Learning Resources

Some Things to Note:

  1. This page and its subpages will pretty much always be “under construction.” (The existing pages on Norse/Germanic mythological entities need to be updated, then more entities’ and Elder Futhark runes’ pages need to be added.)
  2. The “Recommended Reading” list is highly subjective and still in its infancy, and also it assumes that the reader is a complete newbie. The books and texts are sorted into the order I would read them in in order to get the most out of each one.
  3. If a link type label enclosed in parentheses is not provided after what looks like it should be a link, it means that the content is not yet available on this blog, as I am either still drafting it or planning to start soon.

Pronunciation Guides:

  • The symbol þ (uppercase Þ) makes the “th” sound like in “thanks.” The symbols ð and đ (uppercase Ð (both)) make the “th” sound like in “the.”
  • Pronunciation of Old Norse Gods’ Names (remake/improved) (youtube video) by Dr. Jackson Crawford (youtube channel).
  • These three images, here (image 1), here (image 2), and here (image 3), amount to a copy of the pronunciation guide for Old Norse that Dr. Jackson Crawford provides in the introduction of his translation of the Poetic Edda.
  • This (image) is a copy of the guide for pronouncing Old Norse words as if they were Modern Icelandic that Carolyne Larrington provides in the beginning of The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes.

References on the Gods, Various Entities, Germanic and Norse Mythology, and Germanic and Norse Culture and History:

Recommended Reading*:

*I have yet to decide where to place Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness, Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H. R. Ellis Davidson, Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H. R. Ellis Davidson, and Teutonic Mythology by Jacob Grimm on this list, but they all deserve a place on it nonetheless.

  1. The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes by Carolyne Larrington – Exactly what it says on the tin.
  2. The Well of Remembrance: Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europe by Ralph Metzner – This book begins by addressing Nazi impact on Germanic mythology and condemning them, and then unpacks the subject quite well. It goes on after that to talk about the Indo-European origins of the later heathens and heathen worldviews. Chapter two in particular is extremely cathartic and affirming to read, I’ve personally found, as a heathen who felt alienated from religion due to beginning my religious journey with Christianity. I think this is also an absolutely fantastic book to start with, but there are also some things in it that you should take with a grain of salt.
  3. Gods and Myths of the Viking Age by H. R. Ellis Davidson – This is a great introductory book, as it covers a lot of the basics of how the Germanic and Norse peoples worshiped in a way that’s easy to follow. I really cannot recommend Davidson’s work enough.
  4. Roles of the Northern Goddess by H. R. Ellis Davidson – Like Gods and Myths, but focuses on the Goddesses specifically.
  5. Germania by Tacitus, trans. by Harold Mattingly, Revision and introduction by J. B. Rives – This is one work I wholeheartedly believe should be considered required reading within the Heathen community. It’s a very short but extremely instructive text. Those who are given to marking up books as I am will probably be tempted to highlight the whole thing, as the content is so free of gristle. I recommend Rives’ version specifically as his introduction and notes bring a truly invaluable amount of insight and clarity to the work itself.
  6. The Vikings and Their Origins by David M. Wilson – A lot of archeological info on the Vikings.
  7. The Norsemen in the Viking Age by Eric Christiansen – This covers quite a few aspects of Norse culture.
  8. Women in Old Norse Society by Jenny Jochens – This book covers marriage, child-rearing, sexuality, work, home economics, etc.
  9. Gesta Danorum by Saxo Grammaticus – This is a medieval recording of Norse myths and history which offers tellings of Norse myths that often contradict the Eddas, yet are at times more reliable (for example, in the case of myths involving Baldr). I strongly believe that this should be considered required reading alongside the Eddas, even if the quality of the writing itself is debatable.
  10. The Hávamál trans. by Robin Artisson (The link is there because I pretty much recommend reading any and all translations of this you can get your hands on, which isn’t that arduous a task since it’s so incredibly short.) – This is literally just wise advice from Odin in the form of several very short poems.
  11. The Saga of the Vǫlsungs – Widely considered required reading, this is the well-known Icelandic legend of Sigmund and his son Sigurd, and is a good prerequisite to reading the rest of the Sagas.
  12. The Sagas of the Icelanders – This is arguably a cumbersome read, but it’s still generally considered required reading among the Heathen community along with the Volsungs Saga; I strongly suggest waiting to read this until you’ve got a good grasp on Old Norse culture, as it is a primary source and thus assumes that the reader already has a good frame of reference in which to read it.
  13. The Poetic Edda (aka the “Elder Edda”) trans. by Jackson Crawford or Carolyne Larrington – Absolutely considered required reading for any Heathen, like the Prose Edda. I suggest reading both of the translations I’ve mentioned above, and any more that you deem worthy of investigation, though be aware that not all translations of the Poetic Edda contain poems from the Codex Regius (see item 15), even ones still very much worthwhile like Bellows’.
  14. The Prose Edda (aka the “Younger Edda” or “Snorra Edda”) – This is also absolutely considered required reading for any Heathen, even though Snorri’s collection of Norse myths is known to be somewhat unreliable and inaccurate due to Christian bias and misinterpretation, though he does quite well in presenting these stories objectively for someone of his time and religion. I also strongly recommend reading Gesta Danorum before reading this.
  15. The Codex Regius – This is a body of work that is in some ways similar to the Poetic Edda, and is typically thought of as a supplemental work to it even though the Codex Regius was written before the Poetic Edda.
  16. True Hearth: A Practical Guide to Traditional Householding by James Allen Chisholm – Exactly what it says on the tin. Unfortunately, this book is shoddily edited and contains a lot of opinions based on seemingly nothing more than what the author prefers to believe, and it also frequently references the so-called “nine noble virtues,” but it does provide some interesting perspectives on certain things.
  17. Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On by Steven T. Abell – This is a collection of original modern myths regarding fictional mysterious encounters with the gods. Read this when you need a break from the crushing weight of academia.
  18. Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster by Mike Vasich – A very entertaining read, and, like Days in Midgard, great when you need a break from academic books.

Concepts & Theories:

Cultural Magic:

Events & Places:

  • The Æsir/Vanir War
  • The Wild Hunt
  • Yggdrasill, the Nine Realms, and Other Places
    • Álfheimr/Ljósálfheimr/Alfheim
    • Ásgarðr/Asgard
      • Bilrǫst/Bifrost/Ásbrú
      • Bilskírnir
      • Breiðablik/Breidablik
      • Brimir
      • Fólkvangr
      • Himinbjǫrg
      • Gimlé
      • Þrúðheimr/Thrudheim
      • Þrúðvangr/Thrudvang
      • Valaskjálf
      • Valhǫll/Valhalla
    • Helheimr/Helheim
    • Ginnungagap
      • The Élivágar
    • Jǫtunheimr/Jotunheim
      • Gastropnir
      • Útgarðar/Utgard
    • Miðgarðr/Midgard
    • Múspellsheimr/Muspelheim
    • Niflheimr/Niflheim
    • Niflhelheimr/Niflhel
    • Svartálfaheimr/Svartalfheim/Niðavellir/Nidavellir
    • Þrymheimr/Thrymheim
    • Vanaheimr/Vanaheim
    • Landmarks Beyond/Not Placeable Within Any Realm
      • Hvergelmir
      • Mímisbrunnr
      • Urðarbrunnr
      • Vígríðr/Óskópnir
  • Various Ancient/Medieval Germanic/Norse Cultures & Myths

Gods, Entities, and Types of Entities (google drive links):

  • [A compilation of the documents for all the figures listed below with all references listed at the end]
  • Ægir/Aegir
  • (The) Alcis
  • Angrboða/Angrboda
  • Auðhumla/Audhumla
  • Aurvandil
  • Auðr
  • Baldr
  • Bil/The Bilwis
  • Bragi
  • Borr
  • Búri
  • Býleistr
  • Dagr
  • Dellingr
  • Fárbauti
  • Fenrir/Fenrisúlfr/Hróðvitnir/Vánagandr
  • Forseti
  • Freki and Geri
  • Freyja
  • Freyr
  • Frigg
  • Fulla
  • Garm
  • Gefjun/Gefjon
  • Gersemi
  • Gerðr/Gerdr/Þorgerðr/Thorgerd
  • Gná
  • Gulltoppr
  • Hariasa
  • Heimdallr
  • Heiðr/Gullveig
  • Hel
  • Helblindi
  • Hermóðr/Hermod
  • Hjúki
  • Hnoss
  • Hœnir/Hoenir
  • Hófvarpnir
  • Hǫðr/Hodr
  • Hreiðmarr/Hreidmar
  • Huginn and Muninn
  • Irpa
  • Iðunn/Idunn
  • Jǫrmungandr
  • Jǫrð/Jord
  • Laufey/Nál
  • Lofn
  • Loki
  • Magni
  • Máni
  • Matres and Matronae/Mothers and Matrons
  • Meili
  • Mímir
  • Móði/Mothi/Modi
  • Näcken
  • Nanna
  • Nerþuz/Nerthus/Njǫrun
  • Níðhǫggr/Nidhoggr
  • Njǫrðr/Njord
  • (The) Nornir/Norns
  • Nótt
  • Oskoreia
  • Ostara
  • Óðinn/Odin
  • Rindr
  • Rán
  • Sandraudiga
  • Sif
  • Sigyn
  • Sinhtgunt
  • Skaði/Skadi
  • Sleipnir
  • Sól
  • Tanngnjóstr and Tanngrisnir
  • Þórr/Thor
  • Þrúðr/Thrud
  • Týr
  • Ullr
  • Váli
  • Valkyrjur/Valkyries
  • Vili
  • Víðarr/Vidar
  • Wights
  • Ymir
  • Zisa

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