What is Jarnsaxa Rising?

Jarnsaxa Rising is an audio drama or audio fiction podcast. This revenge tragedy combines Norse Mythology with the climate crisis. If you’re interested in Norse tales outside of the Marvel canon, based on The Poetic Edda, where Asgardians and Jotuns use humans as pawns to attack each other, this is your listening experience.

How Do I Listen to Jarnsaxa Rising?

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Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.

Is Jarnsaxa Rising a New Podcast?

Nope. Jarnsaxa Rising has been around for a while now. But, every time Marvel releases a Thor movie or a Loki television show, interest in the podcast re-emerges.

Interest in Jarnsaxa also rematerializes when Neil Gaiman makes new stories about old gods and immortal creatures. He’s very good at getting people excited about endless beings.

Loads more details, including reviews and content warnings, are available in the Jarnsaxa Rising Press Kit.

Who is Jarnsaxa?

She’s your best friend, your worst nightmare, one of the nine mothers of Heimdallr, the mother of Modi and Magni, the last surviving full-blooded Jotun, the Queen of Blades, the goddess of iron, the love of Thor’s life, and a menace to society. I love her.

More details here: Who Is Jarnsaxa?

Why or How Should I Listen to the Jarnsaxa Rising Podcast?

If you enjoy American Gods, Sandman, the Thor Movies, the Loki series, Good Omens, and/or the Norse Myths, this is your kind of show. If you enjoy Dykes to Watch Out For, Ocean’s 8, and/or The Net, this podcast will also be your kind of adventure, though not as obviously.

This podcast pairs well with knitting, long car rides, tasty beverages and snacks, and either headphones or a stereo listening environment. It’s not intended for children. There is occasional panning in the first episode that may make some audiences dizzy, so grab a comfy seat. You can listen to Jarnsaxa Rising wherever you get fine podcasts.

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New Apple Podcasts Categories make a huge difference

Jarnsaxa is finally visible on Apple Podcasts.

Ever since Apple made a home for podcasts, whether it was iTunes or (now) Apple Podcasts, no distinction was made between non-fiction and fiction/audio drama/radio plays/et cetera. Thousands of independent immersive stories were buried in categories that didn’t fit. Personal Journals? Society and Culture? Performing Arts? Nothing was a good fit. It was a sink or swim situation. Unfortunately, many shows sank.

This summer, as Apple competes for your attention span with streaming services such as Spotify, Netflix and BBC Sounds , Apple finally decided to give Fiction a category. They even made three sub-categories: Drama, Comedy, and Science Fiction.

As a result, this vibrant, growing community of people and ideas can finally get its head above water. And, guess what?

Jarnsaxa is finally visible.

Here is a screen shot of part of the Apple Podcasts United States Fiction>Drama chart, taken on the 21st of August, 2019, at 5:53 PM.

Screenshot of the Apple Podcasts Fiction Drama chart, 21st August 2019
Can you find Jarnsaxa Rising in this picture? She’s in very good company.

Finally, we’re not buried under thousands and thousand of podcasts, we’re not shoved into a drawer that doesn’t fit. Finally, when people look for a good story on Apple Podcasts, they can find us, along with stories like ours.

Thank you, Apple Podcasts.

If this is your first time here, hello and welcome. Thank you for joining us. Get out your headphones or turn on your speakers. We have a story for you.