The Ásatrú Edda: Sacred Lore of the Northby The Norroena Society
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From the ashes arises the sacred lore of the North, the ancient stories and proverbial wisdom of the Ásatrú religion. Mighty Gods and fierce Giants battle in the never-ending struggle between order and chaos, while men seek honor and glory in the eyes of their beloved deities. After many years of research and piecing together sources, now comes the first known holy text ever presented for the Ásatrú faith. Giving these ancestral accounts in their true, epic form, The Ásatrú Edda is designed as a religious work by and for the men and women of this path. In reconstructing this sacred epic, the idea is to create a living storytelling tradition that will honor the legacy of the ancient Teutonic peoples, while providing an in-depth source of Ásatrú wisdom for our modern world.
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From the most traditional heathen to the the most interpretive, from new convert to born-heathen devotees this book is a must read for everyone. I'm not saying it won't anger some people - many of the ideas here are solidly supported by the societies intense research but not widely accepted, and many offer a startling concert to what is very commonly accepted lore. This book makes sense, it's easy to read, complete and completely supported by what lore sources we have.
I hope that this becomes the shared text of the Asatru community. If you don't have this in your library you are missing out.
Greatly put together,,,worth every penny.q
This is one of the best books for Asatru ever.
"The Asatru Edda" is the very first attempt ever at creating a sacred text for the Asatru/Odinist faith. After 11 years of collecting thousands of notes, reading volumes of material, translating several foreign works, and piecing together every sacred text and epic that is connected to our faith in chronological order, we finally have a body of lore that we can call our own. The Asatru Edda connects our ancient fragments in their original forms like a giant puzzle, while using comparative investigations and logical, methodical research to gill in the gaps whenever necessary. This is a work written by and for the men and women of our faith, as a RELIGIOUS text, unlike anything any of us have ever seen. This is not simply a new translation of the Eddas, it is a complete reconfiguration of them, combining all of our sources into a new, coherent epic. From Ginnungagap to Ragnarök, the stories are here presented in chronological order using translations of the sources in their original form. Like pieces of a giant puzzle, our sacred lore is now presented in a way that will allow us to use it in a religious context. All of the favorites are here: Völuspá, Hávamál, Sigrdrifumál, etc. they are simply presented in a new light, in a way that strives to mimic the lore as our Odinist/Asatruar ancestors saw it. We have removed Christian misconceptions and mainstream academic biases, we have reached as far back as we could go, and now we present the results of our research that is decades in the making. You will find works that span the ages here, not just the Elder and Younger Edda, but also sources from the Indo-European era, the Sagas, the histories, and even works of today. You'll see new reconstructions such as a new rune poem and the Runelaw (Rúnlög), as well as the most ancient traditions and ideas on morality, wisdom and faith. Every piece has been dissected, scrutinized, and carefully places into the epic structure using the strict methodology originally created (though here vastly improved upon) by Dr. Viktor Rydberg. You will also find an extensive section of notes, detailing the research and its progression, and how these theories resulted in the work at hand. The avid investigator will find all the sources cited, then listed in the bibliography, as well as discussions on how conclusions were reached. After that, a complete glossary is given, offering pronunciations, etymologies, and definitions for every single term found in the text. Soon The Norroena Society will be releasing a Study Guide to help people research and understand the text better for themselves. The purpose here is not to create an Asatru "Bible" in the sense of a dogmatic doctrine, but rather to revive our holy storytelling traditions without Christian taint or academic bias. Indeed, it was not the monotheists that were looked to in considering the formulation of this hierology, it was our Indo-European, Hindu cousins, who have remained true to their ways and untouched by the 'One God' religions even to this day. We can learn from their example and see that if we had not faced the Inquisitions, we would certainly have our own versions of the Vedas, or Bundahesh, or Bhagavad Gita. Now we can begin the journey, now we can pick up where our ancestors left off. Even if a thousand more Eddas are written, each different from the last, now we can begin re-establishing our sa