Author Archives: Þórbeorht Línléah

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.

On Summer’s Icumen In

It may well astound some to learn that the yoretidely Anglo-Saxons did not reckon summer’s starting by the summer sunstead (solstice) as nowtidely men do today. Rather, the summer sunstead was known to them as Midsummer as it marked summer’s … Continue reading

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On Éastremónaþ, Éaster, and Éastre

Upon the Sunday following the first full moon after the Lencten even-night,[i] a housel is held throughout Christendom to recall their godling’s grave-rising.  Whilst known by most of Christendom as Pascha, the Latin name for the Jewish Passover, throughout English … Continue reading

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On Hréþmónaþ Also Called Hlýda

Amid the twenty and seven Anglo-Saxon year-reckonings that are known to us still, two Old English names are found for the moon-marked month which fell nigh the Roman March: Hréþmónaþ and Hlýda, which is sometimes called Hlýdmónaþ. Wordlorewise, Hréþmónaþ may … Continue reading

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On Solmónaþ, Pancakes, and Ploughs

Amid the Lenten traditions of the English[i], there may be found threads of yore-old heathen thew Christened long ago by the early Anglo-Saxon church. Indeed, such heathenish customs abide to this very day, though few who hold to them know … Continue reading

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On Solmónaþ and Lent

The moon-reckoned month known to the Anglo-Saxons as Solmónaþ, that is “Sun-month,” fell more or less about the month now known as February.  As betokened by its name, Solmónaþ marked the again-fairing of the sun, her waxing, and the lengthening … Continue reading

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On the Holding of Holytides and the Gathering for Moot

Whilst the new moon betokened the beginning of the new month, it may well be asked when, in a given month, did our fore-elders fain the holydays?  The worship of Midwinter and Midsummer are stapled by the sunsteads and were … Continue reading

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Our Old Home Page

[Below is our fellowship’s former “Home Page.” Originally written in 2010/11, it changed some over the years but the bulk of it more or less remained the same. Having recently retired this “home page” and replaced it with a more … Continue reading

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Writings, Wordlore, and Holy Work 

The blóterehád of the Ealdríce is forlain upon the elder heathen priesthood as it was found throughout Germania during the Folkwanderingtide.  Within the Old English writ-hoard itself, written witnesses to the Anglo-Saxon blóterehád are few, though not as fewsome as many have been misled to believe.  Yet from the loresprings of other thentidely théods such as the Suebi, … Continue reading

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On Wéofodsceorp (Vestments)

As to what wéofodsceorp (vestments) are donned by blóteras (priests) within the Ealdríce, our thew is drawn from that which was held by heathen blóteras of yore.  Of the first fore-century Cimbrian priestesses, ‘twas said by Strabo that they were “clad … Continue reading

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Bédas Déaðsang (Bede’s Death Song)

On the night of his death, Thursday the 26th day of May 735 C.E., Béda shaped the following short lay, here wended from Old English into our nowtidely tongue by Þórbeorht.  Of its fittingness for Heathens, whilst Béda himself had … Continue reading

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