Renewal magazine. This is an independent quarterly Australian Odinist journal, continuously published since 1993. Available from PO Box 4333, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3052, Australia. For a sample copy within Australia please enclosed a stamped, self-addressed envelope. If you live outside Australia, please enquire first.
The editor of this site is Osred. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please address them to email@example.com
For those who are on Facebook, these pages may be of interest:
Tyr’s Guard Odinic Hearth, Melbourne: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.facebook.com/groups/691934530842571/?fref=nf
Aesberg Odinic Hearth, NSW; email@example.com
Folkish Australian Odinist: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560660580834578/
Australian Odinist/Asatru: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ullr72/
Folkish Odinist Worldwide: https://www.facebook.com/groups/468946303215115/
The Odinic Rite of Australia: https://www.facebook.com/groups/20760369208/
The Norroena Society is “dedicated to the thorough and proper investigation of the ancestral traditions of Northern Europe”. http://www.norroena.org/index2.html
There are many works which should be on the bookshelves of all Odinists. What follows is a selection of some of the most important, the most useful, and the most thought-provoking. This is a very brief list of essential books, with a few short comments on their relevance.
Where a book is available in several editions or translations no publication details are given.
Osred, Odinism: Present, Past and Future. Osred follows in the tradition of Australian Odinist leaders, pioneers and artists such as Rud Mills, Evelyn Price, Annie Lennon, Norman Lindsay, Kenneth Slessor and Rayner Hoff, as he relates the eternal Odinist quest of our people to the 21st century. Available for purchase here.
Alan James, The Trial of Loki. This study of the underlying morality of the Norse poem Lokasenna is an antidote to the diminishing number of people who claim some sort of affinity to Loki. Available for purchase here.
Tacitus, Germania. A study of the character and customs of the Germanic tribes in Roman times.
Caesar, The Conquest of Gaul. Includes chapters on the invasion of Germany and notes on the customs of the tribes there.
Virgil, The Aeneid. In Rome’s greatest epic poem, an educated Latin author details the heathen world-view of his day.
Plutarch, Lives. One of the great philosophers of the Roman period, himself a priest of Apollo and a holder of high office under both Trajan and Hadrian, examines the lives and characters of famous Greeks and Romans.
Beowulf. An Old English poem of uncertain date, depicting life in a late-heathen warrior society. Some Christian material has been interpolated, but overall it is very authentic. Other Old English poems that give us vivid insights into the lives of our ancestors are Deor’s Complaint, Wulf and Eadwacer, Widsith, The Wanderer, and The Seafarer. The Battle of Maldon and The Battle of Brunanburgh are two poems reveling in the heroic Germanic spirit, and, it has been said, “… although there are references to Christian virtues, brutally heathen”.
Bede, De Temporum Ratione and to a lesser degree Historia Ecclesiastica. Bede was a Christian writing at a time when some of the English kingdoms were still heathen. He is reluctant to supply any deatils of Odinist practices beyond those which were well known, but much of what he wrote has been confirmed by archaeology.
The Codex Regius, also known as the Poetic Edda. An Icelandic work containing most – but not all – of the poems on which our knowledge of Norse paganism is based.
Snorri Sturluson, the Prose Edda, a thirteenth century text-book for scaldic poets, and another source of information on Norse heathenism. Snorri was a Christian priest writing centuries after the formal “conversion” of Iceland, and therefore all his statements require independent corroboration.
Saxo Grammaticus, Gesta Danorum. Saxo wrote this for an archbishop, and it is heavily laced with Christianity and generally untrustworthy, but it sometimes sheds light on otherwise obscure aspects of our faith.
The Norse Sagas. All were written by Christians, but some preserve relics of heathen poetry and provide other glimpses into heathen practice. For Egil’s Saga we strongly recommend the translation by E.R. Eddison, first published in 1930 by Cambridge University Press and re-published by others since.
Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Ballads. “The religion of the ballads, save for the few poems that deal with the popular Catholic mythology, is absolutely as heathen as that of the Helgi Lays; the sacredness of revenge, remorse, and love, the horror of treason, cruelty, lust and fraud are well given, but of Christianised feelings there are no traces. The very scheme on which the ballads and lays are alike built, the hapless innocent death of a hero or heroine, is as heathen as the plot of any Athenian tragedy can be,” said York Powell.
David M. Wilson (ed.), The Northern World, Thames & Hudson, 1980. Fairly reliable large-format book with chapters by specialists on “Gods and Heroes of the Northern World”, “The Germanic Tribes in Europe”, “The Anglo-Saxon Settlement of England” and many others of interest.
F. J. Los, The Franks: a critical study in christianisation and imperialism. The original 1940 Dutch version was called Karel de Frank, de Groote? This book may be hard to find but it is worth hunting down. It gives precise details of the barbarous christianising crusades of Charlemagne against the northern peoples, and argues persuasively that the Viking raids on Christian monasteries and lands were reprisals.
Lloyd & Jennifer Laing, Anglo-Saxon England. Covers both the heathen period and the early Christian period.
Rupert Bruce-Mitford, The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, British Museum Publications, various editions. Full details of the excavation of a magnificent late-heathen royal burial in East Anglia.
H. R. Ellis Davidson, Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. This book provided many people with their first insights into our religion.
H. R. Ellis Davidson, Pagan Scandinavia, Thames & Hudson, 1967. From the earliest aechaeological records to the close of the heathen period.
Jakob Grimm, Germanic Mythology. Useful especially for the living folklore that Grimm recorded.
Georges Dumezil, Gods of the Ancient Northmen, University of California Press, 1973. A collection of the great scholar’s essays on the faith of our ancestors. Not necessarily to be accepted at face value.
Brian Branston, The Lost Gods of England, Thames & Hudson, numerous reprints. A stimulating though sometimes eccentric rediscovery of the Anglo-Saxon pantheon that has proved immensely popular.
Kathleen Herbert, Looking for the Lost Gods of England, Anglo-Saxon Books. Rigorous, stimulating and elegantly brief.
Preben Meulengracht Sorenson, The Unmanly Man: concepts of sexual defamation in early northern society, Odense University Press, 1983. A comprehensive study of the heathen north’s negative attitudes to witchcraft, homosexuality and effeminacy.
John Stanley Martin, Ragnarok: an investigation into old norse conepts of the fate of the gods, Melbourne Monographs in Germanic Studies. 1972. Should be in major university libraries. A magisterial summary of all the surviving evidence relating to the final battle.
Jens Peter Schjodt, Initiation between two worlds: structure and symbolism in pre-Christian Scandinavian religion, University Press of Southern Denmark, 2008. Schjodt’s book is long and academic, but it convincingly debunks the simplistic interpretation of Odin as a “shaman” figure.
A. Rud Mills, The Call of our Ancient Nordic Religion, a classic pamphlet by the founder of the 20th century Odinist revival, with “typos” corrected, a 2012 introduction and brief explanatory footnotes. Available for purchase here.
There are many books on the Viking age, but few from a female perspective. Here are two exceptions:
Judith Jesch, Women in the Viking Age, The Boydell Press, 1991. A multidisciplinary survey concluding that the Viking Age “… was not all blood, sweat and tears, even for women”.
Margaret Clunies-Ross, Prolonged Echoes, Vols 1 & 2, Odense University Press, 1994 & 1998. Clunies-Ross takes a female and outmodedly feminist approach to her immense knowledge of the sources. Her case is well-argued and her conclusions can be startling – but never reliable.
Suitable personal names
English Compound Names. This free booklet helps to bring our heritage of Old English compound names back into English in a living form, and give insight into the meaning and history of living English names.
The original collection of these Odinist rituals was published in 1991 by the (London) Odinic Rite and written by its founder, Stubba. This second, 2014 edition, was authorised by Stubba and is computer-scanned to ensure accuracy to the genuine 1991 original. Available for purchase here.
This is a self-contained A4 size saddle-stitched booklet of 20 pages, with a 120 gsm clay cover (as illustrated).
This is the complete guide to runes from an Anglo-Saxon perspective.
Fully up-to-date in terms of research, Ripples in Time reveals, for instance, that Germanic runes probably relate to pre-Classical Greek letter shapes. That is much earlier than most current New Age and even scholarly accounts suggest. The booklet also establishes that our Anglo-Saxon ancestors used runes for a variety of purposes, including divination, magic, and the control of occult powers.
Ripples in Time is available for $Aus 10.00 within Australia. (This price includes postage and handling). Overseas residents can obtain Ripples in Time for $US20.00 (US cash), which covers airmail anywhere. To purchase, send your order to The Odinic Rite of Australia using the above contact details.
You need this booklet if you are serious about our runic heritage.
Many famous English-language poets have written great works celebrating the heathen or pagan strand of our culture. This book contains 264 pages of them, plus brief introductions to many and portraits of most of the poets. Available for purchase here.
Heathen Song comprises an introductory essay on our traditional heathen musical heritage; over sixty illustrative songs with music, lyrics and explanatory notes; and four appendices on recent heathen musical developments. It should be noted that this book is about traditional heathen music in the folk-song tradition – not about genres such as “heathen metal”. Available for purchase here.