Fort Wayne Heathens

Heathen/Ásatrú Community of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana

Norse Paganism

Norse pagan beliefs are widely referred to now as Heathenry or Ásatrú. Much of what we know about these pagan beliefs are taken from writings that Icelandic monks preserved in the Middle Ages. The most useful text that they assembled is called the Poetic (or Elder) Edda. This manuscript is a collection of poetic stories that began as word of mouth tradition, and then was finally written to preserve the ancestral beliefs of the Icelandic people. The other text written in the Middle Ages was the Prose Edda by an Icelandic Christian poet and lawyer, Snorri Sturluson. His text is far more biased and altered for the Christian worldview, but it is still a useful resource. These two texts combined with modern interpretations and academic books, and archeoligcal discoveries make up what we call, "the lore." The lore is essentially every reliable bit on Heathenry or Norse Paganism that we can find, and we study it to gain a better understanding of the worldview of the ancient Scandinavians, and help learn more about their traditions and their gods. We do this in order to help bridge the gap in modern times between men and the gods. Please explore the tabs connected to this page in the nav-bar if you want to learn about the deities and spirits of Norse paganism, the nine worlds, the holy days, and modern Ásatrú ethics.