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Mar

15

Erce, Erce, Erce! : A Low German Earth Mother

Erce, Erce, Erce! : A Low German Earth MotherThe Mother of the Gods and Men Tacitus begins his account by telling of the Langobardi (Lombards), a tribe distinguished by their boldness in battle, who despite their small number, retained their independence in the midst of mighty neighbors made up of seven tribes, including the Anglii,

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Mar

11

The Middle Root

In the symbolism of our sacred World Tree, Yggdrasill, there are three roots, each fed by one of the Underworld Fountains. In the north there is the root sustained by Hvergelmir, where ice-cold waters provide the tree with the power to endure. In the south is the Well of Urd (Urdabrunnr), whose root is maintained

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Mar

10

The Helfaring

The Old Norse term for a funeral was Helför—the Helfaring, which does not merely include the rites we perform in order to send the dead on their way. It signifies the entire journey from Midgard to Hel, where they are to be judged by the Gods and Goddesses. We find a similar term in Helreið—the

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Mar

10

Are Norse and Saxon Gods Really Different?

A TALE OF TWO PANTHEONS Are Norse and Saxon Gods Really Different? If you study the patterns in Norse mythic art over the last 3 centuries you will find two sources of inspiration, and within the primary one, two prominent trends. The two sources of inspiration are the Eddas (mostly Snorri’s) and a book by

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Mar

8

Separation of Elements

So, what happens when we die? According to our lore, the elements that were given to us by Odin, Hoenir, and Lodur (see ch. 2) are dispersed and thus begin to manifest independently. The divine elements [önd (or Spirit/air), litr goda, our energy form (fire), and óðr, our mental capacity (water)] are separated from the

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Mar

3

The Three Classes

When Heimdall came to men, his desire was to help our people develop a civilization. In doing so he allowed us to understand a model that all humans will live by. No matter how we develop our societies, these models are always there, always in the background. People can create fantasies about ‘equality’ and utopias,

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Mar

2

Grotti in “The Asatru Edda”

VIII. Grotti 1. Goðar and Jötnar came together and created an enormous mill, called Grotti.2 It was also called Skerja Grotta and The Mill of the Storm.3 Its foundation rests on the Niðafjöll, encircling the Hvergelmir well, which is the mother well to all the waters of the worlds.4 The waters come from Hvergelmir, and

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Mar

1

The merry wives of Asgard: Odin and his women

Excerpts from the book Odin’s Wife by William P. Reaves Odin is said to have at least two wives, Baldur’s mother, Frigg, and Thor’s mother, Jörd, as well as giantess concubines such as Gunnlöd and Rind. In this regard, he is compared to other Western Sky-Fathers of Indo-European descent, coupled with an Earth Mother figure.

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Mar

1

What exactly in the Poetic Edda is Christian?

What exactly in the Poetic Edda is Christian? How do you know it’s Christian? People like to say that the Eddas were “rewritten” by Christians, or that they have “Christian influence”. That statement is only half-true. There are two Eddas. The Poetic Edda, consisting of authentic heathen poems, and the Prose Edda, written by Snorri

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Mar

1

The judgement on each one dead

THE DOOM OF THE NORNS: THE JUDGEMENT ON EACH ONE DEAD In the Norse sources, death is often spoken of as norna dómr, norna sköp, or norna kviðr —“the judgment of the Norns.” Their doom is inescapable. Because Snorri does not mention one, many have assumed that the Norse religion lacked a judgement seat for

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