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"This book is the single most comprehensive guide to various branches of the Northern Tradition...... It's an excellent addition to any library." -- Freya Aswynn, author of Northern Mysteries & Magick

"Mythology, ethics, divination, and religious practices are covered in an educated and down to earth manner..one of a handful of books I could recommend to a student or seeker of Northern Lore." -- Sweyn Plowright, Author of The Rune Primer

"Wassail Eoghan! I truly enjoyed it esp. the section on weather lore, the mythology section and "Tao of the North." I would recommend it to anyone!"-- Swain Wódening, Author of Germanic Magic, and Hammer of the Gods)


"[Northern Lore] fills in the holes that other books on the Northern Peoples seem to miss." -- Diana Driver, author of The End of the Tour, and Ninth Lord of the Night

"This was an excellent eBook. Thoroughly researched, well-presented, exceptionally well-illustrated. A very good example of how eBooks can readily compete with traditionally published books. ...I highly recommend it." --- Marilyn Jaye Lewis, a Judge in the Global eBook Awards for 2011, is an award winning author of several books.

From the Back Cover

  • Practice "Runic Yoga" for Health and Well Being
  • Learn Ancient Herblore for Holistic Healing
  • Discover special meaning in the days of the week
  • Meet your Animal Spirit Guide, or Fylgia
  • Explore Modern Holidays & connections to Ancestral Festivals
  • Unlock the Mysteries of the Runes
Northern Lore reconnects the reader with the customs, practical skills and cultural treasures of our Northern ancestors, and casts them in a modern light. Readers will be taken on a journey through time and space, exploring the full breadth of our Folk Lore - experiencing thewealth of knowledge, physical and spiritual practices.

- Eoghan Odinsson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452851433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452851433
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Canadian born Eoghan Odinsson is an award winning journalist and author with a lifelong passion for the knowledge of our Northern forefathers - or "folk lore". Literally, the knowledge of our people.

Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with his Masters of Science degree, he subsequently taught for the University, and was a dissertation advisor for graduate students.

In addition to his academic background, Eoghan also holds a Black Belt in Chito-Ryu Karate, and has taught Martial Arts in Canada and the USA.

Eoghan has just returned from a 10 year stretch working in the Washington D.C. area, and is now back in his native Ottawa Valley where he lives with his wife, son and three dogs.

Eoghan is a proud professional member of the Canadian Authors Association.

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"Northern Lore" is one of the rare well researched books available on Heathen Lore for Heathen folk. Such books were almost impossible to find in previous decades, leaving a choice between dry academic tomes, or cobbled-together New-Age fantasies. Since 2000, a small but growing number of authors have made the effort to bring academic sources and honest analysis to bear, and put their findings into a useful form.

The book begins with a history of Northern Europe, our ancestors, and the cultural influences that we came to inherit. It then covers the runes in detail, explaining the Futharks with a straightforward but academically accurate approach.

The middle sections cover a wide variety of traditional lore, including weather, food, and health. There is also an honest discussion of modern practices, such as "rune yoga", including its history and origins in early 20th Century Germany.

Finally, mythology, ethics, divination, and religious practices are covered in an educated and down to earth manner.

This is one of a handful of books I could recommend to a student or seeker of Northern Lore that does not need an accompanying list of caveats. Well done.

Sweyn
author of
The Rune Primer
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Northern Lore "A Field Guide To The Northern Mind, Body & Spirit" by Eoghan Odinsson captures the subject in a clear and concise way and covers many interesting individual elements of Northern Lore. As it is an easy read it is also a very good book for those just getting into the subject. The runic yoga system which Eoghan has devised based around the Elder Futhark runes captures the spirit of Northern Lore, and is an excellent practice to incoporate this spirit into the mind and body .
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Northern Lore is an engaging introduction to Northern history, traditional culture and new practices - areas we tend to know little about. In this book we discover that most of the holidays we celebrate today and even the names given to the days of the week can be traced back to Germanic gods and festivals. It was especially interesting to learn about our Northern legacy of herbal and holistic healing, and the development of new practices such as Runic Yoga; aspects that we commonly associate with more distant cultures. These discoveries make the reader want to delve deeper into the spiritual and healing arts that are a part of our cultural heritage.
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I recently received this book and instantly started to read it, It is filled with well researched, practical, useful information and is a pleasure to read. I have started the Runic Yoga practices and even started to teach them to my 12 year old stepson, we are doing them togeather. We were out in the woods behind our house 2 days ago and in a very strong snowstorm, as we were walking and enjoying a blustery snow packed adventure he found an open spot and called me into and asked if we could do the stances there. It was a wonderful experience and I have the author to thank for that, the instructions in his book made this practice easy to follow and was very motivational. The history of it was also presented to my knowledge accurately which i very much appreciate.
I particulary enjoyed the section on herb lore and leech-craft, I found it informative and useful and I fully intend to put the information to use.
I will making my first batch of mead and the information contained within the book will be of great help.
I could go on but i will say that this is an excellant resource and should be on the shelf of any Heathen.
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"Northern Lore" was a very enjoyable book. Easy to read and understand. For those of us who follow the Ancient Way it brings us closer to beliefs of our ancestors. I found the book to be well researched, without the 'wicca-lite' nonsense you find in some books about Paganism. As I said I enjoyed it very much and look forward to Eoghan Odinsson's next book.
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My disappointment with this book can be summed up with a quote from the Forward: "Firstly, let me say that I am more the editor of this work than it's author. While a portion is my own writing, where practical and prudent, I have re-used material from other experts available in the public domain, or with permission;".

I appreciate the author's effort, but I found the book disjointed and really just felt it was misrepresented. I suppose a disadvantage of an ebook is you can't flip it open and read through it.
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Instead, I got it several years later. And I'm all the better for having it on my shelf. This is a treasure trove of a work. Northern Lore: A Field Guide To The Northern Mind, Body & Spirit

One great thing about Eoghan Odinsson's "Northern Lore" is that it can be opened to almost any page for information about a wide range of topics. Northern Lore is one of a very select group of books that aim to serve as pathfinders for the newcomer's along the Northern Way (or Heathen or Asatru, as you wish). I'd wager that there's something here for everyone. It's an excellent and engaging read about different aspects of the same thing. The book is filled with essential, basic information, and supported by numerous resources from all along the Heathen/Asatru spectrum, and beyond.

And Odinsson's topics, like his sources, are far and wide, ranging from history and runes, to Northern Mythology, spiritual practices, and a real treasure called "The Tao of the North" --"Old Northern Ethics for Life", a lecture given to Japanese students by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (a.k.a. Koizumi Yakumo). This is well worth reading and re-reading, and makes an excellent addition to this book's many offerings.

Ample information exists in each of the sections about history, mythology, the runes, how to get you started with the runes, etc. And yet, the author in no way tries to inundate the reader with too much. Those who seek more need only turn to the bibliography in the back for access to a variety of writers and sources on this topic.

Odinsson even has chapters on herblore and leechcraft, food, making your own meade (with a nifty list of "meade varients"), and even runcic yoga.
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