#Norsevember: Four for Thor’s Day

Well again, Sleuths. As a card-carrying Heathen, how could I not embrace Norsevember? I thought I would add a quick missive today, sharing four books I would recommend to those interested into delving into heathenry. So let’s to it:

The Poetic Edda:
Stories of the Norse Gods & Heroes

Jackson Crawford

The Saga of the Volsungs
with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

Jackson Crawford

The Wanderer’s Havamal
Jackson Crawford

Two Sagas of Mythical Heroes:
Hervor and Heidrek /
Hrolf Kraki and His Champions

Jackson Crawford

Ha, well there you have it, four books and just one author. Jackson Crawford is the face of modern Old Norse studies. He parlayed his scholarly compulsion into a respected position as professor of Nordic Studies at two prestigious universities, as well as being a consultant on movies and video games, before setting youtube (and patreon) on fire with his Viking Cowboy shtick.

The guy knows his business, and I’ve found these translations to be solid works, well suited for those entertaining this field of study. And, as an added bonus, his publishing house, Hackett, is right here in my home state of Indiana.

The fact of the matter is, the heathens of old were storytellers. If you want to learn to be a heathen in modern times, you’d best start with the stories. If you only read one, make it the Havamal. Everything, and I mean everything you need to know about what it means to be heathen is there. Then it’s all about writing your own story as you introduce yourself to the gods and the spirits of this glorious multiverse.

Skál and Fair-weather.
Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.

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