Monday, August 21, 2017

Volume II


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 […]

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 […]

Establishing the Innengard

 
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As modern heathens who have dedicated our lives to reestablishing the pre-Christian traditions of Scandinavia and Northern Europe, we know how important the concept of heathen worldview is.  It’s well understood that in order to develop practices that are rooted in ancient heathen religion, we need to be able to understand and adopt the outlook […]

“Heathen”: The Linguistic Origins and Early Context

 
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The modern English word heathen has long been the favorite label used in academic circles to identify the unchristian peoples of western and northern Europe during the Middle Ages.  Among medieval historians it is used more precisely to identify those “Germanic”[1] peoples who still practiced their indigenous religion.  It has also been the title most […]

A Springtime Procession: Reconstructing an Ancient Practice for Today’s Heathen

 
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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. —Meister Eckhart  As a heathen, I pondered for many years the question of how to reconstruct old or construct new practices for today In Chapter 40 of his Germania,[1] Tacitus tells of a number of Germanic tribes who shared a common […]

The Finnish Tradition: An Introduction

 
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 Table of Contents World View The Cosmic Gods Haltija: ‘The Invisible Nature’ Ukko-Ilmarinen: the Ruler of Wind, Rain, and Thunder Heavenly Bodies: the Sun and the Moon Water Spirits Fire Spirits Land Spirits Forest Spirits Spirits of the House and Farm Field Spirits  Emuu and Animal Beliefs Beer, the Heavenly King of the Forest Sacred […]

Feeding the Wolf: The Theme of Restraint, and its Lack, in the Mythology of Fenrir

 
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“I am reluctant to have this band put on me. But rather than that you question my courage, let someone put his hand in my mouth as a pledge that this is done in good faith. But all the Æsir looked at each other and found themselves in a dilemma and all refused to offer […]

Download Odroerir: Full Volume II

 
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Óðrœrir is an accumulation of the research and experience of men and women engaged in the reconstruction of the heathen traditions of northern Europe. The journal’s contributors are involved in a grassroots movement in both America and Europe – a movement that encompasses greatly varied cultures, local customs and religious practices.

Cult and Identity in Modern Heathenry

 
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The transition from the intellectual effort of reconstructing pre-Christian and conversion-era Germanic worldviews and religiosity to a practical living religion can be a bit of a conundrum for modern heathens.  There are two extremes that find frequent and common commentary in modern heathenry.  On one end of the spectrum is the tendency for reconstructionist heathens […]