Day of Remembrance for King Radbod of Frisia

King Radbod of Frisia [public domain]
King Radbod of Frisia [public domain]
In Heathenry or Asatru, August 9 is generally recognized as a day of Remembrance for King Radbod of Frisia.    Koning or Duke Radbod lived from 680-719 succeeding Aldgisl.   Radbod was an enemy of Charles Martel and the Franks and was resisting efforts to Christianize his kingdom.    However the struggle with the Franks was wearing Radbod down and some believe that Radbod believed if he accepted Christianity some of his problems with the Franks may have been somewhat alleviated; and so he allowed the Christian missionary Wolfran into the kingdom.

Wolfran was attempting to convert Radbod to Christianity and Radbod had agreed to the rite of baptism.   The story goes that Radbod had one foot in the baptismal font and he began to have reservations.   Wolfran was trying to urge Radbod on when Radbod asked the question, “Where are my dead ancestors at present?”   Wolfran replied, “In hell with all other unbelievers.”   Radbod angrily replied, “I would rather live there with my honorable ancestors to go to heaven with a parcel of beggars!”    Radbod expelled Wolfran and resisted Martel and Christianity the rest of his life.  The story of Radbod illustrates the premise that our ancestors and honor are central to the practice of native European religions.

On August 9, let us raise our mead horns and exclaim, “Hail Koning Radbod!”

Tryggulfr

 

Word Fame- Alice Karlsdóttir

Freya [Public Domain]
Freya [Public Domain]
This writer would like to give a very heart-felt hail to Alice Karlsdottir.   Ms. Karlsdottir has been active in asatru for over forty years as a gythia and a Master of the Rune Gild.   Ms. Karlsdottir’s work has appeared  in “Gnosis” magazine, “Our Troth” and her seminal work “Norse Goddess Magic: Mythology, Ritual and Transwork” is possibly the most extensive and widely read practical work on Norse Goddesses.   Ms. Karlsdottir has also focused her attention on the nefarious Loki.

Ms. Karlsdottir was a featured vocalist on the album “Birdking” by Fire+Ice, as she sang her song, “The Lady of the Vanir.”    Ms. Karlsdottir also sang on the album “North Country” with the group Verdandi.   Despite the fact that Ms. Karldottir works full-time and is a stage actor, she makes time to mentor selected apprentices in the Rune Gild.   Ms. Karlsdottir took her valuable time and mentored this writer through the Doors, for which this writer is very grateful.   Ms. Karlsdottir maintains a presence on Facebook and a blog at https://mad-alice.blogspot.com.      This writer believes a fitting tribute to honor Ms. Karlsdottir are her own words:

The Lady of the Vanir

There came a lady fae the west
Who left not one cold man here;
She smelled of trees and ocean breeze,
The Lady of the Vanir.

She kissed the pollen on the rose,
She kissed the golden corn ear,
She kissed the seed within the womb,
The Lady of the Vanir.

She went forth from the towers of light,
She felt no sorrow nor fear;
She went to seek the heart of the night,
The Lady of the Vanir.

She found the cavern dark and deep,
All filled with gold and jewels dear;
She found the small men at their work,
The Lady of the Vanir.

She put her arm about the East,
And found a thought so light and clear;
She breathed forth song and melody,
The Lady of the Vanir.

She put her tongue about the South,
And in her breast a flame did sear;
She shouted forth her battle cry,
The Lady of the Vanir.

She put her leg about the West,
And felt her Mother’s breast near;
She gave her heart to all the world,
The Lady of the Vanir.

© Alice Karlsdóttir 1981

Raise your mead horn and give a hearty hail to Alice Karlsdottir!

RtR

Tryggulfr

Inspiration for the Day

“Unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all, but glory.” Marcus Cicero

The question is “what is right?”    For some the answer would be, “what does the holy book or guru say is right?”    Others such as myself ask the question, “Is it right or good for my family, my folk, and my hamingja to do this?”    Will it improve the position of my family and folk in this life and the next.   Our actions echo through eternity affecting our position in the next life.    Western civilization is currently obsessed with a shallow “pop” and guilt ridden  “politically correct” culture.

Rejecting the “politically correct” culture could have very real consequences, such as losing a job or even being jailed for speaking the truth.    But again, right action is doing what is best in the long-term for your family, your folk and even that antiquated concept of nation.   “Seek Glory!”  Resist the temptation of shallow popularity; do what you have to do now to ensure the future of your folk!

Tryggulfr