Thursday, September 21, 2017

Odroerir Publications


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Investigating the Afterlife Concepts of the Norse Heathen: A Reconstructionist’s Approach

 
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This 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 modern heathens be at least consistent with standards currently acceptable […]

Uncovering the Effects of Cultural Background on the Reconstruction of Ancient Worldviews

 
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This paper looks at some of the problems inherent in the reconstructing of ancient worldviews by focusing on the Germanic reconstructionist movement.  Specifically, many of the problems revolve around the idea that modern interpretive efforts are complicated by the fact that most reconstructionists have been borne into and raised within an urban environment where the […]

Germanic Spirituality

 
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Germanic heathenry is under fire from within. Although it is a growing religion, most converts are coming from other religions, and with them, usually unknowingly, they are bringing with them baggage from their former religions which becomes entangled into Germanic cosmology which is eroding that cosmology until it is indistinguishable from any of the hundreds […]

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 […]