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The Culture of the Teutons by Vilhelm Grønbech
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In the old days, the feast was a test of the individual.
In the old days, the feast was a test of the individual. Woe to him if he did not feel the frith and the ale grip him! He who could not drink himself into spiritual fellowship with the rest must indeed be a man forsaken of luck, a niding. When the gods departed from earth, ale degenerated into alcohol, and divine intoxication gave way to drunkenness pure and simple, and then it sounded strange that the tendency among the guests to shift from the bench to the floor should be a confirmation of the host's good conscience; but there are ancient earnest thoughts slumbering behind the faith of the ...more
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The formæli is a hamingja. Where the Jew strives with his god in prayer, the heathen uses the prayer as a fighting weapon and flings it right into the lace of his opponent. And like every other weapon, it calls for skill and strength on the part of him who wields it, and to use it with effect he must be in contact with its innermost being;
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" Coifi profaned the altar of One-Eye by casting a spear in it. "
Patrick Houser shared a note and highlight from
The Culture of the Teutons by Vilhelm Grønbech
for in a temple it was the custom to enter unarmed, not thus to challenge the gods; if a man forgot himself, he would have to make amends by offering the best he had, and begging one who knew the gods to take his case in hand.
Was this simply a case where Ingemund was playing out his desire to acquire the sword, or was it that combined with respected customs?
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A prudent man would not accept a gift until he had mingled mind with the giver, and knew his plans. Once a man had persuaded another to accept the gage of friendship, then he could be sure of his powerful support.
A very important distinction. How can one know for certain what will be expected if one doesn’t understand the giver’s intentions? This is part of why the Theowa track is important. The Theowa gets to understand what is expected of them in the future from their new lord through the giving of gifts. The Theowa is being tested by the lord, but the Theowa is also deciding if he/she wants to partake in a binding relationship.
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