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May

25

Týr, The One-Handed: Who’s Your Daddy?

We find two seemingly conflicting statements in the lore regarding the parentage of Týr, the one-handed god. In the Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson informs us that Tyr is the son of Odin, while in the Eddicpoem Hymiskviða, we are told that Tyr is the son of the giant Hymir. In Skáldskaparmál 16, Snorri says of Týr: Hvernig skal kenna Tý? Svá,

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Apr

18

Freya confronts her husband’s slayer

According to Danish Historian, Saxo Grammaticus, Book 1): Conquered, Hadding fled to Helsingland, where, while washing in the cold sea-water, he was attacked and cut down a beast of unknown kind with many blows, and having killed it, had it carried into camp. As he was exulting in this deed, a woman met him and

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Apr

9

Winged Fate: Norns and Swanmaidens

Foremost among the Norns is Urd accompanied by her two sisters, Verdandi and Skuld. They are said to “choose life” (líf kuru) for men at birth. All this from Völuspá 20: 20. Then came women, much-knowingThree out of the sea (or hall) that stands under the tree;Urd, one is named, another Verdandi, —scoring on boards—Skuld

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Apr

4

Oera Linda Book

For years The Norroena Society has made arguments as to the validity of The Oera Linda Book based on a stringent investigation into the contents of the text, rather than knee-jerk reactions from academics we do not trust in the first place. One of our primary arguments was that OLB contains an account of the

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Mar

18

Folk Wandering-Völkerwanderung

XLVII. Folkwanderung 1. Miðgarðr was being ravaged by the terrible cold Völundr produced. The destinctions between summer and winter disappeared altogether, and it seemed as if winter would reign every month of the year. The land closest to the southern shore of the Élivágar, where Egill’s fortress stood, became covered with glaciers and sheets of

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Mar

17

Freyja Confronts Her Husband’s Slayer

According to Danish Historian, Saxo Grammaticus, Book 1): Conquered, Hadding fled to Helsingland, where, while washing in the cold sea-water, he was attacked and cut down a beast of unknown kind with many blows, and having killed it, had it carried into camp. As he was exulting in this deed, a woman met him and

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Mar

16

Pagans persecuting Christians

In the latter half of the fourth century, the Church historian Sozomen (c. 400–450 AD), writing of the dangers that beset Ulphilas [Wulfias] among the heathen Goths, recounts how Athanaric, chieftain of the Thervingians, appointed Winguric (Wingureiks), a goði, to eradicate the Christian faith from the land. He placed a xoanon (wooden idol) in an

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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

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

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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