Ásatrú Scouting and Guiding

Ásatrúar Scouting and Guiding is composed of multiple small non-aligned Scouting associations, open to both boys and girls at various ages of Ásatrú/Odinist groupings. Several organizations exist, among them “Scout Forn Siðr” in Stavanger, Norway and Malmö, Sweden, as well as a few prospective members in the United Kingdom and Poland, named for Forn Siðr (“Old Northern Tradition” in Old Norse) and the Young Vikings Club in the United States, a separate organization despite the Boy Scouts of America accepting Ásatrú units, e.g. Troop 1239, accepted into the BSA Great…

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Redbad, The Last Pagan King of Frisia (Northern Netherlands)

King Redbad refused to convert to Christianity because he, “preferred eternity in Hell with his pagan ancestors than in Heaven with his enemies.” Redbad (also Redbod or Radbod) was the King of the Frisians from 680 AD until his death in 719 AD. He is often considered the last independent ruler and the last pagan ruler of Frisia before Frankish domination. The previous ruler of Frisia, King Aldegisel, had welcomed Christianity into his realm.  Aldegisel harbored and protected Wilfrid, the deposed Archdiocese of York, who had just been exiled from Northumbria.  On his way to…

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The Boy Who Had an Eating Match with a Troll

The Boy Who Had an Eating Match with a Troll (Norwegian: Askeladden som kappåt med trollet) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. Once on a time there was a farmer who had three sons; his means were small, and he was old and weak, and his sons would take to nothing. A fine large wood belonged to the farm, and one day the father told his sons to go and hew wood, and try to pay off some of his debts. Well, after…

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