At the Norrœna Society we are dedicated to the thorough and proper investigations of the ancestral traditions as well as the promotion of our results and expansion of the Sedian Religion. We feel that we can maintain a strong institution of higher learning based upon a logical and spiritual understanding of the traditions of our ancestors.
The Sedian Religion represents the true ancient customs of our Teutonic forebears, and demonstrates a faith of honor and devotion, real belief in a world of rampant materialism. This is the true faith of our ancestors, reconstructed in the best way imaginable for those today. It is not an anachronism, for we do not seek to live in the past. Rather we wish to develop an actual spiritual philosophy that teaches the most authentic expression of this ancient way utilizing a strong research methodology we call “The Epic Method.” Join us in our worship of Odin and Thor, Frigga and Freyja, and the other Gods and Goddesses of our pantheon. If you agree with our 18 tenets of Sedian Belief, then we can come together to reforge the bonds of the past.
The Norrœna Society Mission
Our society is made up of loyal men and women who work as a synergistic whole to bring you a well researched and purely Sedian body of customary beliefs. It is our mission to fully record and reconstruct the ancestral ways of our people. We know that Teutonic polytheism was an actual religion practiced across Germania, and by delving into its facets we can gain a greater understanding of how this culture viewed their Gods and Goddesses. We pray to Odin and Thor, Freyja and Frigg with the same reverence and devotion found in other religions, and we make no apologies for this. For generations we have seen research into the ancient sources evolve into something of value to us all. By approaching the sources with religious piety in mind, we understand that our path is the way forward for all devotees of these ancient ways. We will continue to bring the best research, the highest standards, and the greatest quality we can achieve in all that we do.
Our school was developed with the understanding that our ancestors told their sacred tales through a vast, woven epic chain that spoke of ancient events in a chronological order. From Ginnungagap to Ragnarökr, and every tale in between, this epic can be discerned from the sources left to us. The Epic Method has proven itself to be the most vital, most profound means by which we can reconstruct the religious stories handed down to us. By viewing this as an actual religion, rather than some barbaric caricature, the psychology of the entire research shifts towards a more effective end. We have demonstrated, over years of publication, research, and debate, that our method will bring forth the greatest results for the revival of our way of life. Here we honor the men who began it all, Viktor Rydberg and the founder of the original Norrœna Society, Rasmus B. Anderson, while explaining exactly what our method is, how it is utilized, and how it is the way forward for all Sedians.
For years we have been working to develop a fully functional seminary school, devoted to teaching men and women every facet of this ancient way of life. This academy is built upon our Twelve Fundamentals, which forms the basis for all that we do. By learning one aspect at a time from the ancient sources, we have been able to uncover vast amounts of material and learn things we never even imagined. Now it is time for us to begin teaching this material so that we can fully develop this legacy for future generations. We begin by establishing our own Goðorð (Priesthood) program so that this sacred institution may be fully reformed. This will be an intensive training program designed to make one proficient in every duty one would require of a priest or priestess. From performing sacrifice to venerating rites of passage such as namings, weddings, and funeral, here we plan to give our Goðar the tools they need to build up our Sedian Nation.
Where it all began. In 1896 Rasmus B. Anderson founded the Norrœna Society as an organization for “Anglo-Nordic men of letters,” publishing a series of 15 books concerning the history and religion of the ancient people of the North. This series became the largest collection of Nordic material published outside of Scandinavia at the time. It ended up in royal libraries, presidential libraries, and schools across the US. Here we feature links to all the original books in the series, as well as the publications we have added to the collection in recent times. The idea is not to take credit for what has been done in the past, but rather to pay homage to the pioneers that made this all possible. Because Anderson was the first to translate and publish the work of Viktor Rydberg, who first created the Epic Method, we wish to honor these men with the recreation of the Society, new presentations of their works, and a continuation of this vital research.