The Norse Mythology Blog (http://www.norsemyth.org/) has been voted “Best Religion or Spirituality Weblog” in the international 2012 Weblog Awards (http://2012.bloggies/#religion), also known as “The Bloggies.” The blog features original articles and interviews by Chicago-based Norse mythologist Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried, who was born at Evanston Hospital, attended King Lab and Evanston Township High School, and currently lives in Evanston after many years studying around the world.
That a one-man blog about Thor, Odin and Freya won the award is something of a coup; among the other finalists were Religion Dispatches, Christian Blog and Freethought Blogs – all large, multi-author sites covering “mainstream” religions.
Readers who would like to find out more can see Dr. Seigfried’s two-part essay “Why Norse Mythology?” at http://www.norsemyth.org/2012/02/why-norse-mythology-part-one.html. The piece looks at the multitude of ways in which Norse myth continues to affect the lives of many in today’s world. It also offers a call to action for interfaith organizations and religion journalists, asking them to broaden their definition of “religion” beyond Christianity, Judaism and Islam – and to include minority religions in our national dialogue on faith.
Dr. Seigfried is Norse Religion Faculty at Carthage College. He has taught Norse mythology in Chicago at both Loyola University’s Continuum and the Newberry Library.