On Théodish Gefrain

A Théodsman’s gefrain, his fame within his Théodish fellowship and, even more broadly, within Heathendom, is one of his dearest belongings. Ever must a Théodsman be minded to increase his good name, that of his fellowship, and that of his lord. Never must he be seen to be lacking in wisdom, wealthdeal, or worthmind. No inkling of boldlessness must befall him. With a Right Good Will he must go about all things. And, of his deeds, he must not succumb to weak-heartedness, stilling his tongue at symbel. ‘Tis there at symbel that a Théodsman speaks of his deeds to his gods, his ancestors, his lord, and his fellow Théodsmen. ‘Tis there in the hall, where the scóp does his shaping, that a Théodsman’s gefrain grows the greatest.

A good gefrain is both a gold hoard to be mindfully warded and well-planked shield all the same. Often has a Théodsman found himself bethaned and burged by those familiar with his gefrain when some scather set about to scheme against him. The worthy man, whose gefrain is known well and afar, will find men eager to be seen in his service or willing to swear oath to this guiltlessness even before he has shared horn with them.

About Þórbeorht Línléah

Ealdorblótere (chief priest) at Whitthenge Heall of the Ealdríce, an Anglo-Saxon Théodish fellowship. Author of Of Ghosts and Godpoles: Theodish Essays Pertaining to the Reconstruction of Saxon Heathen Belief, Both Old and Anglo (2014). Author of Þæt Ealdríce’s Hálgungbóc: The Théodish Liturgy of Þæt Ealdríce (2015, 2016). Þórbeorht resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Eþelwynn and two daughters.
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