Daily Hávamál from Huginn’s Heathen Hof – Stanza 48


Mildir frœknir
menn bazt lifa
sjaldan sút ala
en ósnjallr maðr
uggir hotvetna
sýtir æ gløggr við gjöfum

The generous and brave
live best.
Rarely are they burdened
by worry and doubt;
while the coward
lives in fear
and the miser mourns
when he receives a gift.
-Hávamál: Stanza 48

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The industrialized West today is a rotten, decadent structure. Our people dance to the tune played by the media and by a political elite that – regardless of party or ideological label – merely reigns over our decline. Our “celebrities” are jaded, negative images of normality. We are isolated from each other, from our history as a Folk, from our ancestors, and from nature.

Oswald Spengler, who penned the monumental Decline of the West, is proven right…if somewhat optimistic.

All that is the bad news. The good news is that now we can build a new culture. Indeed, we have already begun! This new culture will teach us strength, honor, and the inestimable value of blood ties. We will know joy, and the value of hard work, and the satisfaction of great deeds. We will laugh in the sun and make things of beauty. We will be sophisticated, yet simple; educated but not corrupted. We will walk through the ruins of a once-great civilization, scavanging the best and rejecting the corrupt, unafraid.


Hail the Gods!
Hail the Folk!

Stephen A. McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly


Daily Hávamál from Huginn’s Heathen Hof – Stanza 44


Veiztu ef þú vin átt
þanns þú vel trúir
ok vill þú af honum gótt geta
geði skalt við þann
blanda ok gjöfum skipta
fara at finna opt

If you find a true friend,
whom you can trust
and want that friendship to stay strong,
You should share your thoughts with them,
exchange gifts,
and go often to their house.
-Hávamál: Stanza 44

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Daily Hávamál from Huginn’s Heathen Hof – Stanza 43


Vin sínum
skal maðr vinr vera
þeim ok þess vinr
en óvinar síns
skyli engi maðr
vinar vinr vera

Always be a friend to a friend
and to those your friend
vouches for.
But you should not befriend
the friend of your enemy.
-Hávamál: Stanza 43

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Daily Hávamál from Huginn’s Heathen Hof – Stanza 42


Vin sínum
skal maðr vinr vera
ok gjalda gjöf við gjöf
hlátr við hlátri
skyli hölðar taka
en lausung við lygi

Always repay friendship with friendship
and give a gift for a gift
But also give mockery
in return for mockery
and repay treachery with lies.
-Hávamál: Stanza 42

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Daily Hávamál from Huginn’s Heathen Hof – Stanza 38


Vápnum sínum
skala maðr velli á
feti ganga framar
því at óvist er at vita
nær verðr á vegum úti
geirs um þörf guma

When away from home
one should always keep
their weapons close at hand.
You can never know
what troubles you might
encounter on the open road.
-Hávamál: Stanza 38

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Kinder, Gentler Vikings? Not According to Their Slaves


(A bare-chested Viking offers a slave girl to a Persian merchant in an artist’s rendering of a scene from Bulgar, a trading town on the Volga River.  ILLUSTRATION BY TOM LOVELL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE)

The ancient reputation of Vikings as bloodthirsty raiders on cold northern seas has undergone a radical change in recent decades. A kinder, gentler, and more fashionable Viking emerged. (See “Did Vikings Get a Bum Rap?”)

But our view of the Norse may be about to alter course again as scholars turn their gaze to a segment of Viking society that has long remained in the shadows.

Archaeologists are using recent finds and analyses of previous discoveries—from iron collars in Ireland to possible plantation houses in Sweden—to illuminate the role of slavery in creating and maintaining the Viking way of life.

“This was a slave economy,” said Neil Price, an archaeologist at Sweden’s Uppsala University who spoke at a recent meeting that brought together archaeologists who study slavery and colonization. “Slavery has received hardly any attention in the past 30 years, but now we have opportunities using archaeological tools to change this.”

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Daily Hávamál from Huginn’s Heathen Hof – Stanza 37


Bú er betra
þótt lítit sé
halr er heima hverr
blóðugt er hjarta
þeims biðja skal
sér í mál hvert matar

Even a small home is
better than none
At home, each person is
their own master.
For it does the heart ill
to be forced to beg
for meat at every meal.
-Hávamál: Stanza 37

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