In this gathering by the Hearthside, I share the history of the medieval North’s farmsteads and agriculture. While many of us flock to learn about raids, runes, and magic, this blog-post offers a refreshing look into the daily lives of the Norsefolk. Join me by the Hearthside to learn more! … More Farmsteads and Agriculture
What was healing like in the medieval North? Were there any gods/goddesses for healing? Would healers have worked with them? Could runes be used for healing? If not runes, what herbs did they use to make their smelly broths? What was their practice like? — Join me by the Hearthside to explore the history of healing in the medieval North! … 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, 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: 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.
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.