Regarding the James Allen Chisholm translation of the Eddas, and his interpretation:

This is a very useful and insightful resource, without a doubt. However, I disagree with some of its absolute statements like 'this is truest translation'. To me that reeks of dogma. I'm not convinced by the evidence that it is 'the truest', nor that the Eddas were created with the intent to be a religious text, as modern re-constructionists sometimes insist. 

The Codex Regius, which housed the Eddas, was thought to have been written in 1270 CE or so. Nothing is known about its whereabouts until 1643.

In contrast, the oldest runic inscription we've found is from a comb dated to 160.

That means there is over one thousand years, at least ten centuries, difference between the Elder Futhark (what Rune Secrets is concerned with primarily) and the Eddas. 

From my perspective, it is a frequent mistake to associate the Eddas with the Elder Futhark, or rely too heavily upon them. I realize that the Asatru and other religious orders do prefer the Eddas, but I do not believe them to necessarily "hold the wisdom of the Erulian Rune-Magicians". This was not a text written by the Erilaz or Heruli tribe. The Rune-Gild has its own viewpoint and rune system which I am certain functions for some people, but they do not have a monopoly on the usage of the runes.

That firmly stated -- I have read and enjoyed the Eddas for a long time, and encourage making yourselves acquainted with them. Just please be mindful of the facts, and do not violate the Rune Secrets Charter by focusing too heavily on personal religious views.

One more clarification: 

As much as it might upset some visitors, I am not affiliated with the Rune-Gild, Thorsson, Ragnar/Denali or any other group, religious or otherwise. The Rune-Gild uses the Eddas as a central text. This practice is taken for granted amongst the rune revival, but being in the habit of questioning everything, I just can't make sense of relying on it to the degree that the Rune-Gild does. 

However, I am open to perhaps making a group here specifically for study of the Eddas. which I have done (this post is the first in it). I encourage discussion of the Eddas to be centered here in this group rather than scattered across the site, so that newcomers to the Eddas can find centralized information and differing viewpoints all in one place on the Rune Secrets site.

Thank you all again for your interest in the Eddas and contribution to the discussion of this fascinating text. Please remember to keep the Charter in mind at all times. Arguments about religious issues may result in suspension of involved members' accounts.

Thanks, and have fun!


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