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Favorite Pagan Author?

Discussion in 'Paganism DIR' started by The Hammer, Oct 2, 2022.

  1. The Hammer

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    Do you have a favorite Pagan or Neopagan Author?

    What books would you recommend by them that showcases their Philosophy?
     
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    Hi Hammer, I hope you will not mind if I cheat a little here. I know that J.R.R. Tolkein was a Christian but I feel that Lord of the Rings presents so much that is of value to Pagans. It certainly was a foundation stone for me.

    From the point of view of modern Paganism I have to say that Emma Restall Orr is a superb writer. Her "The Wakeful World" is a masterpiece.
     
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  3. The Hammer

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    I agree that Tolkien has many wonderful perspectives that are very valid and useful for modern Pagans.

    I'll have to add Orr to my list, as I have not read anything by her.
     
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    Tolkien was a Christian, he was inspired by Norse and Anglo-Saxon literature, mythology and archeology. Best to go to the sources rather than rely on 20th century a story teller or neopagan authors.

    I would advise going directly to the source, most of which are freely available online:

    Norse Sources:
    The Poetic and Prose Eddas,
    The Norse Sagas,
    Saxo Grammaticus, history of the Danes, AKA Gesta Danorum,
    Futhark

    In addition for an academic interpretation:
    Neil Price:The Viking Way
    Neil Price: The Children of Ash and Elm.

    Also
    Norse Mythology for Smart People - The Ultimate Online Guide to Norse Mythology and Religion

    Anglo-Saxon Sources:
    Bede, 673 – 735: Ecclesiastical History of the English People,.
    Anglo Saxon Chronicles,
    Nennius, 770 – 810, Historia Brittonum,
    Anglo-Saxon Charms
    Futhorc

    In addition for an academic interpretation:
    Bill Griffiths; Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic.
    J. Arnold; The Archeology of Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.

    Also
    Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Paganism – Tha Engliscan Gesithas
     
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