Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Author Archives: Odroerir

The Valknut: Heart of the Slain?

 
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This essay argues that the triple-triangle symbol commonly known as the valknut represents a heart in at least some contexts. Specifically, it is either the ideal, steady heart of the brave slain hero or that of a worthy adversary, and that the word valknut itself may be a heiti for ‘heart of the slain’. Most […]

We Need To Talk About Gefjun: Toward a new etymology of an Old Icelandic theonym

 
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The name of a deity often reveals something of their character, and can shed light on obscure elements in the mythology. Unfortunately the prehistory of a word is itself often obscure, and care must be taken not to project a meaning onto a word that was never truly there. The goddess name Gefjun has long […]

The Festival Year: A Reconstruction of the Heathen Lunisolar Calendar and a Survey of Its Relation to the Annual Festival Cycle

 
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This essay is an attempt to construct an annual calendrical model that would have existed among the heathen peoples of Scandinavia and Northern Europe prior to the advent of the Christian “Julian” calendar.  The evidence suggests that this annual cycle would be based around the movements of the sun and the moon, which determined when […]

Welcome To Our New Website!

 
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Welcome to the new website for Odroerir: The Heathen Journal! We’re really excited about what this website has to offer, and what it will potentially develop into over the next few years.  So excited in fact, that we felt it might be a good idea to offer up an explanation of who we are and […]

Keyboard Vikings

 
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Do those facebook groups have you worked up?  

Odroerir interviews Wardruna’s Einar Selvik

 
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Wardruna is probably one of the best known music projects in Heathenism, and for good reason.  Nobody else has yet captured the intense moods and atmospheres that Einar Selvik has managed to encapsulate within the runic concepts of Wardruna’s first installment, Gap Var Ginnunga.  The music is ritualistic, ambient and natural sounding.  The instruments used […]

Frankish Heathenry: An Introduction

 
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Who were the Franks and what were their pre-Christian roots? This is a question that has caused confusion and headache among those searching for the answers. Even the origin of their name has been hotly debated, although the generally accepted origin of frank is found in the Germanic root *fr-k, which relates this word intimately […]

The Tale of Ashlad and Redfoks

 
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ONCE ON A TIME there was a king who ruled a newly settled farmstead.  He had many hundred sheep, many hundred goats, many hundred cattle, and many hundred horses he had too.  Silver and gold he had in great heaps. But for all of that, he was so given to grief that he seldom ever […]