The Vanir

As the Aesir are the defenders and protectors of the World Order, the Vanir are primarily concerned with its maintenance and function. Because of this, we often view them as nature divinities, and as such they can be closely correlated to the natural sciences. Frey owns the Grotti-Mill that regulates the ebb and flow of

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On the Second Merserburg Charm

Scholars have long debated the meaning of the name Phol and the word balderes in this verse. Phol is sometimes interpreted as the male half of an otherwise unattested couple : Phol and Volla. Likewise scholars have argued that the word balderes should be understood as a simple appellation meaning “ lord , ” also

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Going to Hel: The Consequences of a Heathen Life

By placing inordinate weight on the words of Snorri’s Edda and paying insufficient attention to what the older heathen poems say regarding the fate of the dead, we have been mislead into believing that the gods did not judge their followers and that only warriors were rewarded for leading a virtuous life according to the precepts of heathen morality.



Heimdall, the guardian of the gods

by William P. Reaves The Eddas tell us relatively little of Heimdall, the guardian of the gods. As the offspring of the nine giantesses who turn the great world-mill, churning beneath the sea, Heimdall represents the holy fire, created by friction. As such, he acts as the spark of life, commonly generated by the rubbing

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October 21 , 2020 | Posted by Vernon |  |

An Excerpt on Germanic Law

“The demand for personal restitution, indeed, is not a thing that life and society merely acknowledge, it is the very innermost secret, the sustaining power itself, in the legislation of the North.”



October 5 , 2020 | Posted by Vernon |

Sacred Kettles

One device that is often looked over, even though it is mentioned more in our sources than any other, is the kettle or cauldron. The word kettle comes from the Old Norse kettil, meaning “kettle, cauldron,” from the Proto-Germanic katilaz, “kettle, bucket, vessel.” The kettle would have been used for various purposes, from cooking the sacred feast to brewing mead, and possibly even divination. It is likely that our ancestors saw this as important for the same reason they revered the hearth, because it was central to the gathering of the folk. It was the vessel from which communal meals and drinking feasts would be prepared and procured. With this as the basis for our thesis, we shall examine the evidence and symbols surrounding this implement for our blots.