~ Links to
Norse / Heathen / Asatru Poetry and Resources ~
Sites with Heathen & Norse Poetry
- Glenn Bergen - a
treasure-hoard of Norse poetry & fiction with over 500 works
Voices - Jennifer Lawrence - Poetry and thoughts in devotion to the Divine
The Skaldic Eagle - Eirik Westcoat -
Heathen poetry in
old Norse meters. Bringing
the Mead to Midgard.
- Jack Hart's poetry, including the medieval
rune poems and
rune poems by various authors.
Essays about poetry writing,
Jack's own translation of the Voluspa with annotations.
Be You Ware of Him by Jezreell (Loki
- Litanies to Freya, Frey and Thor, and
four wonderful stories, also
suitable for children
International Heathen Poetry Sites
- My German Asatru Poetry & Songs Collection. The sister site of Odin´s
Gift with over 600 works, including MP3.
Havamal in Esperanto - Just that.
Heathen(-friendly) Magazines & Places to Publish
- Biannual E-zine, all issues free online, by Rebecca Buchanan, dedicated to Heathen and Pagan poetry, short fiction,
book reviews, and interviews with authors
The Troth - International heathen organization based in the USA. Their quarterly journal
publishes poetry & articles, and is purchasable as e-versions (PDF) as well
as in print.
Heathen Poetry Online Groups
Heathen / Asatru Musicians on Facebook
Chantsudbeafinething on Facebook
/ Norse Books with Poetry
Hearth and Field: A Heathen Prayer Book
by Hester Butler-Ehle.
Invocations and prayers to more than 20 deities, and to the ancestors.
from the Ancestors - Poems for the Modern Viking
by Dano Hammer.
Hearth - A Sourcebook for Goddess-Centered Living by
Hazel-Kate Dooley, with emphasis on Frigga and her Handmaidens.
A Devotional: Honoring Thor and Family
Thor Midgard's Veurr and The Fylgja by Robert James Etter (also on
God Of The Common Man
- the above two books together in one book
The Northern Tradition
by Galina Krasskova. With numerous poetic invocations to the Norse Gods.
Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner
by Galina Krasskova. Including Prayers.
toward Yggdrasil by Galina Krasskova. Also available from
27 intense, devotional poems about Odin. Mystical and haunting. Bilingual
English/German (Translation to German by me.)
Whisperings of Woden : Nine Nights of Devotional Practice
by Galina Krasskova.
A heartfelt collection
of poems and meditations celebrating Woden.
Odhroerir: Nine Devotional Tales of Odin's Journeys
by Laure Lynch
Including several Odin poems. Nine short stories with bold re-interpretations of
familiar stories, and new adventures.
Water from the Well And Other Wyrd Tales of Odin by Laure Lynch.
A devotional collection of two novellas, two short stories, and
a selection of poetry.
Sipping from the Well: Prose and Poetry for Odin
by Laure Lynch
Honey, Grain, and Gold by Joshua
Frey devotional - an anthology of poetry, ritual, and personal prose.
Available through Lulu.com.
Birch and Bog: Prayers to Nerthus by
Nicanthiel Hrafnhild, available at Lulu.com.
Poetry, tales based on lore and UPG, and rituals for holy days associated with
Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses by
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, edited by Ashley Horn.
Including poetry for Freyja and Skadhi by Michaela Macha, Rebecca Buchanan,
Sophie Reicher, Sarenth Odinsson et al.
Full Fathom Five: A Devotional to the Norse Gods and Goddesses
of the Sea
Poems, prayers and personal accounts dedicated to the Norse Deities of the sea: Ran, Aegir, Their Nine
Daughters and Njord.
Skalded Apples: A Devotional Anthology For Idunna And Bragi by Galina
Through Lulu.com, also available as eBook. Prayers, poems, articles, rituals,
Wholly: A Devotional for Hela
by Dagian Madir.
Poetry, essays, experiences.
Day Star and Whirling Wheel: Honoring the Sun and Moon in the
Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova
Root, Stone, and Bone: Honoring Andvari and the Vaettir of Money by Galina Krasskova
Lady of the Staying Power by Galina Krasskova. With prayers, poetry, personal and group
Flame by Galina Krasskova. Devotional anthology of prayers, poems, rituals, and more gathered in the honor of Loki and His family.
Be Thou My Hearth and Shield edited by Elizabeth
Vongvisith. A compilation of prayers
for the Gods, the seasonal holidays, life events, and rituals, in the Northern tradition.
Trickster, My Beloved: Poems for Laufey's Son
by Elizabeth Vongvisith.
A collection of 27 devotional poems for and about Loki.
Love and Shadows
by Elizabeth Vongvisith. A book of poems about love,
some devoted to Loki
by Raven Kaldera. Poetry,
myths and UPGs in poetry and prose about Gunnlod, Loki, Hel and all kinds of
Shadow Gods and
Poetry by Andrew
Gyll for the ancient Norse Gods, and for his own spirit ancestors.
Old Heathen's Almanach,
Thoughtful meditations on each month and what it brings. It also features
poetry, recipes, heathen starlore, gardening tips, and fun, simple crafts and
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
by J.R.R.Tolkien. Texts from the Edda and the Volsunga saga in rhyming
Stories & Norse Myths - Books to buy
Most of the
"Books with Poetry" listed above contain stories and
other prose as well.
The Norse Myths by
Kevin Crossley-Hollands. 32 stories retelling our myths, from Ginnungagap to
Skaldic Tales by
bringing the ancient tradition of storytelling to life with 12 new and
unique short stories.
Kindertales: Stories Old and New for the Children of the Folk
by John T. Mainer, Freydis Heimdallson, and Heidi Graw.
by John T Mainer and Freydis Heimdallson
Read my review of
This second book of children's stories contains a mix of
our ancient myths with stories about Tyr and Fenris (Wolf and Word),
of Baldur (The story of Mistletoe), modern tales like Vargus the Vegetarian
Troll, and even a ghost story (Draugr of Hudikvall).
Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On
by Steven Thor Abell.
A collection of stories based on the lore.
Steve Abell is a writer, actor, and storyteller. He is known for his unique
and has been performing the "Days in Midgard" stories at Pantheacon
Norse Mythology... According to Uncle Einar
written by J.T.Sibley, illustrated by J.A.Leib
A "children's book for grown-ups", humorous retelling of 17 mythical
tales. Also available at
According to Loki
by Vampyre Mike Kassel (Michael Alan Kassel), 2001
ISBN 0-9660173-1-5, Valknot publishing (a subsidiary of Familiar Productions).
Heathen Stories & Norse Myths - Online, to read
Edda - Old and New Myths told by
Stories and Ballads of the Far Past
- Translated from the Norse
(Icelandic and Faroese) by Nora Kershaw. Cambridge, University Press, 1921
Gateway to the
Classics - Comprehensive online collection of
public domain literature for children, e.g.
The Children of Odin
by Padraic Colum
The Heroes of Asgard by A. & E. Keary
In the Days of Giants; a book of Norse tales by Abbie Farwell Brown
Norse Stories Retold from the Eddas by Hamilton Wright Mabie
Stories of the Vikings by Mary MacGregor
Stories of Siegfried by Mary Macgregor
The Story of Siegfried by James Baldwin
Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children
by H. E. Marshall
Science vs. Norse Mythology: On Creation
- Cartoon by Tim Kreider.
You'll love it. Trust
me on this.
- Beautiful one-page comic strip with a new myth, on Bill's Comic Site.
Survivor: Ragnarok Edition
- Humorous Ragnarok retelling in the shape of title matches 'Gods vs. Giants', by
Stories & Norse Myths - Online, to listen to
Eirik the Red’s Saga, Völsungasaga,
Children of Odin
by Padraic Colum: As public domain readings on
reading of all Old English Anglo-Saxon poems, as MP3 podcast.
saga - Icelandic
read by Olafur Sveinsson
Odin and Yggdrasil
(YouTube) - told by Philip 'Aswind' van der Zee, Dutch storyteller, piper and puppetplayer.
The Mead of Poetry
(article, poem, and sound
file) - on "The Dance of Life", the blog of CelestialElf.
File on SoundCloud.
Myths and Poems as CDs and Audiobooks
Section will be updated. Seriously, there is so much
more of this stuff easily available now than when I started the site in 2004,
you'll probably find what you like faster by googling :-).
on DeviantArt. Amazing pictures of nearly all Norse Gods and Goddesses.
Popular Retellings of Old Norse Myths & Classic Illustration Galleries -
Large collection of artwork depicting Germanic mythology.
Hauge: Norse Inspired Art - Scandinavian classical images collection.
Norse Mythology on Wikimedia Commons - Licensed and public domain
Zoom in on the galleries of classical and modern artists, e.g.
Arthur Rackham or
Jeroen van Valkenburg.
- Goddesses paintings in mythic naturalism, by
General Poetry Resources Online
Alliterative Poetry (=Stave Rhyming) incl. the Old Norse poetic forms
- Looking for a rhyme, synonym, definition,
homophone ? Use the search feature.
- Rhyming dictionary, syllable counter, and
other useful tools for poets and songwriters.
The Online Etymology Dictionary - Extensive.
- Jack Hart on basics & more of various techniques, endrhyme, alliteration,
- Explains types of poetry, Haiku, famous poets, writing
resources... Very helpful if you write yourself.
Corner - Thousands of
works by hundreds of authors to browse and explore.
& Essays about Old Poetry
History of Old Norse Poetry and Poetics by Margaret
The Viking Answer Lady
Scandinavia and the North with examples of old meters.
What Was Viking Poetry For? by Anthony Faulkes, in: Six papers on The
University of Birmingham (1993) / ISBN-10: 0704413957 / ISBN-13:
Free PDF here:
What was Viking Poetry for?.
Old Icelandic Poetry: Eddic Lay and Skaldic Verses by
The Structure of Old Norse Drottkvaett Poetry by Kari Gade
Dróttkvćtt or That Old Norse Poetry Thing
on Academia.edu -
Excellent essay about the meaning and context of Dróttkvaett, plus examples in
Icelandic and English.
(www.rimur.is) - Extensive Icelandic resource
explaining the alliteration, the rimur (verse meters),
the Hattatal etc., mostly written by Sv. Beinteinsson
Skaldic Versifying and Social Discrimination in Medieval Iceland,
G. Nordal, 2003 (free PDF)
Old Norse Women's Poetry: The Voices of Female Skalds by Sandra
Ballif Straubhaar (Library of Medieval Women)
Haraldr the Hard-Ruler and his poets, Gabriel Turville-Petre,
1968 (free PDF).
- Free pdf downloads of out-of-copyright texts: Old Norse poetry, works
on poetry, scholarly and instructive works, historiography and biography, sagas
- English and German research essays on medieval Scandinavian culture,
literature and poetry,
The Norse Muse:
Report from an International Research Project by Margaret Clunies Ross
and Lars Lönnroth
The Emergence of Skaldic Pedagogy in Medieval Iceland by Judy Quinn
Old Norse Poems by Lee M. Hollander
[as translator], New York: Morningside Heights, Columbia University Press [1936,
The Skalds, A Selection Of Their Poems, with introductions and
notes by Lee M. Hollander.
Book, Princeton university press for the American- Scandinavian foundation, New
York, 1945. Also found on Abebooks.com.
Skaldic verse and Anglo-Saxon history, Alistair Campbell, 1971
S.A.J. Bradley (Dent, 1982).
search results: Books on Anglo-Saxon Poetry - a LOT!
The Earliest English Poems
by Michael Alexander: U of Calif Press (1970)
Scandinavian Themes in English Poetry, 1760-1800 by Margaret
Omberg (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksell, 1976),
The American Discovery of the Norse: An
Episode in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
by Erik Ingvar Thurin (Swedish author living in America)
Old Norse Made New:
Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture
ed. David Clark and Carl Phelpstead (free PDF)
English Translations of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballad: An Analytical Guide
by Larry E. Syndergaard.
‘The Descent Of Odin’: Wordsworth, Scott and Southey Among the
Norsemen by Peter Mortensen
in: Romanticism. Volume 6, Page 211-233 DOI 10.3366/rom.2000.6.2.211, ISSN
1354-991x. Buy PDF.
Poetical Inspiration in Old Norse and Old English Poetry by Anthony
(The Dorothea Coke Memorial Lecture in Northern Studies Delivered at University
College London, 28 November 1997)
32 pages.Viking Society for Northern Research (1997) / ISBN-10: 0903521326 /
Free PDF here:
Poetical Inspiration in Old Norse and Old English Poetry.
and Word - Storytellers - Featuring Storyteller P. D. Brown,
who draws inspiration
from the tradition of skalds, scops and bards. Live performances,
essay on Icelandic poetry, sagas and literature.
Languages: Source texts, translations, online dictionaries
Beowulf on Steorarume
Vast and highly qualified link collection: Beowulf online translations,
Old English / Anglo-Saxon / Old Germanic/ Viking texts, resources on literature,
languages, history, culture, religion...
Online - Translation, very easily navigable.
Sacred Text Archive - Several free translations of the Eddas (e.g.
Bellows transl. ), Sagas, and modern retellings like "Children of
"The Eddas" by
James Chisholm - Side-to-side Old Norse-English. Despite its title, only
the mythological poems
of the Poetic Edda.
Apparently out of print.
Edda: Skáldskaparmál, edited by Anthony Faulkes
(Old Norse text)
Volume 1: Introduction, Texts and Notes 1998 / lxii + 230 pages, paperback /
Volume 2: Glossary and Index of Names 1998 / 300 pages, paperback / ISBN
edited by Anthony Faulkes
Old Norse text with normalized spelling, an introduction, notes, and
1991 / Oxford University Press, USA / ISBN-10: 0198112386 / ISBN-13:
New edition (1999) with addenda and corrigenda / Viking Society for
Northern Research /
xxviii + 169 pages,
paperback / ISBN-10: 0903521415 /
Háttatal - Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edition, 2007 (free
Háttatal - online at Heimskringla.no. The third part of Snorri´s Edda in original Icelandic, listing all Old Norse verse
Big Text Collections
Download over 30,000 free ebooks. If you're looking for an older work,
chances are you'll find it there.
- Free electronic editions of old books from Sweden and the Nordic countries.
Great online resource for finding older, free books as downloadable PDFs, e.g. Grimm's "Teutonic Mythology",
Mythology of Britain and Ireland" by Charles Squires, "The History of
Ancient Vinland" by Thormod Torfason.
Search for "Norse Mythology", "Norse
History", or Public Domain "Edda" translations.
The Medieval & Classical
Translations of Njal's Saga, Laxdaela Saga,
Eyrbyggja Saga, Heitharviga Saga, Kormak´s Saga, Grettir´s Saga,
The Story of the Volsungs ("Volsungasaga"),
Anonymous (Translation: William Morris & Eirikr Magnusson)
(Translation: Daniel B. Shumway)
Heimskringla (aka "The Chronicle of
the Kings of Norway"), by Snorri Sturluson (Translation: Samuel Laing)
Danish History (Books I-IX), by
Saxo Grammaticus (Translation: Oliver Elton)
- Texts, translations, scholarship. Eddas, sagas, skaldic poetry. A
VERY extensive array of sources.
Old Norse etexts
- very big collection.
The Skaldic Project - Skaldic Poetry of the
Scandinavian Middle Ages. An international project to edit the corpus of
medieval Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry.
Netutgafan - Old Icelandic texts:
, Gylfaginning ,
, Jómsvíkinga saga
Heimskringla.no - The texts from the
Heimskringla in Denish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. Site in
Viking Society for Northern Research - offers free PDF of all her
numerous publications and books, e.g. the following four links.
Medieval Sourcebook - Selected sources about early
Germanic people (e.g.Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Ostrogoths, Visgoths, Lombards)
Kiyo's Repository of Mythos and Poesy - Great
resource for info, articles, and texts
from the Edda & Sagas Faroese Ballads, Dietrich/Thidrek Cycle, and German
- (Wikipedia) One of the very few examples of the poetical literature of the old
Book Sources - for searching
books in international library catalogues.
Language / Online Dictionaries
Lexicon Project - Online Dictionaries:
Old Norse & Icelandic:
Cleasby and Vigfusson's dictionary,
Bosworth and Toller's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, grammars and dictionaries of
Gothic, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German
A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic by Geir T. Zoëga(1910, 551 pp)
Cleasby-Vigfússon (Old) Icelandic-English Dictionary
Modern Icelandic Dictionary
Old Norse for Beginners
- Lessons; including a very thorough discussion of the
Runatals thattr, and a guide on the
Old Norse .
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