regndoft: (Nøkken {Han Kunde ju Kläda Sig så Grann})
Ethnology is a big interest of mine and therefore it happens that I translate some tales that suit my fancy when I'm feeling a bit bored, or upon request. Since they have grown in amount over time I thought I could just as well make a post collecting the links to all of them in one place.

All the tales and legends are from Sweden, my native country. Since I usually describe where the story comes from by Swedish geography, that is the historical provinces of the country, you might want to check out this map.

Fairytales )

Legends )

Other )
regndoft: (Rev. 12:4)
I seem to have this problem where I, as soon as I neglect posting anything here, don't post anything again until months later. The December Talking Meme was supposed to prevent that, but obviously that didn't work. To the people whose questions I never got around to answering: I'm really sorry! It had nothing to do with you.

I was kind of busy around Christmas due to... it being Christmas, and I started feeling depressed around New Year's. I somehow struggled through January, but with the new courses starting I couldn't really help but crash a bit. I still attend all my lectures, but I barely study and it's getting harder and harder to do basic tasks like cooking and cleaning... I'm just constantly drained.

It's not all bad though-- well, depending on your definition of bad; I've been getting into anime and manga again, of all fucking things. It's been what, eight years? Eight years since I read manga and watched anime regularly. And yet here I am, eight fucking years later, crying buckets over Hikaru no Go (and no, EIGHT YEARS HAVE NOT REDUCED THE PAIN).

Strange how things turn out in life.

And next week is the premier of The Circle (the movie based on the Swedish YA novels, not the Eggers book). May I just say how stoked I am that we're getting an Especially Written For Movie Song like all the cool movies these days? Except with The Hives instead of Ed Sheeran (which is a better deal tbh) doing a Johnny Cash-esque number about young witches who have to save the world?? HOW GREAT IS THAT??? VERY GREAT. VERY GREAT INDEED.

(The Hives are from the same town as one of the authors, upon which the fictional town of Engelsfors in the books is based, which makes it Even Greater).

regndoft: (Winterlight {All the White Horses})
Going back to Stockholm tomorrow over Christmas. Been a bit weirdly... not full of anticipation, but definitely preparing for it all week, fretting over what to do with the food in the fridge I can't eat up on time, thinking about what to pack... it takes up a lot of space in my mind. It's gonna be nice to go home and be able to relax for a bit. Today in particular has felt off after six hours of sleep, a trudge through the first heavy snowfall this winter, only to discover that the lecture I was supposed to attend had been moved from nine am to one pm.

As for the talking meme, I don't have much to talk about today-- [livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny asked me about my favourite feelgood film/tv series, but the truth is I... don't actually watch that much film or tv, much less when I'm feeling down in the dumps for whatever reason. There are some happy-making tv series out there that I've actually watched though.

Read more... )
regndoft: (Rev. 12:4)
Since I'm so far behind I thought a shorter post was in order!

So without further ado: three-ish 8tracks playlists I've been listening to lately and why I like them.

Read more... )
regndoft: (Tegan Jovanka {Black Orchid})
Went shopping for Christmas presents today and still haven't found enough. Not to mention I haven't shipped any of the ones that needs to be mailed internationally. I am the worst at Christmas shopping, especially since I managed to talk myself into buying one for myself before finishing anyone else's (and paid by using PayPal for the first time. Praying to whatever god willing to listen that I'll actually get what I ordered and didn't just throw money into the deep end of the internet).

Following up last week's post on queer stuff in ancient Egypt, here's a fun thing I found in a book just a couple of days before I wrote that post! I was thumbing through a book on ancient Egyptian magic that was dropped from the course lit list after I'd already bought it when I stumbled upon a reference to this spell made in passing. Frustrated with this lack of information, I decided to look up the book used as source in the university library.

Thus I now present: a lesbian love spell from Graeco-Roman Egypt, third century BC.

Read more... )
regndoft: (Liz Shaw {She Blinded Me With Science})
I have internet in Uppsala!

The internet-free weekend was pretty hectic without any distractions-- looked for Christmas presents in town on saturday before gf went with me back to Uppsala. Most of yesterday was spent cooking and baking (look at these nerdy gingerbread cookies we made!. But I had fun. Yesterday I went to Kalmar nation's choir's Christmas consert and had dinner at an Indian restaurant with friend from the dorm. (∪ ◡ ∪)

I'm more than a week behind on questions (ugh). Let's see how many I manage before I have to go study some more and make dinner...

[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook asked me about my favourite companions. I wasn't sure how to go about this question - did I want to mention my favourite favourite/s, or just companions that I like better than others? Doctor Who is a cornucopia of memorable characters. At the same time I'm not sure where to start. I considered doing my favourite companion for every Doctor, but that would get very long very fast and I'm not even sure who to choose in some cases.

So. My absolute favs and a couple of runner-ups.

Read more... )
regndoft: (He Speaks of Senseless Things {Time})
Have fallen even more behind on the Talking Meme, as my laptop decide to update to Windows 8.1 without my consent and I lost internet access. Mum managed to restore it, but I'm not sure I'll have it in Uppsala (am in Stockholm rn, there's no wi-fi in the dorm, you have to plug the Ethernet cable directly into the wall).

I'm still gonna write entries, but I'm not sure how often I'll be able to update before I go home for the holidays, on friday next week. So if I don't post/don't respond to posts for most of next week, that's why!
regndoft: (Vestal {Ab Antiquo})
[livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa asked: Are there any figures you've come across in your studies that you think are lgbt, for any reason?

I love this question, but it's also... surprisingly difficult to answer? I think this has to do with the material, in more ways than one; with fictional characters there's a comprehensive narrative and inside perspective, while historical sources (at least from the time periods I mostly work with) don't necessarily let you get to know a person enough for you to get an impression of their sexuality or gender identity? I guess I just don't make a habit of developing headcanons about historical figures.

Also, my field is religious history, and while deities and other creatures are almost inherently queer, or at least have the possibility of being queer due to existing outside of normal social and uh, physical boundaries, that's the very thing that makes trying to define their sexuality or gender identity kind of difficult, almost superfluous.

(I'm using the term queer because it encompasses a greater variety of sexuality and gender expressions-- which feels more appropriate, especially when talking about deities).

But that doesn't mean I don't have any!!

Read more... )
regndoft: (Time And Nyan In Space)
Watch me do the December Talking Meme and fall behind after two days! In my defense, last week was super-intense; I had an exam and two hand-ins on friday and spent all week studying for that, spent most of the weekend baking and being with friends from the corridor, and yesterday I read in the library for hours and cleaned my room in the afternoon. I've barely been on Tumblr, much less had time to write several LJ entries.

Day 3 was blank, so I'm not sure I'm gonna try to fill it (maybe if I have time), but Day 4 had a question from [livejournal.com profile] spaciireth, who asked: "What was your first fandom? Are you still involved with it?"

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regndoft: (Anubis)
Today, I made bean stroganoff with mashed potatoes (good), had a foot bath (v good), started reading The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (good so far) and have studied much less than I should have for the exam on friday (not very good at all). At least I'll finish the hand-ins on time. Being able to memorise the 140 artworks we're supposed to be able to identify... a lot less certain.

But! I'm not actually supposed to talk about that. Actually, since I don't have a question listed for today I wasn't sure what to talk about. So I decided to do a short write-up about what's possibly my favourite genre of Egyptian writing.

Read more... )
regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
(From [livejournal.com profile] katje0711. I started writing this on December 1st, so let's pretend this isn't a late post.)

The worst question. The worst.

Choosing a favourite book is a question I've developed more and more complicated feelings about with age. I don't have the time or urge to read as much as I used to when I was young, and I think I'm not as easily entertained nowadays either. Having a book just reach out and grab you is sadly a rare thing for me nowadays-- I still like most of the books I read, but most don't absorb me completely or leave a deep impact either.

It's also hard for me to pick just one book/author. Especially since two of my favourite books/series are actually collaborations between two authors.

Read more... )

I still have lots of empty slots so feel free to ask more questions!
regndoft: (Liz Shaw {She Blinded Me With Science})
Life has been... super-hectic the past couple of months. I've maintained my Tumblring pretty well, but LJ/DW has kind of been left in the dust. This has at least partly to do with the fact that reblogging shit on Tumblr is just considerably less effort than trying to be interesting in a blog post. Which is somewhat ironic, because I've had a lot of stuff going on ever since I moved.

So uh, that's a thing. I moved! I no longer have to spend four hours per day on public transport! I live in Uppsala most days of the week and usually go home over the weekends. I don't see the guys in my dorm that often, but the girls have been very welcoming and we get along well. Everything else (studies, mental health, all being so-so) is details.

A lot of other stuff has happened as a result, and some regardless of that-- for example, I went to Dimensions in Newcastle and met People Who Play Characters I Adore (v strange) and am going to the Stockholm Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Gaming Convention this weekend to see Colin Baker (much less strange after Newcastle). Fandom life overall has been pretty weird and meh lately.

Anyway, since everyone's doing it and it'd give me a good incentive to start updating here again, I thought I'd do the December Talking Meme. Basically: give me one or more questions/topics/requests (+ a date, if you want to, or I'll just pick one at random) and I will talk about that (and/or post pictures). If I don't get any suggestions I'll just... try to come up with topics myself.

List of dates )
regndoft: (Tegan Jovanka {Black Orchid})
As sort-of-tenatively promised, I made a batch of icons! For the latest episode of Doctor Who, that is. While I've made plenty of graphics before I've never really tried making icons, and it turned out to be both interesting and frustrating (they're so tiny! argh!!).

So, without further ado...

+ 35 Doctor Who icons (mostly the Doctor and Clara)
+ Caps from [livejournal.com profile] grande_caps
+ Credit is nice but not necessary.
+ Please don't use as bases.

I think you'll find I have a certain genetic advantage )

(I have no idea where else I could post this. Gosh, it has been a long time.)
regndoft: (Anubis)
It's been almost two months since I updated here. Two months. I don't even have a particularly good excuse. I did disappear for almost two weeks in late july/early august when the family went on vacation; first to Krakow, and then to the Swedish west coast. Other than that I've mostly spent my time reading and actually haven't been online as often as I usually am. Which still doesn't explain my absence, especially since I have been doing some stuff as well...

A short breakdown of life right now: I've been back at uni since monday, and am taking a course in the history and culture of ancient Egypt *point to new icon*. It's really interesting so far, to have everything I learnt (and didn't learn) as a child filtered through an academic lens. My nine-year-old self would be happy to know that while I'm not exactly fulfilling her dream of becoming an egyptologist I'm doing the next best thing. :P

I've been reading a lot these last couple of months; most notably, I started the Rivers of London series (am eagerly awaiting the release of Foxglove Summer this month!!) and have picked up Discworld again for the first time in years (the City Watch books are so good! How did I manage to miss them? I've only read the first three so far but they're really wonderful).

As for Doctor Who, I am loving the new series. For the first time in ages I am actually... looking forward to new episodes. Peter Capaldi is just lovely, Clara has really grown into her own and the episodes have been good. V. strange. Am tentatively eyeing the 12th Doctor novels to be released next week. >___>

I'm going to try to be more attentive now when summer is over, even if it's just making short life updates.
regndoft: (Wanderer in the 4th Dimension)
- Apparently love poetry aimed towards a specific woman(mánsöngr) was forbidden on Iceland according to the Grey Goose Laws (so until mid-13th century). The reason is supposedly a conflation between poetry and galdr; reciting poetry could be seen as an attempt to urge a woman away from the control of her parents, and indirectly her place in society, by magic (marriages were mainly political in Norse society, so wooing an unmarried woman and thereby making her less likely to cooperate wasn't exactly seen as harmless compared to seducing someone who already had a husband).

There is no real point of me telling you this other than 1. it was mentioned in the book on Norse goddesses I finished yesterday, which I should definitely take notes on before returning to the library, because it was really informative and inspiring (sadly it's out of print so I can't actually buy it-- might have to look at retailers) and 2. I just find it really fascinating.

- It's been really hot these past couple of days, as if to make up for the fact that we had nothing but clouds and the occasional rain shower the two weeks before. Even I, who's usually a very enthusiastic sun worshipper, has to go inside after lunch (this is one of those rare situations where living in the basement is a very good thing). Despite this, mum insists I should weed the flowerbeds. *Shudder*

- Speaking of which, mum's friend is over and sort of caught me up on what one of her sons, who was my best friends for most of our childhood, is doing. Which is, apparently, having studied in London and currently living alone in a four-room apartment nearby. He's twenty. Meanwhile, I'm having trouble even deciding what I want to study properly and finding student housing, never mind an actual apartment. See also: can't find a summer job and spends the summer binge watching TV series, reading books and listening to audios.

- At least my sleeping schedule is fine again-- if anything, a little too fine. I usually get tired and end up in bed before 9 pm, and get out of bed at half past six (!).

- I finished the second Klein trilogy (if it can be called that); Persuasion, Starlight Robbery and Daleks Among Us, all of which are really stellar audios. Most of all, I enjoy the dynamic of this Team TARDIS-- Seven really does need companions around, doesn't he? Lest he goes overboard with the preemptive strikes, so to speak. Klein (Elizabeth? Have we symbolically switched to first-name basis to mark that she's not her nazi alternate self?) is also a very different, but interesting, female character (and hey, Daleks Among Us actually explains what happens at the end of Architects of History! ... kind of. A bit. Maybe not), but I think the addition of a bumbling character like Will really makes the dynamic. I'm really looking forward to more audios with them-- especially since the ending seems to indicate that they'll become more of a team from this point on.

(In particular, I find the contrast between Will - who's a very intelligent, but socially awkward, clumpsy, somewhat naive and idealistic young man - and older, frosty but exceedingly capable and adept Elizabeth refreshing, since their character traits are usually associated with characters of the opposite gender.)

Also: there is a statue of a naked Ace McShane wielding a baseball bat on a planet she and the Doctor helped liberate. Canon. Canon (Will's obvious concern that this happens a lot to the Doctor's companions also means that there is, of course, a naked statues of him as well somewhere. Rule of Funny demands it).
regndoft: (Herodotus!)
First of all: welcome to new friends from the friending meme! I kind of disappeared off the face of the earth of the last two days, as I for the first time in ages actually left the house and spent time with other people.

Remember how I should go to a museum? Well, friday I mostly spend quality time with friends and made the last arrangements for Dimensions in october (and kind of fixed my sleeping schedule by staying up for 24 hours straight), but yesterday [livejournal.com profile] stalkerbunny and I went to the History Museum for the first time since they renovated.

(Turns out they weren't quite done renovating, but...)

Some random photos behind cut )

Summer recs

Jul. 3rd, 2014 02:41 am
regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
WHOOO I haven't updated here in a long time *blows dust off of blog*

I don't think there's much point in talking about what I have been doing lately; I'm unemployed, so I really don't have much to do except read books, watch TV series, listen to audios and browse the net. The weather's been awful for the past two weeks, so I don't even go outside much. :/ It's all very distressing. I should go to a museum or something, but my circadian rhythm is fucked up beyond belief and my small number of friends are either working or out of town most of the time, so... books and internet it is.

So like... important fandom things!

I watched In the Flesh, a BBC Three drama about... well, zombies. But only technically. It's set a couple of years after the dead rose from their graves and started attacking people, as scientists have developed a medicine that helps the dead restore cognitive function and makes it possible for them to be re-introduced into society. The series follows Kieren, a young PDS-sufferer (Partially Deceased Syndrome) as he returns to his family in a small, conservative town in northern England, and has to confront the reality of his new existence, an estranged younger sister who was a part of the volunteer forced that hunted down PDS-sufferers in their rabid state during the Rising, and the circumstances of his death.

It was a long time ago I watched a series that actively made me yell, curse and simply engaged me emotionally to the degree this show did. Apart from being beautifully shot with an interesting premise, In the Flesh isn't about zombies; it's about the dynamics of oppression, ethics, guilt, mental illness (depression and PTSD), complex family relationships... It's engaging and by no means a simple show to watch, as you as a viewer is forced to examine your own feelings about what's happening on the show.

Did I mention Kieren (and other side characters) is queer? And it has amazingly well-written female characters (and just well-written characters overall)? I am in love. My DVD hasn't arrived yet but when it does I'm definitely in for a re-watch.

Big Finish-wise, I'm almost all caught up on the main range... welp.

I went to the library a couple of days ago, so these past couple of days I've mostly been reading. Will probably make a separate post about that, but: notably, I've picked up a lot of Norse mythology books. [livejournal.com profile] desecrets and I talked about how there seems to be way too few books out there based on Norse mythology with female protagonists, or where the goddesses play a main role - which sucks, because it's not like Norse mythology lacks interesting and badass women.

This also prompted me to borrow ALL of Peter Madsen's Valhalla again (a Danish comic retelling of the Norse myths) and I think I love it even more than when I was young, or when I did my last re-reading a couple of years ago. It's just... really really good and solid intertextual fun, that manages to both radically transform and pay homage to the source material, and I'm sad that the complete series is only available in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. Because it's my favourite Norse mythology thing and most people will never read it. :'3

Stuff!

May. 19th, 2014 12:12 am
regndoft: (Liz Shaw {She Blinded Me With Science})


Comment fic fest! I will try to fill some of the lovely Classic Who prompts... although I feel like anything I write would be too short/bad to be worth reading. Bleh.

This week has been... surprisingly stressful, considering I haven't done much of anything. Ordering tickets to Dimensions (yes, apparently I'm going to my first convention in like, six years-- not sure whether to be terrified or excited about that) means booking flights and place to stay in Newcastle has become a priority, which means money is a pressing matter, meaning getting a job seems more important than ever, especially if I have to move into student housing in august (if I get an apartment. Which I hopefully will).

I've applied to a job as guide at the National Museum of Economy on thursday, and although the woman I spoke to was very enthusiastic I haven't got a reply. Right now I feel like... maybe I should try to find more options, but it's so late my chances of finding anything are close to nil.

Went to Uppsala on thursday with [livejournal.com profile] stalkerbunny for hopefully the last time before august to fetch a written assignment-- passed, incidentally, and am one of few people in class who doesn't have to complement it (yayyy). While there, we also visited the university library Carolina Rediviva to look at their exhibits (high points being: the Codex Argenteus and Olaus Magnus' Carta Marina), had pricy but worth it lunch at café (cheesecake w. ice cream and fresh fruit-- v good) and visited Uppsala Cathedral (still big. Sad the reliquaries weren't where they should be).

Other than that, I've listened to a lot of Big Finish-- I'm on the fifth season of Bernice Summerfield and have discovered the benefits of actually reading novel tie-ins (seriously-- how much better is Death and the Daleks when you've read Life During Wartime? the answer is: much better), about to start the second season of Sarah Jane Smith (the stories don't really grab me but Sarah and Josh have great banter? also it's interesting to compare to SJA; I like both, in different ways) and have started Jago & Litefoot season 7 (SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE I'm gonna marry this boxset).

Have spent today mostly talking about Six/Ainley 30s night club au, baby!fics, Swedish animated movies and Disney's interesting approach to copyright issues. Explained to sis why Star Trek counts as utopic fiction (and why utopias =/= boring world where everything is perfect) and ended up prompting doodles to each other.

Aaaand tomorrow is mum's birthday, which I frustratingly enough didn't forget, I just. Misread the calendar and didn't buy a present on time. 8)
regndoft: (Tegan Jovanka {Black Orchid})
I promise I'm going to post an Actual Life Update soon rather than just dump stuff at you, F-list! But... not tonight.

So about a year ago, gf and I had a sort of. Idea. I don't remember whose idea it actually was-- I just know that for ages we've had this idea that we should make a series of fanmixes for all fifty years of Doctor Who.

Using only songs from the Eurovision Song Contest.

And because I finally got my hands on the music necessary to make this true... I've spent the entire day wrestling with 8tracks to bring you these cracky completely sincere and very serious masterpieces. Yes.

Vol. I: the 1960s

Vol. II: the 1970s

Vol. III: the 1980s

There are links to notes (incl. link to lyrics translations) and tracklists on Tumblr in the descriptions. (◡‿◡✿)

Hopefully I'll get around to doing the 90s for Eight (if I can ever decide what companions to include/not include) and the 2000s for the new series.

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