Lesson Five: Troth and Culture


The Elder Troth, Lesson Five

Eyrbyggjasaga, read the rest of it

Poetic Edda -- Volundarkvida, Fafnismal

At least one of the following:

  • Teutonic Religion,Chapters 1, 7, 9
  • Our Troth, Volume One, Chapter 26; Volume Two, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 24-28
  • Practical Heathen, Chapter 12


All exercises listed in "The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study" and/or the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the modern Nine Noble Virtues with the Poetic Edda's "Havamal." Which stanzas in the Havamal reflect the modern vitrues? Are there modern virtues that have no correlaton with the Havamal? Write down your thoughts and findings.
  2. How do you, as a heathen, hold true to your virtues and ethical system when faced with non-heathen situations? Consider the ways in which your behavior and actions model the vitrues of our ancestors when at work, "out on the town," or engaged with your non-heathen family and friends. Write down ways in which you can see the overlap, and ways in which you find yoruself "different" due to your heathen value system.
  3. Make a list of all the oaths and promises you have made in your life, prior to becoming heathen and as a heathen. Which did you fulfill? Which did you not? Consider what your actions say about you, and then consider the promises other people have made to you in the past and fulfilled or not. What does this tell you about the importance of oaths in heathen society?