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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The Inclution of Good and Evil into the Norse world View Through Christian Influence


heathen Theory

Let me start by clearly expressing my general views on Norse cosmology.  I am neither Asatru, nor Rokkatru.  I’m not even Vanatru, quite simply I am Heathen.  I believe that all gods of the three races are just that, gods.  And I am a mortal.  A creation of my gods, and it is not for me to judge them.  The more I have studied and immersed myself in this religion the more I’ve felt that to pick an chose which gods were “worthy” of my worship and respect  and which were found lacking is rather arrogant.  Now, that doesn’t mean I like all of the gods my religion has to offer, and it most certainly doesn’t mean that all of the gods have my best interests at heart.  But whether or not I love a god, it is my responsibility to respect and learn from them.  And regardless of how…

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VRAE EN ANTWOORDE: Wat is Asetrou / Heidenisme in elk geval?


Wat is Asetrou / Heidenisme in elk geval?  Is ‘n Heiden nie ‘n goddelose barbaar nie?

Heiden, beteken nie “goddeloos” soos was ons ou onderwysers altyd vir ons geleer het nie, en is afkomstig van die ou Engelse term hæðen – beteken “’n nie-Christelike/Joodse mens”. Histories was die term beïnvloed deur die Gotiese haiþi; “wonend op heinde en verre”. Dit word ook voorgestel dat die Gotiese haiþi nie total verwant is aan “heide” nie, maar eerder ‘n leenwoord is van die Armeense hethanos, self afkomstig uit die Griekse; ἔθνος (ethnos). Ongelukkig is die betekenis so verdraai en oorgedra om oor die algemeen ge-interpriteer te word as ‘n “goddelose barbaar”.

Asatru (letterlik “geloof in die gode”) of te wel; Asetrou is ‘n moderne herlewing van die geloof wat die Germaanse stamme van Noord-en Sentraal-Europa beoefen het. Die geloofstelsel wat hul beoefen het voordat hulle gedwonge tot die Christendom bekeer het.

Ons gebruik die woord “heiden” met die doel om ons te onderskei van meer hoofstroom “pagans” wat op die New Age trein gespring het. As heidene fokus ons meer op die historiese werklikheid as op ‘n moderne fantasie waaraan ander “pagan” gelowe vasklou. Die terme, Asatru / Odinisme/ Wotanisme / Forn Sidh / Germanische Heidentum – is almal intrinsiek verskillend, maar vir die doel van hierdie berug, deel hul genoeg ooreenkomste met mekaar om saam onder een dekmantel bespreek te word.

Die Wilde Jag

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Aside

SüdAnbruch Kindred – Heathen / Asatru South Africa and Johannesburg Heathen & Germanic Studies are looking to co-host a casual Ostara gathering either on 16 or 23 September and are looking to see who’d be interested in coming.

Ostara / Eostre

Please RSVP as soon as possible;
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EVENT: Ostara 2012