Minute Nine: From Odin's Look to Odin's Speech We have our first guest! We're joined by Ryanne Bennett for Thor's Coronation from the Black Girl Nerds podcast this week. Check her and her shows out at the links below! In the ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Odin looks on with a stone face as Thor continues his walk through the Asgardian crowd and the rows of Einherjar Honor Guard. Why does Odin actually look like he may be about to cry? Chris Hemsworth just owns this role. He's clearly having fun as he works the crowd here. We get an insane perspective shot from the top back of the throne room giving us a sense of this whole space. It's immense, ornate, and full of people. But are there representatives from all of Yggdrasil here like the script says? And where does that giant door go that's behind Odin's enormous throne? Is it his royal chambers? Is it Thor's Coronation or the official announcement that he's Odin's heir to the throne? Meanwhile, Thor gives a wink to his mother who shakes her head ever so slightly at him. It seems perhaps she gives in to him too often? And is this the straw that broke the camel's back for Odin, who finally decides to stand up? So this is where we would've met the Warriors Three if it wasn't for the deleted scene in the last minute. These characters were completely created by Kirby and Lee for the comics. They don't appear in Norse mythology anywhere. Again, it would've been nice to know how important these characters are in Thor's life before this moment. That's when Odin strikes Gungnir on the floor and its sound echoes through the throne room, silencing everyone. Wow, we all need something like that to quiet a room. Odin settles the crowd for Thor's Coronation. So now it's time for Odin to talk. And this is definitely a more aged Odin. Raising Thor would turn any parents' hair gray though, amiright? And it's again incredibly clear how much Branagh loves his dutch angles. Odin starts speaking but doesn't get to say much. Again, though, he seems like he's about to cry. Why is that? Finally, we play the IMDb game for Rene Russo, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, and Josh Dallas. It's Thor's Coronation – or is it? – in the biggest throne room we've ever seen. What's Odin going to say next? Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material Ryanne Bennett on Twitter or LinkedIn Black Girl Nerds on the web Instagram or Twitter
The travelers decide on where to go next. There is much consideration of the map that was left behind. What is the meaning of "Destiny"? How did the map get here and why?Larkspur has been played by Jen Vaughn, who can be found on twitter @thejenya, and who's work can be found on hauntedvaultstudios.comYesena is played by Barbara Perez Marquez, who can be found online @mustachebabs. Check out her work via mustachebabs.comClive is played by Paul Harpring, who can be found online @paul_harpringMatt is around online just about everywhere @kintarotpcMarna has been played by Lav who can be found on twitter @slumberingwitchEric played Harald, father of Clive, and is around twitter @thespacehamsterboo as well as his podcast Dice Fiends ( @thedicefiends )The podcast can be followed @thecrowdex and the website is crowscodex.comMusic for this podcast is by Kevin MacLeod, who's works can be found at incompetech.filmmusic.ioThe tracks used in this episode is:Long Road Ahead B by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3995-long-road-ahead-bLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseTemple of the Manes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4468-temple-of-the-manesLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseThe world and Non-Player-Characters are mine. Information about the Ryuutama game system can be found via http://kotohi.com/ryuutama
It's time to return to The Dreaming! This week, we're discussing the third and fourth volumes of Neil Gaiman's celebrated series. Come for the one-off stories of Dream Country, and give the devil his due when we cheer Lucifer's epic trolling of Dream in Season of the Mists. ----more---- Episode 17 Transcript Jessika: [00:00:00] I just, I like have had five sets of teeth in my life. They just keep growing bigger and bigger each set I got, Hello, and welcome to Ten Cent Takes, the podcasts where we morph from delight to delirium one issue at a time. My name is Jessica Frazier and I'm joined by my cohost, the blasphemous baker, Mike Thompson. Mike: I am full of carbs and caffeine. How are you doing? Jessika: Oh, I am somewhat of both as well. Could use a little more sleep, but I have a day off tomorrow, so I will be doing that, Mike: I'm jealous. Jessika: Dude. I work nine hours a day. Don't be too jealous. It's those nine hours that get me that day off. Mike: Oh man. I've been pulling [00:01:00] like 10 to 12 hour days for a couple of months and I'm just, Jessika: Oh shit. Nevermind. Goodness. Well, the purpose of this podcast is to study comic books in ways that are both fun and informative. We want to look at their coolest, weirdest and silliest moments, as well as examine how they're woven into the larger fabric of pop culture and history. If you'd like to support us, be sure to download rate and review on Apple podcasts or wherever you live. Mike: Yeah, that really helps with discoverability. We know that we are not a large podcast, but the support that we've gotten from everybody has meant a lot to us. And we're hoping that we can continue to reach more people. If you like, what you're hearing, do us a favor and invite your friends to like our pages, every little bit helps. Jessika: Yeah, well, today we're continuing on. with the second episode of our book. As we discuss volumes three and four of the Sandman series. But before we jump into [00:02:00] that, Mike, what is one cool thing that you've read or watched lately? Mike: Something actually that you mentioned on the last book club episode that we did was that there is a Sandman Audible book right now. As much as I don't like giving Amazon my money, if I don't have to, I've had an Audible membership for like a decade. And that means I have access to their Audible originals, which is what this audio book is. And then one of my friends, hi, Darren, also recommended that I listen to the audio book after I told them that we were doing a Sandman book. So I finally downloaded the audio book and started listening while I walked the dogs. And it's legit incredible, like all-star cast. It feels like an audio play complete with like all these incredible production values. Neil Gaiman is serving as the narrator and then they have all of these incredible actors voicing characters and it actually, you know, Neil [00:03:00] Gaiman rewrote it. And so it feels like what he wanted the Sandman, the first volume Preludes and Nocturnes to be, with the hindsight of 30 plus years. Jessika: Nice. Mike: Yeah, it's great. Jessika: And he's such a good orator. Mike: he is he's done a couple of his other audio books that I've listened to over the years. He did The Graveyard Book, which was The only way I can describe it as a Victorian Gothic version of the Jungle Book. And then he also did Coraline. I think he did Coraline. I'm pretty sure he did, but every time that I've listened to him, narrate stuff, it's always been just fantastic, But, yeah. Jessika: Great. Mike: How about you? Jessika: Well, I grabbed another $1 image teaser comic. , this time it was Kill or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker. Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breittwiser. It was okay. It didn't grow. It followed the first person account of how a man was driven to be an assassin. He basically attempted to die by suicide by jumping off a roof, ended up not dying, but [00:04:00] being visited by what appears to be a demon who tells him , that he now owes him for the life. He tried to waste or something, a life for a life, kind of a such and the rubric for killing being , someone basically like bad and it's not very well defined. So he goes from this guy who can't fathom killing someone to being ready to kill. So he doesn't die. The whole reason he wanted to die was over a woman that chose his roommate over him, by the way, like his best friend. And it was this whole pining love thing. It was just a little just had, really bad incel vibes. You know what I mean? Mike: Yeah, Jessika: I don't know. It just felt very strange. Like his whole motive was very, contrived it felt, Mike: Yeah. Brubaker does a lot of good stuff, but he writes a lot of, kind of the modern equivalent of pulp noire. Jessika: Mm. Mike: Everything that you've described sounds very much like a Brewbaker story. You got to find the right thing. He writes some really good stuff. Like he's the guy who actually created the winter soldier for the Captain America Comics. Jessika: [00:05:00] Okay. Mike: Yeah. He did a couple of other kind of like noire-ish stories for image that they were hit or miss for me, but when he's good, he's really good. And then other times it's just, it's not my vibe. Jessika: Okay. That's fair. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: So, honestly though, again, it was one of those $1 Image teaser situations. Mike: I love how they do that. Jessika: I didn't feel like I really lost anything. Mike: No, I think that's a really great strategy of theirs where it's just kind of the entry-level pilot. Jessika: Yeah, well, let's mosey on to our main topic. Mike: Yes. Jessika: So last episode, just to recap, we covered an overview of the history and places you can read, watch and listen to the Sandman series. And if you haven't already listened to episode 15, we highly recommend you check out that episode for that. And our discussion on the first two volumes of the Sandman series, because from here, we are going to be discussing [00:06:00] volumes three and four. I don't really have many tidbits per se for us this episode. Really? We're just going to look at the plot and then talk about what we thought. Mike: I actually have a couple of tidbits. Believe it or not, not many, but a couple. Jessika: Mike has tidbits everyone. I love it. I didn't even know. Well, awesome. Mike: All right. So should we kick things off? Jessika: Let's do it. Volume three is titled Dream Country and it was published in 1990 and only included issues 17 through 20. And what made up a four-story anthology. It was, of course, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Charles Vess, and Colleen Duran. We start with the story of Calliope, the youngest Greek muse, who has been imprisoned by Erasmus Fry to be his own personal muse. Super gross. [00:07:00] She'd been captive for closest 60 years. So Erasmus gives Calliope to Richard Maddick, who is a writer who has one successful novel but now has hit a patch of writer's block. And unfortunately for Calliope, he's a greedy motherfucker who only cares about his own success. So he takes Calliope who has been left without clothes in a room alone. And of course, immediately rapes her. This one was really hard for me. You can already tell, as I'm trying to get through this description. Mike: Yeah, it's an uncomfortable issue to read now. Even now it's, mean, it was really uncomfortable when I first read it when I was, I don't know, 18 or so. And it's just gotten increasingly gross as time goes on, especially now, post me too in the entertainment industry. Jessika: Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, definite correlations there. Mike: Oh yeah. Oddly prescient. Jessika: Yes. So Richard of course gets gains from this whole [00:08:00] situation and enjoys a few years of very good success. He writes more hit novels, some award-winning poetry, and even gets into Hollywood with writing and directing. So here we are again with the correlation situation and of course winning awards in that area. And this is all happening while Morpheus is still in prison, by the way, until he isn't any longer. And one thing we need to know about Calliope is that she and Morpheus have history. In fact, they have a child together. So Calliope calls out to him in desperation. After being told by her visiting muse sisters, that they were unable to help her and help Morpheus did. The author wanted ideas, then he was inundated with them. So many that they were causing him to have an actual breakdown seemingly with psychological effects. In the end, Richard sends someone to release her where he only finds Erasmus Fry's book in the room where she should have been. Mike: And doesn't it [00:09:00] originally start out with Morpheus trying to free Calliope, but Richard doesn't want to, because he needs the ideas she gives him when he rapes her? Jessika: Yeah Mike: Yeah. And that's when Morpheus sits there and basically punishes him with an overflowing chalice of ideas. Jessika: Yeah. It's, definitely a fitting punishment. In my opinion Mike: Yeah. Jessika: story, number two was super fun. I think you and I can probably agree. And this story was about a cat speaking to a crowd of cats in a graveyard. And this cat told the story of having kittens and having them taken away by the people that owned her. And of course, the guy was super level-headed about the whole thing and took the kittens to a shelter and they were adopted by loving families and, oh wait, never mind. He put them all in a bag, tied the bag to a large rock, and threw it in a body of water. I just can't with people. Like, honestly, I can't, Mike: It's a safe assumption that people are going to be terrible throughout this series. Jessika: I mean, it's true, [00:10:00] but I would love to have them all adopted. So the cat naturally is super upset but also looking for some sort of vengeance or something. And that night she has a dream where she goes on a long and difficult dream quest to see what is ultimately Meowpheus the cat. Mike: Meowpheus I like that. Jessika: So basically a Meowpheus tells her that cats used to rule. They were larger and humans were basically the pets. Instead, cats choosing to hunt humans for food and sport and keeping them to feed and groom them. One day, humans banded together and with participation from only 1000 humans, they were able to dream the same dream together and basically manifest humans being the alpha in the world, instead of the cats. And this went back into time where the power of the collective dream actually rewrote history in favor of humans, making the cat subservient. Instead. [00:11:00] The cat in the graveyard was basically preaching a gospel, asking all the cats in the graveyard to dream the same dream. That she was trying to get 1000 cats to help her so that, they could all pull a Cher and turn back time to be in power once again. I enjoyed the partying quippy remark from one of the listener cats, which was effectively good luck getting multiple cats to do anything at the same time. Mike: Uh, yeah. Accurate. Jessika: And while it was really sad and cruel I like the idea that cats have an attitude for a reason. Mike: Yeah, I thought it was cute. It was just, it was a very, I mean, we'll get into this later on, but it was, I thought it was very. Jessika: Yeah. The third step. Told us, the creation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream wherein Morpheus has actually requisitioned the play in specific terms and asks Billy Shakes and his troop to perform in the middle of an empty field. Well, kind of. That field is not empty for a long as [00:12:00] Titania, Oberon, Puck, and all the other characters from the fairy realm have arrived through the portal, which Morpheus opens for them. It's mentioned during the dialogue between Titania and Morpheus, that this is probably the last time the mortal realm would allow them to enter, that they were feeling the hostility from Gaia upon their entry. During the play puck steps in for the actor playing himself and kills of course, and Titania is very strangely fascinated with Billy's 11 year old son Hamnett and is like trying to entice him. And then in the end, everybody, but Puck leaves the realm. And it's mentioned at the end of the issue that Hamnet died later that same year. So like, did Titania finally get Hamlet to go with her? Mike: You know, it's left a little bit open, but it's playing into that whole idea of the changeling child and, you know, the mortals who go over into the very realm, as children, which I really liked that I thought it was a nice ending that was very bittersweet. Jessika: Yeah. I thought so too. And the fourth and final story [00:13:00] of this volume is called Facade and it is about a woman named Rainey who we learn has been given a gift by the sun, God Ra, which makes her a metamorph. Meaning that she can change her physical appearance, physically change faces, skin, everything. But this also means that she no longer has a normal human appearance. Her skin is scaly and multicolored. Her hair has turned of violent shade of green and her face is withered and her nose is almost completely gone. We find Rainie living a very solitary life, getting a monthly disability check and only interacting with the worker assigned to her, but disability case she's depressed and has suicidal ideations. Probably the scariest part of the story is when an old friend who works for the same company that Rainey was working for, when Ra messed her up, who invites her to lunch, Rainie sucks it up, puts on a face literally and meets [00:14:00] at the restaurant. Where her entire face falls off into a plate of spaghetti. I don't, I don't know about you like that. I thought it was super terrifying. Mike: Yeah. I mean, it goes back to that very human emotion of seeing someone that you haven't seen forever. And you're trying to do as much as you can to make sure that they don't see that you've changed too much. Jessika: Yeah. Mike: You and I are at that age now where it's like, people from high school want to get in touch and we're all older. You know, some of us are. And so you see these people and you still want to seem like the person that they knew, because you don't want to, you don't want them to comment on how you've changed. You don't want to acknowledge it. And I read it as she'd been working for like the CIA or an intelligence agency because they call it “The Company.” They don't ever refer to it as anything else. Jessika: I think it was something of that nature kind of checking out sites, et cetera. Mike: Yeah.[00:15:00] But yeah, and then the whole thing is that because she can change her body into elements. She's, she's a sidekick from the old Moetamorpho series in the sixties. I didn't really know much about her, but I did a little digging cause I couldn't remember a lot. And so Metamorpho is a DC hero who is part of the justice league and his whole thing is that he can't. Basically change his body into any element that he wants. And so that was the whole thing where she's talking about, oh, like it's not hard for me to change the color of my hair. I I just turned it into copper and, and then she basically grows a kind of silica over her face, but she was saying that after roughly a day it gets stiff and, it falls off. And unfortunately, that's what happened with her, at her lunch with her friend. Jessika: Yeah. it was definitely a bummer. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: So of course, Rainey goes home crying where she has to break into her own house by melting the handle because she forgot her purse with her keys and breaks down crying. Death appears having been visiting one of Rainey's neighbors who fell off a stepladder and talks with Rainie, advising that she should [00:16:00] ask rah nicely to take away her gift, or at least giving us an option. She looks into the setting sun and becomes what I'm assuming is a pile of Ash. It looks like death didn't actually take her. So I'm not sure if Rainie is supposed to be just with the world. You know, just one with the world as it kind of seemed like she fear being Mike: You know, I read it as like she was, she had her immortality taken away from her because she seemed so happy when she turned into, I don't know if it was ash or glass or something. It was kind of hard to tell what the art, and then it cracked and fell apart. And then Death answers the phone and says something along the lines of like, no, she, she can't come she's gone away or something to that effect. And, death isn't this cruel being or anything like that. I think death helped her move on. I'd like to think that she did. Jessika: Okay. Okay. Yeah. it was Fe usually. she like wanders away with the person [00:17:00] she's like low key reaping. Mike: Usually. Yeah. I don't know. I think maybe it was just a little bit, it, it was for the sake of narrative in this case, Jessika: That's fair. That's fair. Mike: But yeah. Urania was this, so her full name is Urania She was a side character for a few issues in Metamorpho's sixties series. And then she wound up basically giving herself the same powers that he had, and it was delivered via device called the Orb of RA. So it's really interesting because, Metamorpho is always a science character, because it's all about the elements of what he can turn himself into. But at the same time, there is in his background. is this like, you know, mystical quality to it. And so I liked that they kind of tapped into that mythology a little bit, and really they did a nice job with a character that I think most people had forgotten existed. Jessika: So, Mike, did You have a favorite [00:18:00] character part of the story? What did you dig from this? Mike: This volume in particular, I really like, because it feels. Like a breather from the main narrative. And honestly, I think that's something that we needed because I mentioned last time, how I always am a little bit surprised at how dark the early stories are. They're very much horror stories with a little bit of fantasy kind of softening the blows a little bit, but there's a couple of moments in those first couple of volumes where I feel like I need to pack a flashlight. it's dark. but yeah, this collection is just, a much-needed change of pace just for a little bit. My least favorite story is the one with the cats. And it's not because I think it's bad. I just don't connect with it that much. Part of it is because we've got a rescue cat, we treat her better than the kids. Let's be honest. I can't fathom throwing kittens into a pond. It was just, it feels a little bit too mustache-twirly. You know, especially in this day and age where like, if people find out [00:19:00] about that you get tracked down on social media and just annihilate it. But it was cute. The whole bit where at the end, it's like, oh, it must be, it's dreaming, you know, it's chasing something and, you're like, oh, okay. Yeah. So it's, it's dreaming of hunting humans. Cool. Jessika: [laughs], Mike: And it's funny, cause I was actually in a production of Midsummer Night's Dream when I first read this collection. So I loved everything about that specific issue. I loved how it tapped into fairy lore it showed this kind of weird, strange relationship with Titania and Oberon. And how absolutely sinister pock seemed not to mention how there's that dangling plot thread, where he basically gets loosed on earth afterwards Jessika: mm. Mike: I don't know. It's just, it's very different than any other portrayal I'd seen up until then. And, , it's interesting because they brought those characters specifically back in a number of different ways across the vertigo comics later on, like to Tanya actually had her origin explained in the Books of Faerie, which was in itself a series that [00:20:00] spun off of another comic that Neil Gaiman wrote called the Books of Magick, where eventually it's revealed that the main character from the Books of Magick, Tim Hunter, who was like the next great magician of the age, he's like our version of Merlin. It is very. They always leave it a little bit up in the air, but Titania''s his mother, because she was a human who was brought into the world of Fairie. And then eventually he got married to Oberon and then she had an affair with a human that was in service to Oberon. Jessika: Okay. Mike: She becomes a major part of the lore in her own right. Which I thought was really cool. And Puck shows up again later in the series. I, like I still squirm when I read that story of Calliope, especially where we are like sitting on the other side of me too, and the ongoing flood of stories about successful men in the arts, just being abusive, assholes to those who aren't as powerful as they are. Like when we're recording this, there's a whole flood of stories coming out of Activision [00:21:00] blizzard, if you're not in video games, they make Warcraft and a bunch of other stuff. it turns out that that was a really toxic place for women. And I spent almost a decade working in video games with various companies and yeah, it's not surprising, but it's just, these stories need to be told that at the same time, they're always super uncomfortable to read. Jessika: Yeah. Mike: Um, yeah. And then, the facade story, I really liked, I really appreciate how gaming does this amazing job spinning out a story that's focused on loneliness and how harmful it is. and then I thought it was kind of neat that it arguably has a happy ending, though the main character dies. Jessika: Yeah. I can see that. Mike: Same question back at you. What about you? Jessika: So, you know, I really enjoyed the cat story. Mike: You don't say. Jessika: I did. I mean, I get it though. Like cats are, are super intense and honestly they make [00:22:00] me a little nervous. I heard some horror stories about cats, just going bananas on people and them just like getting super fucked up, like missing part of an ear and shit. Like I've heard some stories. That's just like a regular house cat. Oh, I don't think so Mike: Well, and then you've met our cat. Jessika: Yeah. Well, yeah. You know that's but I don't, I didn't fear your cat right away. There are some cats I go into someone's house and I'm just like, oh, I got to watch my back. Mike: We have a dog and a cat's body. Jessika: Yeah. Your cat's sweet. Mike: No, she... she's fat and lazy and she knows who feeds her. So she's like, I'm good. I don't need to get out. I don't need to be now. Jessika: I'm strictly a dog household, so I just don't really truly get them to be honest with you. And I honestly, I'm kind of glad I have allergies as an excuse, not to have to get one. So did you have a favorite art moment in this volume? Like was there a panel or cover that really stood [00:23:00] out to you or hit you in some kinda way? Mike: Yeah. That final sequence in the Midsummer issue, so that one was illustrated by Charles Vess and he's this really he's this artist that has this really beautiful illustration style that feels very old school storybook. Sarah loves this British artist named Arthur Rakim and Vess always kind of reminds me of his work, but the closing monologue by Puck is I gotta be at that closing monologue is kind of terrifying, especially with the way that it's illustrated. I also liked how this felt almost like, well, I mean, it was in certain ways, it was a sequel to men of good fortune, that issue that we talked about last time with Hob Gadling and the mortal that keeps on meeting up with Morpheus. Jessika: Yeah. Mike: Yeah, you remember during, the last book club episode, how I mentioned that Sandman won the World Fantasy Award. Yeah. So it was for this issue specifically, you know, and then they got all grumpy about it and they [00:24:00] changed it so that you could no longer win a world fantasy award with a comic book. So. The only comic book to ever win a world fantasy award, Jessika: extra salty, Mike: extra salty. Jessika: Hate to see it. Mike: what about you? Like, I'm actually curious. What did you think about Vess's illustration style? Because we haven't seen, I don't think we've really seen much of his artwork in the series up until now. Jessika: We haven't, and that's actually this, this was my favorite art volume as well, or art issue as well. I mean, it just, it was beautiful. It used color in a really interesting way that went from playful to dark and serious. I mean, it just with the same type of illustration and the color would just change the whole. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: Which was super cool just by adding shadows, moving the colors. Plus you got to love a good donkey head and you know, okay. I was musing and you have to go with me on this journey. They had to have used a taxidermied donkey's head. Right. Mike: [00:25:00] No, they, I Jessika: Please. Come on, come on, go with me on this journey. Mike: Ugh no. Hmm. Jessika: Ah, Mike: Like, like that's a whole element in that American Horror Story series, like where they make a mandatory by putting a bull's head on a dude. Like, no, no, Jessika: I am going horror with this one. Mike: Well, have fun going down that road. I'm not there with you. Jessika: Okay. Well, that's good. I suppose we are on volume four Mike: I suppose Jessika: Volume Four!. Alright. Mike: What accent is that? Jessika: I don't know, I do a lot, don't I? Mike: A little bit? Jessika: I think it's my 1920s. Mike: Okay. Jessika: I don't know. It's like my newscaster, I used to have an old-timey newscaster kind of an accent that I did. And I think I'm combining, I'm combining my Virginia [00:26:00] Montgomery Prescott, the third Esquire. Mike: It's, that so proper American that it's almost English kinda like that very Northeastern accent. Yeah. Jessika: Yes. Yeah. Mike: Yeah. All right. Jessika: All right. Volume four is titled season of the mists and came out between 1990 and 1991 and included issues 21 through 28. Story as always was written by Neil Gaiman and illustration was done by Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones, the third Mike Drigenberg, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, and P Craig Russell. Volume four begins with our introduction to destiny. Ooh. While wandering his realm is visited by the fates, the three sisters that we have seen previously, the sisters inform him that he needs to call a [00:27:00] reunion of all his siblings of the eternal realm. So off, he goes to the family gallery where he goes up to each portrait of his sibling and they appear out of the portrait. When summoned the siblings are a mix of characters we have seen. And one that is new to this issue. Death who is told to change her outfit, even though no one else was, I thought that was kind of rude. Mike: Yeah, Destiny's a stickler for formality. Jessika: Yeah. Well, the other one's got to wear nimble to CWA. They got to wear whatever Mike: Hmm. Jessika: I, whatever. I don't know. It makes me angry. So don't tell women they have to change. They are not a distraction. Death has followed by Dream and then the twins, Desire and Despair, and lastly Delirium who we come to find out, used to be Delight. So during their reunion, desire calls out Dream's treatment of lovers who have spurned [00:28:00] him, leading him to ask for validation of his actions from Death. And Death instead agrees with. Prompting dream to plan, to travel to hell in order to remove queen nada from her torturous captivity, who was, that was the subject of their whole conversation. Mike: Yeah. And we actually saw that whole story in the previous volume to Jessika: Yes, Mike: saw what happened to. Jessika: exactly. so destiny closes out the reunion basically stating that the actions that needed to be put into motion had been accomplished by dream deciding to go back to. hell. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: The next issue gives us a taste of what hell looks and feels like. So back in the dream realm, Dream is saying his goodbyes and makes a big announcement to those living in his realm. He tells them about Nada, how he had been unjust and how he had to rectify his actions and that he may not return as he is not on good terms with Lucifer. So [00:29:00] he sends Cain to Hell as a messenger to let loose for know that dream will be visiting whether he approves or not basically. So that was fun. Mike: Well, he knows that he can't kill Cain because Cain is protected by the mark of Cain from, the Cain and Abel story. He knows about that. Jessika: oh yeah. Yeah, for sure. Mike: That's why dream sent Cain it's because he knows that Cain can't be killed. Jessika: Exactly. Exactly. Lucifer clearly is still really salty about being embarrassed. The last time dream was there and he makes an announcement to his, his demonic minions reminding them that he is the oldest and strongest bad-ass lets them know that dream will be returning and implies very strongly. That the day that Dream returns will be very memorable. Kane delivers the response to Dream. And on the last stop of his farewell tour, Dream also visits Hippolyta whose husband [00:30:00] was the pho dream king superhero thingy from one of the other stories while he was enslaved or, you know, captive. Mike: Yeah. she and Hector the previous Doctor Fate were being used by Brute and Glob to basically create kind of like an island for them to operate outside of the dreaming the dreams of a kid who was being abused. Jessika: Exactly. Mike: And then, Dream is on her shit list because he sent her ghost of a husband on to wherever he got sent onto, but she was pregnant at the time. And so there's a connection between Dream and the baby because she carried the baby to term mostly in dreams, Jessika: Well, the baby was in gestation for like that, like 30, 30, 40 years or something more than that. I mean, it was like 60 years? I don't remember how many it was like however long or Mike: I, Jessika: or was it just the kid timeframe? Mike: I think it was just the kid timeframe. So I think it was only for a couple of years, but still it was in gestation injuries for a long time compared to. Jessika: Oh, I can't even imagine [00:31:00] being pregnant once, let alone for like two years straight. Holy crap. And she was like really pregnant. That's not comfortable. So Morpheus advises Hippolyta to take good care of the kid that had been gestating in the dream realm, because he will take it someday. So. Cool. Thanks, Dream. That's awesome. Mike: Really endearing us to you, buddy. Jessika: Yeah. serious. Oh, he also gives her the name Daniels because she had kind of been struggling with a name for him. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: So that's the kid's name now? I guess. So Dream makes his way to hell anticipating a fight with Lucifer, but what He finds is an eerily empty hell with Lucifer in the process of locking all the gates. And when asked about this loose advises that he's, he's done, he's quitting and he is no longer the ruler of hell. He's freed everyone and everything that was locked up. And he's not really sure what happened to them or where they all went, whether it was to earth or other realms or what, but he just [00:32:00] knows they're no longer in hell Mike: Yeah. He likes straight up. Does not care. Jessika: Oh, zero fucks. None. Mike: They're his favorite kind of problem. Not his. Jessika: Then he goes, Yeah. think I'm bluffing. Hey, here's a knife. Why don't you cut off my wings? Just see, just, just go ahead and see. And, and Dream does. And then as a parting gift, he hands the key to hell Dream stating basically Like Hey, this is your problem now. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: that's some high-level trolling. Mike: Dream was prepared for just about every outcome except that one. It is. Jessika: Exactly. We are then introduced to Oden who travels to the cavern where Loki is being held captive and has been enduring an eternity of torture until Ragnarok, the end times in which the Asgardian realms would be destroyed. Odin [00:33:00] frees low-key from his situation and asks him to help him as he wants to take over the Hell situation since Lucifer abdicated and Loki agrees to help, then we cut back to dream because he's not really sure what to do. So he calls on his sister death for advice. And she has like, no time. First of all, she has no time for him in that issue. She's like, what do you need? I'm super busy. She pretty much says, this is your problem. Also, he knows things are going to go down and he hides, frustrated his castle basically. And then he just starts getting visited by all these different parties, all wanting the keys to hell. So you have the Asgardians, Azazzle and a demon Envoy who're like “That's my house. I just want to live in my house again.” Mike: Yeah. Jessika: Yeah. Anubis and Bastet who are like, yo, [00:34:00] you know, who does a good job with death with underworlds let me show you. Mike: it's a really eclectic mix of mythological figures because you also have. The Lords of chaos and order send their envoys, Shivering Jemmy from the Lords of chaos who... I really like her. I think she's a great, Jessika: did too. Mike: and then the Lords of order send their representative and it's a cardboard box that basically spits out ticker tape and Jessika: Which Mike: And, then you get the elves, a ferry at one point. And they have, a really unique proposition, which is that the lands of Faerie had a tie to hell where every seven years they had to send over a certain number of , their best and brightest as a sacrifice. And they wanted, basically begging dream, not to let hell reopen. Jessika: And we did. We establish that That was still a thing when all the other shit went down. Mike: That specific deal? Jessika: yeah. Mike: Oh yeah. It's still a deal. And actually, that was a whole thing in the books of [00:35:00] magic. They have a whole thing with ferry and hell going into conflict with each other, because I think it has been almost 20 years since I read this last. But if I remember right, it was, I think Faerie refused to pay the tithe anymore anymore. And as a result, they basically straight up, went to war with hell. and it was, oh man, it was cool. I remember liking that storyline. I don't remember it enough to really talk about it a lot though, because it's been so long. But it's, it's good. It's in one of the collected volumes of the Books of Magick that they did, they only collected the first 50 issues, 50 through 75 aren't collected anywhere. Jessika: Hmm. Hmm. So we also had Suzan O No Mikto Mike: Yes. Jessika: Oh, and a couple of angels who were there just to be voyeurs to the situation Mike: Yeah. Jessika: and Dream finally lets them into the castle. [00:36:00] After he stopped sulking and he advises that he'll be hosting a banquet and having accommodation set up and they could discuss the key to the realm the next day, basically. And we start seeing the consequences of hell's release through a boys boarding school where one solitary boy is staying over during the holidays while his father, as a prisoner of war in Kuwait and all hell returns. When boys and staff who used to attend the school, start to show back up Mike: yeah. Jessika: Along with the headmasters previously deceased mother. Mike: Yes. It's... that issue. It's really interesting because I really didn't like it originally. And I've come to appreciate it more because it feels like a very Gothic or story kind of like the Hunting of Hill House from Netflix. Jessika: I can see that. Yeah. Mike: yeah. Jessika: It was wild. Like all of them had reasons that they were in hell. Mike: Yeah. That [00:37:00] issue is really interesting and it's really weird because it's drawn by Matt Wagner, who has a very interesting style. All of his own Wagner himself is famous for creating a couple of different characters on his own. Like he created a character called the Grendel, who is this assassin and wound up becoming a cult property, had a long run with Dark Horse, if I remember right. But this story in season at the mist is really creepy because the whole thing is that the dead are coming back to earth and all sorts of unexpected ways. And then there were a bunch of boys who were really awful, Who come back and they start tormenting Charles, because he's the only living soul there. And he's also, you know, he's a sweet, sensitive little kid, like who is just an easy target for people like that. And the thing is, is like, that was me when I was at that age was I was that sensitive kid who was just an easy target for bullies. And so it was really hard to read it when I was younger. And, I've got a little different perspective now, [00:38:00] but it's, still tough. Anyway, go on. Jessika: Oh, that's okay. So yeah, Charles, unfortunately, he got tortured by that trio of boys. And apparently those boys had murdered another school boy as an offering to Lucifer. So joke's on them, the offering didn't save them from the torture of damnation, Mike: Yeah. Jessika: so Charles ends up being physically tortured and then starves to death. And his only companion was that other boy who had been killed on the premises that boy, that, those, that trio allegedly sacrificed. Edwin. Yeah. So death rolls up to pick them up and Charles says “Yeah, no thanks. I'm gonna hang out with, uh, Edwin and deaths. Like you don't, I don't, I don't have time for this. Like literally every one is coming back. Like I literally don't have time. I will come back for you. Mike: I loved that she was in early nineties, jogging paraphernalia, like Jessika: Yeah. Mike: I thought it was fantastic. Jessika: was ready for it. Mike: [00:39:00] I may be misremembering this, but I thought it was really funny how it was like, I think it was like pink and purple too. Like it was very colored. Jessika: I think it did have some color to it. Yeah. Oh, funny. So back in the dream realm, two more guests from the theory realm, those two that we had talked about, they arrive and the banquet in. And each of the guests eats and drinks, their desire delicacies, cause , poof we're in dreamland and shenanigans ensued due to the differences of the attendees. And one by one, they basically corner Morpheus requesting a private conversation and he provides each of them with a signal stadium that he'll meet with them after the banquet and entertainment have concluded Cain and Abel show up as the entertainment we're able dies,by being cut in half and then being made into sausage in a magic act Mike: which. That is a, that is a recurring theme with Cain and Abel in, in the Sandman comics. Jessika: Yeah, I've noticed. Mike: But, [00:40:00] Cain was the host of another horror series called the house of misery. And he always had this kind of macabre sort of sense of humor. I know Abel eventually showed up in the house mystery series. I don't know if Cain murdered him every time. I wouldn't be surprised. Jessika: Fair enough. So this is this tracks apparently, each of the guests go off to their respective quarters to wait to be summoned. And they each go to Morpheus, either offering something they think he would want or threatening him in order to turn over control the key to hell. And he advises each one of them that he will announce his decision in the morning. And once in the privacy of his own quarters, he ruminates on the pressure of the weight of his responsibility that was dropped on him. Mike: Yeah. What was your favorite bargaining tactic? I've got mine. I'm curious about yours. Jessika: I didn't like the whole trading people thing. I don't know. Cause they were all so good in different ways. Like order and chaos were both really interesting to me. I think chaos just being like, [00:41:00] we will find you Mike: Chaos was my favorite Jessika: I was going to say like, but Shivering Jemmy was just so funny to begin with. Mike: Well, Jessika: was just such an interesting. Mike: you know, they play, they play with this a lot because, Dr. Fait is one of the Lords of order, DC comic books. And so there's always been this presentation that, order is, the right way to go. And what I kind of enjoyed is that this very much embodies, no order is a dull little box in chaos is chaos. It's not what you expect. And so they send this, hobo girl with a red balloon and Jessika: like, uh, like a clown face. Mike: yeah, and she's like, speeding. Almost like toddler English, like it's much younger phrasing than you would expect from a kid who looks like they're 10 or 11. And then, turns into this monstrous thing, delivering ungodly threats to the Lord of dreams. And then, you know, it turns back into the little kid again, after when it was like,[00:42:00] byeeeee. Yeah, I can get behind this. Jessika: So good. She just ate ice cream for dinner too, which I loved. Mike: Oh yeah. It was so good. I, again, I think she shows up in the books of magic later on, but I can't remember for that one. Jessika: That's amazing. So I really did like her as a character. Mike: it was good. Jessika: So the next morning. As Morpheus, still struggles to decide to whom he will grant the key. He is visited by the voyeur angels who tell him they have a message for him from the creator who dictates that the two angels will now run hell and guess what guys, you're not allowed back to the silver city Remiel. Oh, Remiel was not happy about this situation. He did not take this well. Mike: No, he did not it was very much implied that he was about to rebel, like Lucifer. Jessika: Yup. He's like fuck the shit. [00:43:00] Why do I have to go down there? And he had that. He was like, this is your fault. I was like, whoa, damn, you need to go calm down. Your silent homie is not the enemy. there was some salt. This issue. So Morpheus hands over the key after Remiel takes a chill pill and Morpheus still has the task of telling the other as the outcome of his decision and lets them know the decision was really made for him that if the creator of hell wanted angels to run it, who was he to decide differently from what the creator of that thing wanted to do with it. And most of his guests took this. Okay. I liked orders response of this? This is logical. Mike: Yeah. And then chaos is like, man, it's fine. We just didn't want order to get it. It's fine. Whatever. Jessika: Exactly. Mike: And then Jessika: was even better. Mike: doesn't she give Morpheus her balloon afterwards? Jessika: Yeah. Mike: Yeah, I thought that was great Jessika: She's like, oh, well, I didn't really want this anyway. [00:44:00] but Azazel was especially upset about this whole situation Mike: Embodiment of bitter party of one. Jessika: Yes. yes. Table for one. Absolutely. And he pretty much said that he was going to consume the souls of Nada as well as his companions from hell, because he had actually kidnapped her. Mike: Yeah, and we should note that one of his companions from hell was actually, the demon who had Morpheus's helm before. it was a honied offer of him sitting there and saying, well, I will give you the woman that you're searching for, but then I'll also let you enact punishment of this guy who challenged you and to make you look bad in front of all of hell. Jessika: That makes sense. I was kind of wondering why he was like, why would he care about this one, dude? But that makes way more sense. I forgot about that, dude. Mike: Yep. Jessika: There's a lot. There's a lot to remember in this. Mike: You know, I can't remember everything and I've read this series multiple times. It's a dense story. And I always feel like. I probably caught things before, but, I always [00:45:00] find things that I feel like I'm discovering for the first time with each reread. Jessika: Oh, that's so cool. I'm so glad I picked up the trade paperbacks. Mike: Yeah. I'm glad that you, I'm glad you're spearheading this. This is a really fun series to talk about. Jessika: Thank you. So Azazel tells Morpheus, basically, I'm going to consume the souls of Nada and my other companion, unless Morpheus could jump into the abyss of space of teeth, the abyss of his Azazel's teeth, which he's just like space with teeth. Like that's what he is. Mike: And eyes.. Jessika: And eyes. Yeah, that's right. He does have eyes too, but he's just like a bunch of Maltz mostly. Yeah. So Morpheus does it. He does the thing and jumps in, finds them, captures his Azazel after he tries to go back on his word of letting them go. If he'd have found his company. And then asks his Raven friend, Matthew, to tell Nada that he needs to talk with her because he has some apologizing to do, Mike: Mm Jessika: The inhabitants of hell [00:46:00] begun to return as the new angel leaders look on and dream meets with nada and makes a pitiful attempt at half-apology and Nada slaps him and in doing so extracts an actual apology, which it shouldn't take that much. But Dream seems to realize how he's in the wrong. Although he almost immediately negates that understanding by once again, asking her to be the queen of the dream realm. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: Bro. She was, and she was like, bro, we've done this already. I don't want to do this. I already said no to you once. And I meant it. Mike: I really appreciate that gaming does not make dream this infallible being, he very much shows like, no, he is. A flawed dude Jessika: Yeah. Mike: and he doesn't always get things immediately. Jessika: Yeah, That was really interesting. [00:47:00] That piece of it, I mean, dream has to concede, but he he basically says, let's go discuss your future. Mike: yeah, Jessika: Which is really neat, cause he's taken her whole life away and, and then some, and he's in a, he's a negative said this blank she's for thousands of years been tortured in hell. Like how do you even make that up? Mike: Exactly. And that was actually something that I was curious about the first time I read it, I'm like, how do you make this right? cause that's, that is so much red in the ledger. Jessika: That's What I was thinking too. It's like, oh, okay, well, what are you going to do now, dude, aspire flowers and be like, well, babe, Mike: What about you chocolates? I only ate half of them. Jessika: right? It's Valentine's day it's. This is what we do. Right. So, so Loki who was supposed to have been taken back to his cave of acid dripping wonder Mike: His torture cave, Jessika: his torture cave with a snake and a woman. And torture. Mike: where he is [00:48:00] bound in the entrails of his own son and his wife catches venom dripped from a snake's fang. And then occasionally when she empties the cup, that's catching the phenom. It causes him to shake the earth and agony. And that's why we get earthquakes. Norse mythology is a thing. Jessika: Yes. And so Loki though has switched places, the little trickster he is with Suzano No-Ol-Mikoto who was sent back to the cavern to be forever tortured, which is rough. He didn't do anything. And then he tries to cut a deal with dream, to not get them sent back. Mike: he, he does like, he actually cuts a deal with him. Jessika: I mean, he does cut a deal He does, which. Guy, are you at least get a, go get the other homie from the blade? He doesn't, he doesn't even go other homes. Mike: yeah, he does Jessika: like he does. Mike: Yeah, he does. He says what I'll do is, as I will, I will basically create , an illusion of you in that tormented space. Jessika: Okay. I must have missed that part because I was just like guy. [00:49:00] Mike: it's a throwaway line. It's he basically sits there and he says like, but if I do that, you owe me a favor. Jessika: Okay. I mean, I got that part of it. I was like, you're getting out of this, but like, whoa, Mike: I have a lot of favorite moments in this, in this volume, but that was one of my favorites where dream asks him and he's like, why did you choose Susano No O Mikoto, but Loki basically just says, yeah, I just really don't like thunder gods. And I was like, Jessika: Which all Mike: also I love how much of just a turd Thor is throughout the entire time that he appears he's such a gross dude. Like there's Jessika: gross. Mike: the bit where he's trying to hit on bass and he's like, do you want to touch my hammer? It gets bigger when you play with it. I'm like, blech Jessika: it was so bad. And that he's just trashed. He's just like,Ugh. Mike: Well, I think bast actually scratches up his face too, which I thought was great. Jessika: Yup. Yup. Mike: but it's funny because I read this in the nineties, give or take my only exposure to Thor in comic [00:50:00] books before that had been Thor, the superhero, and this was such a wildly different take on him. I was like, this is amazing cause Thor was awful and mythology. Jessika: Yeah. Oh Yeah. there were definitely some, questionable stories that I have read. Yes. Mike: Anyway, I really enjoyed that. Jessika: yeah. So we also find out that Nuala that was one of the two ferries is being left in the dream realm, even though the ferry deal was not the one that panned out her bros, just like, see ya. I, I wasn't ever supposed to bring you back. You're staying regardless. Mike: Yeah. You're, a gift from the court to dream. Jessika: Which, and he's just like, okay. And he's like, oh, by the way, I don't dig glamour here. So you can just drop the glitz. You're glimmering right now. And then she's just this little petite, mousy hair, smaller elf looking, which, you know what I did not, I didn't like the whole idea that, she had to be, [00:51:00] that, That she felt like she had to glamour to begin with. And that, that was a whole thing. Mike: I don't know what part of mythology it is, but, but one of the European pieces of mythology is that the elves have an ability to wrap themselves in illusion. in that they're actually these kinds of weird, gross little things. So that, that was tying into kind of the European folklore. But yeah, it's a thing. I don't remember if she shows up in later issues. I think she does, but I don't remember. Jessika: I mean, that would suck to just be like, by the way you live in the dream realm now oh and we're never featuring you again. Double rough. Mike: yeah, Jessika: Yeah. So after dream is like, nah, you gotta be you, boo. He goes and puts not a soul into a newborn child basically. So it's assumed that she will get to live the life that dream took from her so many centuries ago. Mike: Yeah. He basically, he, he gives her the opportunity to live life again, kind of wiping the slate clean, which is, mean, let's be honest. That's probably the best offer that [00:52:00] he can give her. Jessika: He also puts her in a male body, which like, talk about like leveling up, Mike: Yeah. Jessika: Come on. You're already doing better. Mike: Yeah. And then he has that really nice moment where he says something along the lines of I will remember you and love you matter what body wear. And you will always be welcome in the dream realm. I have my quibbles with, with Dream, especially with this whole storyline. But I feel like that was arguably the best solution he could have come up with. Jessika: Oh I agree. Yeah, when I did see that, that was the solution. I mean, you can't provide somebody with multiple lifetimes, but you can take away the pain of knowing that that happened and provide them with a new life that you don't interfere with. I thought it was a good, a good deal. I guess. All things considered. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: We then cut to Lucifer, wingless, chilling on a beach, looking at the sunset where he is approached by an older man who walks [00:53:00] over and make small, talk about the sunset with him and stay till, see him tomorrow. If he's still there and Lucifer admitting that the sunset is actually really beautiful, goddammit and giving some credit to the creator. And we end the volume with the two new leaders of hell going around and making quote unquote changes Mike: yeah. Jessika: the way things are. Basically, they're still going to be torture, but it's supposed to be phrased differently as a rehabilitation, but the angels don't quite understand the meaning of the tortures of hell, which makes it even worse. Mike: Yeah. It's so uncomfortably abusive where they're like, no, we're doing this because we love you. And one day you'll thank us for it. Jessika: Yeah. Mike: you're just like, woo. Jessika: It's it was a gross abuser situation. Mike: Yeah. And then there's that bit where one of the souls is like, no, you don't understand that makes it worse. Jessika: Yeah. Yeah, exactly. Oh Yeah. And unfortunately the angels start to embrace their [00:54:00] roles in the endless pain and suffering. Mike: Yeah. And that's actually, that's something that is, brought back to the forefront in Lucifer, the series that Mike Carey wrote in the late nineties to early odds, which I've talked about this before, but like that series is also, I think just as good as Sandman. It's really great, we also see a lot of pantheons of different gods getting pulled into Lucifer's machinations and there's a whole thing where he makes things difficult for the angels running hell. Jessika: Oh, I'm excited to see it Mike: It's very good. Jessika: Well what were your overall impressions of the story and who were your favorite or least favorite characters or events of this? Mike: It's actually hard to sit there and talk about just a couple of favorite moments because I really love this collection. I loved it when I first read it. I still love it. I love the strange sadness of the overall story and the original takes on the gods. And also, I really love the twist that heaven takes over [00:55:00] the running of hell. We talked about how I really enjoyed Dream kind of, spoiling the plot twist about Loki, having switched places with Susano. And, I really soured on Dream as a character in these early issues over time. I dunno it, like, when I read this as a kid, I was like, oh, okay. He feels bad about his actions. And is going to rescue this woman that he loves from hell and now I'm like, motherfucker, you put her in hell. And she details how awful her time there was like, come on, dude, you condemned her there for millennia just because she wouldn't marry you?Like, get fucked. Jessika: And then you said, I guess I did something bad if that's how you feel. Mike: it wasn't even, you didn't even come to this realization on your own. You had to be told by multiple people that you fucked up. Like a mediocre white guy in his thirties, you sat there and dug your heels and went no, no. Well, maybe Jessika: “I don't think that's right.” Mike: maybe. All right, fine. [00:56:00] It's like, whatever, Jessika: Oh, no. Mike: like that. I'm coming down harsher on dream than you are. Jessika: No, but that's how I felt about it too. I mean, you're just doing all the work. I'm just going to sit back and ride this ride because I'm like, I'm there with you, but I'm like passenger seat. I'm chilling. Like I don't need to be the navigator. We have maps now we have Google maps. It's fine. Mike: I'm sitting there swinging my arms and getting all mad and getting the cardio. Jessika: Oh yeah. And I'm doing the pumping our movement of the trucks next to me. You know, I'm just along for this ride. No, I agree. He's a shit heel and a lot of these, and I'm like, I have had more than a few moments where I think to myself, how am I supposed to feel about this character? But then I think to myself, no, that's a good character. But then I think to myself, no: That's a good character. That's a good character, because that means it's complex. It's more realistic because that's what people. Mike: Yeah. To be honest, he is that privileged male character who has never had to really stop and think about his [00:57:00] actions really not have things go his way. And we are now at the part of tonight's program where we are finding out after having fucked around for a while. Jessika: Fucked around so hard. So Well, I really enjoyed the banquet and I really liked the different interactions between the different mythologies and how they behaved and what they ate. And it was really funny, but I also thought it was very thoughtful. In the way that it was done. And similarly with the way that each party had a different way and signal to meet with dream, it just really showed his understanding and empathy by adapting to each of his guests needs. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: Or perhaps he's just used to doing this for each individual's dreams. Mike: Well, it's a little bit open to interpretation because in other episodes you see his appearance changed. Like there was, you know, he was Meowpheus. Jessika: Yep. Mike: So my take on him is that his appearance. Doesn't change. It's just, we [00:58:00] perceive them in different ways. And because we are, you know, people reading the story, we are seeing him in his siblings manifest as people. Jessika: That's very astute, sir. Mike: But yeah, I mean, like you looked at like the different art styles that came into play when he was meeting with the different gods. And I mean, I, I still think about how doesn' het have like a tea ceremony with Suzano when they're, when they're talking. And then I feel like it's much darker and moodier when he meets with Odin. And then again, the art style changes again when he meets with Bast. Jessika: Yeah. Well, speaking of art, did you, did you have a favorite art moment in this volume? Mike: Yeah. okay. So you remember how last time we talked about how I have this, one defining moment where in Men of Good Fortune hob has these three panels where his face changes? Yeah. There's a couple of different images throughout the series that I always just kind of have pop up in my head when I think about it. And one of them is from this volume and it's the bit where he's inside a Zazzle and [00:59:00] he's like prying open the mouse and the empty space and he's floating around it feels kind of more traditionally action comic booky, and the way that it's drawn, that's not a bad thing. It's just, for some reason it feels that way. And I, I think it's really good. and I also really liked how at the end of it, he reveals that he is trapped. Azazel in a jar. It's very in keeping with how Gaiman would resolve conflict in ways that could be a giant battle, but instead they're very clever. , it was like when they had the battle between him and Dr.Destiny, and then afterwards you get the field of white and then it turns out he's just sitting in the Palm of dream's hand. Jessika: Yes. Yeah. Mike: Yeah. Jessika: So good. Mike: I'm curious, you're approaching this with fresh eyes because this is the first time you've read through this. So I'm wondering, do you have the same moments or are they different? Jessika: I actually thought Morpheus had a lot of really good billowing robe moments. Mike: Yes. Jessika: Like, I mean, they didn't have, I think they may have had like one semi-full page of like a billowy robes situation. But there were quite a few shots of him, like floating into [01:00:00] hell and he was just making an entrance Mike: yeah. I was just thinking that Jessika: here for it. Yeah. Mike: he's got his helm Jessika: Yeah. Mike: the bit where Jessika: dressed up. This is the met gala. He is here. Mike: Yes. And then what I really liked about that was there's that moment where Lucifer is like, are you afraid of me? And more visas? Like, yes. And I'm like, all right. Not, your difficult comic book. All right. Cool. Jessika: Just being real between you and I. Absolutely. Mike: That was great. Jessika: Yeah. So I really like, again, to your point about what you really enjoyed was the kind of feeling of movement of probably him floating through space and having that action feeling. That's what I really liked about the billowy ropes. Was it just, I could almost see them moving, and I could feel the movement of him floating down, which was so neat. Yeah. Well, let's move along to our brain wrinkles. [01:01:00] Mike: All right. Jessika: So this is the one thing comics or comic-related. That has just been sticking in our noggin since the last time we spoke. So, what is it for you? Mike: Well, Sarah and I had our anniversary this week, and she got me this really cool book called American Comic Book Chronicles, the 1990s by Jason Sachs and Keith Dallas. Do you remember those American century books from time life? They were those prestige format photo history books, and they would document major moments in America and world history from across the 20th. Jessika: I do. Yup. Mike: I feel like every school library had a complete volume. Jessika: Exactly. Mike: So this is like that except for Comics. And so it's really cool. And nobody should be surprised at this point to hear that I particularly love comics from the eighties and nineties. And as I'm reading through this book, it's reminding me about how absolutely insane the early nineties were when it came to the comic book industry and [01:02:00] also just comic collecting in general. So I think we're going to have to do an episode where we talk about something related to that topic sooner or later, probably sooner. it has been rattling around my head for the past couple of days where I just reread I've read the stuff that some of it, I knew some of it I didn't and all of it's insane. Jessika: well, let's definitely talk sooner rather than later, because let's go back to childhood. Mike: All right. You talked me into it. We're going to do a nineties episode at some point. It's fine. FINE! Jessika: Twisted his arm. There's no violence on this podcast. I'm a pacifist. God dammit. Mike: Uh, but yeah, that's me. What about you? Jessika: Well, Mike, you told me about the podcast Bitches on Comics, which, okay. I'm not going to lie to you. I've binged the first 45 episodes since you told me about it less than a week ago, you haven't, it hasn't been a week. Mike: I can't remember. I know it's been about a week. [01:03:00] I really like that show. Jessika: It's been about a week. Okay. It's so good. And they have their, I mean, they're very queer, which are, you know, a hundred percent I'm here for, and I got to tell you, they, Mike: Like more queer fans of comic books. Oh, no. Jessika: Oh, no. Well, and they have this thing in there where they're. There aren't a lot of queer podcasts about comic books and I'm like, wait, we're here now, here we are. Pick us. Mike: Yeah, exactly. I'm like, oh, can we come talk to, you want to have us on, or do you want to come on our show? Like, whatever you want to talk about, it's fine. Jessika: I, will awkwardly approach them with my bag lunch and ask if I can sit with them. Mike: Oh, a hundred percent. Yeah. They're great. their Mojo episode, I thought was really interesting and I wound up tweeting with them for a little while because they pointed out that there really aren't many characters like mojo. And I think I made a good point with him. I mentioned how Superman's bill and Mr. Mxyzptlk might be another equivalent character[01:04:00] where he's all about throwing shit up in the air and, disrupting everything but no, they, they were great. Jessika: So good. Well, they, in episode three, they introduced me to the novel, the refrigerator monologues, which delves into the, the idea of women in comics being fridged or killed just for entertainment sake, or to drive a plot narrative, or to make the, the main hero sad, or, basically as a plot tool and the refrigerator monologues delves into it as first-person accounts of female superheroes and how they had been used. And I went and listened to it because you can find it. I kept it on hooplah actually. So I listened to it for free and it was an audiobook. It was very, very good. And he talked about them not having autonomy or storylines of their own. it got me thinking about the way that we write characters and who we are allowed to succeed in [01:05:00] any given situation. I don't know, I just, I highly recommend this book and I highly recommend listening to Bitches on Comics because they have got me just like thinking about shit. Mike: Yeah, you and I should talk about a Hawk and Dove from DC in the 1980s and how they just did the most egregious fringing of Dove in a 1991 crossover in a way that was really bad. it's one of those things where I still talk about it. I've been talking about it for 20 years because it's so wild. Jessika: Man. Well.I guess we'll have a really uplifting conversation about that later. I'm sure I'm going to have no zero opinions about that. Mike: No. Jessika: I tell you, I commit now. No opinions. I can't commit to that. Everyone knows I'm
Episode 100 has finally arrived and on this instalment of the show, I'm talking to the legendary Kristian “Gaahl” Espedal about Gaahl's Wyrd, his approach to making music, what really happened during the infamous 2010 Vice interview, his passion for fine wine and much more. I'm also joined by my friend, Evan Hopper of Quell, for an extended news rant and I review the latest record by Australian black metal duo, Norse.Support the bands featured on this episode:Gaahl's Wyrd - https://gaahlswyrd.bandcamp.com/Quell - https://quell.bandcamp.com/Norse - https://norsemetal.bandcamp.com/Follow the show on social media:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/intothenecrosphereInstagram - @intothenecrosphere Twitter - @INecrosphere Visit my Teespring store for Into The Necrosphere t-shirts, hoodies, face-masks etc. - https://teespring.com/stores/into-the-necrosphere.
Northern Kentucky University Assistant Athletic Director of Development Derek Petruskevich joins the NKY Spotlight Podcast. He talks about tickets sales for the upcoming men's and women's basketball seasons, what fans can expect at BB&T arena and the Go Norse Fund. Thank you to our podcast sponsors CVG, CKREU Consulting, Horan and Heartland Bank. NKU Sports Schedules - https://nkunorse.com/calendar?vtype=list&preset=current Contact about Tickets - Micki Ford | email@example.com | 859-572-7848 Contact about Go Norse Fund - Derek Petruskevich | PetruskevD1@nku.edu | 859-572-6632
Minute Six: From Ice Attack to Asgard We have our first guest! We're joined by Ryanne Bennett from the Black Girl Nerds podcast this week. Check her and her shows out at the links below. In the sixth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Laufey smashes one of the Einherjar soldiers that he just froze. Not a fun way to go. Meanwhile, the battle rages on. Branagh continues putting us in the middle of it in close shots which feel chaotic and makes it feel like we're actually there. Unfortunately, it makes it hard to tell what's going on. But it's pretty easy to see Laufey form a spiked ball of ice in his lowered palm. He then hurls it at Odin, nailing him in his right eye. So this is different from the Norse mythology just a bit. Why the change? Well, it puts it in the action. Also, by keeping Odin in the battle instead of on a hill or something watching the battle play out, we do at least get a better sense of the type of king that Odin is. And Laufey for that matter. We definitely appreciate that they're willing to join the fray. So Odin can shoot fire from Gungnir. Who knew? The Asgard-Jotunheim war clearly is waged for a long time and Laufey and Odin are always in the frey. Meanwhile, the battle rages on from Midgard back to Jotunheim. It actually looks like a decent place. A tad cold, but the cities aren't crumbling. That being said, we do see bodies strewn on the distant streets. And who's that on the landing between the two towers? Turns out it's Laufey, Odin, and two Einherjar guards. Looks like Odin's won. He has Laufey on the ground at the end of Gungnir. Odin's about to kill him but seems to hold his spear for some reason. Considering the myths about Odin losing his eye were in relation to him wanting to gain wisdom, does this moment perhaps tie to the myths and show that Odin gains wisdom when it comes to war and see value in not being a bloodthirsty tyrant? Should we read into this as the change from the Odin who warred with Hela in Thor Ragnarok? The war is over. Odin takes the Casket of Ancient Winters from Laufey. So Odin doesn't kill Laufey. That being said, he does have his Einherjar soldier take the casket of ancient winters. But why does it look like it was plugged in? Does the planet start shutting down now? Did we need it to be so visually obvious? Meanwhile, Odin and his troops hop into the bifrost for a trip back to Asgard. Our second trip so far in the bifrost and it already is far less... atmospheric. They're heading back to Asgard. We assume it was the crystalline peaks but turns out, this is the bottom. Why did they decide to construct the film this way? It kinda throws you initially, but it looks cool. Especially when we flip over and move through the water to reveal the actual city. We don't get to see much of it other than the canyon patterned after Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park, but we do see some cool city buildings built into the wall of the canyon and in the distance... some sort of floating building? It's very difficult to figure out. But we like it. Laufey and Odin battle on! The epic Asgard-Jotunheim war comes to an end in this dramatic minute. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material Ryanne Bennett on Twitter or LinkedIn Black Girl Nerds on the web Instagram or Twitter
Minute Five: From Frost Giants to Frozen The Casket of Ancient Winters! In the fifth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... The frost giants land in Norway. They're on the wrong side of the fjord, but that doesn't stop Laufey from releasing the power of the casket of ancient winters to not only freeze the water but also everything in its path, including our viking mother and child, who we had only just gotten to know. Oh – and it's not the tesseract. It's the casket of ancient winters. It's easy to make that mistake as they're both blue glowing cubes. Okay, so this one has handles, but still... Speaking of the casket of ancient winters, we talk about a great Walt Simonson run called The Surtur Saga that weirdly connects all three Thor films as it brings in Surtur and Malekith. Marvel surprises us by killing a kid in the film. Okay, so it's one we hardly knew, but still... There's also some talk about Norse mythology about giants, parentage, and more. The frost giants looked very different when they first appeared in the comics. They've evolved over time to land on what they look like here, but we talk about how they've changed. We also chat about their weapons, how they form ice on their bodies to use in the battle, their armor, and their tattoos. But what do the frost giants actually want? And how do they travel through the bifrost? Even if the frost giants are just twirling their mustaches, we still enjoy them. Kenneth Branagh is clearly having fun here with the Casket, the frost giants, and the Asgardians. Branagh really wanted to keep the camera in close to understand the chaos of battle. It works. But it is hard to see, particularly as it's night too. There's also a lot of handheld camera which adds to the chaos. It's kinda hard to tell the frost giants are actually taller than everyone else but you can tell when you pause. It's cool to see the frost giants' skill of growing ice on their bodies to use as weapons. Again... hard to tell in the dark. Odin uses his uru spear Gungnir to stab and flip a frost giant over him. It's pretty cool. Oh – and Odin's younger. We mostly like the look but it does make us wonder... how do gods grow old? And are they immortal? Odin brings up this fact so we're that much more confused. It's interesting how myths are created and we have some fun speculating here. Paul Nicklin and Norbert Rosing are two amazing National Geographic photographers whose work was used as inspiration for the frost giants, Jotunheim, and everything icy. Damn, Laufey's red eyes are so cool. (As cool as the casket though?) And we play the IMDb game with Colm Feore. The epic battle with the Casket of Ancient Winters is just getting started in this minute. Join in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material
Minute Four: From a Victim to a Voiceover A trip to Tonsberg! In the fourth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... This is definitely a bifurcated minute. We start with the aftermath of the atmospheric disturbance and the crash, and end in a flashback to Tonsberg, Norway in 965 A.D. Darcy does a great job of passing the buck in another of our favorite lines of hers. Meanwhile, Jane's concerned that she didn't just kill someone. But who is this someone? Branagh and team decided to film this in a way that keeps Thor left in mystery. We're always distant or he's shadowed, leaving the focus on Jane and her reaction. We love this. Speaking of Jane, she looks great in her closeup as she looks at the mysterious body on the ground. Nothing like great flashlight lighting! While this is happening, Erik doesn't have much to say, though he has more to say in the script. Without Erik's dialogue, Jane's question “Where did he come from?” works really well and feels stronger. To that end, it's a great question to leave us with as it also leads well into Odin's story. We transition from the present in New Mexico to the past in Tonsberg Norway. But it wasn't Odin's story in the script. Oddly, it's Heimdall who comes in with a big monologue here instead of Odin telling a story. No flashback. Just a trip through space and Yggdrasil as Heimdall hits the nail on the head with his monologuing to Asgard. Speaking of Heimdall, we love Idris Elba and would've loved more of him in the Thor movies. This monologue, though? It's too much. Too expository. Back to the transition to the past, we have text on the screen identifying this as Tonsberg Norway 965 A.D. But why do they use A.D. and not C.E.? Is that implying Norse gods and God are all in this universe? Or is it just the studio playing it safe? Speaking of Tonsberg, it is a real city in Norway, but not as depicted in the MCU. And we do mean the MCU – it's been in three (maybe four) films so far, plus What If...? So why does Odin send Thor to New Mexico? Perhaps it's because it's so far from Norway? We meet some of our vikings in the village and linger a bit on a mother and child. While we're here, we hear another track from Patrick Doyle – Prologue. And we love it. And we play the IMDb game with Sir Anthony Hopkins. From present day New Mexico to 965 A.D. in Norway, there's a lot to discuss. Join in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material
The Norman's conquering of the known world was a phenomenon unlike anything Europe had seen up to that point in history. Although best known for the 1066 Conquest of England, they have left behind a far larger legacy.They emerged early in the tenth century but had disappeared from world affairs by the mid-thirteenth century. Yet in that time they had conquered England, Ireland, much of Wales and parts of Scotland. They also founded a new Mediterranean kingdom in southern Italy and Sicily, as well as a Crusader state in the Holy Land and in North Africa. Moreover, they had an extraordinary ability to adapt as time and place dictated, taking on the role of Norse invaders to Frankish crusaders, from Byzantine overlords to feudal monarchs. Today's guest, Trevor Rowley, author of The Normans: A History of Conquest, offers a comprehensive picture of the Normans and argues that despite the short time span of Norman ascendancy, it is clear that they were responsible for a permanent cultural and political legacy.
About This Episode: Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen is a bestselling Norwegian novelist. He has written in many genres, but is now working on his ongoing Jomsviking series. It was an overnight success in Norway and was almost instantly sold to several countries. Bull-Hansen was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1972, and grew up in a suburb that was, at the time, quite rural. And here comes a big cliché: it was not a very happy childhood. He spent most of his youthful years excluded from social interaction with other kids his age. However, growing up in isolation makes one a good observer. Spending the majority of his time alone, Bull-Hansen began building imaginative worlds and learning about Norse mythology at a very early age. He knew he wanted to be an explorer, an actor, or a novelist. Then came the game changer. Bull-Hansen started lifting weights when he was 13 years old, and after never being very good at sports, he discovered he could do things very few 13-year-olds could! It gave Bull-Hansen the confidence to lift his head and to start pursuing his dreams. Unfortunately, while nearing the completion of his economics studies, Bull-Hansen was in a car accident. Bull-Hansen was back in the gym only 7 days after the accident. However, due to neurological trauma, parts of his neck and shoulders were numb and Bull-Hansen lost his place on the Norwegian Junior Powerlifting team. He was 23. Unwilling to accept defeat, Bull-Hansen turned to his other passion – writing. Already having been writing for 6 years, he submitted his first manuscript to a publisher, and his first book was published after only a few months. Several years later, Bull-Hansen experiences a major breakthrough as an international author with the critically acclaimed Jomsviking. Still, Bull-Hansen chooses to live his life with a steadfast conviction to his own virtues, all of which are grounded in Viking culture. Now a father and living on a fjord once ripe with vicious and deadly battles, with the history of his people at his feet, Bull-Hansen's connection with his past is awoken each time he steps outside his home or is on the water in his sailing yacht. Find out more about Bjørn at: Interview with Edwin Dearborn - https://www.jeremyryanslate.com/884 Bjørn's website - https://bull-hansen.com/ What Really Happened in Wuhan A Virus Like No Other, Countless Infections, Millions of Deaths - https://www.audible.com/pd/What-Really-Happened-in-Wuhan-Audiobook/B09DQYZJG8?qid=1633317282&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=KVNN4JS0ZGQZFEV71XG1 Bjørn's Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/TheVikingBushcrafter Check out our YouTube Channel: Jeremyryanslatebiz Make Extraordinary a reality: jeremyryanslate.com/extraordinary See the Show Notes: www.jeremyryanslate.com/921 Sponsors: Gusto: This episode is sponsored by Gusto. Run your payroll the easy way, the same way we do at Command Your Brand. You'll get a. $100 Amazon Gift Card just for running your first payroll! http://www.jeremyryanslate.com/gusto MyPillow: Use the promo code: CYOL to get up to 60% off https://www.mypillow.com/ Audible: Get a free 30 day free trial and 1 free audiobook from thousands of available books. Right now I'm reading "Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century" by Josh Rogin www.jeremyryanslate.com/book
It's our summer anime wrap up episode! We're going through all the shows we finished this summer including: Sonny Boy, Spirit Chronicles, Peach Boy Riverside, My Next Life as a Villainess 2, Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan, The Idaten Deities Know Only Peach, I Tsushima, How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Girlfriend Girlfriend, The Duke of Death and His Maid, The Detective is Already Dead, The Case Study of Vanitas and Battle Game in 5 Seconds. Whew, that's a lot!
Departing once again in better weather, the journey now takes us to the so called "Giant's Fingers". Here a new stranger is met but only briefly, and what is this? Remnants of the first adventuring party that left Gimle?Larkspur has been played by Jen Vaughn, who can be found on twitter @thejenya, and who's work can be found on hauntedvaultstudios.comYesena is played by Barbara Perez Marquez, who can be found online @mustachebabs. Check out her work via mustachebabs.comClive is played by Paul Harpring, who can be found online @paul_harpringMatt is around online just about everywhere @kintarotpcThe podcast can be followed @thecrowdex and the website is crowscodex.comMusic for this podcast is by Kevin MacLeod, who's works can be found at incompetech.filmmusic.ioThe tracks used in this episode is:Long Road Ahead B by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3995-long-road-ahead-bLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseTemple of the Manes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4468-temple-of-the-manesLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseAdditional Music provided by YouFulca from wingless-seraph.net Check out there music, it's some absolutely top notch stuff!The world and Non-Player-Characters are mine. Information about the Ryuutama game system can be found via http://kotohi.com/ryuutama
Some People Pull Out All The Stops When It Comes To Selling Their Product! Welcome to September 30th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a Fall ritual and an old school way of freshening your breath. Wassail is an old Norse expression that literally means “be you healthy” Wassailing was an old English drinking ritual of warming cider with spices and other ingredients to ensure a good harvest of cider apples for the following year. Now that's thinking ahead! In ancient Roman times they mulled wine in the same way. Now that sounds like a good excuse for a drinking game! There are lots of recipes for hot mulled cider that include orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Now that sounds like a recipe to chase away the cold! On Hot Mulled Cider Day, brew up your own favorite recipe and drink to your health: “Wassail!” While chewing gum may seem like a modern invention, it's actually been around for 9,000 years. The ancient Aztecs chewed something called chicle, although they had to follow certain rules of etiquette. Children and unmarried women could chew it in public, but everyone else had to chew it at home. Chicle became the main ingredient in chewing gum in the mid 1800s, but it wasn't until the early 1900s that gum became popular. That's when William Wrigley, Jr. launched an all out campaign, mailing free samples of his gum to every person in the phonebook. Apparently, this move paid off big! On National Chewing Gum Day, celebrate the freedom to chew wherever you please, though keeping it quiet is still appreciated. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
In today's episode, Tom and Dominic are joined by Dr Eleanor Barraclough as they sail across the Atlantic in a dragon-ship, bound for the epic world of the Norse sagas. What society did the Vikings set up in Iceland? How did they get to America? Why were they always so violent?Produced by Left Peg Media and Goalhanger Films. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hey HBs! Another friend is here! Jenny Nordbak joins Erin and Melody to discuss her new podcast Bonkers Romance and her romance debut HIS LEADING LADY. She's releasing a scorchingly hot contemporary romance about a Hollywood A-List actor who's trying to roughen up his squeaky clean image and an elite dominatrix who doesn't want the limelight, but can't help but be drawn to his mysterious charisma. There's fake dating and BDSM training and it's a book you absolutely have to read! Then, we recap Netflix rom-com He's All That, a gender bent remake of 90's treasure She's All That. Come play with us! Bonus Content: Matthew Lillard is a national treasure, wax play Jenny doesn't approve of, The Matrix vs. Big Hero Six, Mel's special "party backbend," Mel flexes her horse girl cred yet again, we image horse car washes, bestiality loopholes for centaur romances, and nutella. It's a ride! Lady Loves: Mel: Amazon's new musical Cinderella with Billy Porter. It's so delicious even while being extremely cringey. Erin: Drive Me Crazy, the far superior gender-bent remake of She's All That with Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier's floppy curls. ALSO, it's spooky season! Enjoy being a pumpkinslut without shame! Jenny: the podcast "I Will Teach You to Be Rich" with Ramit Sethi. It's real life couples talking about real life money issues, filled with specifics and marriage counseling. Follow Jenny on Instagram and Twitter! Check out Mel and Jenny's new podcast BONKERS ROMANCE!! You can subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. And follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Subscribe! Rate! Review! Tell all your friends :) Get more content on PATREON!! Sign up for our Newsletter! MERCH! Teepublic, Chicaloo Kate, Redbubble Make your life better and hire Natalie to assist you!!! And follow our socials: Instagram: @heavingbosoms Twitter: @heaving_bosoms Patreon Shout Out: Marissa H, you are descended from Baldur, the Norse god known for his beauty, wisdom, and fairness. He was the god of joy, the summer sun, purity, and light. It's said he was so charming and beautiful that he was literally radiant, giving off light. You have gotten so many of his traits, but wisdom and fairness are chief among them. Your purity of soul and efforts to help those you love make you radiate love from the inside.
Our Final Thoughts and Expectations as We Prepare for Thor in Our Last Hiatus Episode This is our last hiatus episode between seasons three and four before we start breaking down Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor into one minute chunks to discuss each one in glorious detail. Because of that, we thought that it would be a good time for us – Matthew Fox and Andy Nelson – to discuss our backgrounds with the character of Thor, the movie, and the comics. The Movies and Beyond This episode gives us a chance to chat about our initial thoughts 10 years ago before we went into the theatre to meet the god of thunder, and what we thought afterward. It's a chance for us to touch on how our thoughts about Thor, Loki, and their stories between Asgard, Midgard, and the rest of the universe have changed and evolved over the decade as their characters have moved through the various films all the way up through to Loki and the upcoming Thor: Love & Thunder. The Comics We also talk about our connections to the comics. While Andy read comics throughout his life, Thor was never a title he picked up. Matthew rarely has read comics. But this show has given us both (mostly Andy) a chance to dig into the comics more to read the early Journey Into Mystery issues, JMS's line of Thor, Walt Simonson's Surtur Saga, and more. The Mythology This film provides us (mostly Matthew) a chance to go through more of the Norse mythology so we can better understand the origins. What's changed? What's remained the same and why? Have Loki and Thor always had daddy issues? Last Hiatus Episode Next week, we'll start our exploration of Thor. For now, pour yourself a drink, kick back, relax, and join us as we share our thoughts on the macroscopic level before we dig in deep next week. Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material
On this weeks episode we blab about the following Games and topics: Whatcha Been Playing? Deathloop Eastward Kena: Bridge of Spirits News:Cross Platform / PC / Misc. Overwatch executive producer Chacko Sonny leaves Blizzard Call of Duty Vanguard May Already Be Facing Hacker Problems Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Remaster Discussions Have Reportedly Begun Apple Effectively Bans Fortnite From the App Store for Five Years Destiny 2's New Trials of Osiris Matchmaking System Is Stirring Controversy PlayStation God of War Ragnarok will conclude the Norse saga because games take too long to make Looks like the PS4 CMOS Battery issue has been fixed with a firmware update Nintendo Here's everything that happened during tonight's Nintendo Direct Xbox Microsoft's Perfect Dark reboot will be co-developed by Crystal Dynamics PSA's: Epic Games Store Freebies: The Escapists Free 4 All: Star Wars: Visions Matrix Trilogy Help support the show: - Subscribe to our Twitch channel http://twitch.tv/geekoholics - Use our Epic Creator Code: GEEKOHOLICS when purchasing items in Fortnite or buying games on the Epic Games Store - Please review the show (bit.ly/geekoholics) on Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and to share with your friends. Reviews help us reach more listeners, and the feedback helps us to produce a better show. Join our Discord server: CLICK HERE Don't forget to follow our Social Media Feeds to keep up to date on our adventures: Youtube TwitterInstagram Facebook Thanks for listening and have a great weekend! You can reach me on Twitter @RicF
After about a million technical problems and an equal amount of alcohol consumption, Terminus episode 68 finally arrives with 4 records of intense vision, rigor, and precise execution. From epic black metal to goregrind, a wide swath of styles are covered today, with a running thread of highly specific and focused artistic imagination. And we like them all! Well, ONE OF US likes them all. Opening the episode is Australia's Norse, who play a fusion of challenging, somewhat dissonant black metal, downtempo, and experimental industrial, all bound together with a streak of gothic melody. The results aren't quite as diffuse as they sound, as Norse weaves together Deathspell Omega-style hyperspeed riffing with punishing, sludgy breakdowns, making for a record both varied and rewarding to the careful listener. 8 strings can play black metal too! Italy's Solitvdo up next with a record bound for greatness. Following in the footsteps of Spite Extreme Wing and the Invitta Armata circle, Solitvdo plays solar metal exclusively, but with a twist of powerful, heroic synth work cutting across fields of frenzied, ecstatic riffing. Absolutely mandatory for listeners who enjoy the "Terminus style" of black metal, and a record which immediately launches this project to the top of the scene. After our break, TDMG knowingly and with malice aforethought presents .357 Homicide, a 2-man slam crew out of England whose grotesque tones are matched by their intense rhythmic depth. Expanding on the template originally pioneered by Cephalotripsy, this band concentrates on convulsive and swinging rhythmic dynamics, making an appropriate soundtrack for both ballroom dancing and mass murder. Wrapping up the episode is a blast from the past with Lymphatic Phlegm, Brazilian goregrind legends. Don't let the genre description fool you- LP are notoriously unique for their dreamy, reverb-drenched production and fascinating riffing style which dances between traditional heavy metal, goth rock, and neoclassical music. 14 years has done nothing to dull the scalpel, proving once again that this is a band who deserves much greater attention from the metal scene than they've experienced over the years. 0:00 - Intro featuring Murmuüre and Brodequin 0:18:14 - Norse - Ascetic (Transcending Obscurity) 1:01:13 - Solitvdo - Hegemonikon (ATMF) 1:41:22 - Interlude - Infamous - “Germogli di disgrazia e rovina” fr. Muttos pro s'aristocratzia (Independent, 2019) 1:46:19 - .357 Homicide - Executed on Site (Vile Tapes Records) 2:18:53 - Lymphatic Phlegm - Roughly Excised - Putrefindings, Morbidescriptions and Necrognoses (Black Hole Productions) 2:57:39 - Outro - Psychosadistic Haterapist - “Alley Sweeper” fr. 4-Way Cybergrind Pornogoremageddon (Butchered Records, 2006) (Most of this is scattered across Youtube but I have no idea where you'd find a physical copy these days.) Terminus links: Terminus on Youtube Terminus on Patreon Terminus on Subscribestar Terminus on Instagram Terminus on Facebook firstname.lastname@example.org
The gods and the giants are always fighting. And Loki the Norse god is up to his tricks again, changing shape to confuse everyone. In this story from Norway, Emily Hennessey tells us how the gods have a wall built around their city to keep the giants out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
SUBSCRIBE NOW!!!! on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher & Audible. This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Avery, Marcus & Sean talk about Deathloop, Life Is Strange: True Colors, COD Vanguard, God Of War Ragnarok and much more! What We've Been Playing - Time code: 5:56 Avery & DJ give their impressions on Deathloop; Marcus & Avery give their impressions on Life Is Strange: True Colors; DJ chats briefly about his time with the COD Vanguard Open Beta; Sean continues his journey through Hades and Marcus let's his roommate take Astro's Playroom for a spin. Gaming News - Time code: 30:53 The quick hits: Battlefield 2042 officially delayed until November; PS5's new firmware update addresses multiple issues that it had since launch; David Cage sets his eyes on a galaxy far, far away; Blizzard keeps tiptoeing around their bigger issues with new WoW patch; The Twisted Metal show (yes, it's still happening) lands Anthony Mackie as brand new character; Nintendo's new software update allows for Bluetooth headphones but still no in-console voice chat. Heavy Hitters: We talk in depth about God of War Ragnarok closing out the Norse chapter of the franchise and discuss the "controversy" surrounding Agraboda being black in the game. If you're enjoying the show, please take a moment to rate/review it on whatever service you're using. Every little bit helps! Want to ask a question, ask us at PressX2start.com/Questions SAVE SHEIKH JARRAH! END ASIAN HATE! BLACK LIVES MATTER! Join/Follow Us: Youtube: Press X To Start TV Twitch: pressxtostarttv Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pressx2start Twitter: @PressX2S Instagram: @PressX2Start TikTok: @pressx2start You can find more info about the Press X and who we are at www.PressX2start.com. If you have any questions or just want to tell us how great (or just slightly okay) we're doing or how we can be better, be a friend and reach out and email us at email@example.com End music by @hgpmd on SoundCloud & IG Be good to each other, Peace!
This week is light on news, but heavy on Kena Bridge of Spirits and Deathloop impressions. Both MJC and Dave are playing the PS5 exclusives and enjoying them. In the news, we cover the rumors of a possible Star Wars game from Quantic Dream, THQ's Showcase and why God of War Ragnarok will be the end of the current Norse saga. Opening song is Deja Vu by Popskyy - https://popskyy.bandcamp.com/If you'd like to donate to us using PayPal, you can do so with this link. https://www.paypal.me/digitaldaysgamingIf you would like to order DDG merchandise click below: https://teespring.com/digital-days-gamingPatreonDiscordTwitter: @DigitalDaysPodDave Twitter: @GoodDaveHuntMichael Twitter: @The1stMJCTwitch: @DigitalDaysGamingFacebook PageFacebook GroupYouTube
What's better than Norse mythology gods? Adding in Greek and Roman mythology as well! Thor faces off against Pluto because he doesn't have enough of his own to fight. Twitter: @comicrundown Instagram: @comicbookrundown Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hosted by Joe Janero and Ron Hanes Edited by Joe Janero Theme song provided by one of the Sex Turtles (Joe Cubas) Find our t-shirts at Redbubble and TeePublic https://www.redbubble.com/shop/comic+book+rundown?ref=search_box http://tee.pub/lic/vBbIJZ4eLQ0
Something old, something new, and quite a few leaked games too. Certainly not the biggest of news weeks, but still quite a few things to discuss for Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison on Video Games 2 the MAX. The main games for Sean are the much anticipated JRPG Tales of Arise as he's made it to the second town in the game and is enjoying it quite a bit. He's also been loving the indie Earthbound-inspired game Eastward. Marc got into the beta for Call of Duty Vanguard and tries out the Super Gameboy 2. There's also some news to get to with Wipeout Rush announced, God of War ending the Norse mythology with God of War: Ragnarok. NVIDIA's GeForce Now leaking a bunch of possibly real games. Twisted Metal and Driver are getting TV shows, Battlefield 2042 delayed, and much more.
Sony Santa Monica's Creative Director, Cory Barlog, has shared that Ragnarok will conclude the Norse saga for Kratos and Atreus because of how long it takes to create a AAA God of War title. See the full interview on Kaptain Kuba's channel Why God of War Ragnarok Ends the Norse Saga via Eurogamer Battlefield 2042 Delayed via Twitter Follow me on other platforms and stay up to date! Twitter: http://twitter.com/jampacksam Instagram: http://instagram.com/jampacksam YouTube: http://youtube.com/jampacksam
The news that there'd only be two parts to the God of War Norse mythology saga kinda hit different for gamers, but director of the 2018 game, Cory Barlog, is opening up about his reasoning. In an interview with Kaptain Kuba on YouTube, Cory Barlog discussed why the story of Kratos and Atreus would be told over just two installments and not a trilogy or more. So the team at Sony Santa Monica Studio could've extended the story, but instead the decision was made to condense it to its core focal point, that being the relationship between Kratos and Atreus. With that, we'll be getting a presumably well-rounded story based on these two memorable characters. And it's not to say this'll be the last time we see Kratos - God of War: Ragnarok is the second and final chapter in the Norse mythology saga of the series, but who knows where Kratos might end up next? We'll have more God of War Ragnarok reaction when we receive future God of War Ragnarok gameplay. Gamers everywhere are looking forward to #GodofWarRagnarok. In other gaming news, Undertale fans: get excited! The second entry in the follow-up to the highly-popular game, Deltarune: Chapter 2, is coming September 17th. And finally, Gas Station Simulator is ranked third on Steam's Top Sellers list.
The sojourners meet with the mysterious armored figure, had a chat and - oh no! Larkspur and Yesena were not ready for this! Everyone learns a little important something about the world and what is going on, and we learn something very specific about the players.Larkspur has been played by Jen Vaughn, who can be found on twitter @thejenya, and who's work can be found on hauntedvaultstudios.comYesena is played by Barbara Perez Marquez, who can be found online @mustachebabs. Check out her work via mustachebabs.comClive is played by Paul Harpring, who can be found online @paul_harpringMatt is around online just about everywhere @kintarotpcThe podcast can be followed @thecrowdex and the website is crowscodex.comMusic for this podcast is by Kevin MacLeod, who's works can be found at incompetech.filmmusic.ioThe tracks used in this episode is:Long Road Ahead B by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3995-long-road-ahead-bLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseTemple of the Manes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4468-temple-of-the-manesLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseThe world and Non-Player-Characters are mine. Information about the Ryuutama game system can be found via http://kotohi.com/ryuutama
This week Shauna and Dan talk with author Grace Tierney about her new book, Words the Vikings Gave Us. From Bluetooth to Narwhal, the Old Norse language gave or influenced some of English's most well-known words. Plus there's talk of Vikings the TV show, the Viking role in the unicorn mythos, and Norse inspirations in video games. #BunnyTrails Check out Grace: wordfoolery.wordpress.com Words the Vikings Gave Us: amzn.to/3kuDbUr Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
Let the Hiatus Begin! It's hard to believe that we've covered the first three films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe one minute at a time, but that's where we are. (Then again, it's hard to imagine how long it'll take to get through the rest of the MCU!) We've covered Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and just wrapped on Iron Man 2. Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor is coming up next, but first... it's time for our hiatus! We promise this break between Iron Man 2 and Thor will be shorter than the last! COVID threw the schedule off a bit between seasons two and three. We know that. With that in mind, this break will be much shorter. So short, in fact, that the first episode of Season 4: Thor (or T4or as we're calling it) is going to pop up in your feeds in just a few weeks! Before that happens, though, let's take a respite to cleanse our palates and get ready for the MCU's first trip to space. All New Hosts! The first change that you'll notice with our new season, starting in this hiatus episode, is that we have new hosts. Now if you listened to all the credits episodes for Iron Man 2, you would've heard Kyle's and Rob's interview with them and this wouldn't be a surprise. All the same, it's time for you to join Matthew Fox from Stranded Panda and our very own founder of Marvel Movie Minute himself, Andy Nelson. It's going to be a fun season as these two jump in to talk all things Thor. It's Time for Space Gods! In preparation for the Asgardians, Yggdrasil, Mjolnir and everything else from Norse mythology that we'll be discussing in this fourth season, Matthew and Andy invited Jeff Randle from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast – a mega Thor fan – to discuss the comics, his favorite runs, the Norse myths, and more. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this hiatus episode that's a bit of a comic primer, a bit of a mythology primer, and a lot of fun. Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material MCUCast on Facebook, Facebook Groups, and Twitter
Kevin and Jeremy are joined by fantasy author Cat Rector to discuss those good ol' dead Norse people, draugr, as well as her upcoming novel "The Goddess of Nothing at All". Check out her links: Website/first three chapters: https://www.catrector.com/books Universal Book Link: https://books2read.com/catrector Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cat_rector/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cat_Rector Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@cat_rector
One practitioner of fortune telling meets another who's style and product differs wildly.The party sits and chats with a strange, uncomfortable but gentle man with a peculiar back story and and even weirder profession. Enter Hank Amari, a traveler of sorts.Larkspur has been played by Jen Vaughn, who can be found on twitter @thejenya, and who's work can be found on hauntedvaultstudios.comYesena is played by Barbara Perez Marquez, who can be found online @mustachebabs. Check out her work via mustachebabs.comClive is played by Paul Harpring, who can be found online @paul_harpringMatt is around online just about everywhere @kintarotpcThe podcast can be followed @thecrowdex and the website is crowscodex.comMusic for this podcast is by Kevin MacLeod, who's works can be found at incompetech.filmmusic.ioThe tracks used in this episode is:Long Road Ahead B by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3995-long-road-ahead-bLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseTemple of the Manes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4468-temple-of-the-manesLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseThe world and Non-Player-Characters are mine. Information about the Ryuutama game system can be found via http://kotohi.com/ryuutama/
RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Dating all the way back to 12th century literature, the Kraken is sea monster of Norse mythology that greatly resembles a giant squid. The legend has been the focus of sailors passing through the North Atlantic as a staple of many superstitions. Is it just a mythos or did the Kraken at one time exist? Tonight we discuss the history, "first hand" encounters and how the Kraken after hundreds of years still a part of popular culture. Sponsor - Calm Your Body Down LLC 'Salem's Secret' by Peter Gundry
Hey WitchesJoin me to talk all about Volva's and the three Norns - we delve into Seidr magick.Here is a link as mentioned for Trollabundin by Eivor which is similar to the vardlokkur music of the Volva - https://youtu.be/NOsFQ-VUeMwOur book today is The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky
You know KMac & Yek like beer, you know KMac & Yek like comics, but did you know KMac & Yek dig fashion??? Call us kings of haute spandx-oure ‘cause this episode we are scoring cross universe who wears it better, Deathstroke or Taskmaster! What! You say that it should be Deadpool we are comparing? Wrong, the Merc with the Mouth doesn't flash some fancy pirate boots like our two catwalking models. So join KMac and Yek as they swig through a play by play of character characterism for two same-year, co-creations of George Perez! For the winner we salute with fine champagnes of tasty ales, For the loser we wash away the imitation with pale alternatives. Categories: Origin, Powers/Abilities, Outfit, Weapons/Tools, Battles, & X-Factor.Model #1: Deathstroke, The Terminator:Wintergreen's boy makes strong pushes in all categories, but only hustles out 2. But which 2?Model #2: Taskmaster:Deadpool's favorite frenemy sweeps 4 categories, but that is to expected of a good soul who has dedicated his life to educating the youth, albeit criminal, sinister, supervillain youth. Beers: KMac: Loose Boots, Roadhouse Brewing Co, Jackson Hole, WYStyle: Session IPA, 5% ABVRating: Worthy of a double horn Loki hat! Yek: This is Strata, Equilibrium Brewing, Middletown, NYStyle: DIPA, 8% ABVRating: 2 Gator-ki Horn, Norse on!
We discuss Mike Richards stepping down as the new host of Jeopardy for his past comments, a race horse deciding she's had enough of that, and Are You Smarter Than Emily. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
هل كتابة النساء تختلف عن كتابة الرجال؟ هذا أكثر جدل عرفه تاريخ الأدب عن #كتابة_النساء، وما يرويه التاريخ عن أدب الرجال لا يساوي شيئًا مقارنة بأدب الّنساء، لماذا !؟ في حكاية هذا الأسبوع نتعرف معكم على شيء من أسباب هذا الجدل. يقدم البث رشاد حسن twitter.com/watheh1 باحث دكتوراة في الترجمة والأدب المراجع 1. مُعْجم النِّساء الشَّاعرات في الجاهليَّة والإسلام، خطوة نحو معجم مُتكامل، إعداد: عًبْد مهَنَّا، الطَّبعة الأولى، 1410هـ ـ 1990م، النَّاشر: دار الكُتُب العلميَّة، بيروتـ لبنان. 2. كتاب بلاغات النِّساء: "وطرائِف كلامهنَّ، ومُلح نوادرهنَّ، وأخبار ذوات الرَّأي منهنَّ، وأشعارهنَّ في الجَاهليَّة وصَدر الإسلام"، تأليف: الإمام أبي الفضل أحمد بن أبي طاهر، 1336هـ ـ 1908م، مطبعة مدرسة والدة عبَّاس الأوَّل، القاهرة. 3. سمات الأدب النِّسائي في:" بلاغات النِّساء" لأحمد بن طَيفور، تأليف: عبد اللطيف أرناؤوط، مجلَّة التُّراث العربي، العدد 50، 1993م، سوريا. 4. صور من الأدب النَّسوي العربي، نجاح إبراهيم، مجلة الموقف الأدبي، العدد466، 2010م، سوريا. 5. الكتابة الروائية النسوية العربية بين سلطة المرجع وحرية المتخيل، رسالة دكتوراة، إعداد: بايزيد فطيمة الزهرة، 1433هـ ـ 2012م، الجزائر. 6. الكتابة النسوية العربية من التأسيس إلى إشكالية المصطلح، تأليف: د. عامر رضا، الأكاديمية للدراسات الاجتماعية والإنسانية، ميلة. 7. عن الأدب النسائي محاولة في ضبط المصطلح، تأليف: محمد راتب حلاق، مجلة الموقف الأدبي، العدد 521، 2014م، سوريا. 8. الأدب النسوي العربي المعاصر، بقلم: الدكتورة عائشة عبد الرحمن، بنت الشاطئ، مجلة الثقافةـ مدحت عكاش، العدد 9، 1962م، سوريا. 9. النَّقد النِّسائي وتأنيث الأدب، تأليف: هبة عادل عيد، العدد98، 1989م، مصر. 10. أدب النساء في الجاهلية والإسلام، تأليف: دكتور محمد بدر معبدي، المطبعة النموذجية، مكتبة الآداب ومطبعتها، الحلمية الجديدة، مصر. 11. شعريَّة السَّرد النَّسوي العربي الحديث: ( 1980م ـ 2007م)، رسالة دكتوراة، إعداد: محمد قاسم صفوري، 2008م، حيفا. 12. الشِّعر النِّسائي في أدبنا القديم، تأليف: د. مي يوسف خليف، النَّاشر: مكتبة غريب. Damico, H., Hennessey, O. A., & Olsen, A. H. 1990. New re Meale, C. M., & Jones, V. 1996. Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700. Cambridge University Press Suzanne, M., Maggio, M., Cormier, T., & Parker, L. 1997. WRITING HOME-AMERICAN WOMEN ABROAD. Jochens, J. 2015. Women in old Norse society. Cornell University Press. Looser, D. 2005. British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820. JHU Press. Binkley, Roberta A. (2004). "The Rhetoric of Origins and the Other: Reading the Ancient Figure of Enheduanna." In Lipson, Carol, and Roberta A. Binkley, eds. Rhetoric before and beyond the Greeks, Albany: State University of New York Press.
Each step is the furthest from home that the sojourners have been and they take plenty of them into this strange and somewhat pleasant world. The gang learn the ropes of surviving outside of Gimle, get used to managing their water and rations, and meet an unlikely friend.Larkspur has been played by Jen Vaughn, who can be found on twitter @thejenya, and who's work can be found on hauntedvaultstudios.comYesena is played by Barbara Perez Marquez, who can be found online @mustachebabs. Check out her work via mustachebabs.comClive is played by Paul Harpring, who can be found online @paul_harpringMatt is around online just about everywhere @kintarotpcThe podcast can be followed @thecrowdex and the website is crowscodex.comMusic for this podcast is by Kevin MacLeod, who's works can be found at incompetech.filmmusic.ioThe tracks used in this episode is:Long Road Ahead B by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3995-long-road-ahead-bLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseTemple of the Manes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4468-temple-of-the-manesLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseThe world and Non-Player-Characters are mine. Information about the Ryuutama game system can be found via http://kotohi.com/ryuutama/
For this episode of Blúiríní I am joined by sculptor Aidan Harte, whose recent work 'The Púca of Ennistymon' was commissioned by Clare county Council for the town of Ennistymon in the west of Ireland. The piece caused widespread controversy and made headlines nationally and internationally over the summer, being denounced as a pagan idol and sinister statue irreflective of the character and heritage of the town. In the course of our discussion Aidan and I examine the controversy and differing opinions regarding the statue, before taking a closer look at the figure of the Púca himself. The Púca is a solitary spirit in Irish folk tradition. A wanderer of the night, tradition tells us that he is often found in lonely portions of the rural landscape beyond the confines of the town; gambolling and sporting to himself amidst the hayfields in autumn, spoiling the fruit of the roadside with the coming of winter or haunting lonely glens, caves, chasms, cliffs, pools, forts, woods and castles across Ireland that bear his name. His shape is amorphous - many mushrooms are named after him, and he may appear to wayfarers on the road at night as a horse, a goat, a dog, a man or as a streak of light. Those who meet with him in lonely places at night relate how he hoists them up on his back before embarking on a breakneck cross-country ride; leaping over ditches and through hedges, or running along cliff edges frightening and tormenting his unhappy passenger. Other accounts relate the ways in which the Púca protects those whom he meets; safeguarding them against some worse fate at the hands of otherworld beings, or protecting castles and large estates as a sort of tutelary figure or house spirit. Join us as we explore this chaotic and shadowy figure of 'malignancy and mischief'. Some sources drawn on for this episode: The Eldritch World, Nigel Pennick (Arcana Europea 2019) Irish Names of Places, Patrick Weston Joyce (M. H. Gill and Son 1887) Deasún Breathnach, 'The Púca: A Multifunctional Irish Supernatural Entity' in Folklore Volume 104 (1993 i & ii) Erin Sebo, 'Does OE Puca Have an Irish Origin?' in Studia Neophilologica, Volume 89 (2017 Issue 2) Claude Lecouteaux, 'Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology and Magic' (Inner Traditions, ed. Michael Moynihan, 2016) Claude Lecouteaux, The Tradition of Household Spirits (Inner Traditions, trans. Jon E. Graham, 2013) Katharine Briggs, A Dictionary of Fairies (Penguin, 1976) National Folklore Collection Main Manuscript Collection National Folklore Collection Schools' Manuscript Collection National Folklore Collection Audio Collection For Frank Callery's singing see: https://soundcloud.com/frankcallerysongs For Enda Haran's Music see: https://www.facebook.com/endaharan2017/ https://www.instagram.com/endaharanmusic/ https://endaharan.bandcamp.com/
Hi friends! On this episode, we are burdened with the glorious purpose of discussing the MCU series Loki on Disney+. We talk about the ships and representation (or lack thereof) on the show, and use it as a springboard to talk about taboo in romance, with some more colorful Norse mythology thrown in. As we discuss in the episode, taboos are super personal, and triggers are as well. So please note that we're going to touch on all sorts of touchy subjects, so if you want to skip this episode or bow out after the shipping discussions, we understand and support you knowing what's best for you. With that being said, we've listed everything we've talked about, so if you'd like to do any research into the books we discuss, we hope it'll be helpful. And this is kind of a “duh” thing, but this episode is probably even more NSFW than our usual content. Without further ado, spoilers ahead. Excelsior! Stuff we mentioned: Find us everywhere at www.makeoutalreadypod.com. Arrested Development scene: https://youtu.be/nfXANC9M3vw Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland: https://youtu.be/IVScTpD-M6Y Some TikTokers making excellent MCU content: Nicquemarina: https://www.tiktok.com/@nicquemarina?lang=en Straw Hat Goofy: tiktok.com/@straw_hat_goofy?lang=en Geeks of the Week: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/geeks-of-the-week/id1562422008 Jstoobs: https://www.tiktok.com/@jstoobs?lang=en amandajustvibin: https://www.tiktok.com/@amandajustvibin?lang=en Whattheblueberry (shameless self promotion): https://www.tiktok.com/@whattheblueberry?lang=en And some TikTokers providing fun kink education: Catieosaurus: https://www.tiktok.com/@catieosaurus?lang=en Miss Lovelock: https://email@example.com?lang=en “Lokius” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6ZiNG9uvoVN0QqMNRQGQLY?si=9ef83c5a542a440e Svadilfari, Loki and Sleipnir: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Svadilfari [Sierra] Simone Scale of Taboo mug: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1064597031/simone-scale-of-taboo-extra-large-mug?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=simone+scale&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&organic_search_click=1&frs=1 Ice Planet Barbarians series by Ruby Dixon Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz Feet: https://www.buzzfeed.com/daniellaemanuel/foot-fetish-theory-tiktok The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Unteachable and Cam Girl by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder Anything by Katee Robert A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai Precious and Fragile Things; The Space Between Us; and Deeper by Megan Hart All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood Hot Texas Bosses series by Lyla Sinclair
These Beauties Get A Bad Rap For Being Unlucky! Welcome to August 17th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate cool cats and doing something good. Perspective is everything. Take, for example, the black cat. In Ancient Egypt, cats were considered a sign of good luck. This is because felines helped to keep rats and mice away from food in storage. But in Europe, the same animal was seen as unlucky. As you've no doubt heard, a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. Mythology of Greek and Norse gods of the underworld were connected to the animal. Unfortunately, this is the superstition that became the most popular. On Black Cat Appreciation Day, drop the silly stereotype and embrace the cool-looking cat for all its charm and beauty! Nonprofit organizations are the backbones of our communities. They inspire everyday folks to rise to the needs of those in their communities. Everything from reading to a child to performing surgery can be donated, thanks to organizations and capable people coming together. For those who want to lend a helping hand, but aren't sure how, the nonprofit Do Something offers an opportunity to connect with any number of campaigns. It's geared towards young people and allows users to select their interests and designate the amount of free time they are able to give. The good news is that no matter what your status is in life, there is likely a project that needs your help. On National Nonprofit Day celebrate your own spirit of giving with the charity of your choice. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
Hot off the heels of the hit Disney plus show, this episode follows the Marvel character of Loki. Not only does it discuss his role in comics, the MCU, and his own series, but the show also does a brief dive into the lore of Loki from Norse mythology.
Brads got the Rona .. Daves coughing .. my nose is running. We never should have kissed. Lesson learned and this is definitely how Christmas came to be. Fight me. On this very merry episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we discuss Christmas. But it wouldn't be us if we didn't dig back the layers and come to some strange and ugly truths about the holiday that is associated with the birth of Jesus Christ. You may think this topic is a no brainer (a recent Pew Poll showed that 65% of Americans believe the Christmas story to be true), but be prepared to learn some odd truths about this beloved holiday. For one thing, the origins of the holiday and how it is celebrated date back to ancient pagan rites and were only adopted by the Catholic Church as a way to lure pagans to church membership. That's right: gingerbread cookies, the Yule Log, a Christmas ham, Christmas trees, all of it tie back to Germanic and Norse pagans and were part of a celebration of fertility and reverence for the dead. Also, we look at Santa Claus, the truth of the real man named Saint Nicholas of Parara, how his bones were stolen by sailors and moved to start the Cult of Nicholas in the 11th century, and how Siberian shamen tripping on amanita muscaria mushrooms may be the birth of the red-suited reindeer part of the myth. You may have also heard about Krampus, Zwarte Pete, and the ancient feast of Saturnalia, but we talk about some crazy facts that you might not believe. Lastly, we discuss the birth of Jesus and the Nativity itself (something that Pope Benedict XVI largely even denounced when he was the head of the church a few years ago). So, be prepared to get your Christmas bubble burst and learn how you are actually a pagan, how Santa was an anti-Semite, and how gingerbread cookies are a way to symbolically eat human flesh to venerate the dead.
Tonight's sleep story, The Quest Of The Hammer by Abbie Farwell Brown, features Loki - the Norse god of mischief. This story was published in the book In the Days of Giants: A Book of Norse Tales in 1902. Thor's hammer is missing. Did Loki steal it?If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Also, share with any family or friends that might have trouble drifting off to sleep. Goodnight and Sweet Dreams.... We are also now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustSleepPod and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justsleeppod/
Welcome back to this week's episode of The Literary Life and our discussion of Fred Uhlman's novella “Reunion.” After they finished sharing their commonplace quotes, Cindy shares how she came across this novella and why she wanted to discuss it on the podcast. Thomas talks about the historical backdrop of the book as well as a little biographical info about the Uhlman. Angelina points out how much this story drove home the point of how assimilated the Jewish people were into European society and culture. They talk about the friendship between Hans and Konradin and their common taste in great literature. Other topics discussed were the unreality of what was happening in Germany, personal loyalty versus political loyalty, the dilemma of understanding pre-World War II Germany, and the power of a faithful life. Join us back here next week for an episode on The Literary Life of Atlee Northmore! We are excited to announce our third annual Literary Life Back to School Online Conference! This year's theme is Awakening: The Pursuit of True Education, and our featured guest speaker is James Daniels. The conference will take place on August 4-7, 2021, and you can learn more and register at morningtimeformoms.com. Cindy also has some exciting announcements, including the debut of the new expanded edition of her book Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love, is now available! AND she is starting a new Charlotte Mason podcast called The New Mason Jar, set to begin airing on August 5, 2021! Commonplace Quotes: Literature is full of teaching, by precept and example, concerning the management of our physical nature. I shall offer a lesson here and there by way of sample, but no doubt the reader will think of many better teachings; and that is as it should be; the way such teaching should come to us is, here a little and there a little, incidentally, from books which we read for the interest of the story, the beauty of the poem, or the grace of the writing. Charlotte Mason I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the Second World War. I read early and voraciously and indiscriminately–Andrew Lang's colored Fairy Book, Hans Andersen, King Arthur, Robin Hood, and my very favorite book, Asgard and the Gods, a German scholarly text, with engravings, about Norse mythology, which my mother had used as a crib in her studies of Ancient Norse. I never really like stories about children doing what children do–quarreling and cooking and camping. I like magic, the unreal, the more than real. I learned from the Asgard book that even the gods can be defeated by evil. I knew nothing about the Wagnerian Nordic pageantry of the Third Reich. Nor did I have any inkling that the British occupying forces in Germany after the war were going to ban the Grimms because they fed a supposedly bloodthirsty German imagination. Indeed, I retreated into them from wartime anxieties. A. S. Byatt Every fairy tale worth recording at all is the remnant of tradition possessing true historical value; historical, at least, insofar as it has arisen out of the mind of a people under special circumstance, and risen not without meaning, nor removed altogether from their sphere of religious faith. John Ruskin Sonnet 104 by William Shakespeare To me, fair friend, you never can be old, For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold Have from the forests shook three summers' pride, Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned In process of the seasons have I seen, Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned, Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green. Ah, yet doth beauty, like a dial-hand, Steal from his figure, and no pace perceived; So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand, Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceived: For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred: Ere you were born was beauty's summer dead. Book List: Reunion by Fred Uhlman Ourselves by Charlotte Mason Possession by A. S. Byatt The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt Paris, 1919 by Margaret MacMillan Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (not recommended) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Support The Literary Life: Become a patron of The Literary Life podcast as part of the “Friends and Fellows Community” on Patreon, and get some amazing bonus content! Thanks for your support! Connect with Us: You can find Angelina and Thomas at HouseofHumaneLetters.com, on Instagram @angelinastanford, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ANGStanford/ Find Cindy at morningtimeformoms.com, on Instagram @cindyordoamoris and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cindyrollins.net/. Check out Cindy's own Patreon page also! Follow The Literary Life on Instagram, and jump into our private Facebook group, The Literary Life Discussion Group, and let's get the book talk going! http://bit.ly/literarylifeFB