30 Days of Heathenry – Day 19 “Library”

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Question:

What are your favorite books in your heathen library?

Answer:

I do a lot of my reading on my Kindle, but I have collected a few solid Heathen books in physical format (which is what I suppose the spirit of this question is). I could post a number of cool books that I purchased, but have yet to read, but I figure I will use this as a way to recommend some books rather than to simply show-off. Here are three that really stand out:

The German Legends of the Brothers Grimm, Volume 1 (Translations in Folklore  Studies): Donald Ward: 9780915980727: Amazon.com: Books

Deutsche Sagen a.k.a. The German Legends of The Brother’s Grimm by Donald Ward

This was my white whale for a while. I listened to a podcast about the Pied Piper of Hameln sometime last year, and was excited by the hosts description of a book by The Brother’s Grimm on German Folklore – not the Fairy Tales, but crazy folk tales. They used parts of the book in order to try to pinpoint whether or not the story was based on a true story in any way, and surprisingly discovered that there were multiple versions of the account (Not just in this book), and that it was likely a real event. Later that week, I jumped online and tried to get an E-Book of it – NOTHING. Okay, maybe I can find a used copy on Amazon – NOTHING. Maybe an illicit scan? NOPE!! this book appeared to only be released in English once in 1979 and vanished from Earth. If I knew German at all, I’d be set, but no such luck.

I was FINALLY able to find both volumes of this for around $100.00 in fairly decent quality at a vintage books website called AbeBooks– I now know why this is likely a rare book – there are a handful of folk tales that are explicitly anti-Semitic, so I can imagine re-publishing this book could be an issue. That said, this book is pretty awesome despite the issues, and I am glad to finally own it.


The Hanged God: Óðinn Grímnir by Shani Oates

An excerpt from my previous review here:

Who would have thought that a small Canadian occult book publisher would publish perhaps one of the most interesting books on Ancient Scandinavian religion and customs this year? This is exactly what has happened with Anathema Publishing’s newest book – The Hanged God: Óðinn Grímnir by Shani Oates.

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I assume this not the best bit of Germanic scholarship out there, but this monograph takes an interesting look at the topic of Odin and why he did some of the bizarre stuff he did (like hang himself) and expands that to discuss possible shamanic practices that may have occurred in Scandinavian countries during the migration and Viking eras. She does this by using accounts of neighboring areas (Like Russia) by people like Ibn Fadlan, and how we can assume Norsemen could have practiced the same way.

I love Anathema Publishing due to their low-Print run gorgeous leather-bound books that they produce. Some are insanely dense like most occult books, but they are entertaining none-the-less. Shani Oates actually recently released a sequel to this book that I do own, but have yet to start reading.


The Complete Sagas of Icelanders edited by Vidar Hreinsson

Not much to say here other than, I wanted a hardcover version of some Icelandic Sagas and these definitely fit the bill. I do not have all of the volumes, as this near 25 year old set has a few that are rare and cost-prohibitive, but I occasionally scroll Ebay or Amazon to see if copy pops up. I enjoy these due to inclusions of maps and other materials when talking about specific areas such as the norm for many of these stories.

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30 Days of Heathenry – Day 18 “Lore”

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Question:

Have you read the lore? What do you feel its place is in the context of your practice/Heathenry as a whole?

Answer:

Yes I do, though I wish I had more time to read more. Most heathens agree that the most important lore texts are the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda – I have read both as well as parts of the Codex Regius such as the Havamal. I do however need to read more of the insane trove of Icelandic Sagas that I have. Granted, I know these are not necessarily heathen texts, but I feel they are important. I have read a handful such as Njal’s Saga, Egil’s Saga, and Eyrbyggja saga. I also need to get a source for some Skaldic poetry and dive more into that.

Also, I would say that you can add a few modern books considered as Lore simply due to the insane scholarship they contain. The Brothers Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology and Deutsche Sagen are very important books, and helped paved the way for many modern scholars. Another is Vilhelm Grønbech’s The Culture of the Teutons and Paul C. Bauschatz’s The Well and the Tree has been greatly recommended to me, but I have yet to read it.

I feel that having a firm grasp of The Lore not only enriches on spiritually, especially if one is used to having a more codified set of religious texts handy. Granted, most historical Heathens likely did not read or care about such works, its the closest way we will ever have to be able to take part in the oral traditions that they had, as skewed as they may be now. I also feel its important to help get away from people that take The Lore and mangle it into a narrative to push an agenda such as racism or politics. Most people that due that have likely never read any of this, and fall like a house of cards if you make it obvious you know what you are talking about.

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