Guest Post: Nick Ritter on Dan Halloran’s History Within Theodism

Dan Halloran leading a Theodish ritual.

[The following is the second of two guest posts from Nick Ritter, a member of Axenthof Thiâd, and The Wild Hunt's resident expert on all things Théodish. Given the rise of Dan Halloran, a Republican New York City Councilman, congressional candidate, and Théodish Heathen, I thought it best spotlight a truly informed voice on the subject of his religion. This post will specifically deal with why Dan Halloran is a controversial figure within Théodish belief. His first post, on what Théodism is, can … [Read more...]

Forty Years of Asatruarfelagid

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and members of Ásatrúarfélagið.

This year sees the 40th anniversary of the Icelandic Asatru Association, Asatruarfelagid, co-founded in April 1972 by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson under "the desire that Icelanders could have their own faith, and nourish it no less than imported religions." Asatruarfelagid received official government recognition in 1973, and now sports nearly 2000 members. Musician and current allsherjargoði (high chieftain) of Asatruarfelagid, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, commemorated the anniversary by donating 2 million … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Off to the AAR Annual Meeting Edition)

Welcome to The Wild Hunt's semi-regular round-up of news and opinion, unleash the hounds. As you read this I'll be on my way to San Francisco, California to attend the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting. The AAR is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion, and their annual meeting has become a vital place to hear about the latest scholarship in the field of Pagan Studies (and just about every other religious and philosophical tradit … [Read more...]

Quick Note: Norse Mythology and Heathen Ritual

Modern-day Asatru in Iceland

Just a couple quick notes for the Heathen-minded today.If you aren't already reading Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried's amazing The Norse Mythology Blog, then you've been remiss. I first mentioned the blog back in June for its in-depth interview with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, chief priest of Iceland’s Ásatrúarfélagið. The blog is one of the most content-rich affairs for lovers of Norse mythology I've ever seen, and two recent features, his answers on Norse myth and religion questions posed by a high sch … [Read more...]


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