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About Norse Religion - What
is 'Asatru' or 'Heathenry', anyway?
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spiritual and artistic enjoyment and mutual exchange of inspiration.
private, educational, and non-commercial. This is NO place for political, racist or otherwise intolerant agendas.
I´d be honored if you want to link
Feel free to use e.g.:
Odin's Gift - Asatru Poetry & Music Collection
or Odin's Gift - Norse Mythology Poetry
Frequently Asked Questions
I´m interested in combining your poetry with my music.
- Can you make a
recording of my song, or sheet music for it?
I could translate a poem from English to another language (or vice versa)
Wonderful! Mail me and we´ll talk.
Do you speak (Old) Norse ?
Regrettably no, neither old nor modern Scandinavian languages.
My native tongue is German, and besides English I know a smattering of French,
Latin, and modern Greek.
a knack for etymology and when I read a text in a European language slowly,
mostly can get at least a rough idea about it.
The internet´s resources have been of great help with translating poetry to
English from languages I do not actually master.
I´m looking for an Old Norse text / a Norwegian poem / a translation. Can you
help me ?
While my time, knowledge
and linguistics are limited, I´ll try to help you if you are stuck in your own
Google is very helpful, as
are Wikipedia -
Free Enclopedia and the Viking
On the Poetry Links page are
vast resources on Old Norse texts and online dictionaries.
I´m absolutely planning to have a tattoo with a nordic text, do you
have any suggestions?
- What single runes, bind runes, words, or phrases? For ideas, try the
Old Norse Motto Generator or
Proverbs from the Old Icelandic Sagas.
- Which language? Translate your words from modern English. Freelang
offers free online dictionaries for 263 languages, including
Old Frisian, and the modern
Cleasby-Vigfússon's Old Icelandic-English Dictionary.
Modern Icelandic Dictionary. Modern Icelandic and
Old Icelandic differ only little.
- Which alphabet? Unless you stay with the Latin alphabet, you need to transscribe
the words into
It makes sense to use the
Elder Futhark (around 150 to 800 AD) for an Old Norse
Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400 to 1100 AD) for an Old
Younger Futhark (800–1100) for Icelandic texts.
Try out the
I cannot find the Icelandic original of "Lo, there I see my father" !
Ibn Fadlan wrote the famous "Lo, there I see.." in his mother tongue,
Arabic, not Icelandic,
and the film "13th Warrior" uses an adapted English translation
of his text.
I keep getting requests on translating this into Icelandic, but I have
yet to find someone to do that!
Is everyone here a believer in the old Gods?
A goodly number of authors follow (or followed) one of the Norse paths, but
certainly not all.
This is a personal choice, and no criterion for submitting or enjoying this site
Where did you find the Norse Mythology artwork?
The images on Odin´s
Gift come from a
variety of sources. Many are paintings from the Romantic era
at the beginning of
the 20th century, e.g. works from Arthur Rackham, or prints and engravings from
the 19th century.
Some are drawings or photos of replicas or archaeological
originals, e.g. of Gotlandic picture stones or bronze artifacts.
modern artists kindly gave me their permission to use their works.
images are in the public domain, while others are used
according to the terms of a (Creative Commons) License.
And lastly, I licensed some from commercial
stock image websites.