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
Kjersti Faret, Mimisbrunnr.info's eleventh Six Questions subject, is a New York-based American artist. Faret primarily works with printmaking, illustration, and embroidery, and often draws from her Scandinavian heritage for her subject matter, reflected in her pieces depicting entities and narratives from Norse Mythology. Faret makes her designs available by way of her lifestyle brand and online shop, Cat Coven.Read More
Later this month, Mimisbrunnr.info will publish the first entry in an exciting new feature: Godshapes, a tool for artists, writers, and other creative types interested in Norse mythology and, more broadly, Germanic mythology as a whole.Read More
On this day in 1785, Jacob Grimm was born in Hanau, Germany. While today Jacob and his brother Wilhelm are best known for the highly successful—and widely varying—editions of their folktale retellings, their work played a crucial role in the development of a variety of academic fields, ranging from folkloristics to philology and well beyond.Read More
The tenth subject of Mimisbrunnr.info's Six Question series is Norwegian singer and musician Lindy-Fay Hella. Best known for her work as female vocalist for the popular musical project Wardruna, Hella has appeared throughout the group's discography and has performed, for example, on the Norwegian government-owned NRK1 television network and in front to the Gokstad ship at the Oslo Viking Ship Museum (Norwegian Vikingskipshuset på Bygdøy). Additionally, her voice can be heard throughout the extremely popular television show Vikings (2013-ongoing), which prominently employs tracks from the Wardruna discography.Read More
In Norse cosmology, the Élivágar (Old Norse 'stormy waves, icy waves') are primordial, venomous rivers. Remote in time and place, these rivers play a crucial role in Norse cosmogony: they produced the proto-being Ymir, who in turn bore the ancestors of many beings that populate the narratives that together form Norse mythology. In time, Ymir's body was dissected by a trio of gods to create the world as we know it, a sort of North Germanic myth of succession.
Borrowed into modern German, Élivágar readily becomes Eliwagar, a name under which Runahild, a musician from Lorraine, France (a city bordering Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg), has released nine albums of what she calls "Hyperborean Heathen Folk". Today Runahild lives in Norway.