Welcome to Heathenry (also known as Asatru). Perhaps you are beginning your journey as a heathen. Maybe you are an “interested bystander,” someone who may not be heathen but who knows heathens or is interested in learning more about our religion. Who knows, perhaps you are somewhere in between! In any event, this online, self-study program is for you. It is our hope that, as you work through the readings, essays, and sample questions, you will develop a fuller understanding of Asatru and what it means to be heathen in a modern context.
This course is designed to be both a stand-alone course and one which utilizes a book written by The Troth’s Warder of the Lore, Kveldulf Gundarsson. The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study, can be purchased as either a download or a “hard copy” via The Troth’s Lulu Store, found here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/thetroth.
You will also need a copy of The Prose Edda, The Poetic Edda, Eyrbyggjasaga and one or more introductory guides. Please see the Update page for information on editions and recommended reading.
It is our hope that working through both this online course and Elder Gundarsson’s book will provide further depth of understanding.
The Heathen Essentials modules is also the gateway to the Lore Program. The purpose of Heathen Essentials is to ensure that all incoming students possess a grounding in the Lore and basic Heathen concepts. It is based on The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study, written by The Troth’s Warder of the Lore, Kveldulf Gundarsson. (Available here http://stores.lulu.com/thetroth .)
After passing the Heathen Essentials test, a Full Troth Member may then enter the Lore Program proper. The Heathen Essentials module counts as 3 credits towards graduation in the Lore Program.
Again, welcome to Heathenry! Luck to you on your journey.
The Lore Program