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Place Founded

ancient form flourished across northern Europe; modern revival founded in Iceland

Date Founded

ancient form has no founding date; modern revival founded 1970s


no founder of ancient form; modern revival founded by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson


Sacrifice of food or drink, toast to the gods, shamanism (less frequently), celebration of solstice holidays. Nine Noble Virtues is moral code.

Main Holidays

Summer Finding, Winter Finding, Midsummer, Yule


Eddas (Norse epics); the Havamal (proverbs attributed to Odin)

Asatru Overview

Ásatrú (Icelandic, "Æsir faith") is a modern revival of the pre-Christian Nordic religion as described in the Norse epic Eddas.

Ásatrú is an Old Norse word consisting of Ása, referring to the Norse gods, and trú, "troth" or "faith". Thus, Ásatrú means "religion of the Æsir." The term was coined by Edvard Grieg in his 1870 opera Olaf Trygvason, in the context of 19th century romantic nationalism.

Generally synonymous terms for Asatru include Germanic Neopaganism, Germanic Heathenism, Forn Sed, Odinism, Heithni or Heathenry.


Barrett, David B., George Thomas Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson (eds.). “Iceland.” The World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World. Oxford University Press.

Hinnells, John R. (ed.). Penguin Dictionary of Religions. London: Penguin Books, 1997.

Polomé, Edgar Charles; E.O.G. Turville-Petre. “Germanic religion and mythology.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016.

Rev. Patrick "Jordsvin" Buck. “Asatru, An Ancient Religion Reborn.” Irminsul Ættir. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016.

  • Asatru Beliefs

    Ancient Norse paganism and modern Asatru are polytheistic. In the Viking Age (9th-11th cents.), there were four main deities, with earlier gods remembered as minor deities and other supernatural beings of varying importance... full article →
  • Asatru Ethics

    In place of a list of commandments, followers of Asatru try to follow these "Nine Noble Virtues": - Courage - Truth - Honor - Fidelity - Discipline - Hospitality - Industriousness - Self-Reliance - Perseverance full article →
  • Asatru History

    Asatru, the modern attempt to revive the old Norse faith, was founded by the Icelandic farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson (1924–1993)... full article →
  • Asatru Holidays

    Asatru holidays center on the seasons and are similar to other Neopagan holidays. The major celebrations are: - Summer Finding (spring equinox, March 21) - dedicated to Ostara - Winter Finding (fall equinox, September 21) - Midsummer (summer solstice, June 21) - Yule - the most important holiday; starts on the winter solstice (December 21) and lasts for 12 days full article →
  • Asatru Practices

    Communities of Asatru are called Kindreds, Hearths, or Garths. Priests are called Gothi; priestesses Gythia. A central Asatru ritual is blot, which means sacrifice and may be connected with the word "blood... full article →
  • Asatru Texts

    Neither ancient Norse religion nor modern Asatru is predominantly text-based, but Norse myths are beautifully preserved in two Icelandic epics called the Eddas. full article →

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Title Asatru
Last UpdatedNovember 22, 2016
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MLA Citation “Asatru.” ReligionFacts.com. 22 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/asatru>

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