~ Frequently Asked Questions ~
~ About me ~
Michaela! Being a German in Germany, Iīve always enjoyed reading English poetry.
At some point in life I became fascinated with Norse mythology, especially
and felt my calling to Asatru, the belief in the Norse Gods.
To me, poetry is an expression of spirituality par excellence,
and itīs also an aspect of Odin
which, back then, I found underrepresented in modern perception of him. When I
tried to find
about and for the Norse Gods, I was disappointed how seemingly few there
scattered and very hard to find - lost in some ancient forum thread,
disappearing from sites
that were breaking down, or published years ago in magazines unknown to the
public at large.
I resolved to change that!
So in January 2004 I sat down, wrote my first poem for Odin, and started to
build this site :-).
In 2010, I was
able to add the 1500. poem written by one of over 250 modern authors
- including my own 150. poem!
Of these, over 200 are included as songs in the
Songbook Online, accompanied by
MP3, Midi, sheet
music, and videos. And thatīs not even counting the classical
international poems, and mythical stories!
My poems have been published
online on numerous sites, printed in the poetry magazine
"Ship of Fools",
the heathen magazines
"Idunna", "Yggdrasil", "Spindle & Broom" and "Herdfeuer",
and several devotionals (books centering on specific deities). For Galina Krasskovaīs bilingual
toward Yggdrasil" I wrote the German part.
I have translated a few dozen
modern and classical poems and stories
from English to German,
and vice versa.
Since December 2004, "Odinīs
Gift" has a German sister site "Skaldenmet", featuring over
600 modern poems,
100 of those by me in my native tongue.
the generosity of all you poets and artists
this collection would never
have been possible
- a huge thanks to you from our readers and from me! I keep getting a lot of
for the site, which I herewith pass on to you.
everyone who encouraged us by their appreciation.
This site is also
my way of giving something back to the many fine folks whose works,
sites and lists have inspired and taught me on my way.
Feel free to mail me
for a chat ! Be reading you...
by Paulo Meyer, acrylic on wood. Chile, 2010. Gracias, Paulo!
2) "The Seven Ravens", German fairy
tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. Scan of a 70's scrapbook sticker.