info@norroena.org

Jan

13

Frigga

Odin’s wife and mother of the Aesir—Thor, Baldur, and Hodur with him; she also gave birth to Frey, Freya, Blik, Blid, Frid, Eir, Hlif, Hlifthrasa, Thjodvarta, and Bjart with her brother, Njord. Such a close union is allowed among the Vanir (but not the Aesir), and we would see this as an aspect of divinity

Read more

Jan

12

Hödur’s supposed blindness

HÖDUR’S SUPPOSED BLINDNESS. To all that has been said of Hödur above, one statement in Gylfaginning stands in the sharpest and most irreconcilable contrast: the statement that Hödur, the warrior, dragonslayer, archer, and sportsman was blind! The uncritical manner in which Gylfaginning has previously been handled has enabled this statement to remain in mythological textbooks

Read more

Jan

11

The Purpose of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is never viewed as a form of humility on our part . There is even evidence that the gods sacrifice to one another . The reason for this is that we believe such offerings empower the divine , which allows them to perform magnificent feats , usually to our benefit.When Ódin , in Hávamál

Read more

Jan

11

The Epic School in Odin’s Wife

The major literary sources of Norse myth are of four kinds: eddicpoems, skaldic stanzas, Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, and the sagas.  What unites this body of literature is that it provides us with a picture of the pre-Christian past, either, because the material itself originated in the pre-Christian period and was recorded later, or because its authors were

Read more

Jan

11

Gullveig

Since we have already discussed the first Giants or Etins in the creation story, it is now time to progress to the role of these creatures of Chaos after civilization has been established. Heimdall taught the humans all sorts of skills to help them create a culture, giving them the holy fire as well as

Read more

Jan

11

Hel in The Asatru Edda

XXIV. Hel Urðr, the Dís of örlög, is also the Dís of death. Because she determines the örlög and length of every human’s life, she also determines their death. She who lays the lots of life, lays the lots of death. She and her sisters reign over the past, present, and future; she reigns over

Read more

Jan

8

Cycles and Ages

“We believe that the universe and its four basic elements ( Water, Fire, Earth,Air ) are eternal in that they have always been and always will be, they simply transform or appear to transform through a constant cycle of convergence and entropy, which some call the cycle of life-death-rebirth. This cycle is reflected within every

Read more

Jan

7

On Theistic Paganism, Doctrine and Hierarchy…

Original title: “ On the Need for Theistic Paganism, Doctrine and Hierarchy; or Against the Murderous, Thieving Hordes of Wiccans By TRISTAN POWERS Among the modern incarnations of Germanic Heathenry is a decentralized, grassroots structure which has given rise to innumerable permutations of religious thought and behavior. Some of these have resulted in strong and

Read more

Jan

7

On Primordial Creation

ON PRIMORDIAL CREATION By Tristan Powers Many of the Faith often assume a very literal stance on many of the most sacred parts of Germanic Lore, and to a certain extent this may be a correct approach, but it’s also worth remembering that our forefathers, while likely not learned in formal philosophy until much later

Read more

Jan

6

On Odinic Spirituality…”The Odisbook”

“ The height of Odinic spirituality has always been the use and study of symbols and metaphors , which shall be explored throughout this book . The symbol , whether it be an actual pictograph such as a rune , or poetic phrasing in the lore , manifests itself on so many levels for the

Read more