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Northern Lore: A Field Guide To The Northern Mind, Body & Spirit Paperback – March 3, 2012
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"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
"[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
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The Rune Primer
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was so disappointed when I received this book. Northern Lore: A Field Guide To The Northern Mind, Body & Spirit is a poor attempt by author Eoghoan Odinsson to cobble together a... Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by JStapp
Full of great information, tips and even some recipes. Honestly this book is a great source for anyone interested in modern heathenry and how to practice it as well as get in touch... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Double Dubs
I found Northern Lore to be a fine edition that I'm glad I purchased. I consider the book to be a survey of some of the elements that make up the modern Northern Tradition. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Hawkeye
Northern Lore: A Field Guide to the Northern Mind, Body, and Spirit is a very well researched book on the subject of northern history, culture, and spirituality. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Jason O.
When I came to Asatru the reading list was MASSIVE...finding anything that would help get me started learning the basics was difficult if not impossible! Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Larisa Hunter
The author chose to go by the pseudonym Eoghan Odinsson, but included a chapter about yoga - posing in the shapes of runes. I can't picture my ancestors doing that. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Chad Fuller
The author has done something truly remarkable in this book.
He doesn't focus on esoterica, or dry scholarly information. Read more
After spending twenty years in Berlin, German from 1975 to 1995 my interest in Europe and the background of its people has increased. Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Bob Weinstein, Lt. Colonel, US Army, Ret.