Fast Facts: Asatru
Adherents unknown
Name Means Icelandic, "Æsir faith"
Date Founded ancient form has no founding date; modern revival founded 1970s
Place Founded ancient form flourished across northern Europe; modern revival founded in Iceland
Founder(s) no founder of ancient form; modern revival founded by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson
Practices Sacrifice of food or drink, toast to the gods, shamanism (less frequently), celebration of solstice holidays. Nine Noble Virtues is moral code.
Holidays Summer Finding, Winter Finding, Midsummer, Yule
Texts Eddas (Norse epics); the Havamal (proverbs attributed to Odin)

Ásatrú (Icelandic, "Æsir faith") is a modern revival of the pre-Christian Nordic religion as described in the Norse epic Eddas.

Ásatrú is an Old Norse word consisting of Ása, referring to the Norse gods, and trú, "troth" or "faith". Thus, Ásatrú means "religion of the Æsir." The term was coined by Edvard Grieg in his 1870 opera Olaf Trygvason, in the context of 19th century romantic nationalism.

Generally synonymous terms for Asatru include Germanic Neopaganism, Germanic Heathenism, Forn Sed, Odinism, Heithni or Heathenry.

Table of Contents


  1. “Germanic religion.” Hinnells, John R. (ed.), Penguin Dictionary of Religions (London: Penguin Books).
  2. Polomé, Edgar Charles; E.O.G. Turville-Petre. “Germanic religion and mythology.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
  3. “Iceland.” Barrett, David B., George Thomas Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson (eds.), The World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World (Oxford University Press).
  4. Rev. Patrick "Jordsvin" Buck. “Asatru, An Ancient Religion Reborn.” Irminsul Ættir.

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Title Asatru
Last UpdatedJanuary 29, 2021
MLA Citation “Asatru.” 29 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022. <>