The Nine Noble Virtues – Life Codes to Live by

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The Nine Noble Virtues are a set of moral and ethical guidelines based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism.

The Nine Noble Virtues were gathered from various sources including the Poetic Edda, especially the Hávamál, the Sigrdrífumál, and in the Icelandic Sagas.


The Nine Noble Virtues are:

  1. Courage (Valiance)
  2. Truth (Sincerity)
  3. Honor
  4. Fidelity
  5. Discipline
  6. Hospitality
  7. Self Reliance
  8. Industriousness (Diligence)
  9. Perseverance

The Nine Noble Virtues explained:

Virtue 1 – Courage (Valiance)

Courage is the ability of someone to do something even though frightens them or when they are scared.  To do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. To have strength in the face of grief or pain. Having valiance by possessing or exhibiting valor when in darkness and in the face of fear.courage

Virtue 2 – Truth (Sincerity)

Truth is the state of being in accordance with fact or reality. It is sincerity in action, character, and utterance.  Having the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy.  Being honest to one’s self and to others. One who is without truth can never be trusted.

Virtue 3 – Honor

Honor is a keen sense of ethical conduct which allows one to be regarded with great respect and esteem. A quality of worthiness and respectability that affects one’s social standing amongst their kin and kindred.  It is the regard of one’s worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions. honor

Virtue 4 – Fidelity

Fidelity is the faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief which is demonstrated by continual loyalty and support.  To never turn one’s back and remain complete and undivided.  The quality of being faithful and maintaining a firm adherence to one’s own moral values.

Virtue 5 – Discipline

Discipline is the suppression of base desires with restraint and self-control.  When an individual uses reason to determine the best course of action regardless of their own personal desires, which may be the opposite of what must take place.  To stay the course and have the strength to maintain what must be done, even when you don’t want to.

Virtue 6 – Hospitality

Hospitality is the relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with goodwill. This includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.  Hospitality extends in terms of protection. A host not only to provides food and shelter to their guest, but also makes sure they do not come to harm while under their care.

Virtue 7 – Self Reliance

Self Reliance is the state of reliance on oneself or one’s own powers and resources by not requiring any aid, support, or interaction of others for survival. Self reliance is the state of personal independence.  Do not be a mooch or bum and provide for one’s own self.

Virtue 8 – Industriousness (Diligence)

Industriousness is working energetically and devotedly to complete a task or in life’s daily toils in a hard-working and diligent manner. Being careful and persistent in one’s work or effort.  Not being lazy, but having great care and attention in the steadfast application of one’s work and effort.  Having a sense of industry and of having a work ethic.

Virtue 9 – Perseverance

Perseverance is the steady persistence in a course of action or purpose.  To never give up or surrender, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.  Try and try again until you get it done.  Not losing heart and simply giving up or taking the easy way out.

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by Njord Kane © 2016 Spangenhelm Publishing


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Njord Kane is an infantry and cavalry veteran who also served in law enforcement just prior to entering into the world of academia where he pursued the disciplines of military science, social psychology, and anthropology. Having left his profession, he now takes care of his adult autistic sons at home while passionately writing about early Norse and Mesoamerican culture and history at spangenhelm.com and readicon.com. Kane is also the author of numerous books including, The Vikings, The Maya, and The Viking Hero Series.

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