Heathenry, Basics

The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods Of The Vikings (2011), by Kevin Crossley-Holland

(Do not get the book of mythology by Neil Gaiman first. It is not as reflective of the historical sources, as that of Crossley-Holland.)

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (1965), by H. R. Ellis Davidson

Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism (2006), by Diana L. Paxson


A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru (2013), by Patricia M. Lafayllve


The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology (2006), by Snorri Sturluson, Jesse L. Byock (Translator)

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (2015), by Jackson Crawford

Dictionary of Northern Mythology (2008), by Rudolf Simek, Angela Hall

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe (1988),  by H. R. Ellis Davidson

For Children

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki (2017), by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jeffrey Alan Love

Theology, Ethics, and Religious Studies

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion (1968), by Mircea Eliade

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism, by John Michael Greer

The Case for Polytheism (2015), by Steven Dillon

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1995), by Emile Durkheim,‎ Karen E. Fields (Translator)

Honor (1994), by Frank Henderson Stewart

The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History (2005), by Mircea Eliade,‎ Willard R. Trask (Translator)

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (2002), by Professor Mary Douglas

Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice (2010), by Catherine Bell

The Science of Sacrifice (1998), by Susan L. Mizruchi

Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture (1995), by Claude Levi-Strauss

Sacred Gifts: Reciprocity and the Gods (2016), by Kirk S. Thomas

The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies (2000), by Marcel Mauss


Runes: Literacy in the Germanic Iron Age (2016), by Stephen Pollington

Long Branches: Runes of the Younger Futhark (2013), by Ann Groa Sheffield

Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic (2005), by Diana L Paxson

Runic Amulets and Magic Objects (2006), by Mindy MacLeod, Bernard Mees

Runes, Magic and Religion: A Sourcebook (2004), by McKinnell, Simek, and Düwel

Sorcery and Witchcraft (Seiðr and Trolldom)

The Viking Way: Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia (2018), by Neil Price

Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism (2001), by Jenny Blain

The Norse Shaman: Ancient Spiritual Practices of the Northern Tradition (2016), by Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages (2013), by Stephen A. Mitchell

Icelandic Magic: Aims, Tools and Techniques of the Icelandic Sorcerers (2015), by Christopher Alan Smith

Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100 (2017), by Max Dashu

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: The Middle Ages (2002), by Bengt Ankarloo

The Seed of Yggdrasill: Deciphering Hidden Messages In The Old Norse Myths (2012), by Maria Kvilhaug

Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic, Volume One (2012), by Clive Tolley

Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic, Volume Two (2012), by Clive Tolley

(Magic) Staffs in the Viking Age (2016), by Leszek Gardela

The Way of the Wise: Traditional Norwegian Folk and Magic Medicine (2015), by J.T. Sibley

Trolldom: Spells and Methods of the Norse Folk Magic Tradition (2015), by Johannes Björn Gårdbäck

Anglo-Saxon Heathenry

The Elder Gods: The Otherworld of Early England (2017), by Stephen Pollington

Looking for the Lost Gods of England (2010), by Kathleen Herbert

The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons c.597-c.700: Discourses of Life, Death and Afterlife (2009), by Marilyn Dunn

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (2000), by Seamus Heaney (translator)

Frankish Heathenry

The Franks (1988), by Edward James

At Elder Shrines (2017), by Gunivortus Goos

Gregory of Tours: The Merovingians (2000), by Alexander Callander Murray

The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 – 751 (1993), by Ian Wood

Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World (1994), by Patrick J. Geary

Women in Frankish Society: Marriage and the Cloister, 500 to 900 (1985), by Suzanne Fonay Wemple

The Franks: From Their Origin as a Confederacy to the Establishment of the Kingdom of France and the German Empire (2017), by Lewis Sergeant

Community and Frith

The Mead-Hall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England (2011), by Stephen Pollington

Viking Age Iceland (2001), by Jesse L. Byock

Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tene to the Viking Age (2013), by Michael J Enright

Trade, Gift-giving and Romanitas: A Comparison of the Use of Roman Imports in Western Britain and Southern Scandinavia (2009), by Thomas Green

Further Explorations, Interpretation

Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry (2007), by Kveldulf Gundarsson

The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature (1968), by H. R. Ellis Davidson

A Piece of Horse Liver: Myth, Ritual and Folklore in Old Icelandic Sources (1998), by Jon Hnefill Adalsteinsson

Old Norse Religion in Long-Term Perspectives: Origins, Changes & Interactions (2006), by Anders Andren, Kristina Jennbert (Editors)

Tracing Old Norse Cosmology: The World Tree, Middle Earth and the Sun in Archeaological Perspectives (2014), by Anders Andrén

More than Mythology: Narratives, Ritual Practices and Regional Distribution in Pre-Christian Scandinavian Religions (2012), by Catharina Raudvere and Jens Peter Schjodt (Editors)

The Well and the Tree: World and Time in Early Germanic Culture (1982), by Paul C. Bauschatz

Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult (2006), by Roger D. Woodard (Hardcover)

Beyond Barrows: Current research on the structuration and perception of the Prehistoric Landscape through Monuments (2013), by David R. Fontijn, et al (Editors).

The Divine Thunderbolt (2009), by J T Sibley

Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda and the Cult of Matrons (2011), by Philip A. Shaw

Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess (2006), by Patricia M Lafayllve

Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices (2015), by Claude Lecouteux

The Tradition of Household Spirits: Ancestral Lore and Practices (2013), by Claude Lecouteux

The Ritual Killing and Burial of Animals: European Perspectives (2011), by Aleksander Pluskowski (Editor)

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil (2016), by Al Ridenour

The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation (2003), by James C. Russell

Further Explorations, Primary Sources

The Sagas of Icelanders (2001), by Various Authors, Jane Smiley (Editor)

The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. (2009), by Saxo Grammaticus, Hilda Ellis Davidson and Peter Fisher (translators)

History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen (2002), by Adam of Adam of Bremen, Timothy Reuter (translator)

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North (2012), by Ibn Fadlan, Paul Lunde (Translator)

The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (2017), by Jackson Crawford (translator)

The Vinland Sagas (2008), by Anonymous,‎ Keneva Kunz (Translator)

Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plant-Lore and Healing (2000), by Stephen Pollington

Heimskringla: or, The Lives of the Norse Kings (1990), by Snorri Sturluson

Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic (1996), by Bill Griffiths

Germania (2002), by Tacitus

The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on The Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius (2008), by Julius Caesar

The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero (2008), by Cornelius Tacitus

Further Explorations, Primary Sources, Frankish Specific

Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard’s Histories (1970), by Bernhard Walter Scholz,‎ Barbara Rogers-Gardner (Translator)

The Formularies of Angers and Marculf: Two Merovingian Legal Handbooks (2009), by Alice Rio (Editor)

The Laws of the Salian Franks (1991), by Katherine Fisher Drew (Translator)

A History of the Franks (1976), by Gregory of Tours,‎ Lewis Thorpe (Translator)

Further Explorations, Modern

Rites of Raven’s Knoll (2017), editors, Juniper Birch, Austin Lawrence, Gypsy Birch, Dr. Maryanne Pearce

Crafting the Web: Canadian Heathens and their Quest for a ‘Virtuous’ Self (2015), by Joshua James Harmsworth

American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement (2015), by Jennifer Snook

Feasting and Cooking

An Early Meal: A Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey (2013), by Daniel Serra, Hanna Tunberg

The Nordic Cookbook (2015), by Magnus Nilsson

Anglo-Saxon Food and Drink: Production, Processing, Distribution and Consumption (2010),  by Ann Hagen

Tastes of Anglo-Saxon England (2002), by Mary Savelli

A Heathen Guide to Cooking, Baking & Brewing (2017), by Craig Brooks, Emma Brooks

Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation (1998), by Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Cuisine of Sacrifice Among the Greeks (1998), by Marcel Detienne, Jean-Pierre Vernant


Viking Clothing (2006), by Thor Ewing