Review of Witchdom of the True by Edred Thorsson
There is much less published on the Vanatru side of Germanic paganism than on Asatru. Whereas Asatru means true to the Aesir (Odin and the gods of Asgard), Vanatru means true to the Vanir (Freyr and Freya, and the gods of Vanaheimr).
The author studied both Germanic and Celtic philology at the graduate level and earned a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Medieval Studies.
Despite his impressive credentials, this book is incredibly accessible and written for a general audience. However, due to his credentials, this author is generally considered reliable with his presentation of history and expected to have done his research.
It is understood that Wicca is a contemporary religion influenced by ancient ideas rather than actual representation of indigenous European religion. Yet, Thorsson asserts that Wicca actually may actually draw upon Vanic traditions. He postulates that Freyr and Freyja…
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