the eddas: the keys to the mysteries of the north

The Eddas: the keys to the mysteries of the north

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Genre: Contemporary
Year of first publication: 2005
Estimated reading time: 6 hours and 20 minutes

The Eddas: the keys to the mysteries of the north is a practical manual of self-transformation. It takes the form of a working edition of the mythological poems of the ancient Norse Poetic Edda for modern heathens who practice the magic and religion of their ancestors.

The poems of the Poetic Edda form the most complete and authentic body of surviving Germanic religious and magical lore. The mythological poems of the Poetic Edda hold the keys to the understanding and practice of the religion of the Germanic peoples. The Eddas: the keys to the mysteries of the north enables the reader to understand the mysteries of the Eddic poems so that the elder Troth of the Gods of Europe may again be rightly hailed in holy groves, and the hidden wisdom of the rune-masters rediscovered.

The Eddas is especially practical for those who wish follow the authentic religion and magic of the English and other Teutonic folk. A new translation of the mythological poems of the Edda is the main component of this work. The religious content is revealed with accuracy and clarity. Earlier renditions have been artful paraphrases by scholars who valued the poems as literary monuments, but they often disregarded the religious and mythic content as the nonsensical but amusing folklore of a more primitive religion. Authors of the past would probably have never imagined that their audiences would include practitioners of Germanic paganism. The inaccuracies of such translations have led many modern pagans astray.

This is the truest translation for purposes of understanding the religious content of the Poetic Edda. The original Old Norse text is included in its entirety on the facing pages of the English version so that the reader can easily compare the two. Notes to each poem, a glossary of religious terminology, in depth discussions, and illustrations are included to illuminate and help in the exploration of the deeper levels of the religious and magical content. These also to provide the keys by which this understanding may be applied in ritual blessings to the Gods and in magical workings.

(This description is based on the introduction to The Eddas: the keys to the mysteries of the north)

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