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Posted May 25, 2006
Not an Objective Look into Asatru
I bought this book with an open mind, but found myself disappointed. First, 'the Norroena Society Presents' is a misleading comment, suggesting the very same organization that issued the very impressive 15-v. 'Anglo Saxon Classics' a century ago- it isn't. These folks merely have taken the name. Getting into the book itself, it is written in a good style, but isn't objective. Rather, it is merely one man's opinion. Statements such as 'no one can claim to be an authority on our path, since we have the freedom to accept or reject any idea or tradition' invalidates the very work of those diligent researchers who *are* rightful authorities on Germanic religion. So too, such an attitude suggests something more of a 'make up the religion as you go along' sort of mentality that would leave Asatru at the same level of other less- or non-rooted 'neo-pagan' religions or would-be religions. The concepts of 'Helthing' and 'Runelaw' are interesting, but not (historically) founded, remaining a creation of the author, rather than something attested in historical sources.. Rune-names presented in the text as 'Gothic' are actually based on Indo-European, rather than Gothic, proper: Laguz for Laaz (as preserved in the Salzburg manuscript), based on lagus Fehu instead of Faihu Tiwaz instead of Tyz (Sal.), based on Teiws (or even tius, as Grienberger suggests) Dagaz instead of Daaz (Sal.) or Dags, just to name a few. For the price paid and expectations, I am thoroughly disappointed.
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Posted September 21, 2012
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