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The Rites of Odin

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Open the door to the ancient Norse world of magic and spirituality with The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch. The ancient religion of Northern Europe was one of remarkable strength and power, as well as magic and beauty. Its adherents were themselves a solid and adventurous lot: the Norse, Slavs, Germans, ancient Russians, and of course, the Vikings.

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Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications (first published September 1st 2002)
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Ruby Hollyberry
This author has absolutely ZERO idea what he is talking about. Never bother with this, it is totally invented crap by someone who failed to even read up on the subject.
This book was a gift from a friend. I initially was interested in it, just to see what it was about, as it was the first book I had read Norse related from Llewellyn. The Rites of Odin is a book in Llewellyn's Teutonic Magick Series. The word "Magick" is a dead giveaway of what I found inside.

The book itself is a quick read. It covers basic subjects that most beginner books would cover. It also has a craft/brewing section. To someone new coming into Heathenry, this book would seem like a good s
Pick up this book if you want to know what the Norse traditions are not. Actually that is most likely what people do. I am surprised Llewellyn let this one be published.
Basically just as spot on as Lewellyn's other books - that is, utter garbage. Not worth buying, and not worth reading.
May 23, 2013 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning neopagans, Llewellyn fans, Heathens
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Shelves: magic
The main thing I can say in this book's defense is that there wasn't much else around at the time it was published. Its purpose was to present a program for neo-pagans interested in the Norse mythos (today known as "Heathens"). It does this essentially by giving a bunch of predictable and unimaginative rituals that the user could have more profitably written themselves, if there had been some background information about the gods and the religious context. Fitch provides extremely little of that ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Putting aside statements early on in the book that call a childless person a "genetic dead end" and warns individuals " . . . not to call unwarranted attention to oneself by being particularly different . . ." (CONFORM!), this is an interesting guide to Heathen custom and ritual as a lifestyle. It is, however, only one author's compilation. It should not be the sole source of information on Heathenry in one's library for one who is truly interested in the path.
I enjoyed some of the wording, good to inspire me to write something better however, it is not a very good book and not at all very useful to me.
Kind of a how-to for Norse ceremonies. Good basic info, though a few oddball things with regards to the runes.
Can I count this ways this book is in error, lame, without basis in Asatru and downright silly?
I recomed this to show to people what not to read about North myths
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Also used Edward Fitch on some books. Also has gone by "Ea" and was initiated into the Gardnerian tradition by Ray and Rosemary Buckland in 1967.
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