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May

22

Heimdall, Bridging the Gap: Scef ,the Baby in Boat

What occurred in the time between Heimdall’s birth and the time he walked among men as Rig, establishing the Germanic caste system? Unfortunately, this information has been lost in the Eddaic record. However, a widespread myth of an ancient king named Scef may shed some light on Heimdall’s missing years. His name is mentioned in

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Mar

27

On Primordial Creation

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 periods, were gifted with divine accounts

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Mar

25

Thrima, Norroena’s Combat Circle

Introduction to the Combat Circle: To understand what we are doing within the combat circle it is important to understand a few of the goals of the Norroena Society. The Norroena Society is devoted to rebuilding and re-establishing the sacred traditions of the Asatru/Odinist religion. Beyond the works of mainstream academia, which we feel are

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Mar

24

Trúnaðr

Trúnaðr First Concentric Circle: The Self The 5th Sedian Tenet states that there are nine virtues: “Honor, Honesty, Wisdom, Piety, Courage, Loyalty, Independence, Generosity, and Kindness.” We, as our ancestors before us, and the gods before them, hold great meaning and value in our ability seek, achieve, and maintain high moral character. Inherently born, we

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Mar

23

The Family of Gods

Rather than a pantheon of gods, the Nordic deities are more often portrayed as an extended family, a clan. This structure can be seen in mythological as well as historic sources. In the tenth century Second Merseburg Charm, for example, the gods named can be identified as a husband and wife, parents and a child,

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Mar

22

The Jarl

XXI. Jarl ( excerpt from chapter XXI of “The Asatru Edda “ 1. When Jarl was a youth he won repute among his father’s huntsmen by defeating a huge beast, a remarkable incident which foretold the quality of his bravery in the future. He had asked the guardians who were bringing him up conscientiously for

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Mar

19

Consecration – Purification

Consecration(Vigja) Tools: knife or sword, compass, wooden Elgr ( Algiz, Elhaz) rune, bowl of ice or water, flame, bowl of salt. This ceremony is used to consecrate the most sacred utensils of your ceremonial practice. It is not necessary to perform a full ceremony every time you need to consecrate something, for often times a

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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

1

Freja as leader of the Walkyries ?

POPULAR MYTH-CONCEPTIONS: Freyja as Leader of the Valkyries? This is not something found in the sources. The earliest reference to the idea that Freyja was the leader of the Valkyries is in Walhall: Germanische Götter- und Heldensagen by Felix and ‎Therese Dahn, 1885, which reads: “However, in Walhall’s golden halls, they exchange the warlike for

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