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Episode 42 - Beasts of Battle

September 15th, 2018

Episode 42 – Beasts of Battle


Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

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



Closing Music:

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



Background fire ambience by inchadney from


Kate’s slight diversion into Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. You can read along here:

‘The Beasts of Battle’ - the eagle, the raven and the wolf, often referred to as a group in company of each other.

Anglo-Saxon literature, including Beowulf – uses them as a foreshadow, or feasting on the dead after battle. A negative image.

Jaws theme music – used as a precursor or foreshadow to shark attacks in the 1975 film, Jaws. If you need a reminder of what it sounds like (thank you John Williams I'm never willingly going to swim in open water again), head here:


The reasons for those sharks-eye view shots: and

Pavlov – a scientist who explored the way that animals could associate a ringing bell with the production of food, this became known as Classical Conditioning:

“They’re going to cut us to pieces, roast us over an open fire, and eat us!”

OE poem: The Wanderer

OE poem: Beowulf

OE poem: Judith

OE poem: Exodus

Anubis – the Jackal-headed Egyptian god of the dead

OE poem: The Battle of Maldon

Space Marine Chapter.    Marines. In Space. With plenty of different Chapters to choose from.

Dehumanisation of enemies – a stage of Genocide and

Sutton Hoo – Wolves and birds imagery, especially on the shield and decorative purse flap.

Viking literature: Poetic Edda – uses them as a positive image, often in praise of an individual warrior.

“He fed the eagle out in Greece” From the Invar Runestones, identification number ‘SO 179’ and

They journeyed boldly; /Went far for gold,
Fed the eagle / Out in the east,
And died in the south / In Saracenland

—Gripsholm Rune-Stone (c. 1050)

Berserker- Have a read here:

Bayeux tapestry - the raven banner imagery. There are two images here, one banner with a hopeful force, and the second as an empty banner trampled under horse as the force is routed.

Ravens in Norse culture – Hugin and Munin:

Odin’s companion wolves – Geri and Freki:

Roman eagles:

The Wolf Age – is described just before the Ragnarok battles happen.

Vargar (wolves) – outlaws and criminals are described as this in the law codes:

Garm and Fenrir. Read more here: here: and here:

Shrieking violins - Suzanne was thinking about Psycho (1960) and the shower scene.

1812 Overture – go have a listen, it’s awesome :) Especially this version: (and yes, it’s got the cannons.)

That song:

You deserve a bonus for getting this far, have a virtual cookie and a bit of something different. We both like flashmobs when they’re done well – like this one:

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