The First Servile War

The slave uprising of Spartacus; the story that’s been retold in so many books, movies, and tv shows; the uprising that carved a path of fire and war up and down Italy and came within a hair’s breadth of sacking the Eternal City itself; that war was known to the Romans as the Third Servile … Continue reading The First Servile War

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Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part 2: The Volsungasaga in summary [story and video]

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]

Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part One: Who Were the First Heathens? [video plus transcript]

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?