Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites: Asatru Liturgy in Traditional Verse

Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites: Asatru Liturgy in Traditional Verse

by Eirik Westcoat


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Honor the Gods with the ancient poetic forms!

Now, for the first time in perhaps hundreds of years, here is a vast new collection of liturgical poetry for honoring the Aesir and Vanir in the alliterative meters that the Gods and their worshippers used in the Viking Age. To the Gods, poetry is a precious mead — brewed from honey and the blood of wisdom — which was brought to Asgard by Óðinn himself. Isn’t it only fitting that you offer them some of that mead in your rites?

Inside, you will find poetry for hallowing ritual space, telling stories from the mythology, inviting the Gods and other holy beings to your blessings, dialogue for ritual dramas, praise poems for the Gods and others, sumbel toasts, prayers, and more.

Eirik Westcoat is a long-time Asatruar who has presented his award-winning poetry at several regional Asatru gatherings in the American Northeast. In addition to being a poet, he is also a scholar with a degree in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies who specializes in Old Norse mythology, poets, and poetry, with published articles on the galdralag meter and the meaning of the valknut. This is his first book of poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947407015
Publisher: Eirik V Westcoat
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 737,845
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ... xiii

Introduction to the Meters ... xv

The Types of Poems in this Book ... xxi

Chapter 1: Hallowing and Warding ... 1

Chapter 2: Poetic Tales ... 10

Chapter 3: Short Calls ... 46

Chapter 4: Long Calls ... 83

Chapter 5: Ritual Dramas ... 88

Chapter 6: Praise Poems ... 118

Chapter 7: Stand-alone Sumbel Toasts ... 150

Chapter 8: Sumbel Toast Sequences ... 159

Chapter 9: Prayers ... 174

Chapter 10: Short Charms ... 186

Chapter 11: Other Poems ... 190

Index ... 211

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