Recommended Reading

Note: The following list is only composed of the books I’ve read. There are way more extensive lists out there, but this one is composed of books which I have personally read and found useful. I can’t promise that everyone will find these books useful.

I will be adding more books and articles as I read them.

Recommended Reading List for Vanatru

Primary Sources

The Prose Edda

The Poetic Edda

 There are various translations in print today. I have the translation of the Prose Edda by Brodeur and the translation of the Poetic Edda by Caroline Larrington, but I’d encourage you to shop around and find one you like.

Academic Books of Interest

Iron Age Myth and Materiality by Lotte Hedeager. A fascinating look at the relationship between myth and material culture, mostly focusing on Odin and elite warriors.

 Heathen Specific Resources

Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism by Diana Paxson

Fulltrui: Patrons in Asatru by Mist

Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry, Vol. 1 by Kvedulf Gundarsson (Note: This is an EXCELLENT text for anyone interested in elves, trolls, and other beings in Norse cosmology. It’s also scholarly without being dry.)

Vanatru Specific Resources

Visions of Vanaheim by Svartesol et al. The second edition is out, but I very much prefer the first edition, as based on reviews of the second it focuses on the unnamed Vanir and Nornoriel Lokason’s personal practice over the Big Gods and Vanatru 101 focus. If you can find the first edition, I highly recommend picking it up.

Witchdom of the True by Edred Thorsson There’s a lot in this book I disagree with and a lot that is just plain wrong, but it’s one of those classic texts that everyone should read.

Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess by Patricia M. Lafayllve

Fire Jewel: A Devotional for Freyja by yours truly under the pseudonym Gefion Vanirdottir. A collection of articles, rituals, and poems dedicated to all things Freyja, strictly devotional in nature, so not a resource if you’re interested in actual scholarship (Lafayllve’s intro is much better for that).

Seidr

 Seidr: The Gate is Open by Katie Gerrard. I liked this book but it’s important to keep in mind that this is the author’s personal experience with seidr. For a more general book on trance, Trance-Portation is much better.

Trance-Portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World by Diana Paxson This is a more generalized look at trance and attaining altered states of consciousness, but it is an EXCELLENT introduction.

Witchcraft

 Embracing the Moon: A Witch’s Guide to Ritual Spellcraft and Shadow Work by Yasmine Galenorn  Some may find this book to be too Wiccanesque, but it was basically my Witchcraft 101 book.

Fiction of Interest

 The Chalion series by Lois McMaster Bujold

                Curse of Chalion

                Paladin of Souls

                The Hallowed Hunt  (MUST READS for any god-touched folks)

The Temple of the Twelve series by Esmerelda Little Flame

Novice of Colors

Novice of Colors: Experiential Journal

Flight of Colors

These books are a bit New Agey, the writing isn’t the best, and they’re very heteronormative but the books combine spiritual course of study with fiction. The Experiential Journal is harder to find but is focused on a more practical application of material in the books.

Miscellaneous Pagan Topics

 Rites of Pleasure: Sexuality in Wicca and Neopaganism by Jennifer Hunter (a great resource for those who are interested in Pagan perspectives on sexuality)

The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature by Starhawk (Note: Starhawk can be kind of preachy at times, but the Earth Path might be of interest if you’re looking for ways to better connect to your local environment.)

Field Guide to the Little People by Nancy Arrowsmith (an AMAZING RESOURCE for anyone interested in fairy lore—includes a lot of Northern entities: koboldes, the fylgia, etc.)

New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism by Lupa (Animal totems from a neopagan perspective that is beginner-friendly without being culturally appropriative.)

The Way of the Hedge Witch: Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home by Anne Murphy-Hiscock. A good resource for home-based spirituality, particularly focused on the kitchen.

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