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 Goats

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The Prose Edda for Bostonians, Part 3

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.

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 Maggot

Friday, December 13th, 2013

And continuing from where we left off last week…

The Prose Edda 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 Maggot

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 Genocide

Friday, 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 Bostonians

Tuesday, 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.

A Brief Overview of the Lifestyle Altering Technological Accomplishments of the Original Norse Bluetooth for Bostonians

Saint Patrick Visits Ossian and Listens to a Poem About Deteriorating Irish-Norse Relations, Retold for Bostonians

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Saint Patrick Visits Ossian and Listens to a Poem About Deteriorating Irish-Norse Relations, Retold for Bostonians

Saint Patrick gets shitfaced and listens to some heavy Irish poetry about Vikings.

An Informal Conversation about Ancient Norse Poetry at a Bar in Boston

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

An Informal Conversation about Ancient Norse Poetry at a Bar in Boston

Egil Skallagrimsson and drinking in Boston.

A Brief Introduction to Norse Economic Policy for Bostonians

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A Brief Introduction to Norse Economic Policy for Bostonians

This is how Vikings handle economic recessions.

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 2

Monday, November 28th, 2011

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 2

In which Svein Forkbeard utterly dominates Ethelred the Unready.

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 1

Monday, November 21st, 2011

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 1

In which the Danes and English succeed very well in not getting along with one another whatsoever.

A Short History of the Norse Invasion of Normandy for Bostonians

Monday, June 6th, 2011

A Short History of the Norse Invasion of Normandy for Bostonians

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 Bostonians

Thursday, 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:

A Short History of the Fall of Gaelic-Norse Dublin and Subsequent Victory Over Rival York, for Bostonians

And just for kicks because it’s cool:

A Short History of the Norse Siege of Paris for Bostonians

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

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

A Short History of Leif Eriksson’s Discovery of North America for Bostonians

Friday, October 8th, 2010

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.

A Short History of Leif Eriksson’s Discovery of North America for Bostonians

A Short History of the Inaugural Norse Assault on Paris for Bostonians

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Learn about Ragnar Hairy Breeches’ exciting and slaughterful voyage up the Seine:

A Short History of the Inaugural Norse Assault on Paris for Bostonians

A Short History of the Norse Founding of Russia for Bostonians

Friday, June 4th, 2010

A Short History of the Norse Founding of Russia for Bostonians

And just in time for the annual June 6th celebrations, too!