Maria Christine Kvilhaug graduated from the University of Oslo in 2004 with a degree in Cultural Studies (Old Norse Philology). Previously she studied World History and Philosophy (Norway) and graduated wth a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 (Camberwell College UK). She has written articles and frequently lectures on the subject of Old Norse Mythology. In 2012 she gave a paper
at the ARC convention, Bath, UK entitled ”The Maid with the Mead” and lectured at the Mytologifestivalen in Kvinnherad, Norway, 2013.
Published works include: ”The Maiden with the Mead” 2009, a lecture series: ”Hidden Knowledge inOld Norse Myths” 2010, and currently, ”The Seed of Yggdrasill”. Her You Tube channel ”Earth Mythic Library” is gaining popularity in new age pagan communities as well as academic interest. Planned publications include a series of Historical fiction works based on the life and times of the sorceress of Oseborg.
Kvilhaug lives in Norway and is working toward a PHD ”Sibyls and Oracles in Greek, Norse and Igbo cultures” at the University of Oslo.
Maria C Kvilhaug (MA)
". . . to spread knowledge of such research is of utmost importance in a time that seems bent on forgetting."
- (Hávamál – The Speech of the High One, st. 134, Poetic Edda)
". . When it comes to Old Norse myths, I have access to the primary sources in their original language, allowing me to make proper research in the strictest sense, and to draw my own conclusions. I suspect that this is why my approach to the Old Norse myths has attracted such considerable attention."
"After several years of intense contemplation on the real meaning of the myths, I became a student once more, this time re-entering the University of Oslo where I had once taken three full terms studying history and philosophy before pursuing art instead. This time, I entered a study called History of Religions."
"In the spring of 2004, I graduated with a Master degree in Cultural Studies, the History of Religions, at the University of Oslo, Norway, with the thesis 'The Maiden with the Mead – a Goddess of Initiation Rituals in Old Norse Myths'. In my dissertation, I explored how the fundamental, thematic structure of several Edda poems perfectly rendered the structure and themes of what could only be explained as a Pagan initiation ritual, and that the description of this ritual, albeit in the language of symbols, was a credible description of such ritual, accurate and detailed. Such a discovery challenges any notion held by some critics that the Old Norse myths simply reflect the time in which they were written down, well after Christianity was introduced. The discovery of the ritual structure of the myths and the detailed accounts of the various stages of the ritual experience, strongly suggests that the myths as they have been left to us do in fact reflect, to a considerable degree, Pagan religion and Pagan religious practices . . ."