The Troth
 

Lesson Five: Troth and Culture

Readings:

"The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study" Lesson Five
Eyrbyggjasaga
Teutonic Religion Chapters 1, 7, 9
Poetic Edda - Volundarkvida, Fafnismal
"Our Troth Volume One: History and Lore" - Chapter 26
"Our Troth Volume Two: Living the Troth" - Chapter2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 24-28

Exercises:

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?