A Book of Troth

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By Edred Thorsson

Runestone Press,149 pages, ISBN 978-0972029261


Originally written in 1988 as the foundational document for the Ring of Troth (now known simply as The Troth), A Book of Troth is Edred Thorsson's vision of how Germanic paganism, or Ásatrú, can be practiced in the modern world. While The Troth itself failed to live up to his expectations, today there are thousands of individuals performing the rites and rituals of Ásatrú, and Edred's ideas have been embraced by a whole new generation of readers. A Book of Troth contains a complete liturgy of rituals for celebrating both personal turning points in the life of the individual and the Great Blessings of the Year. It provides the philosophical and historical background necessary for understanding the true significance of the Germanic Revival that is taking place today. And it outlines the rigorous academic and spiritual standards necessary to establish a permanent body of Elders who can carry Ásatrú forward into the new millennium. This wholly revised third edition includes a new introduction by Ásatrú Folk Assembly founder Stephen A. McNallen, and also includes Edred's seminal essay "The Idea of Integral Culture: A Model for a Revolt Against the Modern World."

Edred Thorsson (aka Stephen Flowers) received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Medieval Studies in 1984. He is the world's foremost expert on esoteric, or radical, runology, and the founder of the Rune-Gild. His recent books include ALU: An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology (Weiser Books, 2012) and Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires (Inner Traditions, 2016). He lives outside Austin, Texas with his wife, Crystal.