A UNIVERSITY lecturer from Winchester has given his expertise to a new podcast series on Old Norse mythology

The series, inspired by the latest Assassin’s Creed video game, will feature Dr Eric Lacey, a senior lecturer in English at the University of Winchester.

He will share his expertise in Old Norse literature, language and myth for a new podcast series Echoes of History: Ragnarök.

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The podcast is inspired by and accompanies the latest version of popular video game Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, the Dawn of Ragnarök, which sees players explore the world of Old Norse mythology, fighting to save the son of Odin from the gods' foes, the giants.

Dr Lacey will join historians and storytellers in a five-part podcast to investigate the imaginary world which guided the Vikings of the past. Discussing the Old Norse myths that inspired the video game and exploring Christianity’s influence on mythology and cosmology.

Dr Lacey worked as a consultant for games developer Ubisoft for Dawn of Ragnarök, where he advised on language, naming, historical accuracy and Norse myth to help ensure historical authenticity in the game.

He said: "Norse mythology is a fascinating and highly imaginative universe, which was deeply embedded in the lives and traditions of Scandinavian peoples in the Middle Ages.

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"The world was created by the god Odin and his brothers from the body of a giant, and there Odin and other gods such as Loki live alongside magical creatures including elves, giants and dwarfs."

The Echoes of History: Ragnarök podcast is available to listen to on various platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Eric teaches Old and Middle English, Proto-Indo-European, semantics, the history of the English language, and syntax and morphology.

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