Mine Wyrtruman has moved!
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
1y ago
For technical reasons, I have decided to move my blog, Mine Wyrtruman, to Github Pages. Along with a new home, Mine Wyrtruman also has a new look! Please be sure to update your bookmarks! Visit the new website here ..read more
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Runic Numerals- A proposal for writing numbers in runes
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
I’ve written a couple blog posts about writing modern English in runes (Here and here). One problem that arises is writing numbers in runes. As some may already know, the numbers we use on a regular basis (0, 1, 2, 3, etc) are called Arabic numerals. While it’s fine to use these when writing in runes, it’s not very helpful if you’re wanting to keep your thoughts private. It also doesn’t look as good, in my opinion. Your milage may vary though Medieval and early modern Scandinavians sometimes used the Pentimal system for writing numbers, but the Anglo-Saxons did not use them. In my opinion, the ..read more
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Fyrnsidic Cosmology: Gods & Ettins
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
I would like to preface this with a disclaimer. While Jotnar and ettins are cognates of one another, the way they are viewed by their respective religious traditions can vary wildly. While there might be Norse Heathens who would agree with my takes here, and Anglo-Saxon Heathens who may disagree with them, this seems to generally be the Anglo-Saxon view (at least, among those who self identify their religion as Fyrnsidu) and typically isn’t the modern Norse Heathen view. This blog post will build upon my last blog post about Order and Chaos. The key take away from that is that the gods establi ..read more
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Fyrnsidic Cosmology- Order vs Chaos
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
Cosmology is defined as the study of the nature of the universe. Physical cosmology studies the structure of the universe, how it operates, the laws that cause it to operate in that way, and how it all began. Religious cosmology generally studies all that from a spiritual viewpoint. It often, but not always, includes a creation myth. When dealing with the beginning of the universe, it is also known as cosmogony. There is no official cosmology of Fyrnsidu, as there is no central authority to craft one. Fyrnsidu is a very decentralized religious movement that creates a spirituality based upon th ..read more
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How Hreðe defeated Old Man Winter
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
The following is an original myth written by myself with suggestions and help from various Fyrnsideras (Anglo-Saxon Heathens). While it is based on elements from Anglo-Saxon mythology (as I understand it), and incorporates elements from folklore, it is not based upon any surviving Anglo-Saxon myth, as few Anglo-Saxon myths survived the Christian purge of ancient Anglo-Saxon Heathenry. After the gods made the world, they placed it under the care of Sætern Se Sædere (Sætern the Sower). Now, Sædere was a god of wealth and abundance. For a thousand years, he ruled over the world in perpetual summe ..read more
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Writing in Runes Revisited- What we can learn from Tolkien
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
About a year and a half ago, I did a blog post about writing in Anglo-Saxon runes. I explained both the runic substitution method (which more or less uses modern spelling) and phonetic method of writing in runes. At the time, I used the runes to write phonetically. And I continued to do it that way until rather recently. One day, though, a thought struck me. When Old English started writing in Latin letters instead of the Futhorc runes, they pretty much chose a letter to represent each rune. We can see this by examining runic inscriptions with the words of as they developed later. So the thoug ..read more
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Beginning the New Year with Mothers Night
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
Modraniht is one of the holiest tides of the year for Anglo-Saxon Heathenry. All the information we have on its ancient observance is from the Venerable Bede in Chapter 15 of his The Reckoning of Time. They began the year on the 8th kalends of January [25 December], when we celebrate the birth of the Lord. That very night, which we hold so sacred, they used to call by the heathen word Modranecht, that is, “mother’s night”, because (we suspect) of the ceremonies they enacted all that night. Not a lot to go off, is it? But we were able to draw quite a bit from his passages about Eostre and Hre ..read more
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In Defense of a December Yule
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
Yule is one of our holiest tides and indeed our most well known holiday. It is also a holiday that almost all Heathens celebrate. Given its relative importance, it is a valid question to ask: When should one celebrate Yule? But that question is not as cut and dry as it might seem. I have said before that as a general rule, the right date to observe any Heathen holiday is the day that is best for you. It is the act of celebration and worship that is more important than any date on the calendar or position of any celestial body. The mindset that the ancient ways are the only appropriate ways is ..read more
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Blog updates- Published books and upcoming blog posts
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll already know that I’ve published two books! Both focus on the Anglo-Saxon Calendar. The first book,”The Anglo-Saxon Calendar for the Twenty-First Century“, lists all the major dates for each year of this century. That’s the beginning of each month, the full moons, and the four major Holidays of Fyrnsidu. The other book is The 2022 Fyrnsidu Calendar. It is a weekly calendar that has the Anglo-Saxon date and regular (Gregorian) date for each day of the year for 2022. It also marks the beginning of each month, the full moon, and the major holidays of Fyrnsidu ..read more
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New Webpage to Generate the Calendar
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by ByronTheFyrnsidere
2y ago
A lot of Heathens avoid using an ancient lunisolar calendar (such as my reconstructed calendar) because of the hassle of calculating it all out. With this in mind, I programmed a webpage that will calculate the my Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar for any year. It includes the start of each month, the full moons, and the holy tides for any year that you input. Additionally, I have a date converter at the bottom of the page so that you can convert any Gregorian Calendar date to the Anglo-Saxon date. I have more plans for the webpage in the future. I plan to add the keeping track of the Metonic ..read more
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