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    Question Heathen Era: How to Count the Years?

    There are several different ways heathens count the years. I know of five:

    • Most popular is the Runic Era "R.E." which begins counting the year from 250 BCE, when most scholars agree the runes were first used. The current year 2007 would be 2257.
    • In Thorolf Wardle's book Runelore he uses "a.T." which counts the years from the Battle of Teutoburg in 9 CE. The current year 2007 would be 1998.
    • In Mark Puryear's book The Nature of Asatru he describes a method invented by Else Christensen based on the zodiac sign of the bull (symbolizing Audhumla). This era began in 4311 BCE. The current year 2007 would be 6318.
    • The Northvegr Foundation uses the EVFS which means "etter Vinlands fyrste sjå" or "after the first sighting of Vinland" in the year 1000 CE. The current year 2007 would be 1007.
    • Some ASH "Anglo-Saxon Heathen" and Theodisc groups count the years from the time of the Germanic invasion of Britain in the late 5th century CE.

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    The Heathen Era

    Presumably, the first humans to venture into newly deglaciated Scandinavia, about 8,000 years ago were heathens. This would seem to me to be a reasonable starting point for the Heathen Era. Inasmuch as the date is necessarily uncertain, it could be defined arbitrarily as 8,000 B.P., as the earliest date when heathens could have entered Scandinavia.

    So, 2007 C.E. would be about 8000 H.E., maybe 8007 H.E. to make conversions to/from the Common Era easier. Now, then, what were the Old Norse names for the months which are now named after Roman rulers and ordinally from Caesar's calendar ? Let's have an appropriate calendar for the Heathen Era.

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    wait...this means we can party like its 1999 all over again? Sweet!

    good info. Just out of curiosity how did the Vikings reckon the years?
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    Some other alternatives would be counting the years from 1936, when Alexander R. Mills formed the Angelcyn Church of Odin. Which was the first sign of Odinist resurgence in our times.

    Or maybe from the year 113 BCE when the Teutones and Cimbri invaded the Roman republic. This was the first time Germanics were recorded in history and the first stirring of the Völkerwanderung which lasted until the middle ages.

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    Just out of curiosity how did the Vikings reckon the years?
    I think they just counted the years from major events or coronations. For example... "I was born in the sixth year of so-and-so's reign" or "He died five winters after the Battle of ????".

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    ahhh cool beans.
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    How about from 476, the Fall of Rome, when Odoacer was the first Germanic to rule in the wake of the Empire that failed to destroy Hermann's volk?

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    Most Asatru/Odinists will use a date that suits them and their tribal beliefs. I think it is fine that there are more than one date to reference from, as long as, in my opinion, it isn't Judeo-X-ian and it is close to our preXian culture.

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