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Heathen & Norse Poetry Sites
International Heathen Poetry Sites
Heathen Poetry ... Books ... Magazines
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& Norse Myths
... Books ... Online, to read ... Online,
to listen to
Old Poetry: Books & Essays
Old Languages: Resources
Poetry in General: Resources
Norse Mythology Artwork
Heathen & Norse Poetry Sites
A Follower Of The Old Ways - Articles, thoughts, and a
treasure-hoard of inspired poetry by Glenn Bergen.
Hart´s poetry, including the medieval
rune poems and modern
rune poems by various authors
submissions welcome! Excellent essays about poetry writing, and
Jack´s own translation of the Voluspa with annotations.
Eirik Westcoat - Modern Asatru poetry in old Norse meters.
Norse Heathen Poetry
Serious and hilariously fun poems ! Check his site also for general information on Asatru, and articles on
- Free online journal of alternative heathen viewpoints, featuring
poetry and articles. Four publications (2010-2012).
- Pagan/Heathen Spiritual Poetry & Prose Board
(archive). Old treasures to be read there.
Valfodur's Grief by Math Jones
Be You Ware of Him by Jezreell
Web - Poetry and lyrics by Winifred Rose.
- Litanies to Freya, Frey and Thor.
Grange Hearth - Piparskeggr´s
Meadhall - Four songs by Alwynne
aka Hilla Hamasdottir.
International Heathen Poetry Sites
- My German Asatru Poetry & Songs Collection. The sister site of Odin´s
Gift with over 600 works, including MP3.
Frigga's Webstek - Dutch heathen songs, poems and sheet music by Frigga Asraaf & others; some
also in English.
Havamal in Esperanto!
- Just that.
Heathen(-friendly) Magazines & Places to Publish
- Quarterly E-zine by Rebecca Buchanan, dedicated to Heathen and Pagan poetry, short fiction,
book reviews, and interviews with authors
- International heathen organization based in the USA. Their quarterly journal Idunna
publishes poetry & articles.
Heathen Poetry Online Groups
Heathen / Asatru Musicians - on Facebook
Chantsudbeafinething - on Facebook
/ Norse Books with Poetry
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.
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.
Sommer & Other Poems by Juleigh Howard-Hobson.
A limited edition formalist-heathen poetry book,
available through RavensHalla Arts (firstname.lastname@example.org), $8 postpaid, worldwide.
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.
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.
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
Stories & Norse Myths - Books to buy
Most of the
Books with Poetry" listed above contain stories or
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).
The Raven's Ring Pin by John W. Anacker
- Beautiful one-page comic strip with a new myth, on Bill´s Comic Site.
Heathen Prose & Norse Myths - Online, to read
Edda - Old and New Myths told by Thorskegga Thorn.
Oak Hedge -
Stories - Four wonderful stories, also
suitable for children
Longing for Freya: A Bedtime Story and other great
Steven T. Abell´s
Stories and Ballads of the Far Past
- Translated from the Norse
(Icelandic and Faroese) by Nora Kershaw. Cambridge, University Press, 1921
Baldwin Project - 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
Survivor: Ragnarok Edition
- Humorous Ragnarok retelling in the shape of title matches Gods vs. Giants, by
Prose & Norse Myths - Online, to listen to
Eirik the Red’s Saga,
Children of Odin
by Padraic Colum: As public domain readings on
reading of all Anglo-Saxon poems
written in Old English, as MP3 podcast.
saga - read by Olafur Sveinsson (original)
Beowulf– The Storybook
Rathflaed DuNoir (illustrated
children´s book & YouTube video)
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.
- (in German) Stories, myths, poetry & prayers
spoken by Michael Schütz on
Myths and Poems as CDs/Audiobooks/Audio Cassettes St
Tales from the Norse Legends
Audio CD (Junior Classics,1995) by Edward Ferrie and Benjamin Soames.
An apt retelling of our myths, thrilling for adults and children alike,
accompanied by classical music.
Brown´s CDs (e.g. At Saga´s Stream, Fire & Ice) by
Storyteller P. D. Brown, who draws inspiration from the tradition of skalds,
scops and bards.
Two double CDs full of enthralling retellings of the Norse myths, also featuring a
a little-known folk-tale about Freya, and episodes from the Egilssaga.
MP3 clips online.
Beowulf - Unabridged, translated by C.W. Kennedy,
narrated by Charlton Griffin (audiobook)
Beowulf Aloud - 3-CD
set with the reading of the entire Beowulf poem in Old
English by Michael D.C. Drout. Includes introductory lecture.
& Essays about Old Poetry
Books on Amazon - An overview of all available books linked below, store
History of Old Norse Poetry and Poetics by Margaret
Clunies-Ross. 90$ in hardcover, and only 10$ as
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
Old Norse Women's Poetry: The Voices of Female Skalds by Sandra
Ballif Straubhaar (Library of Medieval Women)
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)
English Translations of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballad: An Analytical Guide
by Larry E. Syndergaard.
Also (and much cheaper) as
‘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.
- Free pdf downloads of out-of-copyright texts: Old Norse poetry, works
scholarly and instructive works, historiography and biography, sagas of
Icelanders and related.
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.
The Earliest English Poems
by Michael Alexander: U of Calif Press (1970)
S.A.J. Bradley (Dent, 1982).
search results: Books on Anglo-Saxon Poetry - a LOT!
- English and German research essays on medieval Scandinavian culture,
literature and poetry, e.g.
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
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: Sources & translations, resources & info
Books on Amazon - An overview of all available books linked below, store
Download over 30,000
free ebooks to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader...
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.
Sacred Text Archive - Several free translations of 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 complete
third part of Snorri´s Edda in original Icelandic, listing all Old Norse verse
Heimskringla.no - The texts from the
Heimskringla in Denish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. No English
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.
The Skaldic Project - Skaldic Poetry of the
Scandinavian Middle Ages
An international project to edit the corpus of
medieval Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry.
(www.rimur.is) - Extensive Icelandic resource
explaining the alliteration, the rimur (verse meters),
the Hattatal etc., mostly written by Sv. Beinteinsson
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
by J.R.R.Tolkien. Texts from the Edda and the Volsunga saga in rhyming
Lexicon Project - Old Norse & Icelandic:
Cleasby and Vigfusson's
Bosworth and Toller's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, grammars and dictionaries of
Gothic, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German
News - News, Announcements, Comment and Resources for Medieval
Cleasby-Vigfússon (Old) Icelandic-English Dictionary Online,
Online Modern Icelandic Dictionary & more.
The International Saga Conferences in Uppsala, Sweden -
Yearly event. Download papers of previous conferences.
Medieval & Classical 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)
(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)
Northvegr Center - Extensive collection of primary and secondary source
- Texts, translations, scholarship. Eddas, sagas, skaldic poetry.A
VERY extensive array of sources.
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
Old Norse etexts
- very big collection.
Viking Society for Northern Research - offers free PDF of all her
numerous publications and book, e.g. the following four links.
Old Norse Made New:
Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture
ed. David Clark and Carl Phelpstead (free PDF)
Skaldic Versifying and Social Discrimination in Medieval Iceland,
G. Nordal, 2003 (free PDF)
Haraldr the Hard-Ruler and his poets, Gabriel Turville-Petre,
1968 (free PDF).
Skaldic verse and Anglo-Saxon history, Alistair Campbell, 1971
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.
- Old Icelandic literature, esp. Eddaic and Skaldic poetry - side-to-side
comparison of texts from different manuscripts. Kennings assorted by
subject & word stem and indexed by source !
Medieval Sourcebook - Selected sources about early
Germanic peopel (e.g.Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Ostrogoths, Visgoths, Lombards)
- Old Icelandic texts:
, Gylfaginning ,
, Jómsvíkinga saga
- (Wikipedia) One of the very few examples of the poetical literature of the old
A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic by Geir T. Zoëga (1910, 551 pp)
Old Norse for Beginners
- Lessons; including a very thorough discussion of the
Runatals thattr, and a guide on the
Old Norse .
Book Sources - for searching
books in international library catalogues.
- Free electronic editions of old books from Sweden and the Nordic countries.
Index Translationum - A
database of books translated in the world, i.e. an international bibliography of
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.
General Poetry Resources Online
How to Get My Poem Copyright Protected
Alliterative Poetry (=Stave Rhyming)
A Treasury of Alliterative and Accentual Poetry:
Forgotten Ground Regained - just that.
With links to more resources.
Jack Hart on basics & more of various techniques, endrhyme, alliteration,
- Looking for a rhyme, synonym, definition,
homophone ? Use the search feature.
- Rhyming dictionary, syllable counter, and
other useful tools for poets and songwriters. Very handy.
- Explains types of poetry, Haiku, famous poets, writing
resources... Very helpful if you write yourself.
The Online Etymology Dictionary - Extensive.
- Classical literature and verse resource.
- User-friendly library: Thousands of
works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years.
- Find your favorites in this classical poetry archive.
PoetryConnection.net - Resource for classical
- ditto, including modern lyrics.
Lyricstranslate.com - Find song lyrics translated from
and into a long list of languages.
- Find resource links for online public domain books in category
Arts and Humanities-Literature-Online Texts.
Where to find Norse-themed or related artwork
Popular Retellings of Old Norse Myths & Classic Illustration Galleries -
The largest collection of artwork depicting Germanic mythology.
Wikipedia: Public Domain image resources
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.
on DeviantArt. Amazing pictures of nearly all Norse Gods and Goddesses.
- Goddesses paintings in mythic naturalism, by Jonathon
R. Lambdin´s black/white illustrations for "Viking
Tales" by Jennie Hall, 1903 (scroll down page for a list of the
illustrations.), public domain.
Hauge: Norse Inspired Art - Scandinavian classical images
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