So, I am at last admitted as a New Member to The Troth. I am not formally admitted to the Lore Program for a year yet, but I’m already deep into my reading and am filled with thoughts (gifts from the Allfather) I am inspired to write here, and realize I’m going to have to start keeping real notes if I am going to share those thoughts on this blog and pursue this next year. This is going to be right up there with tackling The Cantos of Ezra Pound in 30 days, albeit while living in a castle in the Sud Tirol. No castle hear at the Fortress of Squalitude to which I would not welcome the vættir of it’s land until I finally get around to a long-deferred, thorough cleaning. Having an excuse to bury my nose in a book is not getting a year’s accretion of dust, cigarette gunk and smoker’s candle soot off the walls, the black spiderwebs up near the 14-foot ceiling a constant reminder of why I’ll never take another job like the last.
First Year: The Lore: Primary Source Material
Goal: Familiarity with multiple translations of source material, as available. Thorough understanding of the Norse myths, Anglo-Saxon and continental Germanic materials. Ability to communicate understanding in oral and written communication, including articles and research papers.
At least two translations of the Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, Beowulf.
At least one translation of: Heimskringla, Tacitus’s Germania, Saxo’s Gesta Danorum
Secondary Source Material as needed to facilitate understanding
Required to Complete:
Lore-Based Exam (take-home)
One 7-10 page research paper on any aspect of the material above. MLA Format required. Minimum of 5 sources, including original source material.