Little Bones women

             Little Bones Women

Amongst the Holy women of the early Germanic tribes were the little known healing seers who held power and respect with the local folk. The church considered them shadowy figures and certain references taken from the evidence of the Icelandic Sagas composed nearly a thousand years later suggests that such women still existed in Viking times, though the power they once wielded was no longer political and had become purely spiritual in nature.

A great deal of misunderstandings have come via modern interpretations of what the Wlwa, sometimes referred to as The Little Bones Women were meant to be. As the Druids were to the Gauls, so these Wlwas were to the Proto-Germanic tribes. They presided over the great passages of life, healed with herb runic charms and oversaw every important tribal gathering before organised religions was instituted in the North. They were present at births to read a child's fate. They read oracles to forecast the coming season at the principal religious feasts. They conducted great ceremonies for the dead. And they accompanied the barbarian army into battle, determining through rune casting or trance possession the most propitious time to go to war. This work is hoped to put the record straight.

Wlwa  with apprentice from "The Little Bones Women" by Rig Svenson

Julius Caesar writes of them:

'It was the custom among the Germans that their matrones should decide by lots and divinations whether or not it was expedient to go into battle'. Such was her fame that it was said, "Life or Death can be found by looking at a Wlwas fingernails" as depicted in the picture.

Please contact the author directly for further information on this publication.

s ek ok agak
s ek ok hugak
hldda ek manna ml
of rnar heyra ek dma


Rig Svenson 5th October 2009

Viking Weddings  by Rig Svenson


This will now be on ebook, please see author for details:

The written text and the archaeological evidence on how weddings were performed by our honoured Germanic heathen[1]folk remains sketchy even so much less the fragmented heathen traditions surrounding the Anglo-Saxon tribes of England today. Vikings did however inter-marry with the English and by borrowing elements from the Icelandic Sagas[2], and incorporating heathen elements both oral and historical, a Viking Age wedding ceremony may just be possible to reconstruct such a ceremony? This worked is based primarily upon research into Viking times taken from many sources, some more accurate than others to re-create as far as is possible a valid and usable structure of what a Northern Tradition[3]wedding ceremony should be. This was passed on through family ties or fragments of half forgotten folklore. Nothing was ever written down from the oral traditions and therefore is a bold attempt to piece together and give the modern Northern Tradition couple, good and strong workable guidelines so that they may follow in the footsteps of our noble ancestors with their own Traditional Viking Age Wedding Ceremony.


[1] Heathen is believed to have originated in Gothic and spread to the other Germanic tribes. In the 4th century, Ulfilas, bishop of the Goths, translated the Bible into Gothic. In Mark 7:26, which reads "Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth...," Ulfilas used the word hain in place of Greek, or as it appears in the Vulgate gentilis, or gentile. Hain literally means dweller on the heath. Heithinn comes from the Old Norse word heiinn which we use as an adjective to describe Heithni ideals (ex. Heithinn ethics - those ethics which conform to Heithni), or as a noun to describe those who live by the ethics and world-view of Heithni (ex. He is Heithinn, those people are Heithinn)." 

[2] Icelandic Sagas refer to stories emanating from the farmsteads and monasteries of a large, windswept island in the North Atlantic and composed mainly in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Icelandic sagas are among the most extraordinary literary products of the Middle Ages. They are not novels or secular dramas, they are neither truly egalitarian nor wholly realistic, but they are closer to all of these things than almost any pre-modern European writings. They attest to a passionate and continuous interest among Icelanders in story, and in the past, both of the Nordic and wider worlds. 

[3] Northern Tradition refers to a sacred and magical world-view that was a part of the ancient Indo-European way of life.  Indian Hinduism is the eastern end of this observance whilst the Northern Tradition is the north-western end. Essentially a spiritual observance of the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Frisian, Germanic, Norse and Baltic regions, originating from prehistoric times but continuing in a modified and updated reconstructed form until the present day as folk-custom, the veneration of saints, household magic and rural practices.

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