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Where is the horse and the rider?
Where is the horn that was blowing?
They have passed like rain on the mountains,
Like wind in the meadow.
The days have gone down in the west
Behind the hills, into shadow.
How did it come to this?
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If you can't handle Thor at his chestiest,
Then you don't deserve him at his bestiest.
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Make me dress like a woman to get my hammer back... heck yeah I'm gonna bash up your stuff. make you question what is under every skirt you ever see again while I am at it. lol
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Týr & the Wolf & the Gods
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It has been a dark & violent week. May Frigg protect you from all harm!

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from Icelandic & Anglo-Saxon Rune Poems
TYR is a god with one hand
And leavings of the wolf
And prince of temples

TYR is a guiding star
Well does it keep faith with princes
It is ever on its course
Over the mists of night and never fails

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The Anglo-Saxon stanza refers to the planet Mars. As a god, Mars was identified with Tiw/Tyr; so the Anglo-Saxons called the planet Tiw, as they called the day of the week that was 'Mars' Day' in Lastin Tiwesdaeg, whence Tuesday.

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Thinking you can simply cut the threads of the Norns & free yourself from the Web of Wyrd is delusion.
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En ask vet jag stå, Yggdrasil heter den
dess höga stam är stänkt med vitgrus;
dädan kommer dagg som i dalar faller,
grön står asken vid Urds brunn alltid.
Dädan komma mör som mycket veta,
tre ur det hus som vid trädet står;
Urd heter en, den andra Verdandi -
de skuro i trä - Skuld är den tredje;
de skipa villkor, skifta livslotter,
mäta ödet åt människors barn.
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+The Troth, an international Heathen organization based in the US, has announced new leadership after their May elections. New Steersman Robert L. Schreiwer speaks of developments in Heathenry over the last decade:

"There are more Heathens online; more kindreds and freeholds have formed. In addition to the top-notch scholarship in The Troth, we now must evolve to meet greater needs – those that are too large for one kindred to handle. In-Reach Heathen Prison Services was the first step toward that goal. We need to spend a few months fixing [our web presence] while sowing the seeds for the next phase of our organization’s functions."

The group also took a strong stance against prejudice by expanding their bylaws to include this statement:

"The Troth is open to all who seek to know and to honor the Gods, ancestors, and values of the Germanic Heathen traditions, regardless of gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. The Troth stands against any use of Germanic religion and culture to advance causes of racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, or any other form of prejudice."

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This Midsummer is special. For the first time since 1948, a full moon will rise as the sun sinks down after the longest day of the year. These extended hours of light are as close as many of us will get to experiencing the midnight sun. Hail Sól and Máni, Sun and Moon! Best wishes to you and yours as you celebrate Midsummer.

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Happy mid summer Doc!
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This year Midsummer falls on Máni's Day (Monday). Not only will Sól (Sun) stay in the sky for the longest day of the year, but Máni (Moon) will follow her as a full moon. This bright day & night will be as close as many of us get to experiencing the Midnight Sun. What do you have planned to celebrate?

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+Guillermo the IVth​ that sounds lovely! Happy anniversary!
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from Hávamál (Sayings of the High One)
Runes shalt thou find and fateful signs
That the king of singers colored
And the mighty gods have made;
Full strong the signs, full mighty the signs
That the ruler of gods doth write.

Odin for the gods, Dain for the elves,
And Dvalin for the dwarfs,
Alsvith for giants and all mankind,
And some myself I wrote.

Knowest how one shall write,
Knowest how one shall rede?
Knowest how one shall tint,
Knowest how one makes trial?
Knowest how one shall ask,
Knowest how one shall offer?
Knowest how one shall send,
Knowest how one shall sacrifice?

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Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried is a writer on mythology and religion. A Norse mythologist and musician in Chicago, he teaches courses on mythology, religion, J.R.R. Tolkien and Richard Wagner for Newberry Library's Seminar Program. He taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and Norse religion at Carthage College, where he was founder and faculty advisor of the Tolkien Society.

Karl is President of Interfaith Dialogue at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as Contact Person for the Ásatrú Student Network.

Karl's website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world's Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is the first religion blog to enter the Weblog Awards Hall of Fame. In addition to original articles and interviews on myth and religion, the site features projects such as the Worldwide Heathen Census 2013, a first attempt to estimate current numbers of adherents of the modern iteration of Norse religion.

Karl is a featured columnist for The Wild Hunt, the primary international source for news and commentary relating to minority religions. Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist, has called The Wild Hunt "a must-read for those interested in news and events dealing with the modern Pagan and Heathen communities – and religion coverage in general."

Karl's writing on mythology and religion has been broadcast on the BBC as part of a series featuring "leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond." His work has been published in Herdfeuer (Germany), Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), MythNow (Joseph Campbell Foundation), On Religion (UK), Religion and Ethics (Australia), and Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland).

Karl wrote all definitions relating to Ásatrú (Norse religion) in the Religion Newswriters Association's Religion Stylebook, and he was a co-author of the Heathen Resource Guide for Chaplains written by the Open Halls Project Workgroup for the U.S. Department of Defense. He edited The Illustrated Hávamál, which will be published in September.

"One Crime over the Line: Śiśupāla in the Mahābhārata," Karl's article examining events at the royal consecration of Yudhiṣṭhira in light of other happenings in the Mahābhārata, later Indian texts, historical practice and religious concepts, will be published in volume 65 of the Journal of the Oriental Institute, the peer-reviewed academic publication of MSU of Baroda (India), the institution that issued critical editions of Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa and the Viṣṇu Purāṇa.

Karl has been interviewed on myth and religion by the BBC, Daily BeastHistory Channel, OnFaithPublic Radio International's The World, Strings Magazine, Chicago Public Radio's Morning Edition, Raven Radio, Viking Magazine and Wired Magazine. He has been a featured lecturer on literary and musical interpretations of Norse mythology at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wagner Society of America and Wheaton College.

A member of the American Academy of Religion, Religion Newswriters Association, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, and Viking Society for Northern Research (UK), Karl is also the Official Norse Mythologist of the Stephanie Miller Show.

Karl holds degrees in literature and music from University of California at San Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Texas at Austin. He studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy and has taken Icelandic language courses through University of Iceland's distance learning program. He recently received an academic scholarship from University of Chicago Divinity School and is now working on an MA in Religion.


Chicago Public Radio: "[Karl's] one of the country’s most respected researchers and lecturers on Norse mythology."
Chicago Humanities Festival: "Seigfried is a prolific chronicler of the world of Norse mythology."
Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth): "[Karl's] probably a better Guardian of Asgard than I am."
Jóhanna G. Harðardóttir (Ásatrúarfélagið): "Hér er rétti maðurinn á ferð til að kenna Norræna goðafræði í US."
Weaving Wyrd: "His questions are thought-provoking, and his scholarly bona fides are pretty impressive."
Syracuse University iSchool: "This is an entertaining and enlightening blog to follow for anyone interested in Norse mythology."
Bob Freeman: "For anyone with an interest in Norse culture, myth, and magic, there is no better place to visit on the web."
Carthage News: "His would be considered a David-and-Goliath story, except Carthage professor Karl Seigfried topped the writers who discuss those kinds of biblical figures."
The Wild Hunt: "If you aren’t already reading Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried's amazing The Norse Mythology Blog, then you've been remiss. The blog is one of the most content-rich affairs for lovers of Norse mythology I’ve ever seen."
Tales of a GM: "This is an amazing resource for anyone interested in the history and culture of Northern Europe. The Norse Mythology Blog is such a brilliant combination of modern issues and ancient sources. If you have any interest in Norse culture or mythology, then you must visit Dr Seigfried’s site."
Vancouver Sun: "The best blog on faith and spirituality may be one about a so-called ‘dead’ religion, Norse mythology. The Norse Mythology Blog reflects deep knowledge of this ancient religion, along with an affable spirit. [Karl] knows everything one would ever want to know about Thor, Odin, Frey, Loki, Frigg, Freya and countless more Norse gods, goddesses and mythological hangers-on."
City Magazine (Serbia): "Ako vas je ikada makar malo zainteresovala istorija i kultura severne Evrope, a naročito njena istorija, ovde ćete naći mnogo više interesantnog štiva nego što biste se ikada nadali. Posebno je interesantno da uspeva da poveže savremene momente sa prastarim izvorima."



On Religion (UK)
: Most Popular Article of 2015
"Northern Zombies & Heathen Worldviews"


Weblog Awards (International): Best Religion Weblog
First religion blog to enter Weblog Awards Hall of Fame


Weblog Awards (International)
: Best Religion Weblog

Bob Freeman: Best Esoteric Website

The Wild Hunt: Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2013
"Ásatrú Added to Religion Stylebook"


Weblog Awards (International): Best Religion Weblog




QUESTIONS? Contact Karl through the Contact page at The Norse Mythology Blog.