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Episode 4: Top 10 Moments of Vikings Season 5B

91BXZBQigEL._RI_Today, I will provide my top ten moments of season 5B of History Channel’s TV show, Vikings and include real historical insights into some of the characters and events to show you how the show differs from the real history. Also, new monthly segments will be introduced to show you the structure of what the podcast will look like going forward, such as “Huginn and Muninn Tales” and “Viking of the Month.” This episode will include heavy SPOILERS!!

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For any questions, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me at goingviking@outlook.com or find me on social media at:

  • Twitter: @GoingViking
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Music Credits:

  • Intro/Outro Music: “Vikings Are Coming” by scottholmesmusic.com
  • Huginn and Muninn Tales: “Ragnar’s Kingdom” by scottholmesmusic.com

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Episode 3: The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide with Noah Tetzner

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Today, I had the pleasure to speak with Noah Tetzner from The History of Vikings Podcast about his new book, The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide. Please be sure to go check it out on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format here: https://amzn.to/2GiHKP9.

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For any questions, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me at goingviking@outlook.com or find me on social media at:

  • Twitter: @GoingViking
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Music Credits:

  • Intro/Outro Music: “Vikings Are Coming” by scottholmesmusic.com
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Episode 2: Special Edition-Vikings Beyond the Legend

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In today’s special edition episode, I will be discussing my trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA to see the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit. I provide a brief summary of what was in the exhibit and highlight the Roskilde-6 ship and the Jelling Stone. Look for the pictures on all social media platforms today. Enjoy!

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For any questions, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me at goingviking@outlook.com or find me on social media at:

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Episode 1: Our First Raid

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Welcome to the introductory episode of the new Going Viking Podcast! This episode is meant to be a brief introduction of who I am, what Going Viking is, what the podcast will be about and when new episodes will release. I hope you join me as we set sail in our longships!

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For any questions, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me at goingviking@outlook.com or find me on social media at:

  • Twitter: @GoingViking
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Music Credits:

  • Intro/Outro Music: “Vikings Are Coming” by scottholmesmusic.com

 

The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide with Noah Tetzner

Today I had the pleasure to speak with Noah Tetzner, from The History of Vikings Podcast about his new book that he wrote called, The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide. This book was just released today, and you can purchase it right now on Amazon in paperback form or Kindle format (links are below). Congratulations to Noah on this achievement!

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“Journey to the mythic worlds of the medieval Norse and discover the timeless legends that still live within us. The Poetic Edda comprises a mythology of gods and their human heroes who are driven by honor, lust, and wisdom, always seeking power and always settling a new dispute. The Edda begins with resourceful creator-gods crafting the universe out of a giant’s corpse and a powerful seeress imparting details about the inevitable chaos of Ragnarök.”

 

GOING VIKING: I must say, I was truly impressed when I first heard you wrote a book. I have been listening to your podcast since it has launched, and it has been a joy to see you rise in the community. So, let’s begin with your initial idea of this book. What convinced you to write The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide?

NOAH TETZNER: The Poetic Edda is a key primary source for Norse mythology and I have been studying it since the launch of my podcast. When I first decided to pick it up I found it to be confusing and a bit overwhelming. There are so many characters, storylines, and obscure references that are always up for debate. I decided to write The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide to create no-nonsense, easy to understand, study guide to the Poetic Edda.

 

GOING VIKING: Approximately how long did it take you to write it? As a young writer, were there any obstacles you faced?

NOAH TETZNER: It took me approximately three months to write The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide and as a young writer I certainly faced my share of obstacles. The largest obstacles were staying on task and writing something every day. The distractions of life and even imposter syndrome would creep up and cause me to stop writing. However, my love of the Old Norse world and passion for this new book overcame those obstacles and now am I able to share this with so many people.

 

GOING VIKING: Let’s say you are an expert in the field of Norse mythology, as many of your guests are on your podcast. Can they also gain something new to learn in your book? Or, is this targeted specifically for beginners?

NOAH TETZNER: I tried to write this book in a way that assumes the reader has very little prior knowledge about Norse mythology. It is an excellent book for those who are new to the subject but also makes a good companion to those who are already familiar with Norse myth.

 

GOING VIKING: Norse mythology is fascinating to research but can be daunting to understand if you are new to the topic. What is one thing you hope novice readers can take away from your book?

NOAH TETZNER: When I first became fascinated with Norse mythology the thought of reading the Poetic Edda seemed an extremely daunting task. I know that many people feel the same way, so my hope is to give them a concise guide to one of the most important sources of Norse mythology.

 

GOING VIKING: Besides the Poetic Edda, were there any other resources you used throughout your writing process? Was there one specific resource that really stood out to you that you kept finding yourself revert to?

NOAH TETZNER: Naturally, the Poetic Edda was the main resource I used to write this book. I also used academic dictionaries to Norse mythology, The Saga of the Volsungs and various other Old Norse sagas. The Poetic Edda itself was something that I fell in love with while writing this book. I had been familiar with the Edda for a long time but digging deep and breaking apart each stanza and poem showed me how rich and timeless these myths really are.

 

GOING VIKING: During this journey, was there a character or story that you appreciated more during your research that previously you didn’t find as appealing?

NOAH TETZNER: During the journey of writing this book I came to appreciate a poem called Volundarkvitha or The Poem of Volund. The poem encompasses the journey of a clever smith called Volund which involves many different mythical elements. Volund’s marriage to a Valkyrie, his imprisonment by King Nithuth, and the brutal revenge he carries out are just some of the fascinating occurrences within this poem.

 

GOING VIKING: This may be a popular question; however, I am always intrigued to see people’s answers when it comes to your favorite Norse god or goddess. From listening to your podcast, I know your answer, but you can humor me anyway for the people who don’t know.

NOAH TETZNER: My favorite Norse god is Njord or Njörðr (in Old Norse). He belongs to the Vanir family of gods and is called upon to aid seafarers and fishermen. He is also associated with wealth and riches. We don’t know a great deal about him but can assume that he would have had a significant role in the Vanir cult of ancient Germania. The seafaring nature of his attributes would also suggest his popularity among the medieval Scandinavians.

 

GOING VIKING: To conclude our interview today, can we expect any more books like this down the road? What are your 2019 goals for The History of Vikings Podcast?

NOAH TETZNER: Yes, you can certainly expect more books related to Vikings, Norse myth, and the Old Norse world in the near future. Perhaps study guides to The Saga of the Volsungs, Gesta Danorum, or Prose Edda. It has been an absolute joy writing The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide and my passion is to help people understand the rich mythology of the Norse. 2019 is an exciting year for The History of Vikings Podcast. I have already recorded interviews with scholars from the University of Iceland and Cambridge University that explore many of the Icelandic sagas and notable characters during the Viking Age. Getting more people interested in the Old Norse world through my podcast and writing more about Norse myth are both goals of mine.

 

I would like to thank Noah for joining me today and I would like to say congratulations one more time on your book launch today. I know there are many people in our community that will be excited to pick up your book and I look forward to your future endeavors. You can also check out this interview on the Going Viking Podcast!

 

I urge you to go check out Noah’s new book, The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide. It is available to purchase on Amazon right now. Follow the links below to get your copy!

Paperback: https://amzn.to/2GiHKP9

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2MK7vsX

 

If you would like to know more about Noah and his podcast, please visit him at:

Website: thehistoryofvikings.com

Twitter: @HistoryofViking

Instagram: thehistoryofvikings

YouTube: The History of Vikings

You can listen to The History of Vikings podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, his website and most podcast platforms.

 

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Raven’s Feast (Hakon’s Saga Book 2) Review

51tgqpdwwhlA sequel in a series no matter the medium, whether that be a book or movie can be hard to pull off, especially when it follows a successful first entry. However, Eric Schumacher provides a gripping continuation of Hakon’s Saga in Raven’s Feast. It still contains that same realism setting of the Viking Age from God’s Hammer but builds on it with new characters and higher stakes. Previous characters are once again a forefront to the story adding more depth and range to favorites such as Sigurd and Egil. The action scenes continue to be a highlight of the series, making each battle different than the last.

Throughout the story we still see that same teenage boy that we want to cheer for, but now we witness a king that burdens a whole realm on his shoulders. With that comes responsibility beyond our comprehension, forcing Hakon to make some difficult decisions that leads into great storytelling. Nevertheless, not much time as passed since the battle with Erik, and yet Hakon becomes more ruthless, catching me off guard from his previous self. As a reader, I embrace the darker tone of characterization because it makes that character more complex and real. Hakon reached this point quicker than I anticipated, but it is understandable after the countless deaths from battle continue to consume his mind.

Religion plays a crucial role in Raven’s Feast giving the reader a constant tension between two different beliefs, the Christians and the Norse gods. Can they live amongst each other? After living your whole life embodied by one faith, how does one react to a foreign faith? Can Hakon continue his firm belief in the Christian God being surrounded by people who despise it? These are the type of questions that get answered as they unravel by the end of the book.

Raven’s Feast is an excellent book that makes this series a must read, although it’s difficult to match the perfection of the first book in the series, God’s Hammer. Going Viking gives this book 4 out of 5 shields!

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You can catch this book as an audio version as well. Narrated by Shaun Grindell.

For more information about author Eric Schumacher and the other books in Hakon’s Saga, visit his website: www.ericschumacher.net

You can also follow him on Twitter: @DarkAgeScribe