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Dagna
Sunday, December 7th, 2008, 11:11 AM
Pagan Association Honors Iceland’s Protective Spirits

Members of Ásatrúarfélagid, a religious association which honors the old Norse gods, celebrated Iceland’s Sovereignty Day on Monday by honoring the country’s protective spirits, the landvaettir (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landvaettir)as described in Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heimskringla).

According to Heimskringla, the landvaettir thwart a sorcerer disguised as a whale from swimming ashore and thus prevent him from spying on the Icelandic people for the Danish king.

During the ceremony, high chieftain of Ásatrúarfélagid Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson said these guardian spirits are still protecting the Icelandic country and nation, Morgunbladid reports.

The pagan association organized landvaettir ceremonies in five places in Iceland, Vopnafjördur (http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/upload/files/maps/vopnafjordur.jpg)in the east, Eyjafjördur (http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/upload/files/maps/eyjafjordur.jpg)in the north, Snaefellsnes (http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/upload/files/maps/snaefellsjokull.jpg)in the west and Straumsvík (by Hafnarfjördur (http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/upload/files/maps/hafnarfjordur.jpg)) in the south, all places where the sorcerer-whale tried to swim ashore, and in Thingvellir (http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/upload/files/maps/thingvellir.jpg), where Iceland’s Althingi parliament was founded in 930 AD.

During the Straumsvík ceremony, pagan priests of Reykjanes, Haukur Halldórsson, burned a picture of Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde.

The landvaettir—the Giant, the Dragon, the Eagle and the Bull—are depicted in Iceland’s coat of arms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Iceland)and on the Icelandic króna.

Click here (http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/search/news/Default.asp?ew_0_a_id=240332)to watch a video of a pagan ceremony.

http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16567&ew_0_a_id=316512

Dodenknoop
Monday, December 8th, 2008, 06:41 PM
I am a Heathen, but I don't need to put on silly clothes and do weird rituals.

Being pagan is staying yourself! Heathenism is in your hearth, not the way you dress.

Soten
Monday, December 8th, 2008, 06:46 PM
During the Straumsvík ceremony, pagan priests of Reykjanes, Haukur Halldórsson, burned a picture of Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde.


I don't understand the significance of this. Is it a good thing or a bad thing to have your picture burned? I would think it was bad, but who knows.

Scott Wodenson
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008, 09:08 AM
This is wonderful that they are honoring the landvaettir, that is something I find that most heathens put no importance on these days. I wish there was away to find out more about the Ásatrúarfélagid but the website is all in Icelandic except for a small portion which really does not shed any light on them at all, I heard through a friend that they were also supposed to be building a Hof, does anyone have any updates on that?