86 episodes

A podcast featuring scholarly discussions about Vikings, Norse myth, & the history of medieval Scandinavia. Hosted by Noah Tetzner.
Follow The History of Vikings on Twitter: @HistoryofViking
Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com

The History of Vikings Noah Tetzner

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    • 4.7 • 426 Ratings

A podcast featuring scholarly discussions about Vikings, Norse myth, & the history of medieval Scandinavia. Hosted by Noah Tetzner.
Follow The History of Vikings on Twitter: @HistoryofViking
Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com

    Viking Yule: The Norse Winter Holiday & the Wild Hunt w/ Dr. Terry Gunnell

    Viking Yule: The Norse Winter Holiday & the Wild Hunt w/ Dr. Terry Gunnell

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    Medieval Scandinavians and other Germanic peoples celebrated a holiday called Yule during the time of year when days became longer and winter was at its peak. 
    What was this holiday and how was it celebrated? Do we have surviving evidence for what happened at Yule celebrations during the Viking Age? 
    In today’s holiday-themed episode, I’m joined by Dr. Terry Gunnell, Professor Emeritus of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland and returning podcast guest. Dr. Gunnell was kind enough to answer my call for his expertise when it comes to the winter holiday of Yule. Be sure to check out his previous interviews on The History of Vikings, which are the episodes titled ‘’Norse Mythology & a Pantheon of Gods’’ and ‘’Historical Worship of the Norse Gods’’.
    Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com
    Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr
    Support this podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/historyofviking
    Visit my friend and Swedish blacksmith, Philip Lufolk: https://lufolk.com

    • 43 min
    Viking Combat: The Violent Society of the Norse w/ Hurstwic

    Viking Combat: The Violent Society of the Norse w/ Hurstwic

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    During the Middle Ages, seafaring Scandinavian marauders wrought havoc in lands both near and far—from Iceland to Finland, and Córdoba to Constantinople. These were warriors who belonged to an altogether violent society. They are known to us today as Vikings. 
    One may read about their military exploits in Old Norse sagas and the chronicles of Christian monks; walk across the remains of warships and ring fortresses, or behold their carefully preserved weapons in some of Europe’s finest museums. 
    Yet, it has always been unclear to me how the Vikings fought. Did they use battle tactics? Were young warriors formally trained for battle? How should we understand warfare as it relates to the Viking way of life? 
    Today on the podcast, we’ll be addressing all of this and more in an exciting episode about Viking combat. 
    Joining me to discuss this topic is William R. Short, manager and lead researcher of Hurstwic, a New England-based organization devoted to Viking culture. In addition to co-authoring his latest book, William wrote Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques along with Icelanders in the Viking Age. 
    I’m also joined today by Reynir A. Óskarson, an Icelandic martial arts instructor and combat researcher at Hurstwic. Reynir has been recognized by the Wrestling Association of Iceland for his study of glíma, the Viking-age empty-hand combat that evolved into Iceland's national sport.
    William and Reynir authored a book entitled Men of Terror: A Comprehensive Analysis of Viking Combat.
    Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com
    Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr
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    • 57 min
    Viking Encampments

    Viking Encampments

    Today I chat with Dr. Christian Cooijmans, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Liverpool and author of Monarchs and Hydrarchs: The Conceptual Development of Viking Activity across the Frankish Realm (c. 750–940)
    Referenced in Today’s Episode:
    Monarchs and Hydrarchs
    ''Down by the River: Exploring the Logistics of Viking Encampment across Atlantic Europe''
    Follow Dr. Christian Cooijmans on Academia.edu
    Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com
    Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

    • 46 min
    Viking Warrior Women | Vikings in Poland

    Viking Warrior Women | Vikings in Poland

    Today I chat with Dr. Leszek Gardeła, a Researcher at the National Museum of Denmark and author of multiple books on the Viking Age.
    Support this podcast by visiting our sponsor, Atlas VPN: https://get.atlasvpn.com/Vikings
    Referenced in Today’s Episode:
    Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North
    Follow Dr. Leszek Gardeła on Academia.edu
    Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com
    Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

    • 44 min
    Beowulf & the North Before the Vikings

    Beowulf & the North Before the Vikings

    Today I chat with Dr. Tom Shippey, a renowned British scholar and leading academic on the works of J.R.R. Tolkein.
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    Referenced in Today’s Episode:
    Beowulf and the North Before the Vikings
    Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com
    Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

    • 47 min
    Norse Mythology & a Pantheon of Gods

    Norse Mythology & a Pantheon of Gods

    Today I chat with Dr. Terry Gunnell, Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland.
    Support this podcast by visiting our sponsor, Atlas VPN: https://get.atlasvpn.com/Vikings
    Referenced in Today’s Episode:
    Follow Dr. Terry Gunnell on Academia.edu
    The Prose Edda
    The Poetic Edda
    Email Noah with ideas for future episodes: noah@thehistoryofvikings.com
    Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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426 Ratings

426 Ratings

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Fantastic podcast! Keep up the good work

AKom47 ,

Great listen!

The episode with Dr. Tom Shippey was a fantastic insight into Viking history, Beowulf and Tolkien. Keep up the great work!

lamehhhhhhhhh ,

If Vikings had a late Igor show

This is not your average run of the mill info dump podcast. This man brings you real people how work in the field or have a great understanding of the time the Vikings influenced the world. Be ready for some great interviews and sometimes a different way of looking at that time period. I’ve greatly enjoyed this show and you will too.

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