These are some of the pictures I took during my weekend at the gathering. The gathering is called Tinget (The þing) and is the yearly gathering and official meeting for the organization Åsatrufellesskapet Bifrost (The Asatrufellowship Bifrost). I can’t show you the others, because there are people in them, and I haven’t cleared it with them (Norwegian law: You need consent, preferably written, to publish pictures with people in them).
The weekend consisted of:
- Lots of hugs (In the words of one of my friends: All shall receive)
- Great conversations
- Lots of humor (later into the night, the humor wasn’t suitable for the more sensitive, but the kids were sleeping anyway)
- Lots of songs and other impromptu performances
- Great food
- 3 rituals plus one improvised
- A quiz
- A skald competition
- A live reading of the Lokasenna (Loki’s argument with the other gods and goddesses)
- A theological diskussion about values
- A feast with roasted Reindeer
- An excursion to the top of a mountain where we checked out a rock and a stone circle
- A mead competition (I got 5th place)
- Plus of course, the official meeting, where we diskuss the ongoing projects, the rules and get to hear what’s been going on within the organization.
We also had guests:
- a master student researching how different Asatru groups relate to the same material. He interviewed as many of us as he had time for, and collected names of others he could talk to later.
- a visitor from Bulgaria.
- a Norwegian poet, playwriter and author called Erling Kittelsen. (If you’ve read anything on Norse poetry, you may have noticed his name in the source list.) He stayed the rest of the weekend after his lecture because he enjoyed the company.
- Two of the founders of Yggdrasils Skov in Denmark
I had a great time this weekend, as usual, and I can’t wait to see these people again. They’re an amazing group of people, and accept you as you are.
PS. I talk more about it in this week’s Conjure Queen Show on Cackle Boom Radio
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