The Hávamál (Stz. 1-41)

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The Hávamál (Sayings of the High One) is a poem from the Codex Regius, a collection of Norse poems dating to around 1270 CE. There are 164/165 stanzas to the poem, depending on version of translation from Icelandic to English. Stanzas 1-41 of 164 are contained herein.

The stanzas of the poem in this edition are divided as follows (Stz. = Stanzas):
1. Wisdom for Wanderers and Counsel to Guests (Stanzas 1-79; the Gestaþáttr)
2. Maxims for All Men (Stz. 80-88)
3. Lessons for Lovers (Stz. 89-93)
4. Odin's Love Quests (Stz. 94-100)
5. Odin's Quest After the Song Mead (Stz. 101-108)
6. The Counseling of the Stray-Singer (Stz. 109-136; the Loddfáfnismál)
7. Odin's Quest after the Runes (Stz. 137-144; the Rúnatal)
8. The Song of Spells (Stz. 145-164; the Ljóðatal)

The translation used for this reading was done by Olive Bray in 1908 as part of the Poetic Edda (also known as the Elder Edda).

I had noisy neighbours, which resulted in a switch from Snowball/Pop Shield to Headset mic. I may go back at some point and re-record this in better quality/using a pop shield. Or get a condenser mic as someone suggested in Discord.

∞ Hávamál (tl. Olive Bray): https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/havamal.html

* Version 2 update 01 Oct 18: edited levels in Acoustica Mixcraft 7

Part 1 of 4 - (This Submission)
Part 2 of 4 - https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/828918
Part 3 of 4 - https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/850625
Part 4 of 4 - TBD

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On the off chance this becomes an issue: Nazis, the Asatru Folk Assembly, and exclusionary folkish Asatruar can bugger off and drink bleach to make their insides as white as they want everyone's skin tone to be. Odin is the Allfather, not the Somefather, and he has no time for your bullshit and appropriation of symbols. Thx. http://declaration127.com/

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Nice reading mate.
The rhythm on the phrases, intention and pronunciation are quite nice.
Low volume it's the only problem I see with this. Could be easily fixed adding some mastering compression. A very subtle reverb could improve the overall atmosphere too.
Source material seems quite interesting, I'll try to get a physical one.
I'll keep an eye open in case this becomes a series.

Peregrinus responds:

Thanks for the kind words. I have a bit of an issue with intonation, so I ended up doing each stanza a few times until I was happy enough with how it sounded. I do need to figure out how to master vocals a little, might be a project for the weekend.

As for the series, I expect it will be a four-part (41/41/41/40) to get through all the stanzas, or else the length would be prohibitive to people actually listening to it (imagine listening to me talk for 45 minutes straight...)

I appreciate considering a physical copy. The one I linked is what I was using for the reading, and I got it at no cost from the provider for being active duty mil, so this is my way of repaying the favour.

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Aug 13, 2018
9:59 PM EDT
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