The diversity of the poetry on Odin's gift is like nothing I have ever seen before ! Some poems are light and fluffy, some dark and sinister, while others have deep religious meaning that will fill you with pride, and maybe even bring a tear to the corner of your eyes. Several poems from this immense library have allowed me to delve into the deepest depths of my soul, and grasp feelings that I was barely even aware of before. Poetry can be that powerful if you truly allow it to flow through you. Sometimes all it takes are just the right words to unlock the chains that bind our hearts. And a free heart is the best of blessings.
I recently wrote this wonderful person who is the great librarian of our Heathen poetry, and this is what the gracious Michaela Macha had to say about poetry and religion : " I agree with you that poetry is an essential part of our ( or indeed any ) religion, as are songs prayers, meditations, ( and the boundaries between these are fluid ), as well as other artwork, and rituals. Poems are especially apt to allow the spiritual and emotional side of our faith to emerge, to balance an often lore - heavy, and overly reconstructionist approach. I did start my site to fill that void by writing, and collecting what we have, and to encourage our emerging skalds....." I could not agree with her more on every point !
This wonderful woman not only has given us a tremendous repository for our poetry, that we can access with the click of a mouse, but she has written some absolutely wonderful poetry herself which is on the site. She has, however, even given us much more than just what I have listed above. She also runs Asatru Ring Frankfurt & Midgard, and Loki's laughter, ( A Heathen humor site. ) And if all that seems a little overwhelming, she also runs two sites written in her native German, Skaldenmet, and Asatru Stammtisch Frankfurt.
Getting back to Odin's Gift, I just want to mention some of the wonderful categories she has on her terrific site. There is multi - lingual poetry, ( Please translate Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson' s poem ! My translation is horrible ! ), Music and songs, special themes, ( poems arranged in new ways ), tips for poets, reviews of Heathen books, stories and myths, links to other poetry sites, and news in the world of poetry and books. Plainly her site has it all when it comes to what is most important to our Heathen religion.
Oh, and I almost forgot, you can submit poems to Michaela, and if she feels they are worthy she will post them to her website, under the heading, Poems: By many others. And I know that she is not too harsh a critic because she said of my poems, " Your poems are wonderfully spirited and elegantly written. " ( I may frame that e - mail ! )
All kidding aside, if you love poetry, and want to truly understand its importance to our Asatru religion, you need to check out the website Odin's Gift. I am sure you will find it enlightening, informative, and fulfilling !
Why are you still reading this ?! Go there..... Now !
Odin's Gift : http://www.odins-gift.com
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !