Háliggyld Books deserves the highest praise. Worthy of our tradition. – Gárman Lord
Welcome to Háliggyld Books, the publishing arm of the Ealdríce, an Anglo-Saxon Théod of the Wínland Ríce. We publish a variety of books and booklets that pertain to the Retroheathen religion of Théodish Belief, also known as Þéodisc Geléafa or Theodism. Our titles include both classic Théodish works by Gárman Lord, the cyning (sacral king) and founder of Théodish Belief, as well as new Théodish writings by Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere, the healdend (regent) and chief priest of the Wínland Ríce. Háliggyld Books is also the publisher of Spellstów, the official newsletter of the Wínland Ríce. Be sure to visit our online store to see all of our publications.
From the Giftstool: Collected Writings and Wisdom of the King by Gárman Lord. 90 pages. $16 Released September 2021.
This work follows in the footsteps of Gesíþa Handbook: An Introduction to Théodish Belief and Other Writings of Gárman Lord on Anglo-Saxon Théodish Belief (2018) and might well be thought of as its sequel. Like the aforementioned book, From the Giftstool: Collected Writings and Wisdom of the King is an anthology of Gárman Lord’s more influential articles penned between 1989 and 2020. Many of the chapters herein were first published in the pages of such heathen periodicals as Mountain Thunder and Spellstów. Moreover, a handful were first posted to the Wínland Ríce’s former online public forum, Uthwitegan Hall.
Available August 2021
Wordsmiðes Angel-Seaxisc Grammaticcræft: A Beginning Anglo-Saxon Grammar by Wordsmið Þegn. 65 pages. Spiral bound. $15. Released August 2021.
First published in 1992 by The New Dawn Publishing Company, Wordsmiðes Angel-Seaxisc Grammaticcræft is an Old English introductory course written by Wordsmið Þegn, who alongside Gárman Lord, Ælfwyne Þygen, Æᵹili Þegn, and Werwulf Þegn, was a member of Théodish Belief’s first fellowship, the Witan Théod. Nearly thirty years since its original printing, Háliggyld Books is honored to republish Wordsmith’s work in this facsimile edition. It is our hope that this beginner’s guide will, once again, speed new Théodsmen in their understanding of the Old English language that was spoken by their ancient Anglo-Saxon ancestors.
Available November 2020
To Hold the Holytides: A Collection of Articles on the Anglo-Saxon Heathen Ritual Year, Its Keeping and Its Customs by Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere. 158 pages. $18. Released November 2020.
To Hold the Holytides is a collection of Théodish writings on the Anglo-Saxon heathen ritual year that explores how many pre-Christian customs were kept alive in both the seasonal celebrations of the Anglican church and in the folk traditions of the English countryside. Moreover, this work affords the contemporary reader a rare glimpse into how such ancient thews have been rekindled and put into practice by Anglo-Saxon Théodsmen today. As a companion to By the Sun, the Stars, and the Moon: Anglo-Saxon Heathen Time-keeping, this book also includes articles on how the dates for such heathen holytides as Módraniht, Éastre, Midsumor, and Winterfylleþ are determined and as well as observations on the span of Yuletide as it was held in Anglo-Saxon England.
Available April 2020
In Hallowed Groves: Observations on the Ancient Anglo-Saxon Heathen Priesthood with Thoughts on Its Renewal Within Théodish Belief by Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere. 76 pages. $15. Released April 2020.
Written by the Ealdorblótere (chief priest) of the Ealdríce holy-guild of the Wínland Ríce, In Hallowed Groves is a collection of ten articles which explore primary source accounts of the Germanic heathen priesthood with the aim of furthering its reconstruction in Théodism today.
Revised & Expanded Second Edition (March 2021): The chapter “On the Scarcity of Sacerdotes” has been revised and a new chapter, “On Hæl and Hléot” has been added.
Available December 2019
Eald Englisc Gealdrabóc: Old English Gealdors of the Ealdríce Háliggyld by Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere. 66 pages. $14. Released December 2019. Revised November 2020.
Eald Englisc Gealdrabóc: Old English Gealdors of the Ealdríce Háliggyld compiles many of Old English biddings and gealdors used by the Ealdríce to fain the gods and goddesses throughout the year.
Available June 2019
By the Sun, the Stars, and the Moon: Anglo-Saxon Heathen Time-keeping by Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere. 70 pages. $12. Released June 2019.
By the Sun, the Stars and the Moon offers the reader an overview of how Anglo-Saxon heathens kept time before Christianity introduced the Roman calendar. Found within its pages are reference charts for the times of the day, days of the week, months of the year, and seasons of the year. Also included are Þórbeorht’s translation of Bede’s “De mensibus Anglorum” (“The Months of the English”) and the Ealdríce‘s reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon lunisolar calendar for every year of the current Metonic cycle (2010 to 2028).
Available June 2018
Ald Sahsisk Galdrobok: The Old Saxon Galderbook of the Sahsisk Thiod by Érmund Aldarman & Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere. 66 pages. $12.
These are the Old Saxon rites that were used by the Sahsisk Thiod (2000-2008 CE), a Greater Théodish fellowship which sought to rekindle the heathen troth once held by the continental Saxons of Northern Germania. In this work may be found some of the first Heathen galders (charms) and biddings (prayers) to be crafted in the Old Saxon tongue since the continental Saxons were forced by Charlemagne to convert to Christianity.
Available October 2018
Gesíþa Handbook: An Introduction to Théodish Belief And Other Writings of Gárman Lord on Anglo-Saxon Théodish Belief by Gárman Lord. 96 pages. $16.
Gesitha Handbook: An Introduction to Théodish Belief is a collection of works written by Gárman Lord, the founder of Anglo-Saxon Théodish Belief (also known as Theodism). Originally published as articles and separate booklets in the early 1990s, these works are being made available in print for the first time in fifteen years. Articles include: “The Undiscovered Retroheathenry,” “The Quest for Troth and Thew,” “The Gesitha Handbook,” and “The Mystery of Heathen Sacrifice.”
Available November 2014
Of Ghosts and Godpoles: Theodish Essays Pertaining to the Reconstruction of Saxon Heathen Belief, Both Old and Anglo by Þórbeorht Ealdorblótere. 248 pages. $30.
Of Ghosts and Godpoles is a collection of Théodish essays which cover various topics pertaining to the reconstruction of the Saxon Heathen religion. Beginning with a history of the continental Old Saxons, the book goes on to employ comparative mythology to explore the cult of Sahsnôt/Seaxnéat before utilizing archaeology to glean insight into the Irminsul and its popular representation in contemporary Heathenry. Thereafter, Of Ghosts and Godpoles reexamines the life of Hengest, his portrayal in literature, and his actions within the cultural context of the Migration Era warband. A textual analysis of Beowulf follows, drawing heavily upon linguistic anthropology to consider the significance that ghosts play in the Old English tale. Lastly, the book concludes with an overview of how environmental change set the Teutonic migrations into motion and the impact said migrations had upon the Heathen religion.
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