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This page is a collection of links mostly concerning or related to Ásatrú, the reconstruction of an ancient polytheistic religion of Northern European origin. Ásatrú is faith in the Æsir and the Vanir, the Gods and Goddesses of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples (Goths, Saxons, Frisians, Angles, Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, Franks, Burgundians, Allemanni, etc.) Įsatrś is also known by several other names including: the Elder Troth, the Heathen religion, Germanic Heathenry, forn sišr, forn įtrśnašr, heišinn sišr, heišindómr.
The majority of the Gods and Godesses of Ásatrú are most recognisable by their Norse names, among the best known are: Oðinn (Odin), Frigg, Þórr (Thor), Njörðr (Njord), Freyr, Freyja, Þrúdr, Sif, Hel, Bragi, Heimdallr, Týr, Loki, Baldr, Nanna, Sága, Ullr, Forseti, Sjöfn, Gefjon, Iðunn (Idun).
The tradition of Ásatrú has come down to us from many sources, including the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturlusson, the Elder Edda, the Norse and Icelandic Sagas, Skaldic and Anglo-Saxon poetry, the contemporary observations of those from other cultures, folklore, and archaeological evidence. Still, much has been lost. Ásatrú is very much a reconstructed religion of the North adapted to modern life.
Ásatrú is not a monolithic religion. There is no centralised and universally accepted authority on interpretation or reconstruction of the Elder Troth. The links below represent diverse viewpoints. Please don't assume that because a link is listed here that I or any other practitioner of Ásatrú agrees with everything said.
Unfortunately, I must also make a brief mention of the ugly issue of racism. A small vocal group of people defile The Troth by associating the Æsir and the Vanir with a racist and homophobic political agenda. These nithings cloak their bigotry and fear with the trappings of Ásatrú and have no place in our community.
Check out my list of translations into English of Old Norse sagas and eddas. If you enjoy the sagas and can afford it, you can purchase The Complete Sagas of the Icelanders. This is a wonderful set of translations of the Old Icelandic sagas.
"Bśiš arki aš aušnu til hvers sem draga vill." -- Brennu-Njįls saga
"Gęš a wyrd swa hio scel!" -- Beowulf
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