Land-Spirits, I: What Are They?

In the next few Hearthside History posts, we’re going to talk about the landvættir, or the land-spirits of the medieval North. A lot of folk hear about them whenever October comes around because contemporary followers of the Old Ways consider them important during harvest-related holidays, such as Vetrnætr (Winter Nights), which was between October 19th …

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#GunnarsGang, IV

Occasionally, the Hall’s companion Gunnar Hnefataflsson embarks on a mission to promote the sagas of the medieval North, the scholarship that surrounds them, and discover new stories that have been inspired by them. These are the books that he found this time: #WednesdayWisdom A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture (edited by Rory McTurk) https://www.instagram.com/p/BqueuLVgSGi/

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#GunnarsGang, II

Occasionally, the Hall’s companion Gunnar Hnefataflsson embarks on a mission to promote the sagas of the medieval North, the scholarship that surrounds them, and discover new stories that have been inspired by them. These are the books that he found this time: #WednesdayWisdom Jesse Byock's Viking Language 1 https://www.instagram.com/p/BqKvRy-gwSi/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet #Thorsday (or #FolkloreThursday) The Poetic Edda (as …

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Concerning Overworking

As busy as the Master Builder burdening Svadilfari with stone,[1] the book-grove dweller,[2] the brain-gilder,[3] will one day reduce to weary bone. Hurry to Heimdall’s[4] peaceful mead-hall, to Himinbjorg,[5] when giant’s wind[6] howls in the brow-fortress;[7] to Baldur’s[8] hall, fair Breidablik,[9] when mind-trouble prowls. Notes: 1 | These first two lines refer to a story …

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05 – Landvættir: The Land-Spirits of the Medieval North

Winter Nights is nearly upon us! And what better time is there to chat about spirits? In this gathering, we explore the roles and importance of the land-spirits in Norse culture and society through 16 different primary sources from the medieval period. Along the way, we discuss the heathen holiday known as Winter Nights, some …

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Healing in the Medieval North

Healing was a vital art in the medieval North, but it is one that is hardly discussed often enough. [...]

Lore Tome: Tyr

Come by the fire, my good friends, for I'd like to share a Lore Tome with you all! This one is about Tyr, and here you shall find links to useful texts, as well as information regarding relative chapters and passages. You may seek out the texts yourselves, but I have also decided to provide …

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