Saturday, April 29, 2017

Author Archives: Odroerir

A Snake Story

 
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It was a nice warm early fall day and I was basking on top of Rattlesnake Mountain. It’s one of the easier climbs in the state, something you could do in a few hours and then still make it to the party you had to go to later that day. Or something like that anyway. […]

Skald Craft: Understanding and Writing Poetry in the Old Norse Meters

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Introduction There have been many approaches to the study of Old Norse Poetry.  Modern academia has spent an exhaustive amount of effort in identifying metrical patterns and trends within the lines of the voluminous collected works.  They have asserted sometimes arguable theories varying from simple to complex and from mundane to fantastic.  However (un)interesting the […]

Beer and Brewing Culture Through the Eyes of a New England Heathen

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Back in the mid 90’s, almost a decade before I converted to Asatru, I took up the hobby of home brewing.  Back then, my knowledge of beer in general was very limited, home brewing technology and ingredients weren’t nearly at the level they are today, and not that many people were home brewing. Undaunted and […]

Two Yule Rituals: One Heathen’s Experience in the Northeast US

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My name is Josh Heath; in a fit of insanity I took it upon myself to begin documenting different Heathen events I attend. My long term hope is that by creating a record of our worships, blóts, and Things, we can leave important parts of our history to those that will follow us. I want […]

Self-Directed Language Learning: Strategies for Reading Primary Sources in Their Original Languages

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In recent history, the learning process has been the domain of the education establishment. Because of this, many people are reticent to take charge of their own learning, believing that they need experts to present new subject material to them. Whether a learner chooses an accredited university course or an online workshop, it is natural […]

Some Animal Imagery in Anglian Heathenry

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The purpose of this article is to take a brief look at the idea of animal imagery as a representation of and a connection to the Otherworld.  During the 5th to 7th centuries the Germanic settlers of England produced a large amount of artwork depicting animals and mythic beasts, these pieces give us an insight […]

Tree Cults in Frankish Heathenism

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Heathendom can be understood as an interwoven web of relationships that are formed between both individuals within a community and communities with each other, whether of men or holy powers, which express the heathen worldview. These relationships may take any number of forms from gifting, group rituals and all other modes of symmetrical or asymmetrical […]

Symbel: The Heathen Drinking Ritual?

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If there is one thing that links all Heathen practice it is the early medieval drinking ritual “symbel” also known as “sumble”. This tradition is lifted straight from the pages of Beowulf, The Eddas and other Germanic poetry and is a ritual that equally unites and divides the various flavours of modern Heathenry whilst remaining […]