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"Marking of the Spear" as recorded in the Heimskringla 
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Hello all, a little background before my questions. I've been immersing myself with information about Germanic/ Norse paganism for about a year now but it has taken me until this summer to actually purchase the Eddas (along with a few sagas as well). It is this summer that I also discovered the Brotherhood. It was your information here on this forum and in the Odin Brotherhood book which spurred me to purchase the King's Sagas and to read through it paying special attention to the "Marking of the Spear" ritual that you say to base your "Sojourn of the Brave" initiation off of. Now in my edition of the book (1950's Everymans Library) there is an annotation by the passage of Odin marking himself with the spear point that reads:

"The meaning of this passage is obscure and probably corrupt, according to Rydberg's Scandinavian Mythology . It is somehow connected with the ritual of sacrifices to Odin, in which the victim was stabbed with a spear; Odin himself was hanged and stabbed but returned from the dead. See further The Cult of Othin, by H.M. Chadwick"

Now I require no lesson in Wotan's 9 days of hanging, but nonetheless, Sturlason's account of Wotan as the first King of Norway and his death in a bed did confuse me a little. So my questions are, is this "King Odin" just a semi-mythological Romulus type character who was posthumously given the name later, or something else? And, has anyone read the books mentioned in the annotation I provided that can clear up the "obscurities" and "corruptions" my book is claiming?

I know this is a tall order and possibly an obnoxiously long first post, but I would appreciate any insight or help. Gratitude.

Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:31 pm
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The confusion may arise because of Christian dualism: Christians believe that god is somewhere else and man is here. They believe that when a god visits here, it is a special event.

Odinists maintain that gods are here all the time. It is possible that a king could be a god.

Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:50 pm
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