What is Old Norse Religion?

Discover the captivating world of ancient Norse beliefs as we delve into the pantheon of gods, epic sagas, and sacred rites. Join us on a fascinating exploration of Odin, Thor, Freyja, and more, as we unravel the threads of a rich and enigmatic faith that shaped the Viking Age.


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Music by:

Filip Holm



Sources/Recomended Reading:


Crawford, Jackson (transl. by) (2015). "The Poetic Edda". Hackett Publishing.


Crawford, Jackson (transl. by) (2017). "The Saga of the Volsungs". Hackett Publishing.


Johansson, Carl G. & Mats Malm (transl. by) (2015). "Snorres Edda". Anthropos.


Lindow, John (2002). "Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs". Oxford University Press.


Lönnroth, Lars (transl. by) (2016). "Den Poetiska Eddan". Bokförlaget Atlantis.


Näsström, Britt-Mari (1995). "Freyja - the great goddess of the north". Almqvist & Wiksell International.


Stensland, Gro (2007). "Fornnordisk Religion". Natur Kultur Akademisk.



0:00 Intro & Basics

5:55 Historical Sources

14:12 Cosmology

21:15 Origins & End of the world/gods

29:46 Religion?

33:00 Death, gods & the private cult

42:10 Blót & the public cult

50:00 Seidr (Shamanism?)

51:32 Conclusions




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