As the headline suggests, this is the one where the king of Sweden learns a thing or two about Odin hanging himself from a tree and Thor riding around with some fierce goats just so that he can kill giants. Norse mythology is the best.
Archive for the ‘Norse History for Bostonians’ Category
In Which King Gylfi of Sweden Learns about Odin’s Successful Suicide Attempt and the Dental Hygiene of Thor’s GoatsThursday, January 9th, 2014
The Prose Edda for Bostonians, Part 2: In Which King Gylfi of Sweden Learns That Middle-Earth is Just an Eyelash on the Celestial Gallows Pole and That the Real Gandalf was Originally a Filthy MaggotFriday, December 13th, 2013
And continuing from where we left off last week…
And while we’re on the topic of Tolkien references, why not enjoy a little Silmarillion music from Blind Guardian?
The Prose Edda for Bostonians: Gylfaginning, Part 1: In Which King Gylfi of Sweden Buys Sex, Goes Drinking at Asgard, and Learns about the Time When Odin Instigated the Cosmological Frost Giant GenocideFriday, December 6th, 2013
Time to get in touch with your inner Bostonian and touch up on your Norse mythology…at the same time…
The Prose Edda for Bostonians: Gylfaginning, Part 1: In Which King Gylfi of Sweden Buys Sex, Goes Drinking at Asgard, and Learns about the Time When Odin Instigated the Cosmological Frost Giant Genocide
This is the first in a 10+ part series that will be running over at McSweeney’s roughly every two weeks or whenever McSweeney’s feels like posting the next update (although part 2 will be running one week from today). I would hope that all ten of you who have somehow managed to stumble across this blog already know that the Prose Edda is Snorri Sturluson’s epic contribution to our knowledge of Norse mythology, and that it should then also come as no surprise to you that the final part of this Southie-inspired rendition will end in raging fires with everyone and everything dying. I’ll skål to that!
Here’s something appropriate to help get you in the mood:
A Brief Overview of the Lifestyle Altering Technological Accomplishments of the Original Norse Bluetooth for BostoniansTuesday, September 11th, 2012
The true origins of Bluetooth wireless technology are Norse, and what better way to learn about them than being sworn at by a foul-mouthed fucker from Southie.
Saint Patrick Visits Ossian and Listens to a Poem About Deteriorating Irish-Norse Relations, Retold for BostoniansSaturday, March 17th, 2012
Saint Patrick gets shitfaced and listens to some heavy Irish poetry about Vikings.
Egil Skallagrimsson and drinking in Boston.
This is how Vikings handle economic recessions.
In which Svein Forkbeard utterly dominates Ethelred the Unready.
In which the Danes and English succeed very well in not getting along with one another whatsoever.
A little history about Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day, Boston-style.
A Short History of the Fall of Gaelic-Norse Dublin and Subsequent Victory Over Rival York, for BostoniansThursday, March 17th, 2011
Here’s a new one in the McSweeney’s line of profanity-laden history lessons to help get you into that special green-beer drinking mood:
And just for kicks because it’s cool:
Check out A Short History of the Norse Siege of Paris for Bostonians to learn more about Sigfred’s insane, highly aggressive, and not so glorious voyage up the Seine River.
Also of potential interest to New Englanders: Boston’s Monuments to Viking Glory
Tomorrow, October 9th, is Vinland’s official Leif Eriksson Day, but it’s never too early to start celebrating. That means beer and mead. And possibly tomfoolery involving medieval weaponry.
Learn about Ragnar Hairy Breeches’ exciting and slaughterful voyage up the Seine:
And just in time for the annual June 6th celebrations, too!