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On Yuletide and the Span of Its days

The Three and the Twelve As with the reckoning of Módraniht, there arises, from time to time, some great stirring amongst nowtidely Heathens as to the reckoning of Yuletide (OE: Géoltíd) and the tally of its days.   That Cristesmæssetíd, that … Continue reading

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Teutonic Britannia – Before the Anglo-Saxons

[The following is a post made by Þórbeorht on the 28th of October, 2011 in the Fifeldor blog.] In the year 43 CE, Batavians attached to the XIV Legion were part of the Roman force that fought in Britain against … Continue reading

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The Alaisiagae: Frisian Goddesses

[The following is a post made by Þórbeorht to the old ASHmail Yahoo Group on September 11th, 2011 and was reposted on December 23rd of that year to his blog, Fifeldor.] Recently I’ve been looking into evidence of Germanic Heathen … Continue reading

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The Months of the Anglo-Saxons

“De mensibus Anglorum (The Months of the English)” from De temporum ratione (The Reckoning of Time).  Written by Béda (Bede) in 725 CE.  Here wended into Anglish by Þórbeorht. The Months of the English The English folk of olden days (for to me … Continue reading

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On Hláfmæsse or Lammas Which We Call Hláftíd or Loaftide

In the Anglo-Saxon year-reckoning, the moon-meted month which fell about the month now known as August was then called Wéodmónað. Of its wordlore, Béde wrote that “Wéodmónað is known as the “month of weeds” as at that time they are … Continue reading

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Beholdings on the Heathenness of Midsummer: Wyrms and Wells

Amid the leafs of Robert Plot’s The Natural History of Oxford-Shire (1686 CE), there is found an odd betelling of a yeartidely rite held at Midsummer.  In his delving into the lore of that land, Plot learned that the town … Continue reading

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Beholdings on the Heathenness of Midsummer: The Heathen Godhood of Saint John the Baptist

The 24th or 25th of June was the daymark upon which the Summer sunstead was fained in early Anglo-Saxon England (6th-8h hundredtide). Known then as Midsumor amongst the Anglo-Saxon Heathen and as the Housel of John the Baptist by Christians, … Continue reading

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On Midsummer, The Summer Sunstead, and the Housel of John the Baptist

As to the reckoning of the Anglo-Saxon Midsummer, we find that it first shared its daymark with the housel held by Christians to mark the birth of John the Baptist. As witnessed in The Old English Martyrology (800-900 CE), “on … Continue reading

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On May Day, Bældæg, and Beltane

As aforewritten in On Summer’s Icumen In, the English Christian May Day unseated the Anglo-Saxon Heathen holytide of Éastre as the day which marks the start of summer.  As such, we might well fathom to find amid its merrymakings, sundry … Continue reading

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On Éarendel

Wordlorewise, Éastre may well find kindship with another Anglo-Saxon god, Éarendel (ON: Aurvandil from the PGmc: *auzi- “dawn” and *wandilaz “wandering”). In the Prose Edda’s Skáldskaparmál, it is said that thunder god Þórr (OE: Þunor) sought leechcraft from the witch … Continue reading

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