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Asatru - What are The Principles Of Odinism?



WHAT ARE THE ODINISM PRINCIPLES? 



The Odinists, known in Icelandic as Asatruar-menn, or "men of the Aesir," conduct feasts, religious rituals for foreigners, and an annual that includes Blot, their fundamental have ideas produced a declaration at his farm.


1. Odinism is the name of the recognized religion, although the faith is not limited to Odin and the Aesir. 

  • It is acceptable to worship other gods, land guardian spirits, and other powerful entities. 

 

2. The fundamental idea of this religion is the individual's responsibility for himself and his affairs; we are encouraged in this by Snorr's Edda and other holy texts. 

 

3. It is permissible to have holy images and other godly symbols, but it is not the responsibility of people to worship them. 

 

4, It is forbidden to dishonor the gods and other divinities. 

 

5. It is permissible to proclaim a different religion form of such natural as those who engage in meetings or attend Church. 

 

6. Odinism followers are not permitted to seek the attention of priests of other religions; nevertheless, it is permissible to be married by a priest if one of the betrothed is Christian, for example. 

 

7. If the mourners so choose and the casket is carried in a proper manner, Odinists who die may be buried in a cemetery. 

 

8, Odinism adherents may celebrate their religion in any way they deem fit, as long as it does not interfere with the natural laws of the country. 

  • The leader who performs the Godi has a responsibility to the members to handle things that are handled by priests of other faiths, such as baptism, confirmation, marriages, and funerals.  

  • If necessary, the Godi must take up the role of spokesperson. 

 

9. Although the Godi would lead the way in the growth of the religion, he does not bear full accountability for it. 

 

10. Anyone may be accepted as an Odinism follower, but he or she must also officially resign from any groups in which he or she was previously a member. 

 

11. It is reasonable to split Odinism's adherents into groups based on their unique views. Each group sends one person with Godi's authority to the Thing, where growth issues are addressed. 

 

12. Odinism's adherents are united in this: "Let us strive so that the ancient religion and old ideals regain their worth and respect," they say.




You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/

Asatru - What Are The Key Beliefs Of Odinism?



The Asatru Free Church stated,


(1) We want the creation of the religious Nation of Odin in the area now known as Greenland, as a continuation of current policy, since genuine religious freedom or freedom of speech is impossible to achieve. 

b. The Runic Society's cultural initiatives, 

(2) Prepare a report Several initiatives continue to occupy the society's cultural efforts. 

The construction of a temple fund continues the process of purchasing a temple. 

Many Teutonic-related initiatives have been begun and finished. 

c, The Teutonic Tribes' Religion, 

(3) Submit a report The Society was disbanded and replaced with an all-committee committee. 

The ASATRU FREE CHURCH COMMITTEE was re-established. 

Helgi Hundingsbani was chosen as the committee's permanent chairman. 

 


At the moment the Committee established itself as a legal entity, the Committee stated that it would propose the following principles as the ASATRU FREE CHURCH's fundamental convictions. 


  • These had been developed by a steering group that had been established before, and the committee had approved them. 

  • As administrative processes, a supplementary set of norms of behavior and custom was also provided. 



The ASATRU FREE CHURCH'S Fundamental Principles 


a. We worship the creator via Odin, the All-Father, Thor, Frey, and the Aesir; nevertheless, the religion is not limited to the Aesir; it is permissible to respect other gods or powerful creatures if trust in them or proof of their existence exists. 

b. Odin is the first and most powerful of the Gods, the all-pervading spirit of the sun, moon, stars, hills, plains, and man. 

Heaven and earth, as well as the first man and woman, were created with his assistance. 

He is the creator of poetry and the discoverer of the runes. 

We believe in an afterlife, 

c. We believe in predestination, 

d. He governs all things, protects the social organization, influences the human mind, and upholds the sanctity of the oath, 

e. He governs all things, protects the social organization, influences the human mind, and upholds the sanctity of the oath, 

f.  The symbol of the hammer, often known as the Hammertoken, will be our holy sign. 

  • Our Holy Days will be Wednesday and Thursday, for example. 
  • On Thursday, services and devotions will be held. 

g, There will be three Holy Cities, North America's New Ulm Ehrope in Uppsala, The name of Troy in Asia will be g, priest Our Gydja (other shall spelling be called Godits, Gothi)



We believe in a life of service, bravery, honor, responsibility, and familial loyalty. 


Our Priestess, The Gsdi (Gothi) or Gydja wears the High One's blue shepherd cloak, black clothing is permitted during funerals, and rules of custom and conduct apply. 


a. Odinists are a group of brothers who have gathered to worship our Gods; 

b. Religion and politics must be kept apart. 

c, Odinists have the right to self-defense. 

d, We will worship in self-governing congregations; 

e, Each person is accountable for himself and his concerns; and 

f, We think that the democratic-republican form of governance is the best reflective of our belief in freedom. 

g. Because man's bodily afterlife is hereditary, Odinists should assist and educate as many people as they can. 


The ASATRU FREE CHURCH Committee adjourned with no more business, to be reconstituted as the RUNIC SOCIETY. 

The Runic Society adjourned the Midgard Council at 0100 hours on October 9, 1977, since there was no more business.


You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/

Asatru - What Is Odinism? What Is The Odinist Movement?



WHAT EXACTLY IS ODINISM?


Odinism is the true religion of Western Civilization; it is a faith that unites the ancient Indo-European peoples' lofty ethics with the finest values of Western civilization, rejecting any ideologies that are detrimental to Western Culture. 


  • It is a Western religion for Western men, centered on natural harmony, family love, and respect for race and culture. 
  • It is a religion that emphasizes self-improvement and cooperation, as well as courage and pride. 
  • Odinists think that a spiritual revolution is required to reverse the moral degradation that is now afflicting the Western world. 
  • He does not strive to reconstruct a worn-out religion, but to create a New and Vital one. 


An Odinist is not a Reformer, but a spiritual revolutionary.


  • Every day, the news media gives us new reports of drug addiction, street violence, corruption, and moral degradation, emphasizing the need for a significant shift in our society. 
  • To oppose this, we have Odinism, a new religion founded firmly on our ancestors' time-tested beliefs and principles. 


Being an Odinist entails being a part of a special community. 


  • Odinism is not a religion for all humanity. 
  • It is a community of intelligent, committed individuals linked together by shared values and working for a similar goal: the establishment of a society in which Western civilization and culture may flourish and progress to new heights. 


We believe that for a religion to be successful, it must be compatible with its followers' intellectual and cultural qualities. 


  • As a result, our faith is seen as the only religion of Western civilization. 
  • Our values are straightforward and easy to comprehend. 


The following are some of our faith's tentets: 


1. Every Odinist is related to and friendly with every other Odinist. 

 

2. Tell your relatives the truth and avoid plotting against them. 

 

3. Keep your word if you take an oath or make a commitment, no matter how tough it is. 

 

4, Strive for excellence in all you do.

 

5. Constantly develop your physical, mental, and spiritual abilities, and 

 

6. Strive to build the links of brotherhood amongst fellow Odinists in all your activities. 

 

7. Be in tune with nature and follow her rules. 

 

8. Be conscious of your racial and cultural background and teach your children about it. 

 

9. Fight evil in all of its forms and in all of its locations.

 


You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/

Asatru - What Is The Religion Of Odin?




Human freedom and individuality are very important to the Odinist faith. 


This is true in both ordinary and spiritual things, and it is so powerful that we don't even worship our Gods in the way that most people do. 


  • The Gods are models, inspirations, self-aware personifications of natural forces, or even friends to us, but they are never our masters, and we are never their slaves. 
  • When we address them, we do not kneel before them, nor do we relinquish our personal sovereignty to them. 
  • As a result, we don't ask them for favors since doing so would put us in debt to them and lose us our independence. 


Although Odin, our supreme deity, is known as "All Father," this does not mean that we are subordinate or subservient to him. 


Signs of manliness and disobedience were valued in Odinist culture since they showed that youngsters were capable of self-responsibility and independence. 


  • One of the cornerstones of Odinist belief is the familial unit. 
  • Our people have always been fiercely loyal to their clan, and the clan, or extended family, is as essential to us as it has always been. 
  • This isn't simply a feeling; it's one of the foundations of liberty. 
  • The authority of competing entities, such as the State, will be restricted when the family is operating in its appropriate capacity. 
  • All power gravitates to the State by default when the family and other loyalty groups do not exist, and freedom is endangered. 


We believe in the power of human action, and we teach that by heroic action, you may take control of your life and conquer your soul. 


Individuals are important! You are not a puppet in the hands of historical forces, but you do have free choice. 

  • Followers of the Odinist Gods are instructed to train themselves in bravery, the courage to face an adversary in battle, the courage to risk all to do the right thing, to stand up for what they believe, and ) to never compromise with Lhemselvea. 
  • Individualism and the clan would be extinct if not for bravery! 
  • This bravery becomes part of a strict code of honor and conduct that forbids anybody from shirking their responsibilities, violating their oaths, or engaging in humiliating or weak behavior. 
  • All of these ideals are, without a doubt, under attack today. 


The worshippers of the slave gods, the egalitarians, the economic collectivists, the behaviorists, the genetic engineers who would remove our aggression, all of them cannot accept the presence of the free man, the individual because the contrast exposes their inferiority. 


There is a deliberate effort going to remove our pagan forefathers' free ways and replace them with complete communism, which would destroy our ways forever. 


  • More than ever, we need a restoration to our ancestors' faith. 
  • So much for the Odinist religion's societal consequences. 


What do we Odinists think about the supreme being, the afterlife, and other theological issues? 


  • When we say that there are other worlds of existence than our own, and that our Gods are as real as you or I, we are backed up by contemporary physics and parapsychology. 


Although we acknowledge the presence of other gods, our primary deities are Odin, Thor, and Frey. 


Odin is the Father of the Gods, as well as the God of poetry and rune-magic. 


  • Thor is the sturdy and haughty God of the free yeoman and the f a m e r. 
  • Frigga, Odin's wife, and Freya, the s I s t e of Prey, are two important goddesses. 
  • Frey is the God of fertility and love. 
  • The Odinist belief in a hereafter is similar to our other beliefs. 


After death, those who have lived a good life will enter the domain of the Gods. 


More specifically, the chosen warriors who die in battle go to Odint's hall, Valhalla, to feast, and He1 fight until which, unlike Ragnarok, the Evil Christian men and place oath of 'breakers eternal are torment, sent to is not a place of fire and torture, but merely a gloomy and depressing place when compared to the life and vitality of Valhalla, Despite this, we are more concerned with having a full and productive existence here on Earth in our current life than with life beyond death. 


  • Odinists have a variety of beliefs regarding life after death, but few reject it. 
  • All, on the other hand, are preoccupied with the here and now. 
  • We have extracted the core of  our ancestor's religion by distilling the ancient tales and beliefs. 
  • Because so much has been destroyed, the reconstruction is still incomplete, but we think we have discovered the essentials, which we emphasize in our classes. 


The image of the Norsemen as crude, savage barbarians devoid of intellect and culture, reinforced by Hollywood and popular literature, is perhaps our biggest barrier. 


Those who are acquainted with the skalds' excellent poetry, the Eddas' fine ethical principles, the sagas' literature, or the exquisite woodcarving shown by the Oseburg discoveries know better! 


Furthermore, the early Scandinavians created an efficient judicial system and mastered shipbuilding methods that, a thousand years later, exceed some of our engineering. 


  • The Vikings were no more brutal than the times required, and they certainly never did anything as heinous as the Crusades or the forcible conversion of the Northern peoples to Christianity! 
  • How do Odinists go about practicing their faith? 
  • We observe the solstices and equinoxes and celebrate them as part of the year's unending cycle. 
  • In addition, we have our own special days in which we remember significant events in our people's history or honor the clan's dead members. 


Some of us must practice alone, but we form congregations whenever feasible to carry out our rites and to enable communion with our heathen kin. 


  • The organizational framework is shaky, and the different congregations are mostly self-contained. 
  • The whole system is set up to enhance the freedom and self-reliance principles that we are attempting to promote. 
  • Basically, we strive to live our faith, integrating it into everything we do, even if it is a matter of daily life. 
  • Every time we show bravery, speak out against tyranny and bureaucracy, welcome visitors, or assist the environment, we are doing a religious act. 


We strive to improve our character so that we may be greater followers of the Norse Way. 


Returning to our ancient Gods is necessary for the preservation of our freedom and Western civilization. 


  • We cannot offer you security or ease, but we can offer you the opportunity to grow in courage, self-reliance, and freedom; we can offer you the opportunity to be closer to nature through the practice of age-old Viking rituals, to celebrate the seasons, and to partake in the clan; we can offer you the opportunity to fight in the eternal struggle between the individual and the collective, between the fre and the fre; we can offer you the opportunity to fight in the eternal struggle between the fre and the fre; we can If this impresses you as important, we welcome you to join us in the Odinist journey. 
  • If this strikes you as significant, we invite you to join us in the Odinist adventure.


You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/

Asatru - What Is The Mission Of Odinism?



THE ODINISM MISSION 


  • Our cause is sacred, and our purpose is holy! 
  • As a result, we will not fail! 
  • The Asatru is chosen by Nature! 
  • We can only be loyal to nature via Odinism! 
  • The rest may live life constantly in preparation for another that will never truly materialize, regardless of his piousness and devotion. 
  • Odinism, on the other hand, demands that one live his earthly life to the fullest, yet it does not dispense with a beyond, and finds a second immortality in the improvement of future generations. 
  • The warlike mentality has been responsible for most of the damage done to humanity. 
  • We can only hope to prevent such terrible catastrophes by awakening Asatru consciousness via the blessings and veneration of Odin. 



You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/


Asatru - Who Is Odin?



WHERE DID ODIN COME FROM? 


When the Viking longships scudded through the misty northern seas into the far-off western world, or rode down the rivers of Russia to the Black Sea and into the Mediterranean, the old stories of Gods and Giants battles that had been told around campfires for hundreds of years were still being passed down from generation to generation. 


  • An Icelandic scholar named Saemund, the Wise, wrote down as many of the tales as he could because he was worried they would be lost. 
  • They were dubbed the Elder Edda. 
  • About a century later, another Icelander, Snorri Sturleson, a monk, compiled the same tales, as well as a few more that were as interesting. 
  • The Younger, or Prose Edda, was the name given to this compilation. 


What are these legends from the past? They speak of the creation of the world, the arrival of the Gods, and the ultimate conclusion in the flames of Ragnarok. 


  • These two volumes are the canonical holy books of the Asetru's resurgent faith, as well as foundation texts for understanding of the ancient Teutonic religion and civilization. 
  • It is a response to Snorri's inquiry in Who Was Younger Odin? by Sturleson. 
  • We turn to Edda for help. 
  • From the Younger Edda's Prologue Sturleson is a liar "Nearby was constructed the most renowned center in the world, where all palaces, which we call halls Turkey Troy by name, were built. 
  • Because it was so richly furnished, the town was constructed on a far bigger scale than others at the time, and in many respects with better competence. 


There were twelve kingdoms with one over-king, each with a large population. 


  • There were twelve chieftains in the Citadel, and these individuals surpassed other men living in every human manner at the time. 
  • Munon or Mennon was the name of one of the monarchs. 
  • He Troan married and had a son named chief Thor king we Priam call who was Thor, called He was brought up in Thrace by a duke named Loricus and inherited his father's weapons when he was 10 years old. 
  • He was as beautiful to look at as Ivory and oak when he took his place among the other men his hand was lovelier than gold.
  • He had come to his full strength at the age of twelve, and he lifted ten bear pelts from the ground.



Odin, as well as his wife, had the gift of prophecy, and through his magic, he discovered that his name would be renowned across the globe and revered above all others. 


  • He h a d t h e c o u n t r y now c a l l e d Westphalia; h I s son, F r j o d I g a r, whom we c a l l F r o d I h I s son Freovin; Odin's third son was known as S I g I and his son R e r I r was known as R e r I r; his p an I r r u l e d over what is now known as France, and t h e f a m I l y known as the Volsungar came from there. 
  • A l l of them have produced excellent and many k I n d r e d s. 
  • Then Odin s e t o f  Reiogotaland, n o r t h and c o m I n t o t h e l a n d c a l l e d, seized possession of all he desired in that country. 
  • He appointed his son S k j o l d to rule the region; his son was F r I o l e I f; and from then on, he was known as Skjoldungar; they were kings of Denmark and what was then known as the North Cape. 


After that, Odin moved to what is now known as Sweden. 


  • When he heard of the e x p e d I t I o n of the men of Asia, the Aesir were c a l l e d, he went to meet them and gave Odin as much power over his realm as he wanted. 
  • Their travels were accompanied by such wealth that everywhere they went in a nation, that area had excellent crops and peace, and everyone thought it was because of them, since the natives had never seen anybody like them for their looks and intellect. 
  • The plain and natural resources of life in Sweden appealed to Odin, and he chose for himself a town-site now known as Sigtuna. 
  • There, he appointed chieftains on the model of Troy, establishing twelve mlers to administer the laws of the land, and he drew up a code of laws that had held in Troy and to which the Trojans were accustomed. 


After that, he went north until he reached the sea, which they believed encircled the whole globe, and put his son in charge of the kingdom that is now known as Norway. 


  • This aon was known as Saeming, and according to the WALEYGJATAL, the kings of Norway trace their ancestors back to him, along with the earls and other rulers. 
  • Odin also retained a son named Yngvi, who became King of Sweden after him, and from him came the Ynglingar dynasties. 


The Aesir and several of their sons married women from the surrounding regions. 


  • They landed in Germany, and their families spread so far north that their language, that of the Asian males, became the official language of all these nations. 
  • Men assume that these names arrived with this language, and that the Aesir carried it here to the north of the globe, to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, since their lineages are written down. 
  • However, there are certain old district and place names in England that must be interpreted as coming from a foreign language."


You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/

Asatru - What Is The Origin Of Odin?



WHERE DID ODIN COME FROM? 


I am the first. 

To get an answer to this issue, we turn to historian Edward Gibbons, author of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."


  • "Despite the Edda's mystical obscurity, we may clearly identify two individuals who were jumbled under the name of Odin, the God of War and the great legislator of Scandinavia.'

The indomitable bravery of Odin, his persuasive speech, and the reputation that he had earned as a highly skilled magician subjugated many tribes on either side of the Baltic. 


  • His faith, which he had instilled over the course of a long and successful life, was reinforced by his chosen death. 
  • He decided to die like a warrior, fearful of the ignominious approach of illness and weakness. 
  • He was wounded in nine fatal places in a solemn gathering of Swedes and Goths, hastening away (as he claimed with his last breath) to prepare the feast of heroes in the house of the God of War ". 

The descendants of Odin (whose race did not go extinct until 1060) are believed to have ruled Sweden for almost a thousand years, with the Temple of Upsal serving as the ancient center of religion and dominion. 


  • Cerdic, the Saxon first King of Wessex, was a descendant of Moden. 
  • His descendants became the Kins of England. 
  • (Odin's English name) The current royal line of Great Britain is Odin-born descendants of Cerdic and Odin, Gibbons footnote Adam of Bremen, via Matilda, Henry the First's Queen. 


The temple of Upsal was demolished by Ingo, King of Sweden, who started his reign in 1075, and a Christian church was built on its remains some fourscore years later. 


  • Gibbon's work "Upsal, the most important town of the Swedes and Goths, had a famous temple till the end of the 11th century. 
  • It was embellished with wealth from the Scandinavians' piratical exploits, and the crude depictions of the three main deities, the god of battle, the god of generation, and the god of thunder, were sanctified by conflict. 
  • Every ninth year, nine animals of all kinds (except humans) were sacrificed and their bleeding corpses were hung in the sacred grove next to the temple as part of the broader celebration. 

The Edda, a system of mythology composed in Iceland in the thirteenth century and studied by educated Denmark and Sweden as the most important remnants of their old traditions, contains the sole traces of this barbarous belief that exist today. 


  • The pleasant similarity of that name to As-burg or Asav, terms with comparable meanings, has given birth to a historical system with such a lovely contexture that we almost want to believe it is true. 
  • Odin is said to have led a band of barbarians who lived on the banks of Lake Maetois (on the Crimean coast) until Mithridates fell and Pompey's armies threatened the north with slavery. 


That Odin, indignant at a power he couldn't resist, led his tribe from Asiatic Samatia into Sweden, with the aim of forming a religion and a people in that inaccessible haven of freedom, which would be subservient to his immortal vengeance in some distant age, when his invincible Goths, armed with martial fanaticism, should issue in a nascent uprising.  


  • This magnificent Odin voyage, which could provide the foundation for an epic poem by deducing the enmity of the Goths and Romans from such a memorable reason, cannot be securely accepted as authentic fact. 
  • Instead of being a real city in Asiatic Sarmatia, Asgard is the fictitious appellation of the mystic abode of the Gods, the Olympus of Scandinavia, from which the prophet was said to descend when he announced his new religion to the Gothic nations who were already seated in the southern peninsula. 
  • If we accept Pytheas of Marseilles' navigations, we must acknowledge that the Goths crossed the Baltic into Germany at least three hundred years before Christ.


You may also want to read more about Asatru, Norse Paganism and Nordic Pagans here.


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.



Online Resources


American Asatru Associations




Icelandic Asatru Association


Ásatrúarfelagi≥ (Asatru Fellowship of Iceland). At http://www.asatru.is.


Icelandic Photography



Statistical Information


  • Hagstofa Islands (Office of Statistics, Government of Iceland). 2004. “Ísland ítölum 2002–2003” (Iceland in Numbers). Reykjavík, Hagstofa Islands. At http://www.hagstofa.is.


Asatru Publications Available Online


  • “The Asatru Folk Assembly: Building Tribes and Waking the Spiritual Path of OurAncestors.” Available at http://www.runestone.org/