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Tyr and Fenrir

28 of August, 2014




Okay, just got a weird head-thing. I feel like Tyr would be sad seeing Fenrir grow up and become something that’s fated to eat and destroy the world. I just get that feeling, don’t know why. I mean, he helped feed Fenrir as he grew, he probably took care of him. Even lost his hand to him, but Tyr did it unflinchingly because he knew it had to be done. I’ve never thought of Tyr before, and these thoughts just came to me.

It seems to be a common UPG (slowly becoming SPG) that the relationship between Tyr and Fenrir was very much that of a brotherhood or even a father/son dynamic. 

I can say that my own UPG leans very heavily toward Tyr regretting the necessity of the binding. I’ve always imagined that Tyr could not have loved Fenrir more if the pup had been his own son or brother. Betraying him was not something that Tyr would have done if it hadn’t been something he consider necessary, The loss of his hand was bad enough—to lose that connection with his friend…hurt far more. 

And as far as the Wolf is concerned…well. Somewhere between forever bitter and understanding is probably the best way to put it. 

That weird head-thing is what I call “god bells” (which often turn into god feels). This was actually my very first experience with Tyr, and the one that cemented my decision to pursue Heathenry.

I have so many strong feelings and thoughts about Tyr and his relationship with the Wolf. Wolfs-Friend is one of my personal kennings for him, and I relate it to that aspect of him that deals with compassion and willingness to look beyond the surface image of things to find their truth. I really need to gather these thoughts up. The problem is when I start to write seriously about Tyr I get really overwhelmed by the god feels and end up crying/bouncing around in esoteric euphoria.

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Posted 23 minutes ago
Tags:  #tyr  #fenrisúlfr  #yes

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natasza stark, she was such a quiet girl, we barely knew her
26 of August, 2014


natasza stark, she was such a quiet girl, we barely knew her

Posted 1 day ago
Tags:  #poetry  #anexpansionlikegold  #dammit stop making me feel things  #actually don't

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26 of August, 2014


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UGH the finance hole is the worst. Is there anything I can do? Seriously.

(I obviously don’t check my notes often enough.)

THANK YOU, Meej! This really means a lot to me. Prayers/positive thoughts/general cheerleading would be great. :D Someone PMed me about a gofundme, but I’m really not comfortable with that under the circumstances (i.e., this actually being my own fault).

I am going to start finally putting things in my fucking etsy store over the next couple of weeks, though, if anyone’s interested in the products of my dubious crafting skills.

Posted 1 day ago
Tags:  #meejit  #personal

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25 of August, 2014

I did another thing!

These are really A’s idea, and she made her own set last week. I mentioned before that she’s changing her entire altar set-up: the idea is to have smaller spaces consistently dedicated to particular Æsir or Vanir, and another space that will change seasonally. She wanted to make some kind of small altar decoration that could easily be switched out depending on which God/Goddess(es) she’s honoring in the “seasonal” area at any time.

Of the deities I made these for, only Freyr, Freyja, and Skaði are not currently represented on my altar—I just liked the idea. :D Loki’s is currently hanging around the neck of the incense bottle, and I’ll probably hang some others in the fishing net at the back of the altar or find other places for them. You can never have too many shiny things on your altar, right?

Posted 2 days ago
Tags:  #altar  #heathenry  #loki*  #heimdallr  #óðinn  #þórr  #njörðr  #hel  #skaði  #freyr  #freyja

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25 of August, 2014

Hey look I did a thing

Posted 2 days ago
Tags:  #altar  #lokean  #heathenry

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22 of August, 2014

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Posted 5 days ago
Tags:  #ot  #personal  #the worst part is that the entire mess is 100% my fault

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19 of August, 2014


it must be really wild to actually have a positive relationship with your father



some people really have that????

that’s insane

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Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #he's coming to visit this weekend  #with my stepmom  #augh  #personal

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18 of August, 2014

A visited this weekend! She’s started reworking her entire altar, so we both did a lot of shopping and crafting over the last couple days. I haven’t finished all of my stuff yet, and I can’t wait to get home and work on it. Just a few more hours…

Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #altar

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15 of August, 2014


Small outdoor offering for Loki, with blackberries and some flowers found while walking. 

When I left the place a huge prey bird shrieked several times and flied right above my head. So I guess Loki liked it?

Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #lokean  #offering  #gorgeous

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Norse Gods and Goddesses and the Asatru



Who are the Norse Gods and Goddesses and Who worships them?

Asatru is the modern re-birth of the old Norse beliefs. The Old Norse culture is the ancestors of the Norwegians, Danes, Swedes, the Icelanders, and probably a few other peoples in that general area. They follow the Norse Pantheon, See…

All right. We need to talk about this list.

The word “Norse” means exactly what it sounds like…Nordic. When people use the term “Norse Gods” or “Ásatrú” (a word derived from Icelandic), they are generally referring to the deities discussed in Eddic and skaldic poetry, Snorra Edda, the Icelandic or Norwegian sagas, or those attested in place names and/or identified in archeological sites in Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Denmark, and parts on the UK heavily influenced by Norse settlers in the Middle Ages.

Looking at this list as a practitioner of Norse Heathenry/Ásatrú I am only familiar with about two thirds of the names you have included, and only worship about half of them. The deities you included that actually belong on a list of Norse Gods are:

  • Óðinn
  • Frigg
  • [The Æsir]
  • [The Vanir]
  • Buri
  • Forseti
  • Freyja
  • Gefjun
  • Hel
  • Iðunn
  • Njörðr
  • Norns
  • Ríg (Heimdallr)
  • Skaði
  • Þórr
  • Týr
  • Víðarr
  • [Valkyries…though I’ve never seen anyone worshiping them]

Moreover, you’ve left out quite a few, including:

  • Loki
  • Sif
  • Sigyn
  • Ullr
  • Freyr (How did you miss him?!)
  • Bragi
  • Sunna
  • Máni
  • Baldr
  • Váli
  • Magni and Móði
  • Ect…

Now the degree to which some of these beings (on both lists) were worshiped is a matter often debated, but at the very least you missed the well-attested and widely worshiped Gods Freyr and Ullr who are very much “Norse Gods.”

In their place, you filled in many Gods who do not belong here, erasing Slavic cultural identity and shepherding several region-specific groups of Deities under the label of “Norse.” You may have been going for “heathen” rather than “Norse” as your label, but even still, the identity of Slavic and Finnish branches as “heathen” is likewise contested. 

In general, “heathen” is applied to the religions of people in the “Germanic” language tree (Goths, Saxons, Frisians, Norsemen, and occasionally some of the earlier tribes attested by Tacitus). Each of these groups has its own religion, with some similarities but many more deities and practices unique to that area. For example:

Suebian (ca. 100 CE):

  • Nerthus
  • Cisa (?)

Frisian/Saxon (ca. 300 CE?):

  • Nehalennia

Hessian (ca. 800 CE):

  • Donar

Saxon/Franconian (ca. 800 CE):

  • Uuôtan/Uuodan
  • Phol
  • Donar
  • Frîja/Friia
  • Balder
  • Uolla
  • Sinthgunt
  • Zîu

(Anglo) Saxon (ca. 700-800 CE):

  • Wôden
  • Eorðe
  • Frige
  • Hretha
  • Eostre
  • Seaxnēat
  • Þunor
  • Tîw

There are also a few deities people have attempted to reconstruct based on more modern folklore, though there is a danger in doing this and assuming this reflects an earlier tradition:

  • Holda (Continental Germanic)
  • Perchta (Alpine)

In any case, the bottom line here is that these deities cannot all be labeled as “Norse,” and certainly cannot be lumped into one single religious tradition. They are region and time period specific, and, while there may be some crossover (Uuôtan/Wôden/Óðinn), each location had their own way of describing and honoring these deities and must be viewed as their own distinct religious tradition.

Furthermore, Finnish and Slavic deities are even more distinct from the “Norse” heathen group, and should not be lumped together. For one thing, the Finnish religion (through their possible connection with the Sami and other indigenous people of Scandinavia) probably predates the arrival of the Nordic people. There is evidence suggesting that some religious/magical practices (such as seiðr) and possibly certain “Norse” deities were appropriated early on by Norse settlers, but in any case that makes it even more disrespectful to erase Finnish religion by calling it Norse.

Similarly, the Baltic and Slavic regions were raided and settled by Norsemen, but we do not know for certain what elements of their religion predate these invasions and which were borrowed from the Norse. Mythologists have noted similarities in the stories from these religions, but we have no way of knowing who had them first, when they were borrowed, and, because Slavic mythology was largely recorded by outsiders, how often Slavic deities were conflated with Norse ones by outsiders who traveled there.

It is better to be safe and stick with the Gods actually recorded in Norse sources when talking about “Norse Heathenry” or the modern revival of these practices in Ásatrú or Forn Sed. To lump together all “Germanic” deities under the label of “Germanic” is to erase region-specific practices and beliefs and to collapse over a thousand years of history into one box. Furthermore, to call Slavic and Finnish Gods Norse is to completely ignore those cultures and traditions, and to assert the supremacy of a religion that, particularly in the case of the Finns, is newer in the region than those indigenous beliefs.

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Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #asatru

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