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Heathen Reading List

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Books by Asatru UK (also listed within the categories below)


Asatru UK Travel Collection


See our books in Publications!

Introductory books


  • Ásatrú for Beginners by Mathias Nordvig (Rockridge Press 2020)

  • The Gods’ Own County: A Heathen Prayer Book by Dan Coultas (Heathens of Yorkshire 2019)

  • The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley Holland (Penguin Books 1980)

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury 2017)

  • The Hávamál: The Sayings of the High One by Asatru UK (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2019)



  • Runes: An Introduction by R.W.V. Elliot, 2nd Edition (Manchester University Press, 1989)

  • Rune Primer by Sweyn Plowright (Lulu. Com, 2013)

  • Rudiments of Runelore by Stephen Pollington (Anglo-Saxon Books 2008)



  • Nutcase by Tony Williams (Salt Publishing, 2017)

(comic book update of Grettis saga, set on a Council Estate)

  • Viking – Odin’s Child (and sequels) by Tim Severin

  • The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates (Book Club Associates 1983)



Overview of Mythology

  • Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolf Simek (D.S. Brewer, New edition 2008)

  • Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow (Oxford University Press, U.S.A. 2002)

  • The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Kevin Crossley-Holland (Oxford University Press 2009)

  • Nordic Religion in the Viking Age by Thomas Dubois (University of Pennsylvania Press 1999)

  • The Viking World by S Brink and N Price (Routledge 2011)


General “Viking Age” History

  • The Vikings by Magnus Magnusson (Bodley Head/BBC 1980) – accompanied a TV series, it was also updated by the author

  • Viking - Hammer of the North by Magnus Magnusson (Orbis 1976)

  • The Hammer and the Cross by Robert Ferguson (Penguin Books 2010)

  • A Brief History of the Vikings by Jonathan Clements (Robinson Books 2009)

  • A History of the Vikings by Gwyn Jones (Book Club Associates 1973)

  • Vikings a History by Neil Oliver (Weidenfield and Nicolson 2012)


  • Runes, Magic and Religion: A Sourcebook by John MacKinnell and Rudolf Simek, with Klaus Düwel (2004)

  • Runic Amulets and Magic Objects by Mindy MacLeod and Bernard Mees (Boydell Press, 2006)

  • Runes: A Handbook by Michael P. Barnes (Boydell Press, 2012)

  • Runes and Runic Inscriptions by Terje Spurklund (Boydell Press 2009)

  • An Introduction to English Runes by R.I. Page (Boydell Press 2006)


Sagas (there are many editions and translations these are just examples)

  • Edda by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Anthony Faulkes (Everyman, 1987)

  • The Prose Edda, transl. by Carolyne Larrington (Oxford University Press, 1996)

  • Beowulf (many translations available but the one by Seamus Heaney is well regarded)

  • Laxdaela Saga transl. M. Magnusson & H. Palsson (Penguin Classics 1969)

  • Njal’s Saga transl. M. Magnusson & H. Palsson (Penguin Classics 1960)

  • Grettir's Saga transl. Jesse Byock (Oxford University Press, 2009)

  • Egil’s Saga transl. H. Palsson (Penguin Books 1967)

  • The Vinland Sagas transl. M. Magnusson & H. Palsson (Penguin Books 1965)

  • Hrafnkels Saga & other stories transl. H. Palsson (Penguin Books 1971)

  • Erbyggja Saga transl. by H Palsson & P Edwards (Penguin Books 1972)

  • Orkneyinga Saga transl. by H Palsson & P Edwards (Penguin Books 1978)

(the only saga set entirely in the British Isles)



  • Viking Friendship - The Social Bond in Iceland and Norway, c. 900-1300 By J V Sigurdsson (Cornell University Press 2017)

  • Tracing Old Norse Cosmology by Anders Andrén (Nordic Academic Press 2014)

  • The Viking Way by Neil S. Price (Oxbow Books 2009)

  • Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia by E.O.G. Turville-Petre (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964)

  • Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson (Penguin, 1964)

  • Scandinavian Mythology by H.R. Ellis Davidson (Paul Hamlyn, 1969)

  • Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by H.R. Ellis Davidson (Manchester University Press, 1988)

  • The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson (Routledge, 1993)

  • The Lost Gods of England by Brian Branston (Book Club 1974)

  • Myths of the Pagan North: The Gods of the Norsemen by Christopher Abram (Hambledon Continuum, 2011)


Other Resources 


  • Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman – Unabridged ISBN 0062663631, ISBN 1489452443 ISBN 0062834487

  • Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman – BBC dramatized version, ISBN 1787534618

  • Children of Odin - Padraic Colum (Mp3 CD) ISBN 1775424340

  • Poems of the Elder Edda - Patricia Terry ISBN 139781940650043, Audible and iTunes

  • Poetic Edda - Jackson Crawford ISBN 198259750X

  • Saga of the Volsungs & Ragnar Lothbrok - Jackson Crawford, ISBN 1982604689

  • The Great Courses: Vikings – a series of lectures by Kenneth W. Harl, and aimed at a broad audience (Audible)


 Books on related topics

  • Westward to Vinland - the discovery of the Norse settlement in Newfoundland by Helge Ingstad (Jonathan Cape 1969)

  • Scandinavian Legends and Folktales retold by Gwyn Jones original publication 1956 (Oxford University Press 1995)

Adult fiction set in the Viking Age

  • The Whale Road (and sequels) by Robert Low

  • The Last Kingdom (and sequels) by Bernard Cornwell

  • Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliffe (Quercus 2018)

  • God of Vengeance (and sequels) by Giles Kristian

  • Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton (Arrow 1997)



  • Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On by Steven T. Abell (Outskirts Press 2008)

  • Last Places by Lawrence Millman (Andre Deutsch 1990)


Online resources

  • The Road to Hel by H.R. Ellis - A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature -

  • Viking Society for Northern Research (VSNR)

  • The Icelandic Saga Database -

  • Icelandic Saga Map -

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