Few heathen fellowships can lay claim to so seasoned a clergyman as the Ealdríce’s own Þórbeorht. Rarer still is the soul who begins his faring into heathendom whilst working toward Anglican holy orders. Yet in the blessing of the fields on Rogation days, in the manifold saints and their magical wonders, in the veneration of holy relics, in the dressing of wells, and in the magic of the Mass, Þórbeorht found the telltale signs of an Anglo-Saxon religion far older than Anglican Christianity. This was the religion of Wóden and Ingwe, of holy wells and blessed fields, of holy kingship, of Yule, and of Easter. This was the heathen religion of his English forbears, the old belief which, beneath a Christian veneer, had brought him such joy as an Anglican.

DSCN2094And so it was, after some searching, that Þórbeorht happened upon Anglo-Saxon Théodish Belief, a heathen stirring of then twenty-some winters, yet one that had remained, more or less, unknown to the wider world. As the weavers of fate would have it, Þórbeorht became a “man of the cloth” nonetheless.  Yet it was there, in Anglo-Saxon Théodish Belief rather than in Anglican Christianity, that our Þórbeorht became a priest.  As we say, “Wyrd goeth ever as she shall.”

Below are some of the árungs held by Þórbeorht, a list of his hardbound works, and a summary of his sundry learningwise worths.

Nowen Árungs (Current Positions)
• Ealdorblótere (chief priest) and founder of Þæt Ealdríce (Since Éastermónaþ 2010)
• Théodish Blótere (Since Æftera Líða 2002)

Written Works
• Author of Þæt Ealdríce’s Hálgungbóc: The Théodish Liturgy of Þæt Ealdríce  (2015, 2016)
• Author of Of Ghosts and Godpoles: Theodish Essays Pertaining to the Reconstruction of Saxon Heathen Belief, Both Old and Anglo (2014)

Olden Árungs (Before the Ealdríce)
• Ealdorman of the Sahsisk Thiod (Winterfylleþ 2001 – Midsumor 2008)
* The name of this fellowship was revised over time as it grew in Saxon thew 
• Godman of Folk River (2000 – 2001)

Learningwise Worths (Credentials)
• Master of Liberal Arts in English Religious History with a focus on Pre-Conversion Anglo-Saxon Religion (2014)
• Fellow of the Wisdom Roundtable of the School of Three Wynns (2002 – 2003)
• Licensed heathen clergyman in the Commonwealth of Virginia (Since 2001)
• Ordained heathen godman (Ásatrú) (Géol 2000)
• Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies (1999)
• Anglican Lay Reader and Seminary Candidate (1996 – 1999)