Odinism · prisoner rights

Odinist Prisoner News: Planker v. Christie

From New Jersey comes Planker v. Christie, that was dismissed without prejudice on January 20, 2015. Amongst (many, many) other complaints, the plaintiff alleged that his rights as an “Organic Odian” (which, I must admit, is something I’ve never heard of before) were violated. Specifically, he was denied materials such as a Thor’s Hammer, runes, candles,… Continue reading Odinist Prisoner News: Planker v. Christie

Ancestors · Asatru · Book Reviews · Theodism

Book Review: Path to the Ancestors

I recently had the pleasure of ordering Swain Wodening’s book Path to the Ancestors: Exploring Ancestor Worship within Modern Germanic Heathenry from Lulu.com. At 62 pages (not counting the glossary and bibliography) it’s a quick read, but that should not be mistaken for being light on information. Rather, it is succinct and narrowly focused. Although… Continue reading Book Review: Path to the Ancestors

historiography · History · Vikings

Vital Factors in the Success of the Vikings

Medievalists.Net brings us a golden oldie from the Proceedings of the Sixth Viking Congress, 1969, entitled Vital Factors in the Success of the Vikings by Bertil Almgren. The thesis seems to be that the success of the Vikings was due to the shallow draft of their ships, which allowed them to travel farther up river inlets and over… Continue reading Vital Factors in the Success of the Vikings

archaeology · historiography · History · reconstructionism

This is why checking primary sources matters

Yesterday I ran across a perfect example of why it’s always dangerous to rely on what people say about historical sources, rather than going back and fact-checking. Sometimes, the sources don’t say what the modern scholar says they say. (In fact, I wrote a whole paper on the subject, debunking a claim about Augustines City… Continue reading This is why checking primary sources matters