Teutonic Religion

Ingeborg Svea Norden reviews Teutonic Religion: Folk Beliefs & Practices of the Northern Tradition by Kveldulf Gundarsson in the Bkwyrm archive.

This book says little about runes as such; it’s mostly rituals, plus some comments on the gods and on the problems that Norse pagans have to deal with in the modern world.

My main problem with this one is Gundarsson’s choice of language: First, he insists on calling the gods by their Old High German names, instead of the familiar Norse ones he used in _Teutonic Magic._ (A typical newcomer to Germanic paganism would not know that “Frija” is actually Frigg, and “the Frowe” mean Freya!) Second, the rituals themselves (and even a few spots in the main text) are full of revived “Germanic English” words that few non-linguists would recognize or use. A priest who had to check a glossary every three minutes would spoil the atmosphere at a large Heathen gathering, to put it mildly. Other than the language problem, though, Gundarsson’s second book is as well-researched and thoughtful as the first. He does his level best to convince people that Asatru is spiritually valid and relevant in the present-day world.

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