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Episode 43 - Beer and Worry - favourite verses of the Havamal

October 1st, 2018

Episode 43 – Beer and Worry – favourite verses from the Havamal

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

GIR – from Invader Zim (TV series 2001 – 2004)

“Thirteen!” from Rome Season 1, episode 11, ‘The Spoils’

The first time we looked at the Havamal: Frithcast episode 4:


The pilot episode of Star Trek and that whole numbering thing:

And the reference to it in South Park:

Correction: The Havamal is a collection of pieces, not one single poem. Just, so’s you know.

Roman legions:

The inherent difficulties of working with translations:

“Better it is to have a stout heart always and face your troubles...” Herodotus. Herodotus, George Rawlinson (1996). “Histories”, p.533, Wordsworth Editions.

Declaration 127:

There’s several versions of the Havamal available for free online and there are many translations. Head here to see a whole list of documents and commentary that you can go look at:

Translations – here’s 6 to get you going:

Larrington (1996 and 2014)

Bray (1908)

Thorpe (1865)

Hollander (1962)

Bellows (1923)

Auden and Taylor (1967)

Other folks have also tried their hand at translation:

Dr Jackson Crawford’s ‘The Cowboy Havamal’ (2015):

TAC’s recent translation (2018) is available to buy here:

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