The Æsir, Vanir & Jötnar | Bronze Age Blending, War and Trade | Norse Mythology Pt. 1 | The Cave of Apelles

Jan-Ove Tuv sits down with Sturla Ellingvåg to dive deep into norse mythology.
Ellingvåg is the historian behind Viking Stories on YouTube.
He is associated with the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and is convinced that history has to be studied in a broader context than current fashion allows.

We have previously released an interview with Ellingvåg on this channel:

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Chapter markers:
00:00 Can we trust Snorre’s “Edda”?
08:04 The Yamnaya warriors from the Armenian highlands
10:23 Crisis and mixing
12:26 Bronze Age blending: the Jötnar, Æsir & Vanir
15:57 Mobility, boat types and trade
23:00 “Euhemerism“ and “Hieros gamos“
25:38 Different priorities for agriculturalists and warriors
30:50 What always happens after catastrophes
34:43 DNA studies from the east
38:18 Trading hostages – an Indo-European way of ruling
40:37 Horse & carriage
42:55 The marriage between Njord and Skade: culturally too different?
45:03 The strange heritage of Norse individualism and conformity

This episode featured Sturla Ellingvåg & Jan-Ove Tuv and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"