Hedniska och Nordiska Böcker (Reading List)

Do Read:


The Poetic Edda, or Elder Edda (I have the Hollander translation, but the Larrington and Bellows translations have been well reviewed also as far as English goes)

The Prose Edda, or Younger Edda (A bit more of the blatant Christian influence, but a good read when you weed that out and understand Snorri’s reasoning behind it)

The Icelandic Sagas (Many of which are published in the book The Sagas of the Icelanders)

The Saga of the Jomsvikings (Hollander translation)

Njal’s Saga



The Seed of Yggdrasill by Maria Kvilhaug

The Viking published by Crescent Books

The Religion of the Northmen by Rudolph Keyser

Essential Asatru by Diana Paxon (like any Heathen 101 book it has some problems, but a comparatively decent starter)

Odin’s Gateways: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of the Runes Through Galdr, Sigils and Casting by Katie Gerrard

Seidr: The Gate is Open by Katie Gerrard

Our Troth vol. I: History and Lore by Kveldulf Gundarsson (Presents a pan-Germanic view, so it is good to be able to separate things out when reading)

Our Troth vol. II: Living the Troth by Kveldulf Gundarsson (See above note)

A Book of Troth by Edred Thorsson

The History of Runic Lore by Lars Magnar Enoksen (This is the best book on runes that I can recommend, and will give you a lot of information that many other authors leave out)

Taking Up The Runes by Diana Paxon (She goes off on a couple of less appealing tangents, but good runic information)

Long Branches: Runes of the Younger Futhark by Ann Groa

Runelore by Edred Thorsson (Be aware that Thorsson’s work is influenced by ceremonial magick as well as Bureus’ application of Kabbalah practices to runes, so there are elements to his writing which are not authentically Germanic/Heathen)

Do not read:

Norse Magic by D.J Conway

Anything by $ilver Ravenwolf (One could expand that to include topics beyond these)

The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch

Ya know what? Pretty much just put Lewellyn Publishing in this section. XD

The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum (I cannot say this enough)


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