Hörgr – Altars of Stone

The Norse built many altars of stone called, Hörgr (plural hörgar). A hörgr is a type of cairn, which is an altar or shrine made of stones that are either piled, heaped, or stacked. They are used in Norse religion, as opposed to a roofed hall used as a hof (temple). These stone altars called hörgr are attested in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, in the sagas of Icelanders, skaldic poetry, and its Old English cognate in Beowulf. The term hörgr is used three times in poems collected in the Poetic Edda. In a stanza early in the…

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Valheim Hof in Denmark, dedicated to Odin and the gods

A new temple dedicated to the Norse god Odin and other gods has opened in Denmark. Is it the first Odin’s temple since the Christianization of Scandinavia, which took place between the 8th and the 12th centuries.  The year 1188 AD marks the triumph of Christianity in Denmark with the canonization of St. Canute (Sankt Knud), the patron saint of Denmark.  Since then, the old ways native to the Danish folk was suppressed for centuries.  Finally, as the old ways become re-embraced into Danish culture, a temple rises to hail the way. It is…

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