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About Thorfinn

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  • Birthday 12/01/1972
  1. I'm going to reply to this privately - I don't know that it's fair for me to do it in public.
  2. Thorfinn Stormarksgothi enters, clad in traditional Norse garb, blue tunic, enters and quietly makes his way towards the food.
  3. I have been fine, thank you. I'm still around, and checking threads, even if I haven't posted much.
  4. Not in the same way as the Egyptian Akhenaten, as far as I am aware. However, there are significant differences which make a direct comparison difficult. The Egyptian religion was inextricably intertwined with the Kingship and church structure of the priests of Amun. Religion did not have such a central political place in Norse culture. There were likely individuals, or even small communities that worshiped one deity to the exclusion of others at times throughout the Norse era, I would expect, but the lack of a really centralized priesthood declaring official doctrine means that doi
  5. I still don't like the idea of the population being so heavily Christian, and no mention of Asatru/Heathen/Forn Sed anywhere. And, no, "Neo-Pagan" is not an appropriate term for Asatru. As for the political parties...I'm not sure I like the description of the Green Party, as the description itself denigrates and marginalizes the party. Being of Green tendencies myself, I'm not sure I like the party being described as a "protest party", which suggests it is not possible for it to be a full and legitimate party, or to be where "former Communists" ended up. Why can't Communists sti
  6. Anyone not familiar with D&D (or who just wants to, for fun), here is a quiz you can take to determine what character race and class fit you: http://fantasyherald.com/quiz/dand/index.php I got halfling fighter - which is kind of weird. This also gives you an alignment, which you can also post, though it doesn't really answer the question. I got lawful good, which is pretty accurate.
  7. I don't have any argument with your proposal. As the Norse gods generally have multiple aspects to them, unlike the Greek and Roman deities, they are much more flexible with what they could be used to represent.
  8. There wasn’t really one deity of trade and commerce. Njord is associated with sailing and the sea; Odin, Frey, and Freyja all have aspects related to wealth. As much of the production among the Norse was at homesteads, Frigga could also be considered to be associated with trade.
  9. I've never been to one with more than 3 rounds (though to be fair, I've only been at one). Problem with having more rounds is that the participants are likely to become increasingly intoxicated each round - as most sumbels are done with alcoholic beverages... Leaving those few who do not drink alcohol either annoyed or amused, I expect!
  10. I suppose it could be, though that's not traditionally how symbels work. Generally, there are rounds, where each person takes a drink and says something. A common 3-round symbel would have the following rounds: Round 1: dedicated to the gods and goddesses Round 2: dedicated to heroes and ancestors Round 3: a time to make oaths, tell stories, recite poetry, etc.
  11. There isn't a specific minimum age. I suspect that ritual participation by the children will happen when they are interested and ready.
  12. 3. Ages 8, 4 and 1. The two older children are having the tales of the gods read to them regularly - the oldest remembers a lot of the details - but they aren't ready to participate in blots or other rituals yet. (aside from the ausa vatni ceremony the youngest was a part of, of course)
  13. Indeed, I believe it is a peculiarity to Americans. It's been said that the country was founded by criminals and religious zealots. I find it all completely absurd. Nudity and sex are completely natural and I think we'd all be better off if they weren't treated like some horrible thing to be hidden and ignored...outside of cable TV. I am not in the least offended by the banner - but no one in this country, unless self-employed, can really feel completely safe having such a thing on their computer at work. I think it's stupid, but there it is.
  14. Well, probably around 50 or so...but that was related to my job, not my position as gothi. As gothi, I've addressed a huge crowd of...3 - not including myself (I did say it's a small hearth, right? and the children aren't yet to the point of participating actively)
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