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    Havamal without question

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    The Flately Book, and within it "How Norway was Inhabited."

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    Collecting Texts & Reading them.........

    Certainly, I value the Whole of the Poetic Edda, for the Stories & Lessons taught.
    Between DSW(Dear Sweet Wife),& myself we have 7 or 8 translations.
    The Havamal is undoubtedly best.......We have 10 or 12 translations of it.
    The Heimskringla is very good, too. And, I like Njal's Saga.
    Tacitus should be read & studied well.
    As a Kindred leader study is important.

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    I have to agree with Carl, I rely almost exclusively on Barrows translation of the Poetic Edda. I have heard that it is the next best thing to the original. Both The Hovamal and Voluspa being the most useful to me. I had the fortune of finding an original printing of this at an antique store close to my house. I also think that the various translations of the Norse Sagas are required reading. Among the one pictured there is also the Vinland Saga, Orkneyinga Saga, and the Saga of the Jomsvikings. The only other modern work that I hold in high esteem is The Odin Brotherhood. All the rest of my new age books do little for me other than collect dust. Not that they aren't useful, I just find Dr. Mirabello's work more insightful.
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    I would say Voluspa and Havamal although I also really value the stories of Norway's line of divine kings as well.
    "What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil." Friedrich Nietzche

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    So far, I like the rune-poems best

    Wassail!

    I would once have said Beowulf, because it is the only Germanic text commonly available in English dating from the pre-Christian period, but I have since learned that it is heavily influenced by Christianity. The rune-poems, though similarly corrupted, by their very nature contain much of the old Northern mysteries (the true definition of Rune).

    Admittedly, I am in Kindergarten as far as Germanic texts go. I would like to become familiar with more of the Icelandic and Scandinavian materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    I find the Prose Edda to much less reliable, particularly when Snorri lapses into his theories about Óðinn being a Trojan refugee. However, the Prose Edda is invaluable for its recounting of Óðinn obtaining the mead of poetry.
    Well, when I read Snorri's Introduction, I thought 2 things; 1 I hate him for screwing up sacred stories and Hellenizing the Aesir. But 2, maybe he did it to save the stories from the Church. The Introduction to Snorri's Edda is written in a different style (even in the English translation you can notice this), so I think it had to be added to please any would-be book burners.

    This makes me wonder about all of the texts I have read (Snorri's Edda, about half of the poetic Edda's, Beowulf) and the texts I plan on reading (Historia Danica, Song of Roland). They were all recorded by Christians generations after conversion and we don't know what their motives were, do we?

    I love the stories we have, I'm just worried about the authenticity, since our Throth has always been an oral tradition. Does anyone know of any stories or poems RECORDED by Heathens and not Christians?

    I was raised Christian, my father is actually a Methodist minister. He shared with me a lot of the history of the Catholic Church when I was a kid, and it is not pretty. Lots of politics, corruption, propaganda and murder (which I think is different from deaths in war)

    Any ideas or sources?

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    It has to be Beowulf!

    Quote Originally Posted by Iseard View Post
    I would once have said Beowulf, because it is the only Germanic text commonly available in English dating from the pre-Christian period, but I have since learned that it is heavily influenced by Christianity...
    Bare in mind that the writer/s were early Chirstians. I think the Germanic voice of the text speaks loud enough, and reading around the subject will make that voice even clearer.

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    The Eddas, of course! I also value Snorri Sturluson's Saga of the Norwegian Kings.

    Actually, I value all Germanic texts! Each one has Germanic culture, values, religion, philosophy, society, ect... in them, and each stands on their own as valuable to us.

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    I would say the The Volsung Saga and Beowulf

    I am interested in reading these books:

    Parzival
    Egils saga
    Njáls saga
    Hrafnkels saga
    The Song of Roland

    If possible could somebody who has read them rate them out of ten for me?

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