Beginning an Essay Series Hosted at Huginn’s Heathen Hoff

I know it has been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything, for which I apologize! I’m still writing, though I’ve mostly been working on novel and short story revisions these days, and I haven’t been able to make it to any poetry readings or open mics to do a reading. I always prefer to share my poetry accompanied with a video of a reading, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. I’ll try to get back to it, though where I currently live my access to poetry readings is slim to none.

In addition to novel and short story revisions, I’ve also been working on getting a series of essays ready to publication at Huginn’s Heathen Hof. I’ve been quite honored to have been bestowed with an occasional contributor slot, and my first essay with them is now live: The Demonization of the Jötnar.

This may not interest my more poetic oriented readers, but it may also be a glimpse into a community and culture you may not be familiar with, so it may still interesting. For my pagan readers, this essay series may be of interest for the historical and literary approach I’ll be taking in upcoming essays.

“The Demonization of the Jötnar” sets the scene for the essays to follow, if you will. This one takes a look at modern attitudes and dispositions whereas those to follow will look at archaeological and literary evidence as well as interpretations, and I will be tying all these back to the modern outlook on the jötnar in some heathen communities. It’ll definitely be fun for me, and I hope it might be fun and of interest to my readers here as well.

This series is actually based on an essay I wrote while living in Sweden. The essay for a history class, and was all about pre-Christian religions, the evidence for them, and the interpretation of the evidence. I always knew that I wanted that essay to turn into something bigger and more specifically tied to modern heathen attitudes about the jötnar, and so I wrote that essay accordingly, framing it as an exploration of the different stages of religious development in Scandinavia through the ages, beginning with the stone age. In this essay series, I treat this original essay as a sort of skeleton upon which to weave the meat of my interpretations and arguments.

Throughout the series I hope to keep in mind (both mine and the mind of the reader) that pretty much all of the evidence I’ll be discussing it up for interpretation, and, indeed, there are dozens of competing interpretations. There simply isn’t enough evidence, or the kind of evidence, which can explicitly confirm or deny most of the theories that are out there.

I do hope that some of my readers here will check it out and maybe even follow along as the series continues. It’s something I’m quite passionate about and thus far have invested so many hours into researching, composing, and revising. Perhaps a couple of you might find some value in it.

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