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Wednesday, March 8th, 2006, 05:54 PM
MacCulloch, J.A. - The Religion of the Ancient Celts [EN] (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/rac/index.htm)

Nordby, Conrad Hjalmar - The Influence of Old Norse Literature on English Literature [EN] (http://www.blackmask.com/thatway/books168c/innodex.htm)

Rydberg, Viktor - Teutonic Mythology [EN] (http://www.northvegr.org/lore/rydberg/)

Tacitus - Germania [EN] (http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=2371&pageno=7)

Titchenell, Elsa-Brita: The Masks of Odin [EN] (http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/odin/odin-hp.htm)

Unknown Author - Nibelungenlied [EN] (http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=25099&pageno=1)

Wolf, Johann Wilhelm - Die Deutsche Götterlehre [DE] (http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/wolf/dgoetter/Druckversion_dgoetter.htm)

Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 03:09 PM
I took the time to write up a small but very informative recommended "Heathen Reading List" for all of the people new to and interested in the native pre-christian spiritual path of their Germanic ancestors.

This list will be small to begin with but over time I will add more and more titles for people to check out so check up on this thread often.

The Poetic Edda translated by Lee M. Hollander (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0292764995/qid=1144329874/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0292764995

The Prose Edda translated by Anthony Faulkes (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0460876163/ref=pd_sim_b_1/103-5203823-4763845?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0460876163

The Gods & Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140136274/ref=pd_sim_b_4/103-5203823-4763845?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0140136274

Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195153820/qid=1144330417/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0195153820

Asatru - The Hidden Fortress by Edred Wodanson (http://www.odin.org/bk-athf.htm)

The Nature of Asatru by Mark Puryear (http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-38964-3)
ISBN#: 00595389643

Teutonic Mythology, 4 VolumeSet by Jacob Grimm (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486436152/qid=1144332796/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0486436152

A Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolf Simek (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0859915131/qid=1144331110/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0859915131

The Agricola and The Germania by Tacitus (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140442413/qid=1144331219/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0140442413

Germanic Heathenry; A Practical Guide by James Hjuka Coulter (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1410765857/qid=1144331786/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 1410765857

FUTHARK: A handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0877285489/qid=1144331852/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 0877285489

We Are Our Deeds - The Elder Heathenry - Its Ethic and Thew by Eric Wodening (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1929340001/qid=1144331962/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-5203823-4763845?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
ISBN#: 1929340001

The Book of Blotar of The Odinic Rite (http://www.odinic-rite.org/books.html)

Odinism In The Modern World by Wulfstan OR (http://www.odinic-rite.org/books.html)

Tyr: Myth - Culture - Tradition Volume 1 (http://strangefortune.com/cd.php?id=2436)
ISBN#: ?????

Tyr: Myth - Culture - Tradition Volume 2 (http://strangefortune.com/cd.php?id=2437)
ISBN#: ?????

You may also find a great deal of usefull and FREE online reading by visiting the many links posted bellow.

The Northvegr Foundation: (I do not support the leadership of this group, only the wealth of information they offer)

Gamall-Steinn Hearth online Text Listings:



Articles from the Asatru Folk Assembly:


Articles from The Odinic Rite:


Teutonic Mythology by Viktor Rydberg:

Online Text = http://www.boudicca.de/teut.htm

E-book / .pdf file = http://gamall-steinn.org/IG/Rydberg.pdf

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 10:33 AM
'Winter' or 'Fire' - Friedrich Griese
'Peasantry as Life-Source of the German Race' or 'New Nobility from Blood and Soil' - Richard Walther DarrÚ

These works by these Author's I am seeking out right now but fail to find any information on them. For all I know they could never have been translated, I just found the English titles. I was wondering if anybody has heard of these/read them/knows where to find them/knows if there any good...etc...anything...

The Way of the Wyrd - Brian Bates
The Wisdom of the Wyrd - Brian Bates

These two books I could have right now, since I see them everyday in school.
I read one book by this lad like 3 years ago, called 'The Real Middle-Earth', I wasn't near as well read as I am now, I was only 13 at the time, but far as I recall it was pretty decent. Do any of you know if these books are half-decent?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 01:33 PM
The Way of Wyrd is one of my top 3 favorite books of all time.

I've discussed it many times on this forum. A forum search for "The Way of Wyrd" should yield results for you to read.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 06:36 PM
I'd like to add my own work, Hammer of the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism in Modern Times available at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/159457006X?tag=angelseaxisce-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=159457006X&adid=0EWJSB5D3T875SC8ETPR&)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 08:22 PM
I'd like to add my own work, Hammer of the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism in Modern Times available at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/159457006X?tag=angelseaxisce-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=159457006X&adid=0EWJSB5D3T875SC8ETPR&)

By all means, add all the links to reading you'd recommend. I only posted some of the stuff I've read when I originally started this thread and I've never updated it. I had not added Hammer of the Gods because I have not read it yet, to be honest I've been behind in my reading as of late.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 09:17 PM
By all means, add all the links to reading you'd recommend. I only posted some of the stuff I've read when I originally started this thread and I've never updated it. I had not added Hammer of the Gods because I have not read it yet, to be honest I've been behind in my reading as of late.

Wait a bit before getting it. I have a much better second edition coming out later this year.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 09:21 PM
I would also recommend the <a href="http://www.ealdriht.org">Miercinga Theod</a> site. While it is Theodish and Anglo-Saxon specific, it has a lot that can be of use to anyone.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007, 05:25 AM
Post the information of useful books relating to the Revival of traditional Pre-Christian Germanic spirituality / Religion, Culture, Mythology or History. If you have read a good book or are looking for solid reading material this would be a good thread to start with. Please if you could, keep personal comments out of the thread so it does not run off the original topic. If you have a question about a book PM the person who posted about it. This way the thread stays informative for every post.

To keep this thread organized here is a template one could follow to post information:

Book Title:
ISBN Number:
URL to Amazon or another Outlet to purchase the book:
Any personal comments:

Hopefully a mod could sticky/announce this thread here so it does not drop.

Here is a good one to start off with.

Title: The Poetic Edda
Author: Lee M. Hollander (Translator)
ISBN Number: 0292764995
Amazon URL: Click Here (http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Edda-Lee-M-Hollander/dp/0292764995/ref=sr_1_1/002-5273769-5064066?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186806442&sr=8-1)
Comments: The major "Primer" in regards to Germanic Mythology.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007, 05:47 AM
Title: We Are our Deeds, The Elder Heathenry - Its Ethic and Thew
Author: Eric Wodening
ISBN Number: 1-929340-00-1
URL to Amazon or another Outlet to purchase the book: ?????????
Comments: I've read this book a few times, it is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the elder Heathen view of ethics and morality as well as an deeper understanding of the elder Heathen world view. The ideas and meanings of such things as Meagen and Frith are explained among many others. I could not provide a URL to purchase the book. I ordered mine via World Tree publications but if you can find this book, get it.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007, 06:04 AM
Title: The Nature of Asatru - An Overview of the Ideals and Philosophy of the Indigenous Religion of Northern Europe
Author: Mark Puryear
ISBN Number: 0595389643
Amazon URL: Click me! (http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Asatru-Overview-Philosophy-Indigenous/dp/0595389643)
Comments: This is a good piece of work. It serves both as a good introduction to those new to the folkway, as well as encourage thought with the experienced Heathen. It's a pretty good "basic" work, outlines and explains our values. In addition to its general content, it also contains a version of the Havamal. The book is well-researched, well-presented, and since it's written with a sound heart and mind, I found it easy to identify with a lot of what the author said. :)

Saturday, August 18th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Book Title: Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic
Author: Edred Thorsson (Stephen Flowers)
ISBN 10 Number: 0877285489
Amazon URL: Click Here (http://www.amazon.com/Futhark-Handbook-Magic-Edred-Thorsson/dp/0877285489/ref=sr_1_3/002-5273769-5064066?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187472744&sr=8-3)
Personal Comments: A great basic to learning about the Elder Futhark. Thorsson / Flowers while having links to Setian Satanism has a Phd in Germanic history and language, there is a greal wealth of information in this book with information on each rune, galdr and runic medidation stances. While some of Thorsson's other works are somewhat new age and fluffy, this is a researched work that anyone looking to start out with the runes should look into. It helped me when I was first interested in the Elder Futhark and the runic traditions of Germanic heathenry.

Friday, August 24th, 2007, 09:41 AM
Book Title: ŮÚodisc GelÚafa ("The Belief of the Tribe") - A Handbook on Germanic Heathenry and Theodish Belief
Author: Swain Wodening
ISBN Number: 1419671979
Amazon URL: Click here (http://www.amazon.com/%C3%9E%C3%A9odisc-Gel%C3%A9afa-Belief-Tribe-Heathenry/dp/1419671979/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-5273769-5064066?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187944095&sr=8-1)
Personal comments: I received this book today from Amazon and finished reading it a few hours ago. My friendship with the author may cause me to be a tad bias but I thought that this book was a great read. Where most modern Asatru / Odinist groups limit themselves to the Spiritual / Religious aspects of Germanic culture, those who consider themselves Theodish seek to revive and reconstruct not only the Spiritual and Religious practices of our Elder Heathen ancestors but also the Social structure and Ethical way of life. I would recommend this to anyone with a base knowledge and understanding of Heathenry who would like to get a little deeper in their study. As I read the book a few more times over the next few days I will probably post a review of it later on.

Friday, August 24th, 2007, 11:42 AM
Book Title: The Secret of the Runes
Author: Guido von List (Translated by Stephen E. Flowers)
ISBN Number: 0892812079
Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Runes-Stephen-E-Flowers/dp/0892812079/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-8807935-3672145?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187951711&sr=1-1

Actually this is a german book of the great Guido von List (1848 - 1919).
I'm not sure if the Translator changed something about the book i have an old original version of it. but it's worth reading and a must-have for every Paganist, Heathenist and Aryosophist.

I have alot of interessting old and newer books which are not available at amazon - I also have them as E-Books.
Members should put their E-Books in here too to share it for others.


Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 05:52 AM
Book Title: The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems (Dover Value Editions)
Author: Henry Adams Bellows (translator)
ISBN Number: 978-0486437101
URL to Amazon or another Outlet to purchase the book: Click Here (http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Edda-Mythological-Poems-Editions/dp/0486437108/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/103-8704765-8239821?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188655486&sr=8-2)
Any personal comments: This is a good low-cost copy of the Poetic Edda. The translator, Henry Adams Bellows, did a very faithful job of maintaining both the poetic alliterations as well as the symbolic significance of of certain words.

Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 06:08 AM
Thank you for being the first person to ruin the spirit of this thread.

Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 08:09 AM
Author: Edred Wodanson
ISBN Number: 0-9738423-2-6
URL: https://wodanesdag.com/bk-athf.html
Personal comments:

This is a good introduction to ┴satr˙/Odinism written from a folkish perspective.

Book Title: H┴VAM┴L
Author: Edred Wodanson
ISBN Number: 0-9738423-0-X
URL: https://wodanesdag.com/bk-hava.html
Personal comments:

Includes the Lee M. Hollander translation, modern English, and the original old Norse. These books are only available from the above website. They are the first books I bought on this subject.

Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 03:26 PM
Book Title: Norwegian Runes and Runic Inscriptions
Author: Terje Spurkland (Author), Betsy van der Hoek (Translator)
ISBN Number: 978-1843831860
URL: Click Here (http://www.amazon.com/Norwegian-Runes-Runic-Inscriptions-Spurkland/dp/1843831864/ref=sr_1_1/103-8704765-8239821?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188655965&sr=1-1)
Personal comments:
This book provides a balanced perspective on the runes within the their true archaeological, historical, and cultural framework. It provides detailed information on runic artifacts and extant contemporary documentation. It describes the use of the runes - spiritual, magical, and the more mundane - and avoids the speculative propositions so common in books of this subject today.

Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 03:38 PM
Book Title: The Elements of the Runes
Author: Bernard King
ISBN Number: 978-1843831860
URL: Click Here (http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Runes-Bernard-King/dp/1852304200/ref=sr_1_4/103-8704765-8239821?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188656991&sr=1-4)
Personal comments:
This books treats more specifically on the spiritual and magical aspects of the runes within the ancient traditions of Northern Europe. He discusses the "shamanic" elements of the runes, while avoiding the incorporation of foreign esoteric and magical traditions. The book is a little hard to find, but well worth reading if you can get a hold of it.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007, 12:55 PM
http://www.heimskringla.no/nettbutikk/index.php Alot of interesting books.

Thursday, September 6th, 2007, 07:19 PM
Book Title: The Rites of Heathendom
Author: Eric Wodening
ISBN Number: None
URL: Click here (http://www.cafepress.com/wodening.7646255)
Personal comments: This is an in depth study of Heathen ritual and rites. It is not a book as much it is many long, well written essays binded together into one book. No fluffy new age BS here just Lore and History study and reconstruction as well as etymology on various terms used in the lore to better understand their meanings. Eric does not just explain how blot and other rites were performed but the spiritual reasons they were held. A must read for anyone IMO.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007, 04:42 AM
Book Title: Tyr: Myth-Culture-Tradition vol. 2
Author: Edited by Joshua Buckley and Michael Moynihan
ISBN Number: 0-9720292-1-4
URL: here (http://www.amazon.com/TYR-Myth-Culture-Tradition-Vol/dp/0972029214/ref=sr_1_2/103-1639091-4648614?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191382526&sr=8-2)
Personal comments: The second in a projected series of journals dealing with 'Radical Traditionalism.' This volume includes essays by Julius Evola, Alain de Benoist, Stephen Flowers, Stephen McNallen, Markus Wolff, Nigel Pennick and others. It also includes a CD with contributions from leading heathen neofolk artists such as Fire + Ice, In Gowan Ring, Waldteufel, Blood Axis, and Allerseelen. Overall an interesting look at contemporary heathenry from a variety of controversial sources.

Saturday, December 8th, 2007, 02:59 AM
On Being a Pagan (http://www.amazon.com/Being-Pagan-Alan-Benoist/dp/0972029222) by Alan de Benoist is an excellent book that I would like to add to this list.

In this small masterpiece, the great French thinker Alain de Benoist claims that only the pagan deities of ancient Europe offer a spiritual recourse to the present religious malaise. The guilt, the fear, the narrow petty-bourgeois obsession with well-being, and the self-loathing love of the Other that has left Western man defenseless before the destructive behaviors of our nihilist age derive from the alien belief system that Christianity introduced to the West. They are not part of the pagan spirit that lives still in the Rig Veda, the Iliad, or the Edda. Benoist helps us rediscover these ancient wellsprings and the fonts from which future greatnesses may again flow. But let the reader be warned, his On Being a Pagan proposes no folkloric or New Age "return to the past," but rather a Nietzschean recurrence in which the future bears all the promise of our distant originsŚand thus of another great beginning.

ŚMichael OĺMeara, author of New Culture, New Right (First Books, 2004)

Sunday, December 9th, 2007, 04:21 AM
Book Title: Teutonic Mythology (in four volumes)
Author: Jakob Grimm
ISBN Numbers: 0486435466, 0486435474, 0486435482, 0486435490, 0486436152
URL: Volume 1 (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz on.com%2FTeutonic-Mythology-Vol-1-Phoenix%2Fdp%2F0486435466%2Fref%3Dsr_11_ 1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1197172422%26sr%3D 11-1), Volume 2 (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz on.com%2FTeutonic-Mythology-Vol-2-Phoenix%2Fdp%2F0486435474%2Fref%3Dsr_11_ 1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1197172615%26sr%3D 11-1), Volume 3 (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz on.com%2FTeutonic-Mythology-Vol-3-Phoenix%2Fdp%2F0486435482%2Fref%3Dsr_11_ 1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1197172780%26sr%3D 11-1), Volume 4 (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz on.com%2FTeutonic-Mythology-Vol-4-Phoenix%2Fdp%2F0486435490%2Fref%3Dsr_11_ 1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1197172886%26sr%3D 11-1), 4-Volume set (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz on.com%2FTeutonic-Mythology-4-VolumeSet-Phoenix%2Fdp%2F0486436152%2Fref%3Dsr_11_ 1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1197172957%26sr%3D 11-1)
The 4-volume set is currently out of print, although individual volumes can still be ordered. The text of part of the set is available online here (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nort hvegr.org%2Flore%2Fgrimmst%2F).

Sunday, January 20th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Book Title: The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
ISBN Number: 014 02.5869 8
URL: http://www.amazon.com/Penguin-Book-Norse-Myths/dp/0140258698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200861525&sr=8-1
Personal comments: Excellent book on Asatru lore. The stories of the Eddas in a much easier to read translation. Nice glossary of terms as well.

Saturday, November 5th, 2011, 04:01 AM
Primary Lore

The Eddas, by James Chisholm
The Edda Of SŠmund The Learned, by Benjamin Thorpe
The Elder or Poetic Edda, by Bray_1908
The Poetic Edda, by Bellows_1936
The Younger Edda, by Rasmus B. Anderson
The Prose or Younger Edda, by George Webbe Dasent
The Danish History Books I-IX, by Saxo Grammaticus
The Danish History Books I-IX, by Saxo Grammaticus Killings
The Saga of the Jomsvikings, by NF Blake

Secondary Lore

Rydberg's Teutonic Mythology
Grimm's Teutonic Mythology
The Culture of the Teutons, by Vilhelm Gr÷nbech
On Heroes, Hero-Worship, & The Heroic in History, by Thomas Carlyle
Eddic Mythology, by John Arnott MacCulloch
Myths of the Norsemen, by HA Guerber
Mitra-Varuna, by Georges Dumezil
The Stakes of the Warrior, by Georges Dumezil
The Religion of the Northmen, by Rudolph Keyser_ 1854
Woden in England: A reconsideration of the Evidence, by AL Meaney
The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity, by James C Russell
The Faces of the Goddess, by Lotte Motz
The Germanic ThunderWeapon, by Lotte Motz
Sacrifice and Sacrificial Idealogy in Old Norse Religion, by Daniel Bray
Starka­r's Teeth, by William Layher
Maiden with the Mead, by Maria Kvilhaug
Balder's Death and Loke's Punishment, by Cornelia Steketee Hulst
Nine Norse Studies, by Gabriel Turville-Petre
Contributionsto the Study of Othin Especially in His Relation to Agricultural Practices in Modern Popular Lore, by Jan de Vries
Imagining an Early Odin Gold Bracteates as Visual Evidence, by Starkey
Germanic Goddesses
The Sons of Odin
Fylfot in Archaeology
The Archaeology of the Norse North Atlantic
The Cult of Nerthus
Matrons and Disir
Norse Mythology, by Munch
In the Beginning was the Scream, by Henning Kure
Voluspa and the Book of Revelation, by Richard North
Voluspa and the Feast of Easter, by John McKinnel
Berserkir: A Double Legend, by Anatoly Liberman
Myth, Psychology, and Society in Grettis Saga
Rich and Powerful: The Image of the Female Deity in the Migration Age, by Rudolf Simek
Scandinavian Rock Carvings and Sardinian Bronzes
Cold Counsels and Hot Tempers: The Development of the Germanic Amazon in Old Norse Literature
Rock Carvings and Shamanism
The Ragnarok Within: Grundtvig, Jung, and the Subjective Interpretationof Myth
Viking and Medieval Amulets in Scandinavia

HM Chadwick

The Cult of Othinn, by HM Chadwick
The Ancient Teutonic Priesthood, by HM Chadwick
The Oak and the Thunder-God, by HM Chadwick
The Origin of the English Nation, by HM Chadwick

Odin Battlegod of the Vikings, by HRED
Road to Hel, by HRED
Roles of the Northern Goddess, by HRED
Thor's Hammer, by HRED
Ragnarok and the World Tree, by HRED

John Lindow
Bloodfeud and Scandinavian Mythology, by John Lindow
Thor's Duel with Hrungnir, by John Lindow
Thor's Visit to Utgardloki, by John Lindow
Interpreting Balder the Dying God, by John Lindow

Germanic Heathenry
Our Troth

Mike Smith
Ways of the Asatru, by Mike Smith
Think Again!, by Mike Smith
Amma– Wisdom from the Sagas, by Mike Smith
The Kids Book of the Norse Gods, by Mike Smith

Kveld˙lfr Gundarsson
Teutonic Religion, by Kveld˙lfr Gundarsson
Teutonic Magic, by Kveld˙lfr Gundarsson
Wotan The Road to Valhalla, by Kveld˙lfr Gundarsson
Spae-Craft, Sei­r, and Shamanism, by Kveld˙lfr Gundarsson
Shape-Shifting, Berzerkergang and the Cult of Odhinn, by Stephen Grundy

Bil Linzie
Germanic Spirituality, by Bil Linzie
Investigating the Afterlife Concepts of the Norse Heathen: A Reconstructionist's Approach
Uncovering the Effects of Cultural Background on the Reconstruction of Ancient Worldviews
Reconstructionism's Role in Modern Heathenry, by Bil Linzie
Reincarnation among the Norse: Sifting through the Evidence, by Bil Linzie
Drinking at the Well of Mimir, by Bil Linzie

Handbood of the Old-Northern Runic Monuments of Scandinavia and England, by George Stephens
The Runes, Whence Came They, by George Stephens
Runes AroundThe North Sea And On The Continent, by Jantina Helena Looijenga
Galdrarbok Full With Interpretation, by Greg Crowfoot

Edred Thorsson
Introduction to the Germanic Tradition, by Edred Thorsson
A Book of Troth, by Edred Thorsson
Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic, by Edred Thorsson
Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology, by Edred Thorsson
Rune=Magic, by Seigfried Adolf Kummer Thorsson
Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Elder Tradition, by Stephen Edred Flowers
The Galdrabok An Icelandic Grimoire, by Stephen Flowers
Rune Might - Secret Pratices of the German Rune Magicians, by Edred Thorsson
Rune Song, by Edred Thorsson
Rune Song CD, by Edred Thorsson
Toward an Archaic Germanic Psychology, by Stephen E Flowers

Nine Worlds of Seid Magic, by Jenny Blain
Nordic Shamanism
Seidr Magic



Saturday, November 5th, 2011, 04:16 AM
An incredible list, thank you so much for making these materials available.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Are there any books out there that tell about the religious practices of our ancestors without modern garbage? For example, Thorsson wants us to do that Hammer-banishing rite in a style similar to the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram - but did our ancestors actually do such a thing? I find it doubtful. There is one Kindred that makes the Hammer-sign towards the Hof and says "Hammer of Fire, hallow and hold this holy stead," and then turns 180 degrees and says "Hammer of Ice, etc.", but I don't know if that is historically accurate either.

Does anyone know any good books that reveal what our ancestors actually did? If not, what "modern" book would you say provides the best guide for how to do our rituals most accurately and with the least modern new-age influence?


Sunday, April 29th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Sounds like Wicca-tru garbage to me.

Odinic rite has some good books, from what I have seen. You may like the book of Blotar.

As for the writings, I have always been one to just glean ideals from the Sagas and Eddas.

The Call of Our Ancient Nordic Religion, by Alexander Rud Mills was done in the late 50s.. not a bad read either.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012, 10:11 PM
Might want to look into "Our Troth" Vol 1 and 2, they seem pretty good.

Here's the thing, you had Christians writing things down, adding their own spin to it. Now you have wiccans trying to make everything into some eclectic "warm fuzzy lesbian mommy" religion like they did with Celtic heathenry.

What you may want to do is first get a good handle on Chriostianity and wicca, then when you read the books on heathenry, you can filter those elements out. It's a lot of work, but other than UPG, that's about all there is to work with.

I'm suspicious of sources referring to the "5 elements", calling the 4 watchtowers (calling on Thor's hammer or not), casting circles, etc, as well as those pertaining to eternal torture, fostering guilt and humiliation, etc.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012, 10:32 PM

This is always one of my favorite go-to books on Heathenry. It is translated by Flowers/Thorsson, yes, but it's written by Guido Von List, a 19th-century occultist and Heathen. This book perfectly underlines the religious elements of the Aryan/Teutonic soul and spirit, and emphasizes the Runes importance in such a soul. Highly recommended towards anyone interested in Heathenry from a Folkish perspective, or even otherwise

Germania Magna
Sunday, April 29th, 2012, 10:51 PM
There is a couple of books by American white nationalists that are available for download and that give details of heathen calendars and rituals. I couldnt say how historical are the details of the rituals.

Temple of Wotan by Ron McVan


Creed of Iron by David Lane


Monday, April 30th, 2012, 01:37 AM
NEVER credit either of those worthless books to the great David Lane. Both were written by Ron McVan, and both are useless piles of trash. To my knowledge, this is all David ever wrote on Heathenry: http://allfatherwotan.org/odinicmysteries.html

Those books are nothing more than the most basic, rudimentary knowledge of Heathenry interspersed with McVan's rambling philosophical musings and "rahrahrah save White people rahrah." I have no use for either of them.


Monday, April 30th, 2012, 04:49 AM
Are there any books out there that tell about the religious practices of our ancestors without modern garbage?

For the good stuff at least some German reading skills are required. Even if what could be considered a standard work on that area was written by someone from the Netherlands :

Altgermanische Religionsgeschichte - Jan de Vries

A second recommendation :

Kultur und Religion der Germanen - Wilhelm Gr÷nbech

Monday, April 30th, 2012, 02:59 PM

It may be a not too bad work, but the Ring of Troth itself is rather universalist and thus gets a negative from me. They seem to want to let 'anyone' who feels a tug, wear the hammer.

Monday, April 30th, 2012, 03:08 PM
I haven't read all of both volumes, but so far I haven't gotten that vibe, it's been mostly articles written from certain people on the given subject, and has been fairly objective so far, although they haven't really pushed the folkishness, either.

Monday, April 30th, 2012, 03:30 PM
This is a real problem for a lot of folks out there who are trying to find books on what heathenry is all about. Nearly all of the modern authors I have read seem to either be off on their own (extremist!) agenda, or regurgitating wiccatru rubbish.

Myself, I have found that Wilhelm Gronbech's Culture of the Teutons to be the best for what the "...soul of the Germanic people.." represents. I find myself often re-reading sections of it when I have questions. Stephen Pollington's The Mead Hall is another of my favorites. I should say right now that I prefer an academic to a rabble-rouser.

I think Edred Thorsson and the rest of the celebrity-tru crowd are more interested in adulation than solid scholarship. One of the many reasons I have maintained my preference for learning by doing, with real physical people, as opposed to other approaches. There are less than twenty of us in our little mixed pagan and heathen community, but there is mutual respect and solid tribal dividing lines that make for an alliance renewed every time we come together to blot, veizla, sumble, ritual, or celebrate. So far, for the last five or six years everyone seems to work together, and strive for a balanced reciprocity that makes me wonder how it might work if we had twice the numbers.

The book-writing and publishing community, for the most part (in the commercial world), seem to want to be parasites rather than leaders. Strong words, but that is what is in my heart.

There really is stuff out there, but to avoid the B-S one really has to be discerning. Some of Paxson's historical fiction is good material, as is the work of Poul Anderson. Tacitus is always a good place to start. But the truth is that this faith-based folkway doesn't really lend itself to being written down. It is a belief system that is sustained by doing, and one learns what to do by simply talking to the gods about it. I do, nearly every day. If you listen, they will answer.

In Frith,

Thursday, May 31st, 2018, 11:58 PM
I think this thread needs some serious updating. I'll mention a few of my favs that haven't been mentioned in my collection.

A Piece of Horse Liver: Myth, Ritual, and Folklore in Old Icelandic Sources
By Jon Hnefill Adalsteinsson

Asatru: A Native European Spirituality
By Stephan McNellen

The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes
By Carolyne Larrington

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
Translated by Jackson Crawford

The Elder Gods: The Otherworld of Early England
By Stephan Pollington

Icelandic Magic: Aims, Tools, and Techniques of the Icelandic Sorcerers
By Christopher Alan Smith

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