Asatru Books, Books On Runes And Runemagic, Poetric And Elder Edda


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Asatru is frequently regarded as one of the Neopagan family of religions. That family includes Wicca, Celtic Druidism, and re-creations of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other ancient Pagan religions. However, many Asatruar prefer the term "Heathen" or "Pagan" rather than "Neopagan;" they look upon their tradition as "not just a branch on the Neopagan tree" but as a separate tree. Unlike Wicca, which has gradually evolved into many different traditions, the reconstruction of Asatru has been based on the surviving historical record. Its followers have maintained it as closely as possible to the original religion of the Norse people.

Asatru is polytheistic, honoring the countless sacred powers of this world for what they are- sentient beings with motivations and powers beyond the ken of human beings, but some of whom are friends to man, and crucial to the survival and thriving of human societies. Like Shinto, Asatru also honors spiritual beings that dwell in the land itself, and in all of nature's many expressions.

Asatru believes that the world and the universe moves through cycles of existence, coming into existence from natural, sacred processes, lasting for many ages, and finally falling apart and falling out of the order we know it in now, before it is regenerated and reborn. All beings- Gods or humans or animals or any others- are part of this great natural process of formation and re-formation. In the life, death, and rebirth of the cosmos, which has happened many times before, and which will continue to happen forever, humans and other beings that we know now and share our world with will all live and live again, as will the Gods.
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Asgard And The Gods The Tales and Traditions of Our Northern Ancestors Ver 2 by MW MacDowallA complete and popular English account of the religious beliefs and superstitious customs of the old Norsemen, suited to our younger readers, has hitherto been left unwritten. The editor feels sure that our elder children can easily be brought to take a beneficial interest in a subject of such... more
5 Rune Magic Rituals Never Seen In Print Before by AnonymousLearn how to develop your own runic rituals updated to the 21st century. RUNE-MAGIC allows you to develop your spiritual and psychic powers. With these new powers you can attract health-wealthhappiness into your life. Runes are an energy! As a Northern European you can now attract the virtues of... more
Asatru The Northern Way by Anthony ArndtAsatro as a reconstructionist movement was founded almost simultaneously in Iceland (Islenska Asatruarfelagid) and America (Asatru Free Assembly). This occurred in the early 1970s.The historical basis for Asatro is Norse mythos, which may be up to 40,000 years old and originated in northern... more
Armanen Runes by Karl Hans WelzRune Magic is extra power for you! It is ancient technology. You can use this extraordinary method now by harnessing the Ur-energies (original energies) of the universe. These energies provide you with your personal gate to the powers of creation !!!Using the creative powers of the Runes for your... more
The Ancient Fires of Midgard by Andrea HaugenI have always felt different from the crowd. I thought much more about life than others my age did. I had deep emotions, intense dreams, visions and magical experiences, I felt very connected to animals, had a great interest in ancient cultures, and I loved gloomy and gothic images. I was intensely... more
Magic Runes by Samael Aun WeorI have been trying to share with you the importance of bringing the Runes and the gods/goddesses of the North into the 21st Century. No longer should we run around in the woods with our axes and swords, drinking mead (unless we want to for FUN), asking the gods/goddesses to help us. Asking the... more
Galdr Verbal Rune Magic by AnonymousGaldr or Galdor, from the Old Norse, originally meant 'incantation'. The verb "gala" is also used for "to crow". It later came to mean magic in general. These are the sounds used in runic oral spells.The Galdr sounds are from Edred Thorsson's Futhark, a Handbook of Rune Magic.This rune provides... more
How To Invoke Freya Valkries for Protection and Defence by Ragner StorytellerFreya was a warrior goddess, a Valkyrie, and also the goddess of sensual love. Though this captivating goddess had numerous lovers, she was the wife of the mysterious Norse god Od. Freya was a spectacular beauty known for her appreciation of romantic music and stunning floral arrangements. That... more
Asgard And The Gods The Tales and Traditions of Our Northern Ancestors Ver 1 by MW MacDowallA complete and popular English account of the religious beliefs and superstitious customs of the old Norsemen, suited to our younger readers, has hitherto been left unwritten. The editor feels sure that our elder children can easily be brought to take a beneficial interest in a subject of such... more
Asatru and the Paranormal by AnonymousWe live in an age which, for various reasons, ignores and even ridicules the very idea of the paranormal: of that which cannot be explained by the norms of everyday experience. Religious belief itself has been replaced by the foggy political slogan of "shared values," a mask for spiritual... more
Asatru The Nordic Subtradition of the Verbena by Anders SandbergThe Verbena have always been regional, and differ much from area to area. In Scandinavia, the Verbena have been the protectors of the old religion and the old ways against the tide of Christianity and the Technocracy. Actually, the Verbena was behind the Old Faith of Asatru which ruled before... more
Seidr Seid Sol Iss Burs and Nordic Shamanism by Yves KodratoffThe first part is personal, and it exposes my practice of seidr, by comparing it several times to the one coming from Diana Paxson's group and in Jordsvin's papers. I thus recommend to read at first these papers before mine. The second part explains and supports my own practice of seidr, but the... more
Blotar A Brief Guide to Asatru Ritual by Anthony ArndtBlotar (the plural form of blot) strengthen the bonds between humans and the gods, our holy kin. With blotar we honor the gods in a social atmosphere and invite them to share in our celebrations and give them gifts in return for divine favor.The blot bowl and plates laid out for the gods and... more
Norse Mythology A to Z by Kathleen Daly"Norse Mythology A to Z, Third Edition" examines the characters, objects, and places whose stories make up the folklore of the Norse people, who lived in the region known today as Scandinavia. Passed down through the generations by word of mouth and finally written down in the 13th century and... more
The Secret of the Gothick God of Darkness by Stephen FlowersThere is a Secret God, a Hidden God, who dwells in a spiralling tower fortress and who has guided and overseen our development from time immemorial--and who has remained concealed but very close to us awaiting the "future" time of reawakening. The time of the re-awakening is near. Already we have... more
Siegfried Adolf Kummer Rune Magic by Edred ThorssonIn this volume Thorsson preserves the text unaltered from its first appearance just a year before the National Socialists came to power in Germany. Sections of Rune-Magic will be found to be controversial by some, but Runa-Raven feels that for the sake of historical accuracy, and as a sign of... more
Stav Runes Notebook A Beginners Guide by Alex PiddThis guide is designed to provide an introduction to Stav and the runes of the younger futhork. Stav is a European mind, body and spirit training philosophy. It is based on the traditions of the Hafskjold family, which have been preserved in a continuous line for over 44 generations. Advice and... more
Understanding the Galdrabok Part 1 by Greg CrowfootThe Galdrabok is a collection of Icelandic grimores, or magical texts, dating from the 16th to 17th centuries. The Galdrabok presents modern-day rune magicians with a wide variety of magical designs. Among them are several versions of the famous 'AEgishjalmur', or "Helm of Awe." As a whole, the... more
History of Nordic Runes p1 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
Shamanism And The Image Of The Teutonic Deity Odin by Asbjorn JonThe Seidre were shamanic folk who travelled from community to community speaking with the Other-world on behalf of the townspeople they visited. They would question the recently-deceased loved ones and ask favors of the gods through the town's dead kinfolk. It was believed that they were also able... more
The Religion Of Odin by Irv SlausonThis is a book about a religion, A religion that was hundreds of' years old at the time of Christ and has had an unbroken, khough often times clandestine, existence from then to our own times. Followers of the swirling and often conflicting groups of the Odinists still number in the hundreds of... more
The Eddas The keys To The Mysteries Of The North by James Allen ChisholmThis is a practical manual of self-transformation. It takes the form of a working edition of the mythological poems of the ancient Norse Poetic Edda for modern "pagans" who practice the magic and religion of the North. The poems of the Poetic Edda form the most complete and authentic body of... more
Meanings of the Runes by Bernard Kingfrom The Elements of Runes by Bernard King.As with all scripts, the runes grew and evolved with use, taking on different meanings in different areas. The Norwegian, Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon runic poems all provide variants which, for the beginner, serve to confuse the issue rather than clarifying... more
Understanding the Galdrabok Part 3 by Greg CrowfootThe Galdrabok is a collection of Icelandic grimores, or magical texts, dating from the 16th to 17th centuries. The Galdrabok presents modern-day rune magicians with a wide variety of magical designs. Among them are several versions of the famous 'AEgishjalmur', or "Helm of Awe." As a whole, the... more
Learning Magic in the Sagas by Stephen MitchellThe image of magic spells being taught by more seasoned practitioners to others eager to learn them comports well with what can be deduced about the actual practice of witchcraft and magic in medieval Scandinavia. For example, at the conclusion of that most remarkable document on love magic,... more
The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic ColumMaster storyteller Padraic Colum's rich, musical voice captures all the magic and majesty of the Norse sagas in his retellings of the adventures of the gods and goddesses who lived in the Northern paradise of Asgard before the dawn of history.Here are the matchless tales of All-Father Odin, who... more
What is Asatru by Stephen Mcnallenby Stephen A. McNallen. Published by ASATRU FOLK ASSEMBLY. The Asatru Folk Assembly is a religious corporation in the State of California and has Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Our purpose is the practice, promotion, and further development of our ancestral faith. We welcome inquiries and... more
Understanding the Galdrabok Part 2 by Greg CrowfootThe Galdrabok is a collection of Icelandic grimores, or magical texts, dating from the 16th to 17th centuries. The Galdrabok presents modern-day rune magicians with a wide variety of magical designs. Among them are several versions of the famous 'AEgishjalmur', or "Helm of Awe." As a whole, the... more
Seidr Magic by Ed RichardsonOf all the reconstructed systems of archaic magickal practice, Seidr seems to be one of the most misunderstood. This is partly because of its sinister reputation, and partly because of sexist notions that only women ever practised divination. All too often Seidr is mistaken for the craft of the... more
Nordic Soul Lore and Teutonic Psychology by AnonymousThere are many parts of the soul in Nordic Mythology. The lyke [lik ON, lic(h) OE] is the physical body itself. The hyde [hamron] is the quasi-physical part of the soul which gives shape and form tothe lyke. It can be formed and mutated by human will and what happens to the hyde happens to the... more
Teachings of the Odin Brotherhood by AnonymousSome years after the publication of Mirabello's book, the anonymous and privately printed Teachings of the Odin Brotherhood began to circulate. Copies of the latter are rare.
Norse Mythology Legends of Gods and Heroes by Peter Andreas MunchThe Norwegian original on which the present translation is based was written by Peter Andreas Munch, the founder of the Norwegian school of history. Munch's scholarly interests embraced also many related subjects, such as general history, archaeology, geography, ethnography, linguistics, and... more
History of Nordic Runes p2 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
Alfta Dictionary of Northern Lore by Alfta OdinnsenNorthern Lore was basically an oral tradition and never written down during pagan times. It was only later written down by Christian scholars in an attempt to preserve something of their native culture. But by then, much of the oral lore was lost. Even today, we recognize that what we work with is... more
The Lessons of Asgard by Asatru Free AssemblyThis collection of essays appeared over a span of almost two years in "The Runestone". Dealing as it does with the lessons to be learned from the Norse gods, it is a companion volume to The Values of Asatru. Together these booklets provide a good introduction to those who want to know how to lead... more
The Anglo Saxon Sagas by Daniel HaighDaniel Henry Haigh (7 August 1819 -- 10 May 1879) was a noted Victorian scholar of Anglo-Saxon history and literature, as well as a runologist and numismatist.Although Haigh did not have any formal academic training, he dedicated himself to the study of Anglo-Saxon history and literature, and... more
Worship and Spirituality During and Between the Asatru Holidays by AnonymousThis is how I practice Norse Heathenism/Asatru for the major blotar (rituals). These are normally group rituals. Calendars vary for different groups. Gamlinginn published a list of these some years back I don't believe I still have it. Many use a modified 8-spoked Wiccan Wheel of the Year.... more
Bandrunir in Icelandic Sagas by Mindy MacleodThe Sagas of Icelanders (Icelandic: Islendingasogur)--many of which are also known as family sagas--are prose histories mostly describing events that took place in Iceland in the 10th and early 11th centuries, during the so-called Saga Age. They are the best-known specimens of Icelandic literature.... more
English Old Norse Dictionary by Ross ArthurYou could, of course, print it and then consult it just as you would consult any other dictionary It might be more useful to you, however, to keep it as an electronic reference tool For one thing, you'll find that it serves also as an Old Norse to English dictionary.If you are now viewing this... more
Havamal by WH AudenHavamal ("Sayings of the high one") is presented as a single poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. The poem, itself a combination of different poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom.The verses are attributed to Odin,... more
Magic and Wyrd by AnonymousWyrd is the underlying fabric in the Northern/Germanic cosmology. The laws of Wyrd supercede the will of the Gods, of men and all creatures. Wyrd provides the basic structure for the Nine Worlds, and manifests itself in Yggdrasil and the Well of Urdr.One can compare Wyrd to a song, there are many... more
Tree Cults in Northern Magic by Tommie ErikssonFrom the earliest times, trees have been the focus of religious life for many peoples around the world. As the largest plant on earth, the tree has been a major source of stimulation to the mythic imagination. Trees have been invested in all cultures with a dignity unique to their own nature, and... more
The Odinist Anthology Selection From The Runestone by Asatru Free AssemblyThis anthology represents some of the contents of THE RUNESTONE over a span of more than ten Years, from issue number two almost to the Present. During this decade-long his tory of publication, THE RUNESTONE and the organization which 1 t represents underwent a mu1 t i tude of changes, becoming... more
History of Nordic Runes p9 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
History of Nordic Runes p5 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
History of Nordic Runes p6 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
History of Nordic Runes p3 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
Asatru And Odinism by MiacRecenl decades have seen a proiiieration oi different religions and sects. Pad oi this movemenl has been a reslrgence of in lerest in ancienl religious beliels and polythelsm. While not recerving as much atlention as other pre-hjstoric religions, such as Wicca, Asatra and Odinism stem irom simiiar... more
Asatru In Brief by Reeves HallAlthough there are many variations in beliefs and practices within this faith, Asatruers all share a defining personal loyalty to, or "Troth" with, the gods and goddesses of the North, such as Odin, Thor, Frigga, the land wights (spirits), and many others a deep respect for their Germanic... more
History of Nordic Runes p4 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
History of Nordic Runes p7 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
The Book of The Sagas by Alice HoffmanLook at the map of Europe. In the north-west you will see the island of Iceland. The great oceans are wide around it on every side its northern coast is just touching the Arctic circle. How far off and apart from all the world it seems! How out of touch with the enterprise, the commerce, the... more
Runes Around The North Sea And On The Continent by Jantina Helena LooijengaHet onderzoek naar de oudste runeninscripties van het Europese continent, Engeland en Denemarken voerde onderzoekster van Liverpool aan de Ierse Zee naar Constanza aan de Zwarte Zee van Zurich naar Bergen van Parijs naar Stockholm. In dit enorme gebied kende men reeds bij het begin van de... more
History of Nordic Runes p8 by AnonymousRunes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets... more
Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas by Helene Adeline GuerberThe religion of a people who could produce such a literature as this must be worthy of study, especially as we can see the results of northern heathenism developing until the end of the tenth century without interference either from Christian thought or from the Latin culture so closely bound up... more
Stories From Northern Myths by Emilie Kip Baker"Stories from Northern Myth" written in 1914 by Emilie Kip Baker. Most of the existing records on Norse mythology date from the 11th to 18th century, having gone through more than two centuries of oral preservation in what was at least officially a Christian society. At this point scholars started... more
Odinism And Asatru by AnonymousThe Asatru movement began in the 1970's, as a revival of Germanic paganism. Begun in Iceland on the Summer Solstice of 1972, the Islenska Asatruarfelagid was founded recognized as an official religion the following year. Shortly afterwards, the Asatru Free Assembly was formed in the United States,... more
The Odin Brotherhood by Mark MirabelloThe Odin Brotherhood's was first exposed to the general public in 1992 with the publication of the book The Odin Brotherhood by Dr. Mark Mirabello, who is a professor of European history at Shawnee State University.First contact was made when Mirabello encountered a silver-haired man in a bookshop... more
Religion of Ancient Scandinavia by William Alexander CraigieThe native religion of the ancient Scandinavians was in its main features only a special form of that common to all the Germanic peoples, and this again was only a particular development of primitive beliefs and practices characteristic of the whole Aryan race. It is impossible to say how far back... more
Prophecy of the Seeress Poetic Edda by Irmin VinsonVoluspa, which opens the Old Norse Poetic Edda, was likely composed in Iceland shortly before AD 1000 during a period of transition when Christianity was replacing the traditional beliefs of the North. The poem's anonymous author seems to have conceived Voluspa as a literary response to the decline... more
Wotan The Road to Valhalla by Kveldulfr Hagan GundarssonThis book could not have been written without those great skalds of the Viking Age who showed us the road to Valhalla: Eyvindr skaldaspillir, the Eiriksmal poet, and Egill Skalla-Grimsson. To them and their fellows I am endlessly grateful also, to Snorri Sturluson, whose writings preserved so... more
Road To Hel A Study of the Conception of the Dead by Hilda Roderick EllisProfessor and Mrs. Chadwick I owe more than can be easily expressed: the discovery of both the inspiration and discipline of research, and unfailing help, both with practical advice and encouragement, the whole of the way. I would like also to thank Mr. and Mrs. J. M. de Navarro and Mr. G. N.... more
Ways of the Asatru by Michael SmithThere are two issues which I would like to bring to the reader's attention concerning this book. The first would be that this book should not, by any means, be considered an absolute authority on Asatru. The reader is encouraged to read other books, do research, and explore their own hearts to find... more
Investigating the Afterlife Concepts of the Norse Heathen by Bil LinzieThis paper reviews the modern heathen movement's commonly accepted beliefs regarding the heathen concept of Afterlife and compares them to what is known about the ancient Germanic sense of Afterlife. The discussion is a continuation of this author's proposal that the standards of research among... more
Introduction to The Elder Edda by John Ronald TolkienThe Elder Edda is not a single continuous narrative, but a collection of poems, most of which are preserved in the Konungsbok, or Codex Regius (King's Book), copied in Iceland about A.D. 1270. The poems are the work of many poets. Their language suggests that they were composed between 800 and... more
The Arctic Home in the Vedas by Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar TilakOn the occasion of the birth centenary of Lok. B. G. TILAK, we have the proud privilege to offer to the discriminating readers this 2nd reprint of his famous work "The Arctic Home In The Vedas," published by the Author in 1903 and reprinted in 1925 (J. S. TILAK)The present volume is a sequel to my... more
Icelandic Poetry Or The Edda Of Saemund by LoptssonThe Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript Codex Regius. Along with Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends.Codex Regius was written in the... more
Odinism What Is It The Odinic Rite by Troth AorOdinism is the indigenous religious faith of the Scandinavian, British and other peoples of Northern Europe it is an amalgam of attitudes, ideas and behavior, both a personal faith and a communal way of life. In its beginnings Odinism is probably as old as our race. Historically it may be... more
What Is Asatru by Pagan Pride ProjectAsatru is a Norse term meaning literally a faith or belief in Gods, specifically the Old Norse and Germanic Gods known collectively as the AEsir. Asatru has its roots in ancient customs and beliefs, although it is best known from the Viking age when the old world view and the emerging Christian... more
What is a Warlock by Lil Bow WowIf, as is posited in many Modern English dictionaries, the word "warlock" comes from a ME "warloghe" from OE "warloga", then the Modern form we should expect to see would be something like warlow, or werlow, since the tendency to move from 'gh' to 'w' is strong in English, and from 'gh' to 'ck'... more
Heathen Gods A Collection of Essays Ver 1 by Mark Ludwig StinsonThe essays in this collection were written in the years 2007, 2008, and 2009. In their original form, they were written as blog notes, message board posts, and as answers to e-mail questions I received. They were never meant to serve as a unified message about Heathenry, and there has been no... more
Potentialities Of Loki by AnonymousThe figure of Loki is as fascinating as he is problematic. Jan de Vries (1933), Hilding Celander (1914) and Folke Strom (1956) characterise Loki as a 'problem', while to Anne Holtsmark (1962) he remains a 'riddle'. To this day scholars are divided on how to categorise Loki. Some call him a god,... more
The Religion of the Teutons by Chantepie de la SaussayeTHE present volume may be allowed to plead its own cause its plan and scope are explained in the Introduction. It is for critics to decide how far the author has succeeded in his task, and wherein he has failed. It is the hope of the author that his book may at all events prove useful in conveying... more
The Prose Edda Ver 1 by Snorri SturlsonTranslated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur [1916]The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Norwegian poet and politican Snorri Sturlson, who also wrote the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know.... more
Origin of the Names of The Days by AengorDigging into the history of the 7-day week is a very complicated matter. Authorities have very different opinions about the history of the week, and they frequently present their speculations as if they were indisputable facts. The only thing we seem to know for certain about the origin of the... more
The Prose Edda Ver 2 by Snorri SturlsonTRANLSATED FROM THE ICELANDIC WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ARTHUR GILCHRIST BRODEUR, Ph. D.Instructor in English Philology in the University of California This Series of Scandinavian Classics is published by The American Scandinavian Foundation in the belief that great familiarity with the chief... more
Heathen Gods A Collection of Essays Ver 2 by Mark Ludwig StinsonThe essays in this collection were written in the years 2007, 2008, and 2009. In their original form, they were written as blog notes, message board posts, and as answers to e-mail questions I received. They were never meant to serve as a unified message about Heathenry, and there has been no... more
Poetic Edda Edda Saeundar Hinns Froda by Benjamin ThorpeSaemund, son of Sigfus, the reputed collector of the poems bearing his name, which is sometimes also called the Elder, and the Poetic, Edda, was of a highly distinguished family, being descended in a direct line from King Harald Hildetonn. He was born at Oddi, his paternal dwelling in the south of... more
Groa Top Nine Heathen Books by Ann Groa SheffieldBecause my "List of Recommended Heathen Reading" keeps getting longer, I've put together a shorter list to in an effort to help someone who is brand-new to all of this and doesn't know where to start. Let's begin with the Top Three Books for the Neophyte Heathen (Ann Groa Sheffield)
Myths of Northern Lands by Helene Adeline GuerberThe aim of this handbook of Northern mythology is to familiarize the English student of letters with the religion of his heathen ancestors, and to set forth, as clearly as possible, the various myths which have exercised an influence over our customs, arts, and literature. As Norwegians, Danes,... more
The Heroes of Asgard by Annie KearyThis is a complete telling of the Norse Gods of Asgard from their mythical creation to Ragnarok (The Twilight of the Gods). This is an action pack tale with giants and elves Gods and mortal men. Evidently, when they wrote the Edda (12thC Norse poem collection) (13thC Norse poem collection compiled... more
Seeds of the World Tree A Primer on the Basics of Esoteric Runelore by AnonymousThe Runes are not merely alphabetical symbols, used in ancient Germanic alphabets. The history of the Runes stretches back quite a distance and while it is true that the symbols themselves likely find their origin in many cultural sources, the inner essence of the Runes is something truly arcane... more
Drinking at the Well of Mimir An Asatru Man Meanderings by Bil LinzieI don't consider this volume to be any great piece of research. There are plenty of researchers out there far more knowledgeable than I, and I have no problem with that. I don't consider these books revolutionary in any way either I seriously doubt whether they will change the practice of... more
The Sons of Odin A Heroic Analysis of the Volsunga Saga by Devyn Christopher GilletteWithout the lasting power of the story, especially in the sharing of myths and legends, a society functions ethically or with much hope of retaining its individual culture. In addition to being a vehicle for spiritual and psychological illumination, myths are the means by which a culture identifies... more
Eddic Mythology by John Arnott MacCullochWhen this Series was first projected, Professor Axel Olrik, Ph.D., of the University of Copenhagen, was asked to write the volume on Eddic Mythology, and no one more competent than he could have been chosen. He agreed to undertake the work, but his lamented death occurred before he had done more... more
Groa List of Recommended Heathen Reading by Ann Groa SheffieldThis list contains only books that I have personally read and found to be of value in some way. Since I haven't read everything, this inevitably means that some excellent books have been omitted. My personal opinions and tastes are evident throughout they are nomore and no less than... more
The Song Of the Sybil Voluspa by WH AudenVoluspa (Prophecy of the Volva) is the first and best known poem of the Poetic Edda. It tells the story of the creation of the world and its coming end related by a volva addressing Odin. It is one of the most important primary sources for the study of Norse mythology.The poem is preserved whole in... more
The Cosmology of the Rigveda by Horace WallisTHE object of this essay is not so much to present a complete picture of the Cosmology of the Eigveda, as to supply the material from which such a picture may be drawn. The writer has endeavoured to leave no strictly cosmological passage without a reference, and to add references to illustrative... more
The Northmen in Britain by Eleanor HullBlue eyed blonde Teutonic peoples played a strong role in bringing about the end of the Roman Empire. Not so those who lived in the northern parts of Europe, Scandinavia and Denmark. They had almost no contact with the Roman world or the rest of Europe until the eighth century. These were known by... more
Siegfried The Hero of the North And Beowulf The Hero of the Anglo Saxons by Zenaide Alexeievna RagozinThe hero of the Nibelungenlied. Siegfried was the son of Siegmund (Sigmund), the king of the Netherlands, and Sieglind (Sisibe or Hjordis). His counterpart was the hero Sigurd, who appeared in many of the Icelandic and Scandinavian sagas, such as the Volsunga Saga. Siegfried was knighted at the age... more
Baldur Dream by WH AudenBaldrs draumar (Baldr's dreams) or Vegtamskvida is an Eddic poem, contained in the manuscript AM 748 I 4to. It relates information on the myth of Baldr's death in a way consistent with Gylfaginning.Baldr has been having nightmares. Odin rides to Hel to investigate. He finds the grave of a volva and... more
The Younger Edda Also Called Snorre Edda Or The Prose Edda by Rasmus AndersonSNORRE'S EDDA, OR THE PROSE EDDA. AN ENGLISH VERSION OF THE FOREWARD THE FOOLING OF GYLFE, THE AFTERWORD BRAGE'S TALK, THE AFTERWORD TO BRAGE'S TALK, AND THE IMPORTANT PASSAGES IN THE POETICAL DICTION (SKALDSKAPARMAL) WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES, VOCABULARY, AND INDEX.All the poems quoted... more
Beowulf An Anglo Saxon Epic Poem by Lesslie HallThe world that Beowulf depicts and the heroic code of honor that defines much of the story is a relic of pre-Anglo-Saxon culture. The story is set in Scandinavia, before the migration. Though it is a traditional story--part of a Germanic oral tradition--the poem as we have it is thought to be the... more
Ingeborg Unofficial Asatru FAQ by Ingeborg NordenFeel free to pass this on to other pagan friends, as long as you acknowledge me as the original author.Long before Christianity came to northern Europe, the people there - our ancestors - had their own religions. One of these was Asatru. It was practiced in the lands that are today Scandinavia,... more
Sidelights on Teutonic History During the Migration Period by MG ClarkeTHE following chapters are the outcome of two periods of stud}7 undertaken during the tenure of research scholarships awarded by Girton College, and form an attempt to discover the amount of historical truth under lying the allusions to persons and events in the Old English heroic poems. The essay... more
La Hermandad de Odin In Spanish by Mark MirabelloEste trabajo - escrito durante lo que Herman Hesse llamo "el final de los tiempos modernos, apenas antes del regreso del medioevo" - esta disenado para los estudiantes de las religiones ocultas. El paganismo es una fuerza creciente, y creo que un observador neutro debe registrar y publicar algo del... more
A Irmandade de Odin In Portuguese by Mark MirabelloO Odinismo tambem conhecido como "Asatru" (termo islandes para "Lealdade aos Deuses") e, em sua encarnacao moderna, a tentativa de reconstruir o mais fielmente possivel a antiga religiao Nordica. Devido a falta de textos, artefatos ou templos sobreviventes alguns detalhes estao para sempre... more
The Lay of Sigrdrifa by WH AudenSigrdrifumal or Brynhildarljod is one of the heroic poems of the Poetic Edda. It relates the meeting of the valkyrie Sigrdrifa with the hero Sigurdr and largely consists of Sigrdrifa's advice to him, which includes cryptic references to Norse mythology and magical runes. The metre is... more
The Oldest English Epic Beowulf Finnsburg Waldere Deor Widsith by Francis Gummereeowulf is often referred to as the first important work of literature in English, even though it was written in Old English, an ancient form of the language that slowly evolved into the English now spoken. Compared to modern English, Old English is heavily Germanic, with little influence from Latin... more
The Deeds of Beowulf by John EarleTHIS translation was originally made from the Fourth Edition of Moritz Heyne's text. His Fifth Edition came out in 1888, and I think I have used it enough to become acquainted with all the changes that Dr. Adolf Socin, the new editor, has introduced. Where they have appeared to me to be... more

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