English writer Paul Kingsnorth is perhaps best known to Six Questions readers for his novel The Wake (Gray Wolf Press, 2014). The Wake received critical praise and significant media attention (see, for example, coverage in The Guardian, The New York Times, and NPR), and features a variety of topics rarely represented in modern popular culture.Read More
The first (and to date only) album by Seiðlæti, Icelandic artists Unnur Arndísardóttir and Reynir Katrínarson, makes for a notable departure from modern popular culture’s tendency to ignore goddesses from the Germanic record: Þagnarþulur (2017) features 17 songs, each dedicated to a different goddess from the Old Norse corpus.Read More
Jennifer Snook is an American sociologist and heathen. Snook is perhaps best known to date for her 2015 book American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement, an in-depth study of adherents of Germanic Heathenry in the United States.Read More
On a date to be announced sometime within the next month or two, ancient Germanic studies reading circle Ár Var Alda will be reborn in Seattle, Washington. The group will meet monthly at Skål Beer Hall in the historic Scandinavian-American enclave of Ballard.Read More
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.