Hrafnkels saga Freysgodhi


The first page of Hrafnkels saga from the Árni Magnússon Institute ÁM. 156, fol., 17th Century.

Chapter 1
It was in the days of King Harold Fairhair that a man brought his ship to Iceland into Breiðdal, his name being Hallfreðr. Breiðdal is a countryside down below that of Fljótsdalr. On board his ship was his wife and son, who was hight Hrafnkell, who was then fifteen winters old, a hopeful and goodly man.

Hallfreðr set up household. In the course of the winter there died a servant-maid of foreign kin, whose name was Arnthrúðr; hence the name of the place Arnthruðr-staðir. In the spring Hallfreðr moved his house northward over the heath, and set up a home at a place called Geitdalr. One night he dreamt that there came a man to him, and said : “There liest thou, Hallfreðr, and rather unwarily; flit thy house away west across the Lagarfljót, for there all thy good luck awaits thee.” Thereupon he awoke and flitted his belongings down the valley, across Rangá, into the Tongue to a spot, which has since been called Hallfreðr-staðir, and there he dwelt into a good old age.

In breaking up from Geitdalr he had left a goat and a buck behind, and the same day that Hallfreðr left, an earthslip struck the house, and there these two creatures were lost. Hence the name Geitdalr, which this place has borne ever since.
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Ostara – Eostre – Eástre – Austriahenea


Ostara - Eostre - Eástre - Austriahenea

Hail Eostre!
Spring has come to the Southern Hemisphere!

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Biarkamol hin Fornu – “The old Lay of Biarki”


THE OLD LAY OF BIARKI [BIARKAMÓL HIN FORNU]

The old lay of Biarki.

HIALTI
1 “Awake, arise, rally, friends!
All ye foremost athelings of Hrólf!
Awake not to wine nor to your wives’ converse,
but rather to Gondul’s game of war.”

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Gylfi comes to Asgard


Gylfi comes to Asgard

Gylfi kom til Ásgarðs

King Gylfi was a wise man and skilled in magic; he was much troubled that the Æsir-people were so cunning that all things went according to their will. He pondered whether this might proceed from their own nature, or whether the divine powers which they worshipped might ordain such things. He set out on his way to Ásgard, going secretly, and- clad himself in the likeness of an old man, with which he dissembled. But the Æsir were wiser in this matter, having second sight; and they saw his journeying before ever he came, and prepared against him deceptions of the eye. When he came into the town, he saw there a hall so high that he could not easily make out the top of it: its thatching was laid with golden shields after the fashion of a shingled roof. So also says Thjódólfr of Hvin, that Valhall was thatched with shields:

On their backs they let beam, | sore battered with stones,
Odin’s hall-shingles, | the shrewd sea-farers.

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Vikings- The Truth


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Recently on BBC Two a new history series has been airing,it is simply called  Vikings and presented by Neil Oliver. This series tries to look at the truth behind the Vikings. Last week’s programme dealt wonderfully with the origins of the Vikings. The show took us on a tour of Norway and Denmark explaining how the evolution of the Viking culture was very distinct from the rest of Europe which was mostly influenced by the Romans. Apart from showing us where the Vikings came from it also gives us an intriguing idea of what Europe would have been like if Rome has never conquered most of the then known world.  Tonight’s programme deals with the subject of what happened next: where did the Vikings go after they learned to sail the seven seas? If you want to find out tune into BBC Two tonight at 9pm.

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Something silly


facingthefireswithin

I saw this somewhere else and hope no one minds me using it.  It is amusing and true as, historically, berserks in different cultures used little armor.  If you prefer, think of Fire/Rage being far more Aggression than Defense.  Like anything else, there are pros and cons.

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The Difference Between Here and There: Some Thoughts on How American Ásatrú Differs from Swedish Asatro


An Ásatrú Blog

Personal Journal Entry from April 25, 2012:

I recently read an article from a Swedish Heathen’s blog about how they refer to themselves and how very different it is from how American Ásatrúar refer to ourselves and the differences in our practices. Needless to say, I found this very interesting and I have a few thoughts on the matter. The two major points was that the use of Ásatrú is often taken to have a racist connotation by the Left in Sweden and that the most common term is “pagan.” Secondly, American Ásatrú is far more a devotional religion than Scandinavian practices.

As you might imagine, I was a good bit shocked by this first part. I’d say the author did a very good job of pointing out that “pagan” means something completely different in the States than it does in Scandinavia, where Wicca is all but nonexistent. There is…

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A Quick Look at Ásatrú as a Folk Religion


An Ásatrú Blog

One of the things that I have found hardest to explain to people who are still part of “mainstream” religious organizations is the idea that we do not, have not, and most likely never will have a central organization that defines our religious beliefs and practices. This is because we are a folk religion. This means that our faith, customs, and practices are derived from the people who practice it. Ásatrú varies from place to place and from community to community. A good example of this is how American and Icelandic versions differ. While Americans are more focused on the gods, the Icelanders are more focused on the land wights. Americans make a far bigger deal of ancestor veneration than just about anyone.

These differences exist because they meet the needs of the people practicing Ásatrú in these differing cultural areas. This gets to the hear of what it means…

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Baldrs Draumar


Baldrs Draumar

1. Once were the gods | together met,
And the goddesses came | and council held,
And the far-famed ones | the truth would find,
Why baleful dreams | to Baldr had come.

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