Tuesday, August 22, 2017
 

“First Asatru tem­ple in 900 years?”

Originally published by Anna Mar­grét Björns­son, amb@mbl.is and Morganblaðið.  Click here to read the original.

((Odroerir: The Heathen Journal note: We wanted to make a few clarifications.  This isn’t the first “Asatru” temple in 900 years.  It’s the first publicly recognized “Asatru” temple in Europe- ever.  Modern day Asatru and pre-Christian Heathenism should not be mistaken for one another.  The former is inspired by the latter, but they are not the same thing.  Also, we corrected a spelling error.  “Goth” should be “Gothi”.  But since this is relevant news, we are sharing it, and will continue to share updates as they develop.))

 

The "hof" is de­signed by ar­chi­tect Mag­nús Jens­son and will be the first one in North­ern Eu­rope for around 900 years. De­sign/​Mag­nús Jens­son

The “hof” is de­signed by ar­chi­tect Mag­nús Jens­son and will be the first one in North­ern Eu­rope for around 900 years. De­sign/​Mag­nús Jens­son

Mem­bers of the Asatru so­ci­ety are hope­ful that con­struc­tion will com­mence soon on the build­ing of a “hof” or a  tem­ple build­ing in Öskjuhlíð, Reyk­javik. The build­ing has al­ready been de­signed by ar­chi­tect Mag­nús Jens­son but a build­ing li­cence has not yet been awarded due to sev­eral re­marks and changes to the de­sign, ac­cord­ing to the “gothi” (high priest) of the so­ci­ety,  Hilmar Örn Hilmars­son, who is also a well known Ice­landic com­poser.

An ar­ti­cle in Morgun­bla­did to­day states that the tem­ple will be the first “hof” or main tem­ple in North­ern Eu­rope for 900 years. The Asatru so­ci­ety has been lo­cated in a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion in cen­tral Reyk­javik but due to a great in­crease of mem­bers in re­cent years the space is not suf­fi­cient.

The Ice­landic Asatru fol­lows the be­lief sys­tems of the Old Norse re­li­gion, or ger­manic neo­pa­gan­ism. The Asatru so­ci­ety was founded in Ice­land in 1972 by farmer Svein­björn Bein­teins­son and initially had 12 mem­bers.

Com­poser Hilmar Örn Hilmars­son, the high priest or "all­sh­er­jar­gothi" of Ice­land is hope­ful that con­struc­tion will soon com­mence. Morgun­blaðið/​Golli

Com­poser Hilmar Örn Hilmars­son, the high priest or “all­sh­er­jar­gothi” of Ice­land is hope­ful that con­struc­tion will soon com­mence. Morgun­blaðið/​Golli