One Person's Cult

The idea that someone could believe in the Norse Gods in the 21st Century is very strange indeed. While the tales of Thor and Odin were exciting reads throughout my childhood and the stuff of which Marvel comic books and movies are made, how could someone seriously believe that these Gods were –and in fact – remain real today?

Back in the late '90s I was the co-developer of a website that focused on historical topics. I did the basic editing and formatting while my friend David did the technical heavy lifting. I recall vividly the day that he told me that one of our readers was a very enthusiastic Odinist. The guy reached out via email and mailed a few copies of a magazine called The Odinist to David. Nothing came of this as Odinism was not at all in the scope of the work that we were doing. I never saw a copy of the magazine and could only surmise about its contents. But the thought of that communication has remained with me to this day.

Years later, after my own conversion to As…

An Answer in the Wind

Here I am, 51 years old, 5' 11'' tall, and 175 pounds. I'm basically in good shape except for the bout with cancer that I had last year. There had been years of tests and biopsies leading up to the diagnosis. It was a diagnosis that I feared but had anticipated for a long while. Sometimes you are just aware of these things.

When the diagnosis was made, I was an active member of the Lutheran Church. For years I had served as a Sunday School teacher where I taught middle-schoolers a curriculum largely comprised of the life of Martin Luther and the 15th and 16th century events that led to the establishment of the Lutheran Church. I also help teach confirmation classes and served as an user during Sunday services. This latter responsibility was certainly more of a chore than a joy.

I'm a family man. I've been married for going on 27 years and have two children. My daughter recently graduated from college and my son will finish up soon. I've made my career deali…

Somewhere East of Midgard

The Iron Wood is a dark and frightening place - a forest located somewhere east of Midgard - which is inhabited by mythical monsters. It is the home of troll women and giantesses and wolves of unnatural stature and hunger.

In the Eddas, the Iron Wood is mentioned by the author of the Voluspa:

"In the east sat an old woman in Iron Wood
and nurtured there offspring of Fenrir
a certain one of them in monstrous form
will be the snatcher of the moon." (40)

Snorri Sturluson tells us also in his Gylfaginning:

"A witch dwells to the east of Midgard, in the forest called Ironwood: in that wood dwell the troll-women, who are known as Ironwood-Women. the old witch bears many giants for sons, and all in the shape of wolves; and from this source are these wolves sprung. The saying runs thus: from this race shall come one that shall be mightiest of all, he that is named Moon-Hound; he shall be filled with the flesh of all those men that die, and he shall swallow the moon."