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The Sagas and Other things of Importance

Huge update to the site, Egil’s Saga is now online. Has taken over a week to get this saga done as it is quite long. There were issues with the translation that required fixing as well. Even though this was translated by an Icelander they left out important parts, simply just not translating these parts to English. This of course meant the skipped parts had to be translated and added.

Due to this being a new segment of the site, had to create the template that will be used for future saga additions, all of which takes time to do.

Why Egil’s Saga first?

Well as it so happens I am right in the middle of my next book, I referenced part of the saga in the book. Normally I would look for a some what credible source, such as for instance Wikipedia, but the article on Landvættir at the time of writing that segment of my book was seriously lacking and looked like crap. They didn’t even have Egil’s Saga referenced as a source. So we talked and agreed that this should be the first saga to be done so that at the very least a decent article on the Landvættir can be written and the saga referenced.

I am aware of the recent rewriting of the entry at Wikipedia in part that is what has spurred the need to get the saga online.

Other important things, the anniversary for the Battle of Hastings is on October 14th. In 1066 William of Normandy aka William the Conqueror or Billy the Bastard depending on which side you were on; defeated King Harald Godwinson, who was killed in the Battle of Hastings. Some sources say he died a similar death to King Harald Hardråde, where Harald Hardråde was shot in the throat by an English arrow; Harald Godwinson was shot in the eye with a Norman arrow. The propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry says William ordered his archers to fire over the shield wall and into the rear of the English army this is supposedly when Harald was wounded. With the wounding of Harald the Bayeux Tapestry also suggests that the English became demoralized and discipline had broken on the shield wall allowing William to exploit the small gaps in the wall to gain full penetration. When the Norman knights attacked the shield wall and broke through they killed Harald. The Bayeux Tapestry tells how the Normans had killed also many of the English nobles resulting in the retreat of the English army.

As a result of the defeat the English army regrouped in the forest where the resistance movement was planned and ultimately was led by the elected King Edgar the Atheling, who served as the last Anglo-Saxon king, before submitting to William on December 25, 1066, Edgar was 15 years old at the time of his surrender. It is important to note, that Edgar was only proclaimed king he was never actually crowned it; due to the advancing Norman army.

Like Harald Hardråde, Edgar served in the Varangian Guard at Constantinople, which with little doubt helped Edgar take part in three different rebellions against the Norman oppressors.

Despite the Battle of Hastings really having no actual context on Forn Seðr, it is a fixed point in time that changed the world. It brought an end to the Anglo-Saxon dynasty in England and subsequently the affects are still felt today as our laws are in part based upon the Norman law structure and the loss of a culture that was at one point Heathen. It is on that point it is important to remember the battle.

Noil

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  1. marion says

    I am aware of the recent rewriting of the entry at Wikipedia – And I hope you like it 🙂

    Three things about the aftermath of Hastings.

    The Norman invasion was in large part about asserting the power of the Pope over a country that had been teaching Xianity in English rather than Latin and promoting churchmen based on competence rather than obedience to Rome. Alfred had started a program of universal literacy in England. It was the most socially advanced country of its time, by far. The Roman church didn’t like that and William was its willing tool.

    Harald Harðraða had won an initial battle at Fulford, as a result of which the nobles in the North were unable to get organized to help Harold against the Normans. He was fighting with tired troops, hastily summoned troops, and without about half the troops he should have had.

    There was a later rebellion in the North of England as a result of which William had his own Chancellor, Simon de Montfort, harry the North. Villages and crops were burned and hundreds of people put to the sword. Anyone of the old nobility was rooted out and killed; the common people were punished to make them fear “their” king. Never forget what kind of rulers the Normans were, what their notion of a king’s relationship to his subjects was.

    M

  2. Hrafnmann says

    Indeed a dire turning point in the history of a country and folk. Although not a heathen historical element to this event, we can nonetheless appreciate a fight well fought for a good cause. We can also appreciate the workings of wyrd in all this and learn from such turnings.

    And it is good to see that there are some still remembering. . .

  3. Noil says

    Yeah it is good that there are still some people out there in the world that take culture as something to be protected, remembered and honoured …. Hollywood has done much damage in that regard to degenerate the culture of Northern Europeans to make a quick dollar / euro at the expense of the culture to which they have emulated with half truths and lies.



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