Tag Archives: vikings

Angling for the Saxons

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s idea for an America First Caucus based on Anglo-Saxon values sounds kind of bizarre to those of us who don’t run in white supremacist circles. Like, why Anglo-Saxon in particular, and why would a group focusing on … Continue reading

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The Luminary League

I said before that I wanted to discuss the party members in Dragon Quest XI, so I might as well do that now. DQ4 was the first in the series to flesh out the playable characters’ back stories and motivations, … Continue reading

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Clash of Cultures

Immortal Longings of Oz, by Paul Dana – The adventures of Button-Bright and Ojo, who have obtained magic powers and use them to help people, continue with this trip to the Land of Ev. As this neighboring fairyland doesn’t share … Continue reading

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Sidhe Bop

I’ve been reading a lot recently, but a bit sporadically. There are some library books I want to finish before starting on anything I own. I’m pretty anxious to read more of The Lost Tales of Oz, but I kind … Continue reading

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Psycho Killers

Stop Making Sense – This Talking Heads concert film from 1982 is a lot of fun to watch, and I already liked the music, so I’d say it’s a winner. David Byrne’s jerky movements are pretty entertainingly weird, as when … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Snorri

Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths, by Nancy Marie Brown – Much of what we know about old Norse mythology comes from Snorri Sturluson, a thirteenth-century Icelandic poet and chieftain. Sure, there are earlier references … Continue reading

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Out to Sea

It’s interesting that, while Poseidon is one of the best-known gods of the Greek pantheon, I haven’t heard all that much about Norse sea gods. Kind of odd, as the Vikings were more famous as seafarers than were the Greeks. … Continue reading

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The Holy and the Headless

Hey, how about a weird martyrdom story on this Sunday afternoon? I take you now through the magic of text to Paris in the middle of the third century. St. Denis, now revered as the patron saint of the city, … Continue reading

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