Growth Season

We've had a lot on our plates here at 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.

Introducing Eddic to English 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.

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Six Questions XIII: Rachel Shelton

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.

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Six Questions XI: Kjersti Faret (Cat Coven)

Kjersti Faret,'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.

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Happy Birthday, Jacob Grimm

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.

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Six Questions X: Lindy-Fay Hella

The tenth subject of'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.

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Six Questions IX: Runahild

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.

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