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Raising a Glass for Kveldulf

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Kveldulf Gundarsson aka Dr. Stephen Grundy aka Sigmundr Hawkonson has gone to stay with the ancestors. As reported on social media and on various news sites, he died suddenly a week ago.

In a public post, Kveldulf's wife Melodi has announced a worldwide public event, Lift Your Glass, for the evening of October 8th, 2021.  It's not an online meeting, there is nothing to join or post, one just raises a toast.

I first met Kveldulf in the early 90s when we both attended a Ring of Troth festival campout in Northern California, where I used to live. Even though he wrote some important Asatru books, and more recently when we became casual Facebook friends we had some interesting conversations online, the image I can't get out of my head tonight is when some fellow campers tied Kveldulf's spear in a tree and then the park ranger showed up. It's odd what memory does sometimes. I just keep picturing the spear in the tree and can't get it out of my head.

So I'm giving the mental image to all of you, my readers. A wooden spear with a metal spearhead, tied point down in a big leafy tree, the natural colored ropes going every which way like the web of a spider on too much caffeine, holding it motionless in the salt sea breeze. It's a memory about Kveldulf, but Kveldulf isn't in it. He isn't even there. He isn't there.

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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.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Friday, 08 October 2021

    I know that one of Odin's titles was Lord of the Spear, and that he hung himself on Yggdrasil for 9 days. By any chance was Kveldulf dedicated to Odin?

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Monday, 18 October 2021

    I think so, yes.

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