Asatru / Heathen Reading Material.


The following texts are what I consider to be excellent material on Asatru/Heathenry, for both the newbie and the knowledgeable – without delving into New-Age Authors (Like Edred Thorsson/Stephen Flowers, Diana Paxson etc.) or white-power / fascist (too many to mention) reading.

Start with the smaller texts and then work your way to the more challenging reading.
If there is no link to download the text for free, the ISBN number will be provided.

The most important ones (I think) have been marked with nine stars like such; * * * * * * * * *

Fully coloured Picturestone with Runes.

“Easy Reading”, Art, Battle, Crafts, Festivals and Food:

Ancient Scandinavian Designs (International Design Library). (1985)
– Bev Ulsrud Van Berkom.
– Stemmer House Pub.
– ISBN: 0880450738.

Art of Anglo-Saxon England, The. (2011)
– Catherine Karkov.
– Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture: Boydell Press.
– ISBN: 1843836289.

Celtic Design: The Dragon and the Griffin – The Viking Impact. (1995)
– Aidan Meehan.
– Thames & Hudson.
– ISBN: 031612950X.

Festivals of Western Europe. (1958 )* * * * * * * * *
– Dorothy Gladys Spicer.
– Reprint by BiblioBazaar (2008).
– ISBN: 1437520154.

German Hero-Sagas and Folk-Tales. (1993) * * * * * * * * *
– B.L. Picard and J. Kiddell-Monroe (Illustrator).
– Oxford Myths and Legends.
– ISBN: 0192741632.

Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food: Processing and Consumption, A. (1992)
– Ann Hagen.
– Pinner, Middlesex: Anglo-Saxon Books.
– ISBN: 0951620983.

Handbook (2nd) of Anglo-Saxon Food & Drink: Production & Distribution, A. (1995)
– Ann Hagen.
– Hockwold cum Wilton, Norfolk: Anglo-Saxon Books.
– ISBN 1-898281-12-2.

Kids’ Book of the Norse Gods, The.
– Michael J. Smith.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/mike_smith/TheKidsBook.pdf

Myths of the Norsemen. (2009) * * * * * * * * *
– H.A. Geurber.
– ISBN 1-4209-3444-9.

Norse Myths. (1980)
– Kevin Crossley-Holland.
– Pantheon Books.
– ISBN 0-394-74846-8.

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings, The (Historical Atlas). (1995)
– John Haywood.
– ISBN: 0140513280.

Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature, The. (1962)
– Hilda R. Ellis-Davidson.
– Reprint by Boydell & Brewer, 1998.
– ISBN: 0851157165.

Swords of the Viking Age: Catalogue of Examples. (2002)
– Ian G. Peirce.
– Boydell & Brewer.
– ISBN: 0851159141.

Viking Achievement, The. (1973) * * * * * * * * *
– Peter Foote and David M. Wilson.
– Sidgwick & Jackson Great Civilizations Series.
– ISBN: 0283979267.

Vikings: Raiders from the North. (1993)
– Time Life Lost Civilization Series.
– ISBN 0-8094-9895-2.

Viking World. (1980)
– Jacqueline Simpson.
– Batsford Publications.
– ISBN 0-7134-0777-8.

Viking Designs. (1999)
– A.G. Smith.
– Dover Pictorial Archive.
– ISBN: 048640469.

Modern Essays of Practical Interest:

Culture, Ethnicity & Race – The Jarnsaxa Scale.
There are many misconceptions and misinformation regarding how the topics of Culture, Ethnicity & Race are approached by those of the Asatru or Heathen religion.
Heathens range from one end of the spectrum to the other, and one tool for examining these various points of view is the Jarnsaxa Scale.
http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=15

Heathen Virtues & Values – “Nine Noble Virtues”. * * * * * * * * *
There are certain virtues and values that Heathens hold dear.
The virtues are represented in the epic tales and poetic lore passed down to us through the ages from our ancestors, and a Tru Heathen strives to nourish these virtues in his life, his Kindred, and Heathenry in general.
This article examines those virtues, and what they mean in the life of a Heathen.
http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=20

On The Meaning of Frith.
Frith is a concept within the Germanic culture that is often mentioned but often misunderstood to mean simply, “Peace.”
But Frith extends beyond this definition, encompassing the most meaningful and essential foundations of human social life.
A proper understanding of Frith is essential to developing a Heathen way of life.
http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=29

Pentagram and the Hammer, The.
Article on fundamental differences between esoteric religions/Wicca and Heathenry.
– D. Gillette & Lewis Stead.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/wicca_comparison/pentagram_and_the_hammer.pdf

Similarities & Differences Between Heathenry and Wicca. * * * * * * * * *
Article on fundamental differences between esoteric religions/Wicca and Heathenry.
by Arlie Stephens.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/wicca_comparison/differences_by_stephens.pdf

Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) and Experiential Knowledge. * * * * * * * * *
– Rod Landreth and Gerd Forsta Axenthowes – Two Essays
This article contains two short essays on Unverified Personal Gnosis and Experiential Knowledge.
The essays examine what is UPG, what isn’t UPG, and how the term is often misused.
http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=36

Tyr gives his hand while the Fenriswolf is bound.

Modern Lore / Anthologies:

Anglo-Saxons, The. (1971)
– David Wilson.
– Pelican Books.
– ISBN 0-14-02.1229 9.

Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology, The. (2009)
– Kevin Crossley-Holland.
– Oxford World’s Classics.
– ISBN: 0199538719 .

Barbarian Rites: The Spiritual World of the Vikings and the Germanic Tribes. (2011) * * * * * * * * *
– Hans-Peter Hasenfratz. Ph.D
– Inner Traditions; Reprint edition.
– ISBN: 1594774218.

Berserkr: His Origin and Development in Old Norse Literature. (1972)
– Benjamin Blaney.
– Ph.D. Diss. University of Colorado.

Feud in the Icelandic Saga. (1982)
– Jesse L. Byock.
– Berkeley: University of California Press.
– ISBN: 0520082591.

Heathen Gods – A Collection of Essays Concerning the Folkway of Our People. (2009) * * * * * * * * *
– Mark Ludwig Stinson.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/book

Heathen Tribes. (2011) * * * * * * * * *
– Mark Ludwig Stinson.
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lulu.com%2Fproduct%2Febook%2Fheathen-tribes%2F18761051&h=NAQFQ9i5t

Hólmganga and Einvigi: Scandinavian Forms of the Duel. (1969)
– Olav Bø.
– Medieval Scandinavia 2.
– ISBN: N/A

Magic in the Middle Ages. (1989)
– Richard Kieckhefer.
– Cambridge Medieval Textbooks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
– ISBN: 0521312027.

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe. (1989) * * * * * * * * *
– Hilda R. Ellis-Davidson.
– Syracuse University Press.
– ISBN: 0815624417.

Níð (“Curse”), Ergi (“Unmanliness”), and Old Norse Moral Attitudes. (1974)
– Folke Ström.
http://heathengods.com/library/viking_society/Nid,%20ergi%20and%20Old%20Norse%20moral%20attitudes.pdf

Nordic Religions in the Viking Age. (1999)
– Thomas A. DuBois.
– University of Pennsylvania Press (The Middle Ages Series).
– ISBN: 0812217144.

Norse Ghosts: A Study in the draugr and the haugbui .(1948)
– Nora K Chadwick.
– Folklore 57.
– ISBN: N/A

Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. (2002)
– John Lindow.
– ISBN: 0195153820.

Old Norse Religion in Long-term Perspective: Origins, Changes and Interactions. (2007) * * * * * * * * *
– Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert, Catharina Raudvere.
– Nordic Academic Press.
– ISBN: 918911681X : 9789189116818

Reading the Past: Runes. (1987) * * * * * * * * *
– R.I. Page.
– British Museum Press: London.
– ISBN 0-7141-8065-3.

Religion of the Teutons, The. (1902)
– P.D Chantepie de la Saussaye D.D.
– Reprinted by BiblioLife, LLC.
Order at www.bibliolife.com/store

Role of Sexual Themes in Njáls Saga, The (1981)
– Ursula Dronke.
http://heathengods.com/library/viking_society/The%20role%20of%20sexual%20themes%20in%20njals%20saga.pdf

Rudiments of Runelore. (1995) * * * * * * * * *
– Stephen Pollington.
– Anglo-Saxon Books.
– ISBN: 1-898281-16-5.

Runes: An Introduction. (1959) * * * * * * * * *
– Ralph W.V. Elliot.
– St. Martin’s Press: New York.
– ISBN 0-312-03491-1.

Runic Amulets and Magic Objects. (2006)
– Mindy MacLeod & Bernard Mees.
– Boydell Press.
– ISBN: 1843832054.

Shamanism – the Testimony of Old Icelandic Literary Tradition. (1971)
– Peter Buchholz.
– Medieval Scandinavia 4.
– ISBN: N/A.

Social Scandinavia in the Viking Age. (1920)
– Mary Wilhelmine Williams.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/old_books/Social_Scandinavia_in_the_Viking_Age.pdf

Skaldic Versifying and Social Discrimination in Medieval Iceland. (2003)
– G. Nordal.
http://heathengods.com/library/viking_society/Nordal.pdf

Teutonic Myth and Legend. (1912)
– Donald A. MacKenzie.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/teutonic_myth/index.htm

Uncovering the Effects of Cultural Background on the Reconstruction of Ancient Worldviews. (2004)
– William (Bill) R. Linzie.
http://heathengods.com/library/bil_linzie/cultural_background.pdf

Under the Cloak: the Acceptance of Christianity in Iceland with Particular Reference to the Religious Attitudes Prevailing at the Time. (1978)
– Jón Hnefill Aðalsteinsson.
– Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.
– ISBN: 91-554-0815-X.

Witch Figure: Folklore Essays by a Group of Scholars in England Honouring the 75th Birthday of Katharine M. Briggs: “Hostile Magic in the Icelandic Sagas.” (1973)
– Hilda R. Ellis-Davidson, Venetia Newall.
– Boston: Routledge & Kegan.
– ISBN: 0710076967.

Women in the Viking Age. (1991)
– Judith Jesch.
– Woodbridge: Boydell.
– ISBN: 0-85115-360-7

The Edda – One of the remaining editions.

Old Lore (Translated):

Beowulf: A Verse Translation. (Norton Critical Editions) (2002) * * * * * * * * *
– Daniel Donoghue (Editor), Seamus Heaney.
– ISBN: 0393975800.

‘Beowulf’, Klaeber’s (Toronto Old English Studies) (1950) (4th Edition)
– R. D. Fulk (Author, Editor), Robert E. Bjork (Editor), John D. Niles (Editor).
– ISBN: 0802095674 or 978-0802095671.

Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. (1903 Trans.)
– The Venerable Bede.
– Translation by L.C. Jane.
http://heathengods.com/library/bede/bede-book1.html

Eddas – Keys to the Mysteries of the North, The. (2005)
– Translation by James A. Chisholm.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/poetic_edda/ChisholmEdda.pdf

Edda, Poetic (Elder). * * * * * * * * *
(1907) Translation by Benjamin Thorpe http://www.heathengods.com/library/poetic_edda/ThorpeEdda.pdf
(1936) Translation by Henry A. Bellows http://www.heathengods.com/library/poetic_edda/BellowsEdda/index.htm

Edda, Prose (Younger). * * * * * * * * *
(1842) Translation by George Webbe Dasent http://heathengods.com/library/prose_edda/Prose_Edda_Dasent.pdf
(1880) Translation by Rasmus B. Anderson http://heathengods.com/library/prose_edda/AndersonProseEdda2.pdf
(1906) Translation by I.A. Blackwell http://heathengods.com/library/prose_edda/BlackwellProseEdda.pdf
(1916) Translation by Arthur G. Brodeur http://heathengods.com/library/prose_edda/BrodeurProseEdda/index.htm
(1954) Translation by Jean I. Young http://heathengods.com/library/prose_edda/BrodeurProseEdda/index.htm

Hávamál – The Sayings of Hár. * * * * * * * * *
Hávamál is one of the poems of the Poetic Edda. It sets out a set of guidelines for wise living and survival; some verses are written from the perspective of Odin.
The Hávamál is both practical and metaphysical in content.
The only surviving source for this poem is contained within the Codex Regius and is thought to be no older than c. year 800 from earlier oral tradition.
Here is some general information about the Hávamál, and since the tone and content of translations can vary widely the following translations are provided for you to read and compare.
General Info and Background http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=16
Bellows Translation w/ Notes * * * * * * * * * http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=18
Chisholm Translation http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=28
Terry Translation http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=31

Heimskringla. (1996 E-Text in One Volume)
– Snorri Sturluson.
– Prep. by Douglas Killings.
http://heathengods.com/library/heimskringla/heimskringla_killings.pdf

Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The. (2009)* * * * * * * * *
– Edited by Christopher Tolkien, compiled from the notes of Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien.
– ISBN: 0547273428.

Nibelungenlied: Prose Translation, The. (1965) * * * * * * * * *
– Translation by A.T.Hatto.
– Penguin Classics
– ISBN: 0140441379.

Nine Books of Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus, Vol. I, II and III, The. (1906 Trans.)
– Translation by Oliver Elton.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/saxo_grammaticus/SaxoGrammaticus_vol1.pdf
http://www.heathengods.com/library/saxo_grammaticus/SaxoGrammaticus_vol2.pdf
http://www.heathengods.com/library/saxo_grammaticus/saxo_grammaticus_killings.pdf

Old Norse Poems. (1936)
– Translation by Lee M. Hollander.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/poetic_edda/BellowsEdda/index.htm

Tristan: With the Surviving Fragments of the ‘Tristran of Thomas’. (1960) * * * * * * * * *
– Gottfried von Strassburg (Author), A.T. Hatto (Translator).
– Penguin Classics.
– ISBN: 0140440984.

Volsunga Saga, The (1990) * * * * * * * * *
– Translation by Jesse L. Byock.
– Berkeley: Univ. of California Press.
– ISBN: 0140447385.

Völuspá – Prophecy of the Seeress. * * * * * * * * *
The Völuspá is the first and best known poem of the Poetic Edda.
It tells the story of the creation of the world and its coming end related by a völva or seeress addressing Odin. It is one of the most important primary sources for the study of Norse mythology.  The poem is preserved whole in the Codex Regius and Hauksbók manuscripts while parts of it are quoted in the Prose Edda.  Since the tone and content of translations can vary widely the following translations are provided for you to read and compare.
General Info and Background http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=24
Bellows Translation w/ Notes * * * * * * * * * http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=25
Hollander Translation http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=26
Terry Translation http://heathengods.com/temple/modules/articles/article.php?id=31

Works of Tacitus, The. * * * * * * * * (1915 Translation)
– Translation by Church & Brodribb.
http://www.heathengods.com/library/tacitus/index.htm

Afrikaans and Dutch texts (Not-Translated):

Godeverhale in Afrikaans: Waar Asgard Blink (Germaanse Mitologie). (1953)
– P.V. Pistorius
– Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel.
– ISBN: N/A.

Edda, Vertaald en van Inleidingen Voorzien. (1988 revised edition)
– Jan De Vries.
– Amsterdam
– ISBN: N/A

De Germaansche Oudheid. (1941 revised edition)
– Jan De Vries.
– Haarlem.
– ISBN: N/A

De Wikingen in de Lage Landen bij de Zee. (1923)
– Jan De Vries.
– Haarlem.
– ISBN: N/A

Kelten und Germanen (Bibliotheca Germanica 9). (1960)
– Jan de Vries.
– Bern.
– ISBN: N/A

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