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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Recommended Reading on general Heathenry

I have often been asked which books are reliable introductory reading for a general knowledge of Germanic Heathen religion, Lore, and culture, aside from the Runes. Here are my suggestions:

MODERN GUIDES: While no author is free of faults, the books on this list provide a solid background on the Germanic Heathen spiritual paths, and are overall free of misleading pet theories or New-Age tampering:

Grimm, Jacob. Teutonic Mythology. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1883.

Grönbech, Vilhelm. The Culture of the Teutons. London: Oxford University Press. 1909.

Lindow, John. Handbook of Norse Mythology. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Wodening, Eric. We Are Our Deeds: The Elder Heathenry, Its Ethic and Thew. Theod Press. 1998.

Coulter, James Hjuka. Germanic Heathenry: A Practical Guide. 1st Book Library. 2003.

Anthonijsz, Steve. Heathen Magic: An Irminic Perspective. 2012.

Gorgani, Cyrus (transl.). The Hávamál, or Words of the High One: Uncensored and Unabridged, with Parallel Old Norse Text. Odin's Eye Press. 2018.

ANCIENT WRITTEN LORE: The source material for our knowledge of Ancient Germanic Heathenry, and some related Indo-European religions and practices.

The Eddas:

The Poetic Edda (including the The Hávamál)

The Sagas:

Norse Chronicles and non-Eddic Poems:

The Sigurðardrápa

Other Germanic Poems:

The Hildebrandslied
The Meresburg Charms

Classical Sources:

Cornelius Tacitus.
The Life of Agricola
The Germania

Herodotus of Halicarnassus.
The HistoriesBook 4 (section on the Scythians)

Gaius Julius Caesar.
De Bello Gallico - primarily about the Celts, contains some references to Germanic tribes.

Medieval Germanic Sources:

The Kaisechronik
The Annals of Quedlingburg
Chronica Regia Coloniensis (covers CE 576-1202)
Monumenta Germaniae Historica - a vast Latin compendium of Medieval German annals and chronicles.

Adam of Bremen. Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum

Saxo Grammaticus. Gesta Damorum

Widukind of Corvey.
Rerum Gestarum Saxonicarum libri tres


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