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In Viking times, a ‘Thing’ was a gathering; a place where leaders and warriors could meet and talk. In the 21st century, our ‘Thing’ is a virtual place where Viking academics and enthusiasts from around the world can come together to share knowledge. Join Miranda and Lucas, from the JORVIK Viking Centre, as they delve into another fascinating topic about Vikings, archaeology, and more!

That JORVIK Viking Thing Podcast JORVIK Viking Centre

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In Viking times, a ‘Thing’ was a gathering; a place where leaders and warriors could meet and talk. In the 21st century, our ‘Thing’ is a virtual place where Viking academics and enthusiasts from around the world can come together to share knowledge. Join Miranda and Lucas, from the JORVIK Viking Centre, as they delve into another fascinating topic about Vikings, archaeology, and more!

    The JORVIK Viking Centre Gets the Herefordshire Hoard

    The JORVIK Viking Centre Gets the Herefordshire Hoard

    Discovered by metal detectorists near Leominster in 2015, the Herefordshire Hoard consists of silver coins,  gold jewellery and a single silver ingot. It was buried between AD 870 and AD 879 and is likely connected with the presence of the Viking ‘Great Army’ in the Kingdom of Mercia during that period.
    The Hoard reveals new information about politics in the late 9th century, demonstrating the movement and activity of the Viking army and an alliance between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex at a time when the unification and of England was taking shape.
    It is believed that most of the Hoard, discovered in 2015 by metal detectorists in a field near Leominster, has been sold on the black market, with the current collection only representing 10% of the original find.  The perpetrators have since been sentenced to over 23 years in prison, but the items illicitly sold have not been recovered.  The remaining items from the Hoard – which as ‘treasure’ was owned by the Crown - returned to Herefordshire following a fundraising appeal.

    In this episode we hear from Tim Hoverd, Archaeological Projects Manager for Herefordshire Archaeology, Judy Stevenson, Team Leader for the Herefordshire Museum Service, and Gareth Williams, Curator of Anglo-Saxon coins in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. 

    To see the Herefordshire Hoard for yourselves, book your tickets now for the JORVIK Viking Centre. Or, you can watch our videos about the hoard here. 
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    • 35 min
    Minisode - JORVIK Viking Festival 2024

    Minisode - JORVIK Viking Festival 2024

    The annual JORVIK Viking Festival will be returning to the streets on York from 12th-18th February 2024.

    In this minisode Miranda chats through some of the events that will be taking place during the Festival week, both in person and online.

    A full programme of events check out the JORVIK Viking Festival website

    Digital content can be found at That JORVIK Viking Thing website

    In Conversation with… The Viking Museum, Stockholm hosted by Lucas, will be available to watch for free on Tuesday 13th February at 6pm at: In Conversation with... The Viking Museum in Stockholm

    Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture 2024, with Gareth Williams: The Herefordshire Viking hoard: Discovery, recovery and interpretation, will be available to watch online for £6 on Thursday 15th February at 7pm. Buy your tickets at: Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture 2024

    The Richard Hall Symposium Presents: Fedir Androshchuk, will be available to watch for free on Sunday 18th February at 2pm at: The Richard Hall Symposium Presents: Fedir Androshchuk


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    • 8 min
    Viking Bestiary: Elves (and Dwarves) in Norse Myths and Sagas

    Viking Bestiary: Elves (and Dwarves) in Norse Myths and Sagas

    Explore the captivating world of Elves in Norse mythology, from mischievous folklore creatures to epic, magical beings. 
    We are again joined by Max, a JORVIK Viking Centre veteran, as we navigate through Old Norse literature, wading through the complexities of Alfheim, Elf-Women, and confusing Elven connections with gods and warriors. 
    We delve into the Prose Edda's baffling descriptions of Light-Elves and Dark-Elves that  blur the lines between Elves and Dwarves. From Volund's intricate tale to Loki's dealings with Dwarves, this episode seeks to unravels the confounding tapestry of Norse cosmology (in regards to elves anyway)!
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    • 45 min
    Cracking Kennings and Confounding Riddles: Exploring Viking and Anglo-Saxon Wordplay

    Cracking Kennings and Confounding Riddles: Exploring Viking and Anglo-Saxon Wordplay

    Join us this New Year's Day for an intriguing exploration of Viking riddles!

    Today were joined by Max, a seasoned JORVIK Viking,  who unveils the world of Viking riddles, from clever kennings to the downright silly.

    Explore the artistry of kennings in Viking poetry and dive into the Saga of Hervor and Heithrek, where "Gestumblindi's" (read: Odin in disguise) riddles range from clever to comically bizarre. We also go through a few Anglo-Saxon riddles, which quickly go from quite highbrow and religious, to salacious and a bit ridiculous.

    Tune in for a unique blend of linguistic wit, intelligence, and a touch of silliness as we unravel the tapestry of riddles in Viking and Anglo-Saxon cultures. 
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    • 49 min
    The Tale of Audun and the Polar Bear

    The Tale of Audun and the Polar Bear

    In the spirit of the season, we're taking a short break for Christmas, but fear not – we have a special treat for you. Join us for a nostalgic revisit of one of our favourite episodes: "The Tale of Audun and the Polar Bear", formerly titled "Troll the Ancient Yuletide Carol: Viking Yule."

    Our resident skald, Lucas , weaves a tale of adventure as a Viking embarks on a daring quest to gift the King of Denmark a polar bear. The story unfolds against the backdrop of icy landscapes, filled with bravery, cunning, and a friendship.

    As we take a break to celebrate the holidays, we extend our gratitude to our wonderful listeners for a fantastic year of support. We'll return in the new year with more sagas, interviews, and Viking chitchat. Until then, may your Yule be filled with warmth and  merriment.

    Thank you for a year of Viking tales, and here's to many more in the coming year! 
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    • 23 min
    Ragnarok Unveiled: Twilight of the Gods

    Ragnarok Unveiled: Twilight of the Gods

    It's getting cold, and dark, which means its the perfect time to talk about Ragnarok - the coldest and darkest story of all!

    In this episode, we journey deep into the heart of Norse mythology to unravel the legendary tale of Ragnarok – the Twilight of the Gods.

    What lead to Ragnarok, and is it avoidable?

    From imprisonment of Loki's children to the death of the god Baldr, tensions escalate, setting the stage for the ultimate clash between gods, giants, and just about every epic baddie in Norse Mythology. We'll look at Fimbulwinter, the crowing of roosters, and the earth-shaking re-emergence of Fenrir, the Midgard Serpent, and Hel. We'll discuss the epic showdown, explore the fate of key characters, and find hope (?) in the aftermath.

    If you haven't make sure to listen to these referenced episodes:

    Thor Goes Fishing for the Midgard Serpent
    Loki and the Golden Apples
    Beauty by Baldr
    Saga of the Volsungs pt 1: Blood and Betrayal
    Saga of the Volsungs pt 2: Passion and Poison
    Saga of the Volsungs pt 3: Revenge and Renewal
    Saga of the Volsungs pt 4: Oaths and Omens
    Saga of the Volsungs pt 5: Death and Deceit


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    • 27 min

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Podcast with a unique outlook

Love all these episodes and listen to them whenever they come out.
Nice to hear lots of accents. Sometimes I expect British, but it's American which is great!

I mean, I'm sure you would probably rate a podcast by it's content typically, but it's nice to just ignore all the great content, and fantastic science being communicated and just focus on the accents of the hosts...

If you WERE interested in the content you would be interested to know that this podcast is well researched and does so witout funding, advertising and patreon.
While the quality at times could use some work in the interviews, the types of people and the conversations had are informative and great.

The hosts are still finding their voice, but have confidence and good chemistry so I will continue to listen going forward despite the fact that one of the hosts has a British accent and the other an American.

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