Albuquerque 14/88 Skinhead Claims Asatru: We Say NO!


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As reported in the Albuquerque Journal on August 24th racist skinhead and Aryan Nations member Brian Pulliam was arrested as a suspect in the killing of his girlfriend, Kirsten Landeau and her 20 year old nephew Dillon Cearfoss. On the 26th Albuquerque Journal writer Scott Sandlin exposed that previous to Pulliman’s release, the killer tried to claim that his religion prevented him from being released. Pulliam said his religion would set him at odds with the terms of his probation as he has to consume alcohol beverages as an adherent of Asatru.  Obviously this is total nonsense. But the bigger picture here is how Asatru is reported in the mainstream media. It is no wonder the outside world thinks Heathens are all male, White, violent and Nazis. It seems as if the only time we are covered by the media is in relation to racial violence and…

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Clean Vikings


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I mentioned in an earlier post that I would write about  myths about the Vikings. One of the biggest myths is that the Vikings were dirty and unwashed. Everything is relative, of course, and compared to people of today who shower every day and use tons of beauty products, they may seem rather poorly groomed.

But compared to their contemporaries – not to mention people who lived a couple of hundred years later when washing was considered life threatening – the Vikings were very cleanly. Archaeologists have found a large number of tweezers, combs, nail cleaners, ear cleaners and tooth picks.

 

There are also reports to support idea of the clean Vikings, like this one from John of Wallingford:

Apparently the incoming Danes “…caused much trouble to the natives of the land; for they were wont, after the fashion of their country, to comb their hair every day, to…

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Interesting quotes involving the Norse god Odin


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FROM THE “GYLFAGINNING”

“He [Gylfi] saw three thrones one above the other, and there were three men, one sitting in each.  Then he asked what the name of the ruler was.  The man who had brought him in replied that the one that sat in the lowest throne was king and was called High, next to him the one called Just-as-high, and the one sitting at the top was called Third [these three names happen to be different names for Odin suggesting that the three men were, in fact, Odin himself].”

Gangleri:  “Who is the highest and most ancient of all gods?”  High said:  “He is called All-father in our language, but in Old Asgard he had twelve names:

  1. All-father
  2. Herran or Herian
  3. Nikar or Hnikar
  4. Nikuz or Hnikud
  5. Fiolnir
  6. Oski
  7. Omi
  8. Biflidi or Biflindi
  9. Svidar
  10. Svidrir
  11. Vidrir
  12. Ialg or Ialk”

Gangleri:  “Where is this god, what power has he…

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THOR AND LOKI – NOT THE MARVEL COMICS CLAPTRAP:


 THOR AND LOKI - NOT THE MARVEL COMICS CLAPTRAP:

Come all you fangirls and other assorted kiddies, gather around.  Let Vemundr Karl tell you a little story regarding Thor and Loki…

LOKI:

Loki is the son of the giants Fárbauti and Laufey (Seen in Marvel’s Thor movie as main ice giant/evil bastard), and is the brother of Helblindi and Býleistr. Noted transgenderal shapeshifter and has some control over fire and air in some sources.
By the jötunn (ice giant) Angrboða, Loki is the father of Hel (placed by Odin as ruler of Helheim/Niflhel), the wolf Fenrir (who kills Odin at the Ragnarok), and the world serpent Jörmungandr (who kills Thor at the Ragnarok).
By his wife Sigyn, Loki is the father of Nari/Narfi whose intestines are used to bind him until the Ragnarok.
By the stallion Svaðilfari, Loki is the mother – giving birth in the form of a mare – to the eight-legged grey horse Sleipnir, who symbolically resembles a funerary bier and is ridden by Odin.
Odin’s blood-brother and NO relation to Thor (only in Marvel Comics is he Thor’s brother). Leader of the legions of jotnar and denizens of Helheim at the Ragnarok.
Fears Thor more than any of the other Gods.
Kills and is killed by Heimdallr at the Ragnarok.

In her review of scholarly discourse involving Loki, scholar Stefanie von Schnurbein (2000) comments that; “Loki, the outsider in the Northern Germanic pantheon, confounds not only his fellow deities and chronicler Snorri Sturluson [referring to the Prose Edda] but has occasioned as much quarrel among his interpreters. Hardly a monography, article, or encyclopedic entry does not begin with the reference to Loki as a staggeringly complex, confusing, and ambivalent figure who has been the catalyst of countless unresolved scholarly controversies and has elicited more problems than solutions”

THOR:

Thor is the son of Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn (not Frigga as in the Marvel Comics) and has numerous brothers.
He is the husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif (brunette in Marvel Comics) and is also the lover of the jötunn (ice giant) Járnsaxa.
He is generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded and father to Thrud, Magni and Modi.
Also, Thor does not get his power from Mjölnir (“crusher” – his hammer) but from his belt Megingjörð, and cannot wield Mjölnir without the special iron gloves, Járngreipr. He also owns the staff Gríðarvölr. Thor has two human servants, Þjálfi and Röskva, rides in a cart or chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and resurrects), and is ascribed three dwellings: Bilskirnir, Þrúðheimr, and Þrúðvangr.
Known as the warder of earth and protector of mankind.
Kills and is killed by Jormungandr’s poison at the Ragnarok.

 

You are welcome

 

Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part III


Building is Believing: Norway’s Stave Churches


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Norway today is a very Christian country. The king sits at the head of a national church, supported by the state, and most Norwegians–although they might not attend every Sunday service–will be baptised, confirmed, married, and buried under its aegis. At the same time, however, contemporary Norwegian society remains not only aware, but also proud of its pre-Christian forebears, the pagan warriors and seafarers who populate the saga literature and skaldic verse. These legacies–Christian and pagan–have played an enduring role in the shaping of a Norwegian national identity, and point to the importance of the Middle Ages to the texture of Scandinavian history.

The Middle Ages itself, and the 10th-13th centuries in particular, were a time of great change in northern Europe, as previously pagan lands began the slow process of Christianisation and adopted cultural norms from the Christian heartlands. In the area which would become Norway, exposure to Christianity…

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Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part I


Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part II


The Oseberg Viking Ship – and her Copy


Thyra Dane

In 1903 a farmer close to the Norwegian city of Tønsberg – a large city in the Viking age – stumbled over part of a Viking ship from around 834. The ship was used in a burial and was almost in one piece when it was found. Two women were buried there and speculations have run wild as to whom these two women were. There is no doubt that they – or at least one of them –  were rich since they`ve eaten plenty of meat all their lives. Poorer people ate more fish.

Woman from the Middle East?

There is a bit of debate about one of the women and whether she was old and rich as well or if she was younger and possibly a slave. I think the latest research has concluded that both women were older and rich. An interesting side-story is how one test showed…

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Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part I


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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Fáfnismál – “The Ballad of Fafnir”


Sigurth and Regin went up to the Gnitaheith, and found there the track that Fafnir made when he crawled to water. Then Sigurth made a great trench across the path, and took his place therein. When Fafnir crawled from his gold, he blew out venom, and it ran down from above on Sigurth’s head. But when Fafnir crawled over the trench, then Sigurth thrust his sword into his body to the heart. Fafnir writhed and struck out with his head and tail. Sigurth leaped from the trench, and each looked at the other.

Fafnir said:
1. “Youth, oh, youth! | of whom then, youth, art thou born?
Say whose son thou art,
Who in Fafnir’s blood | thy bright blade reddened,
And struck thy sword to my heart.”

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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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