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Sites with Heathen & Norse Poetry

International Heathen Poetry Sites

Heathen Poetry ... Magazines  ... Online Groups   ... Books

Heathen Stories & Norse Myths:
... Books
 ... Online, to read  ... Online, to listen to  ... CD's & Audiobooks

Norse Mythology Artwork

General Poetry Resources Online

Old Norse Poetry: Books & Essays

Old Norse Languages: Resources

Sites with Heathen & Norse Poetry   

All Their 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.

Meadhall - Jack Hart's poetry, including the medieval rune poems and modern rune poems by various authors.
ssays about poetry writing, and Jack's own translation of the Voluspa with annotations.

Be You Ware of Him by Jezreell (Loki poem)

Oakhedge.net - Litanies to Freya, Frey and Thor, and four wonderful stories, also suitable for children

International Heathen Poetry Sites

Skaldenmet - My German Asatru Poetry & Songs Collection. The sister site of Odin´s Gift with over 600 works, including MP3.

The Havamal in Esperanto - Just that.

Heathen(-friendly) Magazines & Places to Publish  

Eternal Haunted Summer - 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 Idunna publishes poetry & articles, and is purchasable as e-versions (PDF) as well as in print.

HUGINN Journal - There were four issues, which you can still read online


Heathen Poetry Online Groups

Heathen / Asatru Musicians on Facebook

Chantsudbeafinething on Facebook

Heathen / 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.

Words from the Ancestors - Poems for the Modern Viking by Dano Hammer.
Available as paperback and hardcover through Lulu.com.

The Spindle Hearth - A Sourcebook for Goddess-Centered Living by Hazel-Kate Dooley, with emphasis on Frigga and her Handmaidens.

Skaldic Poems Volume 1 and Skaldic Poems Volume 2 by Glenn Bergen. 

A Devotional: Honoring Thor and Family and Thor Midgard's Veurr and The Fylgja by Robert James Etter (also on Lulu.com)
Thor, God Of The Common Man - the above two books together in one book

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R.Tolkien. Texts from the Edda and the Volsunga saga in rhyming couplets.

Exploring 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.

Walking toward Yggdrasil by Galina Krasskova. Also available from Lulu.com.
27 intense, devotional poems about Odin. Mystical and haunting. Bilingual English/German (Translation to German by me.)

The 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 Tenpenny.
Frey devotional - an anthology
of poetry, ritual, and personal prose. Available through Lulu.com.

Boar, 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 Nerthus.

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 Krasskova.
Through Lulu.com, also available as eBook. Prayers, poems, articles, rituals, and recipes.

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

Sigyn: Lady of the Staying Power
by Galina Krasskova. With prayers, poetry, personal and group rituals.

Feeding the 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

Jotunbok by Raven Kaldera. Poetry, new myths and UPGs in poetry and prose about Gunnlod, Loki, Hel and all kinds of giants.

Shadow Gods and Black Fire  Poetry by Andrew Gyll for the ancient Norse Gods, and for his own spirit ancestors.

Old Heathen's Almanach, by The Troth, eBook/PDF or paperback through Lulu.com (2012 + 2013)
Thoughtful meditations on each month and what it brings. It also features poetry, recipes, heathen starlore, gardening tips, and fun, simple crafts and games.

Heathen 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 Ragnarok. Recommended.

Skaldic Tales
by Glenn Bergenancient 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.

Kindertales 2 by John T Mainer and Freydis Heimdallson      Read my review of Kindertales 2
This second book of children's stories contains a mix of our ancient myths with stories about Tyr and Fenris (Wolf and Word),
the death 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. Available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.
Steve Abell is a writer, actor, and storyteller. He is known for his unique stage presence, 
and has been performing the "Days in Midgard" stories at  Pantheacon since 2003.

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 www.Xlibris.com

The Worlds According to Loki by Vampyre Mike Kassel (Michael Alan Kassel), 2001 (out of print)
ISBN 0-9660173-1-5, Valknot publishing (a subsidiary of Familiar Productions). Hilarious!

Heathen Stories & Norse Myths - Online, to read  

Skegga's Edda - Old and New Myths told by Thorskegga Thorn.

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
(1902) - on openlibrary.com 
* 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.

Ratatosk - 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 Mark Alford

Heathen Stories & Norse Myths - Online, to listen to

Eirik the Red’s SagaVölsungasaga, The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum: As public domain readings on Librivox.org.

Anglo-Saxon Aloud - A
reading of all Old English Anglo-Saxon poems, as MP3 podcast.

Njál's saga - Icelandic original, 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.

Norse 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 :-).

Norse Mythology Artwork

Thorskegga's Art 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.

Arild Hauge: Norse Inspired Art - Scandinavian classical images collection.

Norse Mythology on Wikimedia Commons - Licensed and public domain images.
Zoom in on the galleries of classical and modern artists, e.g. Arthur Rackham or  Jeroen van Valkenburg.

JonathonArt.com - Goddesses paintings in mythic naturalism, by Jonathon Earl Bowser.

General Poetry Resources Online

Wikipedia: Alliterative Poetry (=Stave Rhyming) incl. the Old Norse poetic forms

RhymeZone - Looking for a rhyme, synonym, definition, homophone ? Use the search feature.

Rhymedesk - Rhyming dictionary, syllable counter, and other useful tools for poets and songwriters.

The Online Etymology Dictionary - Extensive.

Meadhall - Jack Hart on basics & more of various techniques, endrhyme, alliteration, rhythm... Recommended.

Shadowpoetry.com - Explains types of poetry, Haiku, famous poets, writing resources... Very helpful if you write yourself.

Poet's Corner - Thousands of works by hundreds of authors to browse and explore.

Books & Essays about Old Poetry

A History of Old Norse Poetry and Poetics by Margaret Clunies-Ross

The Viking Answer Lady -> Poetry in Scandinavia and the North with examples of old meters.

What Was Viking Poetry For? by Anthony Faulkes, in: Six papers on The Prose Edda
University of Birmingham (1993) / ISBN-10: 0704413957 / ISBN-13: 978-0704413955
Free PDF here:
What was Viking Poetry for?.

Old Icelandic Poetry: Eddic Lay and Skaldic Verses by Peter Hallberg

The Structure of Old Norse Drottkvaett Poetry by Kari Gade - Review by Kristján Árnason

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.

Kvćđamannafélagsins Iđunnar (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 (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 (PDF).

Septentrionalia Library - Free pdf downloads of out-of-copyright texts: Old Norse poetry, works on poetry, scholarly and instructive works, historiography and biography, sagas of Icelanders

alvíssmál - 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
Eddu list: The Emergence of Skaldic Pedagogy in Medieval Iceland by Judy Quinn

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.

Anglo-Saxon & English

Skaldic verse and Anglo-Saxon history, Alistair Campbell, 1971 (PDF).

Anglo-Saxon Poetry S.A.J. Bradley (Dent, 1982).

Amazon 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), Info

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 and Bibliography 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 Faulkes, 1997
(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 / ISBN-13: 978-0903521321
PDF: Poetical Inspiration in Old Norse and Old English Poetry.

Hand and Word - Storytellers - Featuring Storyteller P. D. Brown, who draws inspiration
from the tradition of skalds, scops and bards. Live performances,
and an essay on Icelandic poetry, sagas and literature.

 Old Languages: Source texts, translations, literary projects, 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...

Beowulf Online - Translation, very easily navigable.

The Eddas

Internet Sacred Text Archive - Several free translations of the Eddas (e.g. Bellows transl. ), Sagas, and modern retellings like "Children of Odin".

"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. PDF.

Edda: Skáldskaparmál, edited by Anthony Faulkes (Old Norse text)
Volume 1: Introduction, Texts and Notes 1998 / lxii + 230 pages, paperback / ISBN 0-903521-36-9
Volume 2: Glossary and Index of Names 1998 / 300 pages, paperback / ISBN 0-903521-38-5

Edda: Háttatal, edited by Anthony Faulkes
Old Norse text with normalized spelling, an introduction, notes, and glossary.
1991 / Oxford University Press, USA / ISBN-10: 0198112386 / ISBN-13: 978-0198112389
New edition (1999) with addenda and corrigenda / Viking Society for Northern Research /
xxviii + 169 pages, paperback / ISBN-10: 0903521415 / ISBN-13: 978-0903521413

Háttatal - Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edition, 2007 (PDF)

Háttatal - online at Heimskringla.no. The third part of Snorri´s Edda in original Icelandic, listing all Old Norse verse meters.

Old Norse Poems by Lee M. Hollander [as translator], New York: Morningside Heights, Columbia University Press [1936, not renewed].

Big Text Collections

Germanic Mythology - Texts, translations, scholarship. Eddas, sagas, skaldic poetry. An extensive array of sources.

Old Norse etexts - Extensive collection.

Project Gutenberg - Over 60,000 free ebooks. If you're looking for an older work, chances are you'll find it there.

Project Runeberg - Free electronic editions of old books from Sweden and the Nordic countries.

Internet Archive - Great online resource for finding older, free books as downloadable PDFs, e.g. Grimm's "Teutonic Mythology",
"The 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 Literature Library
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)
Nibelungenlied, Anonymous (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)

Other Projects

The Skaldic Project - Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages. An international project to edit the corpus of medieval Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry.

Fornaldarsögur Norđurlanda - Index to the complete "Legendary Sagas of the Northland" in Old Norse and English translations

Netutgafan - Old Icelandic texts: Fornaldarsögur Norđurlanda , Gylfaginning , Heimskringla , Íslendingasögur , Íslendingaţćttir , Landnámabók (Sturlubók) , Jómsvíkinga saga

Heimskringla.no - The texts from the Heimskringla in Denish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. Site in Norwegian.

Viking Society for Northern Research - offers free PDF of all her numerous publications and books, e.g. the following four links.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Selected sources about early Germanic people (e.g.Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Ostrogoths, Visgoths, Lombards)

Heliand - (Wikipedia) One of the very few examples of the poetical literature of the old Saxons.

Wikipedia Book Sources - for searching books in international library catalogues.

Language / Online Dictionaries

Germanic Lexicon Project - Online Dictionaries:
Old Norse & Icelandic: Cleasby and Vigfusson's dictionary, Zoega'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 Dictionaries:
Íslensk-ensk orđabók * Dict.cc 

Old Norse for Beginners - Lessons; including a very thorough discussion of the Runatals thattr, and a guide on the Pronounciation of Old Norse .

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