One of the most common uses one sees for the runes in modern Pagan and Heathen literature is divination. There are “runic spreads” that are obviously based on Tarot cards, which can range from a simple “draw three runes for past, present, and future” to complex patterns of a dozen or more, each of which… Continue reading Runology, Part 2: On Runic Divination
Every Scylding in Heorot liked mead a lot, But Grendel the beast, roaring outside did not. Grendel hated Scyldings, the whole Danish clan. Can I say why? I don’t think I can. He spied on the Scyldings, he fumed and he wailed. He watched as in Heorot they drank mead and drank ale. “How can… Continue reading Grendel as the Grinch
Iceland Review has a nice little article about the Ásatrúarfélagið (Association of Asatruar) in Iceland. Specifically, it discusses their Yule celebration a few days ago. What I found most interesting was the bit about their numbers; they’ve gone from 280 to 2,200 since 1998. Plus they have plans to build “the first pagan temple to rise… Continue reading Asatru in Iceland
Today, Medievalists.net gives us an article from a SCAdian on the “living dead” of the Icelandic sagas, the in draugr. Very different from traditional non-corporeal ghosts, much more akin to what we think of today as zombies. Great overview of the source material.
“A Merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavor to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this… Continue reading Smoking Bishop
Today Medievalists.net presents us with a paper originally presented at last year’s International Medieval Congress entitled The Pagan Heritage of St. George. It’s a fascinating exploration of pre-Christian motifs that have been incorporated into the traditional Medieval legend of St. George and the Dragon. While I’m dubious of some of the claims in the paper… Continue reading The Pagan Heritage of St George
Medievalists.net today calls our attention to a fascinating paper from Scandia 2008; Dark Age Migrations and Subjective Ethnicity: The Example of the Lombards. Wow. The premise is that most of what we today consider to be tribal and ethnic groupings from Classical writers aren’t really so. They’re “subjective” groupings based on the personal followers of… Continue reading Subjective Ethnicity