Velkomnir, gestir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) Gather around, friends; the fire is still warm and lively! One night, a fair bit ago now, a raven flew into my hall bearing an interesting question from an anonymous wanderer. It has particular relevance to this gift-giving season (Jól (Yule/Christmas) for some), which is quickly approaching us. Allow … More Gift-Giving in the Medieval North
Originally posted on Tumblr on: February 27th, 2017. Anonymous asked: “I hear the term “weights” often in heathen circles. I know little more than that they are land-spirits. I would like to learn more about them and how they were honored and their place in old nordic practices. I thought you might be willing to … More On Landvættir: An Exploration of Primary Source Examples and Suggestions for Further Reading.
Originally posted on Tumblr on: September 8th, 2017. ruimtetijd asked: “Hello, vinur minn! (I’m learning haha!) I have a question I’ve been thinking about since I’ve started reading the Poetic Edda, and delving into the stories. To what extent do you think Snorri’s Christian background influenced his writings? Obviously, there are many parallels, and many of … More Snorri Sturluson: Keeping the Old Alive with the New.
Originally posted on Tumblr on: August 11th, 2017. Anonymous asked: “Hi Fjorn! I saw your response the other day to the anon over at asatrucommunity who asked about the intersection between Christian and Norse gods, and how some of this intermingled. It sounds fascinating because I always assumed the two were diametrically opposed. Could you … More The Old Gods and the New: Sitting on the Spiritual Fence.
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🍃 Please gather ’round the hearth, my good friends, for today we shall set off on a History Raid! This evening, we shall tell the story of the Norse Homeland, the place from where the ‘Vikings’ first came. What was their homeland like? What kind of environment was it? … More The Norse Homeland
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🍃 Gather ’round the hearth, my good friends, for today we shall set off on a History Raid, where we will share stories about the Vikings. But for now, we will restrain ourselves by first preparing for the journey that lies ahead of us, for there is much to … More The Vikings and Their Era
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🍃 Gather ’round, my friends! It has been awhile since we assembled by the fire to speak of the Olden Days, hasn’t it? I have been eager for the opportunity, although my travels have kept me aloft, soaring in far away places rather than sitting here comfortably in the hall … More Healing in the Medieval North
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🍃 Please gather around, friends, for another anonymous wanderer has sent a request to this hall! I hate to admit that it was long ago now, but a raven once came to me bearing this message: “i’d be curious to hear from a possibly more academic side how you see … More Drinking in the Medieval North
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🧙🏻♂️ As many are of you are already aware, today is popularly regarded as Yule Day, while tonight is Yule Night. Yet, although I too regard this day as the ‘New’ Yule, I must inform you all that this is not truthful! Long ago, Yule was likely celebrated on … More Sagnaskemmtun: King Hakon the Good Complicates Yule.
Velkomnir, gestir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🧙🏻♂️ Today is Old Yule Eve, and I have quite the story to share with you all tonight! A wanderer by the name of paganoldsoul requested that I tell stories about Odin and Yule, and so I have found one worthy of a retelling. While it may not be exactly … More Sagnaskemmtun: Hord and the Mound of Soti the Viking.
Velkominn, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) Please gather around and join me by the hearth if you wish to learn more about the Old Tongue! The theme of our current festivities shall be “Njáll hét maðr…”, which will be concerned with how great heroes are introduced in the sagas! During our next few gatherings, we … More Old Norse 1.1
Originally posted on Tumblr on: June 29th, 2017 Anonymous asked: “Greetings brother, what do you know about sacrifices for odin? Are there sources directing to That?” There are indeed many sources that speak of sacrifices to Odin. In fact, I would argue that his sacrifices are the most famous, at least among the Norse gods. … More Spears, Groves, and Hanged Men: A Discussion of Historical Sacrifices to Odin.
Preface Introducing the Language “The term ‘Old Norse’ has been used in various ways. For some it is a broad concept covering the language of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as Iceland and the other Scandinavian colonies, throughout the Viking Age (c. 750–1050) and the early and high Middle Ages (c. 1050–1350). At the … More Old Norse Preface