Välkommen! Denna blogg är administerad av en hedning som heter William (eller Vilhjálmr). Jag fokuserar på ämnen om fornnordiska mytologi och tro, båda modern och historisk. Det finns också mycket information om runor. Om vill du läsa mer om mig eller läsa mina viktiga artiklar, var snäll och följa de länkar nedanför. Skål!
Again, in English:
Welcome! This blog is run by a practicing reconstructionist Heathen named William. I focus on education about topics in Norse mythology and religion, both historical and modern, and there is a lot on the subject of runes. For more information on me, or to read my major runic study posts, please follow the links below.
Note: I focus on academic scholarship in my study of Norse religion, gods, etc. For the most part, my posts will not usually take UPG into account. I also focus on Scandinavian culture, particularly Swedish, in my practice, so please keep these things in mind when reading. Ha det bra!
We’re going to have a story. It’s probably going to piss people off.
"But there is a bare-minimum level of work that has to be put in. Whenever I see people reassuring each other that they don’t actually need to read or learn anything - about the history, culture, anything - and just go with gut feels and believe~ … I want to headdesk forever. It’s the equivalent of telling people to just play Okami and then they will know everything they need to practice Shinto.”
This is a not-so-friendly reminder that Varg Vikernes is a convicted murder and arsonist. He stabbed Øystein Aarseth to death and burned several stave churches in Norway, one of which dated back to the 12th century. He was so proud of having burned these churches that a picture of one of them is on one of his band’s album covers.
Vikernes is also an actual fucking Neo-Nazi. Oh wait, I’m sorry, he’s distanced himself from Nazi ideology—not because he isn’t a disgusting, violent bigot, but because he wants everyone to know that he’s not a socialist. He calls himself an “Odalist” now, but still espouses most Nazi ideals other than socialism.
He is not a Heathen or a pagan of any kind; he rejects all religion and only espouses paganism in so far as it can be used to promote his folkish, nationalist ideology. Here is just one of his writings on the subject of religion. I can only quote a small part of it without including his incredibly fucking racist remarks:
They really saw and understood what is good for mankind, what is essential and what is right, like eugenics, and all of this, my dear reader, is what makes up modern Paganism.
Only the stupid will continue to believe in “God” (any god!) … when we know that these ideas are based on the ignorance and misconceptions of the Stone Age man.
If you choose to read the rest of the article or anything else on his website, be warned that it contains racism, anti-Semitism, advocacy for eugenics and nationalism, and much more.
We should not allow him to hide behind some so-called Heathen ideals that he doesn’t even respect or believe in, as an excuse for his despicable behavior and lack of respect for Norwegian history and culture (because yes, those churches are/were part of it). Nor should we embrace him as part of the community—which he explicitly and repeatedly rejects—by putting him on the fucking asatru tag as if we endorse what he did. I am so fucking disgusted right now.
If you take Varg’s part in any of this, fucking unfollow me right now. I don’t want anything to do with you.
I might look into using maple as well, since I have a fair amount of it on my property in addition to alder and I have used it before for projects. I’d like to find something that’s naturally dropped in a storm or something of the sort, but I may have to do some actual harvesting to get something of decent size since we don’t have anything laying around anymore. ;)
I have been wanting to make one as well and got sort of fixed on them tonight, haha. From what I can tell I have or can make the necessary tools (probably a substitute for an actual adze), but it’s just a matter of getting the wood together. Ideally I would use a burl from a birch tree (or alder since they are in the same family and are more common in my area), but that is hard to find, so I may just try to harvest some regular wood when I finally am able to get to it.