In Norse and Germanic mythology, Wayland (Volund in Old Norse) is a really interesting character who sort of straddles the line between folk hero and minor deity. He has his own story, of course, but he's best known as a blacksmith and craftsman, and like the Greek Daedalus and Finnish Ilmarinen he's credited with creating … Continue reading Poem: “Fire From Stone”
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?