For our seventeenth Six Questions entry, we interview Danish academic Mathias Nordvig. Nordvig grew up in Denmark and Greenland, and today teaches at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado. Nordvig conducts research on a wide variety of topics in ancient Scandinavian studies.Read More
Teresa Dröfn Njarðvík is an Icelandic academic, author, and heathen. Over the past year, two books on the subject of the runic alphabet authored by Teresa have entered publication: Icelandic Runes: A Brief History, published by Almenna Bókafélagið, and Runes: The Icelandic Book of Fuþark, published by the Icelandic Magic Company (which will soon see an Icelandic language edition).Read More
For Mimisbrunnr.info's 14th Six Questions interview, we interview American academic Alexander Sager. Sager is department head of the University of Georgia's (UGA) Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and an associate professor of German Among other courses relating to German language, culture, and literature, Sager teaches a variety of courses relating to the ancient Germanic peoples, including the school's recently introduced course on the topic of Norse mythology. Sager also played a notable role in Mimisbrunnr.info's formation: he was Ár Var Alda: the Ancient Germanic Studies Society at UGA's faculty sponsor (and that of its precursors), which eventually developed into the present site.Read More
We've had a lot on our plates here at Mimisbrunnr.info lately, mostly in the Eddic to English continues to grow, with most entries now complete. We'll also be producing more regular interviews soon, and ÁVA will meet again, this time in at a soon-to-open venue in the historic neighborhood of Ballard, in Seattle, Washington. Stay tuned: while the site has slept for about a year, there's plenty more coming.
Mimisbrunnr.info is proud to introduce Eddic to English, a comparative study of English translations of the Poetic Edda. From newcomers choosing the 'right' translation to academics embarking on a translation of their own, everyone benefits from an accessible comparative study of the numerous English language translations of the Poetic Edda.
Eddic to English is currently in an early phase, featuring little more than primitive versions of five translation entries and an introduction. However, some of you will no doubt find it useful in its current state. We welcome your suggestions, corrections, and general feedback.
For our 13th Six Questions feature, we interview artist Rachel Shelton. Originally hailing from Washington state, today Shelton lives in rural Montana. One of the most sparsely populated and vast expanses of the nation, the west Yellowstone region of Montana features heavily in Shelton's nature-focused photographs, gathered bone pieces, and wildcrafting. Shelton's work often features motifs and themes drawn from Germanic paganism and folklore, including runic inscriptions and charms. Shelton sells her work through her Etsy shop and showcases her photography on her Instagram.Read More
Mimisbrunnr.info has commissioned its first logo rendition from artist the Red Boar's Daughter. The Red Boar's Daughter's work frequently draws from medieval manuscript illumination combined with the idiosyncratic (readers can see more of her excellent work here).
Using the Mimisbrunnr.info template for its core inspiration (see below), the Red Boar's Daughter incorporates a few new elements into her rendition of the logo, namely Hugin and Munin, Odin's ravens, and a root of fennel, referencing the Old English Nine Herbs Charm.
Both elements are associated with the god Odin and his many reflexes in ancient Germanic culture. Read more about the logo's symbolism here.
Our first Godshapes entry focuses on a lesser known figure, one of the most difficult figures in the corpus to conceptualize: a god by the name of Hœnir. Hœnir’s case is a curious one. In the body of Old Norse narratives that come down to us today, the god generally lurks in the shadows, a quiet companion to other gods. While the record strongly implies that Hœnir was an important figure, what we are told seems cryptic and obtuse and lacks the clarity to confidently place his characteristics in context.Read More
The subject of Mimisbrunnr.info's twelfth Six Questions entry is Heimlich A. Laguz, a founding member of Elhaz Ablaze, the digital platform of the Elhaz Fellowship, a collective of five Heathen writers. Active since 2007, Elhaz Ablaze has produces a steady flow of articles founded on the principles of the group's central philosophy, Chaos Heathenism, an approach Laguz discusses during the course of this interview.Read More