://www.norse-mythology.cba.pl/page,23,audhumla.html 

 

Electricity: only works when it’s moving -  HYPERLINK "http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/electric_current_voltage/revision/2/"http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/electric_current_voltage/revision/2/ 

 

(TV Tropes: warning, don’t go here unless you have a good few hours spare…  HYPERLINK "http://tvtropes.org/"http://tvtropes.org/ )

 

How to find us online

 

Suzanne gets to be fierce

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Episode 26 – Talking Tricksters

February 9th, 2018

Episode 26 – Talking Tricksters

 

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

 

NB: Throughout this episode, we refer to Loki as he/him, based on the understanding that Loki spends most of his time presenting as male and human-looking (give or take the odd mare episode...).  If you know Loki as she/her, they/them, ze/zir, or another set of pronouns it’s all good :D

 

“Still on Aardvark are we?” Blackadder, Ink and Incapability, series 3 1989

 

‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ - written 1936, by Irving Berlin.

 

Tricksters in Druidic mythology: Gwydion and Lugh: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~gwydion/gwydion.html

 

The Roman trickster Mercury, (together with his Greek equivalent Hermes https://www.shmoop.com/hermes-mercury/) and Discordia. (her Greek equivalent Eris) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(mythology)

 

Other tricksters of the world:

Papa Legba: https://exemplore.com/magic/papalegba  also known as Eshu: http://www.levity.com/figment/trickster.html

Odysseus: https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Heroes/Odysseus/odysseus.html 

The Monkey King, or Sun Wukong:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN3_6efimoQ

Coyote and Raven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAKHGe6x8n8

Anansi the spider: https://kidworldcitizen.org/anansi-stories-trickster-spider-west-africa-caribbean/

 

Tricksters, hunger and food: many tricksters have an association with food, hunger and catching food (by setting traps): This can be seen Loki being wildfire, and participating in the eating contest at Utgard (which he cannot win) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX0DPZsCt7E:

Loki invents the first fishing net: http://www.norse-mythology.cba.pl/page,249,loki.html

 

“The earliest use of the word ‘Trick’ in Greek refers to baiting a hook to catch fish” – Trickster Makes this World by Lewis Hyde (1998).

 

The monkey trap, a page which describes the trap and how it applies to the trap of short-term thinking here: http://www.godlessinamerica.com/monkeytrap.html

 

“Fresh fish, we catch them, you buy them” - Disney’s Aladdin (1992)

 

“If you are faced with two paths, take the third way.” Paraphrased from Neelix in Star Trek Voyager’s episode ‘Author, Author’ 2001 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708851/quotes

 

The meaning of ‘mercurial’ - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mercurial

 

Kate’s cannonball and bucket of mercury experiment, otherwise known as the Torricelli Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5D47nG9k4(forget the words, just watch the cannonball)

 

“If I hadn’t seen such riches, I could live with being poor.” Lyrics to ‘Sit Down’ by James, 1989

 

Loki’s involvement in the death of Baldur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXPj_XDtrkc

 

Some of the verses in the Havamal which relate to keeping your own counsel: verses 6, 10 – 11, 20 and 22. The dangers of mixing alcohol and wits, verses 12-14, 17, 19.

 

Loki’s Flyting: we’ll be looking at this in more depth in the next episode, but you’re welcome to go ahead and have an explore if you don’t mind spoilers!

 

Loki’s lips being sewn shut to stop him talking: http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/mythology/myths/text/treasures.htm

 

John Delancie playing Q from the Q continuum.  Star Trek series, most notably The Next Generation episodes, but he also pops up in Deep Space 9 and Voyager.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_(Star_Trek)

 

Light as a particle or a wave, or both or neither.  It’s the joys of Quantum Physics: this video explains the theory step by step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk3fgjHNQ2Q

 

How to find us online

 

“The Staff of Ra, I has translated it.” - Scaryduck’s version of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: https://scaryduck.blogspot.co.uk/2008/07/condensed-films-raiders-of-lost-ark.html  

 

If you fancy a longer read, try Mercury Rising: Women, Evil and the Trickster Gods, available online here https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=YemNP0rXIfkC&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=mercury+the+trickster&source=bl&ots=ncCSbF4j7Y&sig=Vg1RAO0YE03AgktA5BOV55fbGjQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiF4_uHya3YAhWHLcAKHeDxAm04ChDoAQhVMAg

 

There’s also a TED Talk which might be of interest: https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_levine_s_theory_of_everything#t-420495

 

As a last aside, there’s plenty of artwork out there, but we did find these that seem particularly apt: https://muirin007.deviantart.com/art/Deceiver-of-the-Gods-560187369

https://sceith-a.deviantart.com/art/Loki-657643934

and a whole pinterest page here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/110971578296659347/?lp=true

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Episode 27 – Loki’s Flyting

February 2nd, 2018

Episode 27 – Loki’s Flyting

 

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

 

It’s storytime again! This is a re-interpretation of the Flyting, and it seemed appropriate to use quick one liners and shade for an admittedly one-sided contest of insults between the gods.  As this article explains shade is “the bitter residue of a people who have mastered the art of dismissing and humiliating others with humor and sarcasm after having been degraded for years ourselves.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/magazine/the-underground-art-of-the-insult.html

Applied to a single person, this seemed to us to fit the Silver Tongued One’s situation and attitude perfectly.

 

We’ve put some classic quick quip one liners in here too, as throwing shade can be non-verbal and that doesn’t translate particularly well to a podcast *side eye* * hair flick* *sips tea* 

 

You might notice that there are some incidents referenced in Lokis Flyting that we now don’t have the corresponding stories for.  Some folks will say that this is because we’ve lost the original stories, and that they were well known at the time, and others say that Loki made the incidents up on the spot for his own purpose of shaming the gods.  Either way, we’re probably not going to find out...

 

Disclaimer: Kate and I aren’t particularly good at throwing shade in person, or throwing anything for that matter, but we hope you enjoy the episode anyway :)

 

Number 47 – appears in Alias, Fringe and Star Trek multiple times (and occasionally in Star Wars too) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/47_(number)

 

Theon Greyjoy – Character from Game of Thrones, a noble born son given to another noble house to help keep peace after a failed military coup. (happens a few years before book one begins)

 

“The Doom Song” - sung by the character GIR, from the cartoon series Invader Zim (2001 - 2004). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2jvANh2aEc

 

How to find us online

 

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