About the Troth

About The Troth's Origins

The Troth was founded by Edred Thorsson and James Chisholm on December 20, 1987, as The Ring of Troth.

The Troth is an international Heathen organization based in the United States and is a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Texas. Additionally, The Troth is recognized by the state of New York as a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization.

About Heathenry

Heathenry is a religion rooted in history and relevant in the modern age. Revived after a nearly one-thousand year long sleep, our faith represents an outlook and a way of life whose time has come again.

If truth and honor matter to you, if freedom and responsibility are your friends, Heathenry might be for you. If you sense that life as a human being can, and should, be a great and glorious thing, Heathenry might be for you. If you love this world and seek to live in it fully, Heathenry might be for you.

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There are some old stories out of Northern and Central Europe. These form the roots of our culture and our way of thinking. They describe an outlook that faces life squarely, ready to take on its challenges and savor its joys. Those who hear them now often hear much more than just the words. It is from these roots that the tree of Heathenry is reborn in the modern world. Only a few decades ago, a few brave people in Iceland and, later, the rest of the world, stood up and said "Yes, this is what I am!"

Since then, many people across the world have joined us.

Heathenry is not for everyone, and, unlike some religions, we won't try to tell you that you're wrong, or that there's something wrong with you, if it isn't for you. But many people have been surprised at what they learned, or learned they always knew, when they discovered Heathenry. Even if you don't consider yourself spiritual or religious, this might be what you're looking for.

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What does it mean to be Heathen? We talk first about things that other religions get around to later. Things like hospitality and family, truth and honor, courage and strength, fidelity and discipline, industriousness, self-reliance, and reciprocity, among others. Our gods and goddesses teach us these moral principles through their myths, and we learn them directly from our ancestors. What about the supernatural? That comes easily to some people, and doesn't work at all for others, with many variations in between. All of these find a place here.

There are several modern names for various forms of our religion: Asatru, Forn Sed, Urglaawe, Theodism, and others. Historically, we were called Heathens, and we still use that name now, too. We respect the Earth on which we live. We revere our ancestors. We know and honor the rich pantheon of gods and goddesses of Northern Europe, whom we recognize as our Elder Kin, for their contributions to our lives. Different Heathens practice this Knowing and Honoring in different ways. The Troth is an organization that embraces these differences, providing a place for all Heathens to know each other and share what we have in common.

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The Troth is open to all who seek to know and to honor the Gods, ancestors, and values of the Germanic Heathen traditions, regardless of gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. The Troth stands against any use of Germanic religion and culture to advance causes of racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, or any other form of prejudice.

Updated 06/15/2016