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It's been said that Asatru is a religion with homework. This is because most of what is used for modern practice is taken directly from the ancient sources that have survived to the modern day.

The first place to start would be with the The Poetic Edda and the The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics). These are typically that first books that people will encounter on the Asatru path. They are a combination of stories of the gods and hero's that came down to us from Iceland.

Once you have read through these books, the next step would be reading into ther heroic/family sagas. Some examples of these would include Egil's Saga (Penguin Classics), The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics), and Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway. For the best bang for your buck, The Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin Classics) will provide a large number of Icelandic Sagas.

After the sagas the next path a person may take would be some examples of modern practice. Some good starting places would include Our Troth: History and Lore, Our Troth: Living the Troth, and Heathen Gods: A Collection of Essays Concerning the Folkway of Our People.

This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are several areas of study which you will find within Asatru. Branch off from these titles and you will be well on your way. Skol!

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