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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (March 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452851433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452851433
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.

Customer Reviews

The book has been well researched and is very informative.
Chris Miller
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.
Jason O.
As I said I enjoyed it very much and look forward to Eoghan Odinsson's next book.
robbie ashmore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Plowright on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
"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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rod on July 6, 2010
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By newtonorth on January 17, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Lambert on January 31, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By robbie ashmore on June 13, 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James on January 20, 2012
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This book is exactly what i needed to read as a beginning follower of northern traditions. Its not easy finding a great introductory book like this. I'm extremely eager to read his future work. What makes it even better is that you can actually talk to him and ask him question on social media. Its like having a personal teacher included with the book!

Great book, Great guy, enough said! So go buy the book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Matthews on September 9, 2011
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This book has a lot of positives. It's a holistic, high level, well-organized collection of Northern Lore that, along with titles like The Rune Primer by S. Plowright, is a "must read" for students of Northern Tradition. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on weather lore, herbal lore, and Northern cuisine (I can't wait to make my own mead). And though I didn't care for the sections on Runic Yoga and Stav, I appreciated the author's honest presentation of each as recent inventions inspired by Northern Tradition rather than billing them AS Northern Tradition, like others have done.

The negatives are few but pervasive. Frequent gramatical and punctuation errors (as well as the occassional omission or formatting snafu) really detract from the book's overall quality. The Kindle edition is in desperate need of some careful proofreading. Perhaps the most glaring error for me was the omission of medications contraindicated for use of Feverfew in Chapter 5 - Herb Lore and Leechcraft (Kindle location 1389). Had it not been for these typos, I'd have easily given _Northern Lore_ 5 stars.
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