Category Archives: Questions & Answers

Is Odin as Bölverkr an Evil-worker or a Farm-worker?

One of the alternative names for “Odin” is “Bölverkr” (Gylfaginning: 20; Skaldskaparmal: 6; Havamal: 109; Grimnismal: 47). It is the habit of most translators to interpret “Bölverkr” as “Evil-worker” or “Worker-of-evil” or some variation thereof (e.g. Jean Young, The Prose Edda, pg. 49; “Evil-doer”—Larrington, The Poetic Edda, pg. 326; “Bale-Worker”—Hollander, Grimnismal: 48, note 82). Therefore,… Continue Reading

Is Frigga Freya?

Is Frigga the same goddess as Freya? There is article by Daniel McCoy claiming that Frigga and Freya are the same goddess.  (The same line of reasoning can be found in his book, “The Viking Spirit,” [pgs. 36-39]). I deal with these kinds of questions all the time in my religious studies.  There is a… Continue Reading

Aren’t Your Views on Women Antiquated?

Q. Rota: “Coming from a progressive (read; NOT universalist) heathen, I find your views on women and heathenry to reek of monotheist baggage and otherwise antiquated views, not to mention some information on here is either appropriated for your own views/purposes (i.e Freya as only a goddess of pleasure and beauty) or just super made-up… Continue Reading

Aren’t Odinists just Progessive Pagans or Heathens?

Q. Rota: “Coming from a progressive (read; NOT universalist) heathen, I find your views on women and heathenry to reek of monotheist baggage and otherwise antiquated views, not to mention some information on here is either appropriated for your own views/purposes (i.e Freya as only a goddess of pleasure and beauty) or just super made-up… Continue Reading

How do Odinists Connect with the Gods?

Q. Anthony: “How would you say an Asatruar can connect with the gods? Like, how does one pray or carry out the Norse equivalent of worship? I know Asatru view their gods differently than say Christians view theirs.” A. Andrew: You are recognizing the differences between Asatruars and Christians, yet wondering how we as Odinists… Continue Reading