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tatterhood:

Save the viking goats!!!

Johanna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Icelandic goat farm (Háafell) is facing foreclosure in September, resulting in the entire goat flock being butchered - unless enough funds are raised to save it!

There are less than 820 Icelandic goats in the entire world - they are an endangered species. Almost half of them will be lost if this farm is not saved. I visited Háafell 2 years ago and every goat I draw is rooted in this place. Any little bit helps :)

— 10 hours ago with 1255 notes
#Charity  #Signal Boost  #Goats  #Iceland  #Not Mythology 
"The Vikings, who were hunting for narwhals in the cold Arctic waters, sold their tusks to the superstitious European nobility, advertising them as unicorn horns. Demand was high because the naïve Southerners were convinced beyond doubt that unicorns truly existed. Not that anybody had seen one. People just yearned to believe in made-up stories."
— 17 hours ago with 111 notes
#History  #Just for Fun  #Not Mythology  #Unicorns 
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davidsvortex:

Theodor Kittelsen: Lysalver fanger Skyggetussen (vaguely translated to “the light elves catches the shadow troll”)

davidsvortex:

Theodor Kittelsen: Lysalver fanger Skyggetussen (vaguely translated to “the light elves catches the shadow troll”)

— 20 hours ago with 83 notes
#Art  #Folklore  #Trolls  #Light Elves  #Elves 

samwisepotter:

I did this drawing of Tyr and Fenrir ages ago and my brother decided to get it as a tattoo so I was rather proud. (It’s not quite done yet).

— 1 day ago with 18 notes
#Tyr  #Fenrir  #Art  #Tattoo 
Anonymous asked: Are you familiar with Seidr? Do you have any good resources I can trust?


Answer:

thiscrookedcrown:

I am familiar with Seidr. In fact, I may eventually pursue becoming a volva but not in the foreseeable future. I have sources but much of it is either archaeological finds (and thereby may be an exception instead of a rule) or reconstructed and potentially incorrect historically (or at the very least have some questionable things in it). One thing to know, of course, is that there is no way to be sure what Seidr actually is or was or how it was performed. We have only historical records and writings of people who were not practitioners, likely religiously bias, and not a continuing practice to look at. Therefore it is, as with most of pagan reconstructed or revitalized religions, subject to personal bias and UPG rather than a written or oral tradition to fall back to.

If (and potentially when) I join Seidr, it would be based on three things: my god’s wishes, historically logical assumptions, written accounts, and archaeological evidence, and my personal UPG. 

It is good to note that Seidr isn’t just spells, magic, and fortune telling. Major areas of focus for Seidr would be war, sex, and fertility. Manipulating magic would be more used than persuasive magic. Spirit walking is not only a given but expected. An entheogens and herbalism would be studied and used as part of the religious experience. No punches would be pulled. Singing, drums, and dancing would also be a method of conducting their spells and rituals. Divination would be a huge area of focus, involving sitting out and going into a trance for divination purposes or possible spirit communication although realistically self-introspection and meditation probably made an appearance too. (Read meditation as to think deeply and not the new age version of that although periods of rest to connect with the universal would probably be fairly normal as well.)

Practitioners would carry a distaff, used for weaving and would double as a wizard’s staff and magic wand. Often, powerful and renown practitioners would have an entourage of assistance or slaves and would either travel or hold court. They often were consulted, hired, or invited to join war parties. These were powerful people given places of respect when they enter a home. Seidr was likely performed not only out in the woods but also on a raised platform - as I mentioned, hold court so to speak - for major rituals or public ones used to bolster morale or court favor with hosts. A chair is often found in burials, so there may have been a portion of the rituals that required the volva to sit in a trance in the chair, perhaps while channeling deities or spirits in an oracular fashion. Powerful practitioners were often richly rewarded by patrons or villagers given the archaeological evidence but almost certainly not a universal outcome for all practitioners.

All of the above being said, there’s a lot of sources out there and they’re generally classed in one of two ways: personal religious practice or academic. I haven’t read all of these but this is my to-read list (some include rune research as well) or have read list. I’ll make a notation of my opinion of the book if I’ve read it.

Now for your sources:

  • Volva Stav Manual. Kari C. Tauring. http://www.germanicmythology.com/original/TAURINGstavmanual.pdf [Crown’s note: I have some serious issues with some of this writing and it is a personal path but certainly a good starting point.]
  • Into Viking Minds: Reinterpreting the Staffs of Sorcery and Unraveling Seidr. Leszek Gardela.
  • Spinning Seiðr. Eldar Heide.
  • Seidways: Shaking, Swaying and Serpent Mysteries. Jan Fries.
  • Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism. Jenny Blain
  • The Way of Wyrd. Brian Bates. [Crown’s note: a highly researched work of fiction.]
  • Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft. James R. Lewis (editor) [Crown’s note: The book’s interesting as a whole but I don’t entirely agree with everything said.It’s an article anthology.]
  • Nordic Religions in the Viking Age. Thomas A. DuBois
  • The Elder Gods: The Otherworld of Early England. Stephen Pollington.
  • Heathen Gods in Old English Literature. Richard North.
  • The Viking Way: Religion and War in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Neil Price.
  • Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic. Clive Tolley.
  • Old Norse Seidr, Finish Seita and Saami Shamanism. Asko Parpola.
  • Uthark - Nightside of the runes. Thomas Karlsson, T. Ketola, Tommie Eriksson (translator)
  • Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Middle Ages. Karen Louise Jolly, Catherine Raudvere, Edward Peters.
  • Óðinn as mother: The Old Norse deviant patriarch. Ármann Jakobsson.

Original source material: 

  • Prose Edda
  • Svipdagsmál 
  • Saga of Eric the Red
  • Völuspá
  • Ynglinga saga 
  • Darraðarljóð 
  • Helgakviða Hundingsbana I
  • Flateyjarbók
  • Beowulf
  • Skírnismál
  • Oddrúnargrátr
  • Lokasenna
  • Völsa þáttr
  • Hávamál

Related:

This is one of those on-going studies for me but it should be noted that I’m not a practitioner of any kind of Norse religion, I’m just arbitrarily connected given my association with Heimdallr and my ancestors being almost entirely from the region.

— 1 day ago with 130 notes
#Seidr  #Heathen  #Not Mythology  #Resources 
Norse Weapons: Fact & Fiction | Grauwelt | Young Adult →

grauwelt:

Author Victor Salinas writes about real life Norse weapons and how it differs in fictional tales (including in the Grauwelt books!).

He helps separate the fact from fiction about commonly-used historical Norse weapons. 

— 1 day ago with 41 notes
#Articles  #History  #Weapons  #Not Mythology  #Norse  #Viking