heathentemple: Ásgarðr literally means “enclosure of the Ése (Æsir)” or “enclosure of the gods.” It is possible it was also called Heofonríce in Anglo-Saxon, but there is no way to prove this definitely. Read More
The Nine Worlds: Their Shaping and End
heathentemple: ~from online version of Our Troth found at http://ourtroth.weebly.com/index.html We know of the making and ending of the worlds from three sources: Völuspá, Vafþrúðnismál, and Snorri’s retelling in his Edda. As usual, the latter is the most complete and neatest, adding many details that the others leave out (for instance, the fires of Muspell-Home are not spoken of as part of...
Reconstructionist Heathenry: honoring the house... →
crotchetyoldheathens: I have a shelf where I leave pretty things, shiny things, amusing things, all that good stuff for them. Marbles that I’ve found, little tea figures, flowers, that sort of thing. I also have a bowl on the same shelf where I leave fruit peices, bread, and other foodstuffs. When the bowl is full I…
Trondheim was named Kaupangen (English: market place or trading place) by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997. Fairly soon, it came to be called Nidaros. In the beginning it was frequently used as a military retainer (Old Norse: “hird”-man) of King Olav. It was frequently used as the seat of the king, and was capital of Norway until 1217. People have been living in the region for...
Hurstwic:Viking Age History →
One of the missions of Hurstwic is to educate the public on topics related to the Viking Age. Hurstwic members make themselves available to universities, schools, museums, and community groups for lectures and demonstrations
The Germanic calendars were the regional calendars used amongst the early Germanic peoples, prior to the adoption of the Julian calendar in the Early Middle Ages. Runestaves. Museum Of History, Lund, Sweden The Germanic peoples had their own names for the months which varied by region and dialect, which were later replaced with local adaptations of the Roman month names. Our records of Old...
The old Icelandic calendar is not in official use any more, but some Icelandic holidays and annual feasts are still calculated from it. It has 12 months, broken down into two groups of six often termed “winter months” and “summer months”. The calendar is peculiar in that the months always start on the same weekday rather than on the same date. Hence Þorri always started on...
Modern Day Väinämöinen (Blog On Finnish Paganism) →
My name is Christine, and I’m originally from America, but moved to Finland in the summer of 2009. For a long time I have been interested in Finnish paganism, but never found many sources out there in English. After I moved here, my knowledge about the practice increased greatly through personal experiences and meeting other Finnish pagans. Now I have created this blog in hopes that I can help...
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Sami Mythology →
More on the Sami and their mythology
(Horagalles/Thora Galles/Tiermes/Aijeke/Pajonn) The Sami god of thunder & lightning. His hammer was called Wetschera or Ajeke veccera which means grandfather’s hammer. Tiermes also has a bow called dauge which is a rainbow. Sometimes Tiermes is depicted with two hammers. One he uses to make thunder & lightning and the other he uses to withdraw thunder & lightning in order to...
A noaidi (Northern Sami: noaidi, Lule Sami: noajdde, Southern Sami: nåejttie, Skolt Sami: nōjjd, Ter Sami: niojte, Kildin Sami: noojd/nuojd) is a shaman of the Sami people in the Nordic countries representing an indigenous nature religion. Most noaidi practices died out during the 17th century, most likely because they resisted the crown; their actions were referred to in courts as...
Sámi shamanism is a Sámi neo-shamanistic or neo-paganistic religion. Though it varied considerably from region to region within Sápmi, it commonly emphasized ancestor worship and animal spirits, such as the bear cult. Sámi religion is also based on archaeologicalremains and written sources from missionary work in northern Scandinavia during the Middle Ages and up to the early 18th century, though...
KaerHrafnr Kindred, Wisconsin (Facebook) →
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a...– Cicero, Imperium by Robert Harris (via mercurials)