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Episode 59 - Animal Companions

June 1st, 2019

Episode 59 – Animal Companions


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


Sir Ian McKellen

Kevin Bacon (6 degrees of Kevin Bacon)

Huginn and Munin – Odin’s raven companions

Ravens saying Nevermore… from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven

Geri and Freki – Odin’s wolf companions

Sleipnir – Odin’s eight-legged horse, child of the trickster.

“Two tickets to that thing you love” Old Spice ad

Very Quick and Early Waker – Sunna’s horses

Rapid Goer – Mannis horse

Teeth Bearer and Teeth Grinder – Thor’s goats

Norwegian Forest Cats:

Meerkats and “Simples”: Compare the Market ad Campaign

Hati and Skoll – the wolves that chase the sun and moon. Sons of Fenrir.

Garm – in Guild Wars II - the wolf that guards the gates to Hel’s realm. Treated as separate to Fenris in the Grimnismal

Cerberus – the three headed guardian of Hades

Syncretism – the blending or partial blending of ideas, culture or faiths. Here’s some examples of religious syncretism:

Morgana le Fay and Morgose

“make your own kind of music” Paloma Faith

Frostymane – the horse that pulls the chariot of night

Skinfaxi – the horse the pulls the chariot of day

Shadowfax – the name of Gandalf’s horse in Lord of the Rings

Beasts of Battle motif in Viking and Anglo-Saxon culture:

Battleboar – Freya’s boar

Golden Bristles – Frey’s boar

Pumba – warthog character from the Lion King:


Ratatosk – the squirrel messenger. Kate sees him as looking like Scrat from the Ice Age films

Nithog – the dragon that eats the roots of the World Tree

Flyting – a verbal contest of insults

The Giant Eagle who sits at the top of the World Tree.

“Neither rain nor snow nor glom of nit.” Going Postal, Terry Pratchett

Four deer who eat the lower leaves of the World Tree

Fenrir – the wolf son of the Trickster

Jormungand – the great serpent child of the Trickster

The Familiar in classical witchcraft

Dogs in Viking burials: (and Viking pets in general)

“For I am the cat that walks by itself, and all places are alike to me” Rudyard Kipling ‘The Cat that Walked by Himself’

“Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair” Cats Sleep Anywhere’ poem by Eleanor Farjeon

“The greater cats ” ‘The Greater Cats’ poem by Vita Sackville-West

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