"In Hlesey the brides of the Berserkes slew I; Most evil they were, and all they betrayed. ... She-wolves they were like, and women but little; My ship, which well I had trimmed, did they shake; With clubs of iron they threatened, and Thjalfi they drove off." --Harbarthsljoth, trans. Henry Adams Bellows * Amazonia … Continue reading Amazonia (poem)
The tale of Sigurd the Volsung is one of the most important central narratives of pagan Germanic literature and continues to strongly influence the fantasy genre to this day, but translations are often gross oversimplifications or written in difficult and inaccessible language. Here, our hero presents a summary in her own words that she hopes … Continue reading Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part 2: The Volsungasaga in summary [story and video]
Westu hal, all my spear-Danes, and welcome to Gretchen Ruins Heathenry! For our first installment, we’re going to--apropriately--begin at the beginning and deal with one of my very favorite questions: Who were the very first Heathens? To answer that question, we’re gonna have to go back, way back, back into time, so far back that … Continue reading Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part One: Who Were the First Heathens?
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