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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!

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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!

    Viking Bestiary: Dwarfs in Norse Myths and Sagas

    Viking Bestiary: Dwarfs in Norse Myths and Sagas

    In the latest episode in our Viking Bestiary series, we're shifting our focus from the enchanting world of Elves (who we spoke about a few episodes ago) to the realm of Dwarfs. Join us as we delve deep into the Norse sagas, exploring the multifaceted nature of these diminutive yet formidable beings.
    Dwarfs in Norse mythology are far more than just stout, bearded craftsmen dwelling in mountain halls. We'll unravel the complexities of their character, their interactions with gods and humans, and their pivotal role in shaping the Norse cosmos. We'll explore their connections to the gods, from forging divine weapons like Thor's mighty hammer Mjölnir to engaging in riddle contests with Odin himself. We'll also unpick the interactions between dwarfs and humans, from the forging of legendary weapons to tales of mutual aid and cunning. 
    Join us as we journey through the rich tapestry of Norse mythology, uncovering the fascinating tales of dwarfs and their enduring legacy in the pantheon of ancient lore.
    Listen and enjoy, and please consider leaving us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!

    • 43 min
    JORVIK Viking Centre Gallery Walk Through: Shoes, Sheaths, and Silk

    JORVIK Viking Centre Gallery Walk Through: Shoes, Sheaths, and Silk

    Join Miranda and Max as they continue their stroll around the JORVIK Viking Centre.
    This time they're discussing a display case filled with some smaller and more ornate personal items worn by the people of Viking age York for adornment, status and practical purposes.

    For our past Gallery Walk Throughs check out:
    JORVIK Viking Centre Gallery Walk Through: Travel and Trade
    JORVIK Viking Centre Gallery Walk Through: Skeletons
    JORVIK Viking Centre Gallery Walk Through: Brooches, Buckles and Blades
    JORVIK Viking Centre Gallery Walk Through: Trade with the East
    Listen and enjoy, and please consider leaving us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!

    • 36 min
    Mythical Mischief Revisited:Loki and the Golden Apples

    Mythical Mischief Revisited:Loki and the Golden Apples

    Thank you all who partook in JORVIK Viking Festival 2024, whether in person or online! We had so much fun that we need a small hiatus to recover, so this week we'll take a look back at a saga from last year:

    Gather 'round once more, dear listeners, as That JORVIK Viking Thing Podcast revisits the legendary tale of Loki and the Golden Apples in an enchanting encore presentation! Join the ever-curious Silly History Boys as they spin the yarn of a mischievous trickster, a mystical bird, and apples that bestow immortality.

    In this reawakening of divine mischief, immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Norse mythology as the gods partake in a peculiar dating show! But the adventure doesn't end there! Lucas and Miranda then take a dive deep into the morally ambiguous character of Loki and ponder the logistical intricacies of those coveted immortality apples.

    If you want to continue enjoying the JORVIK Viking Festival 2024, check out our video series about the Herefordshire Hoard (now on display at JORVIK Viking Centre).
    Or you can watch the recording of some of the festival livestreams, like In Conversation with... The Viking Museum in Stockholm, or The Richard Hall Symposium Presents: Fedir Androshchuk. 

    We'll be back in two weeks with a brand new episode - see you then!
    Listen and enjoy, and please consider leaving us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!

    • 33 min
    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. 
    Listen and enjoy, and please consider leaving us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!

    • 35 min
    Viking Bestiary: Elves in Norse Myths and Sagas

    Viking Bestiary: Elves 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)!
    Listen and enjoy, and please consider leaving us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!

    • 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. 
    Listen and enjoy, and please consider leaving us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen!

    • 49 min

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jaywolfe82 ,

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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