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Asatru FAQ: What's With That Dude Snorri?

Oh, Snorri. OK, the first thing to understand is that he was a Christian writing down heathen stories. He was both trying to preserve his ancestors' dying culture AND trying to stamp it not only with his true believer Christian convert religious views but ALSO his pro- King of Norway political views.

Secondly, he was writing specifically for other poets, to explain the stories behind kennings, which were essential code for court poets of the time period. Basically poetry of this time read like "Grimnir at TEnagra, his arms wide" or some stuff like that. The point of Snorri's writing was a decoding manual.
 
The Prose Edda is NOT to be treated like an inerrant Bible.
 
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Announcement:
My upcoming book Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path now has preorder links!
 
Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Asatru-Beginners-Guide-Heathen-Path/dp/1578637023/

Barnes and Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/asatru-erin-lale/1135232720

IndieBound (independent bookstores)
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781578637027
 
Image: drinking horn, photo by Erin Lale
 
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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.

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