The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn
The Search for Odinn

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STANDARD Edition (Limited to approx. 700 copies — 2022): (Thick Book) 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 448 pages. Hardbound 100pts, bound in Colibri "Dolphin" fine Italian book-cloth. Gold foil blocking on rounded spine and Blind Emboss bindrune on the cover. B&W interior, with "Mid-Green" with Coltskin embossing Endpapers. Green & White Headbands. Fully Illustrated. Fine typography, printed on Munken Pure Smooth Cream 150gsm archive-quality paper.
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The Search for Óðinn:

From Pontic Steppe to Sutton Hoo


Volume III

of the

Óðinn Trilogy

within the

Northern Otherworld Series

by Shani Oates

Óðinn has been scandalised and deified in equal measure by medieval churchmen, demonising pre-Christian beliefs, and more recently by the romantic idealists and nationalists of the 20th Century, who glamorised them, to the extent that the genuine historical persona of this popular figure is saturated in complex, confusing mythology. Poetic kennings and riddles tease out our deductive processes, pushing beyond rational, logistic exploration to evoke our apprehension of the Other.

 

Yet the key to Óðinn’s real identity resides in the culture of the Scandinavian and Germanic peoples whose principle values, morals and ethics that maintained the health, welfare and well-being of the community, were in the gift of divinised spirits, ancestral and of the land or hearth. Óðinn, was never thus a ‘god’ of the people; conversely, he represented only the well-being of the lid or fyrd, a primary function for warriors as an elite cult. How that cult emerged, and from what sources and influences, is the quest this book seeks to fulfil.

 

Because those ideas and beliefs of the past were and are frequently altered to suit the needs of the present in which they are recorded and implemented, we must opt for genuine context rather than hyperbole. Spanning the Romanised Cults of  Mercury and the Matrones and Slavic animisms, my research pushes past conventional boundaries into the totemic practises of Eurasian peoples while remaining faithfully aligned to stringent archaeological and anthropological discoveries.

 

These pages are nonetheless composed with passion, drama, heroism, romance and pathos.

 

We have so much to learn from distant, hidden voices whose words convey the values that relate to a different time, and of thoughts sculpted from the minds and skills of artisans and craftsmen whose incredible artefacts have much to teach us about tradition, ancestry, belief, sorcery and faith. Molded by politics and far-reaching world-turning events centred in trade and faith, Óðinn’s presence emerges from a surprising source that many will find challenging to the popular, but wholly false persona so familiar to us.

 

From Asia to east Anglia, the search for Óðinn is herewith concluded.

~Shani Oates, 2022.

¶ CONTENTS

Foreword

Introduction: Óðinn: Unmasking Accrued Errors of Cultic Assimilation

 

Foundation: The Elder Gods

Nomadic Diaspora

Remnants of the Bronze Age

The Power of Place

Iron Age Whispers

From Hero to God – The Alci (Alce)

An introduction to Migration and Ethnogenesis

The Cults of Mercury, Mercurius, and Saint Mercurius

The Batavians and the Hercules Imperative

Mythic Giants

A Hunnic Dynasty in Scandinavia

 

Artefacts: The Archaeology of Belief

Art and Artifice

Mythical Origin for the Rúnes

Rúnic Literacy: An Elite Tool

Of Bogs and War Booty

Historical Rúnic Inscriptions

Sortes and The Cult of the Mothers

Apotropaia and Anasyrma

The Virtue of Alu

Rúne Magic

Bracteates: A Prestige Heritage

Horsemen of the Steppes

The Mask of Óðinn?

Early Nobility – Erilaz

The Frøyhov Figure

 

The Rise of Kings

Elite Burial Traditions

Rúnes and Royal Dynasties

A King’s Stone – The Straum Whetstone

Sutton Hoo

Helm Plates and Terminals

The Insignia of Kings

Gothic Influence on Early Motifs: Fibulae and Buckles

Raptors and Birds of Prey

The Noble Hunt

 

The Age of Conversions

The Breza Column

Avars, Arianism and the Langobardi

Feasting Vessels and Sacred Cauldrons

Temple, Shrine, or Early Church

Post-conversion Rúnes

Rædbed, Widukind and Boniface

Charlemagne and Ragnarr Loðbrókr

Málrúnar, Rúne-stones and Revenants

Rest, The Vengeful Dead and the Law

May Þórr Hallow (Bless)

A Rúnic Legacy

 

Signa and Cult

The Ribe Skull Fragment

Poetic Tradition: Wolf Warriors in the Afterlife

Father of Might and Military Glory

Duty and Reciprocity in the ‘Big Man’ Society

The Dróttin (Drihten) Lord

Óðinn Emerges

Saints, Lords and Heroes

The Nyd-Stang

Of Elementals the Gods are Formed

Óðhr

Hliðskjálf – The High Seat of Óðinn

 

Conclusion: Pontic Steppe to Sutton Hoo – Óðinn

Afterword

Appendix: Óðinn Etymology

Bibliography

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