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An independent Théodish Heathen fellowship based in Richmond, Virginia.
We, the folk of the Ealdríce Hæðengyld are a merry band of Heathens who call the Commonwealth of Virginia our home. Our fellowship was founded Eástermónað (roughly April) 2010 by Þórbeorht and Eþelwynn Línléah. Ealdríce is an Anglo-Saxon rendering of “Old Dominion”, our commonwealth’s byname. Hæðengyld is something of a play on words meaning both Heathen-yield, as in the offerings that are given to the gods, and Heathen-guild, as in a Heathen religious fellowship. Within any fame-worthy Anglo-Saxon hall of old, one would have certainly found Danes, Swedes, Frisians, Franks, and others from various far-flung Teutonic tribes. Such intermingling was common during the Migration Era. Some would have been guests, passing through on their journey. Yet others would have found in it a home. In such cases, a Dane or Frisian who plighted their troth to the hall’s lord would not have magically stopped being a Dane or Frisian (as if such were possible!). Yet within the Anglo-Saxon hall they would have observed an Anglo-Saxon thew (custom). Such can be said for the Ealdríce Hæðengyld. While Anglo-Saxon serves as the fellowship’s lingua franca for purposes of thew and worship, we are happy to have within our hall those whose own personal practice is Norse or Continental. The truth be told, while our trow and thew is largely patterned on the ancient Heathen belief of the Anglo-Saxons, it is not entirely Anglo-Saxon either. Our thews are mingled with Celtic customs that survived the Anglo-Saxon era, just as our trow is informed by the lore of the Norse who, for a while, returned the worship of the old gods to England, our ancestral homeland. And, lest we forget from whence the Angles and Saxons first sprang, our roots run deep into the sacred soil of ancient Germania. Presently we moot and hold our fægenings (holy celebrations) at Whitthenge Hall, our Ealdorman’s home, which is located just outside of Richmond. To learn more about hæðengyld membership, be sure to read over our website at http://ealdrice.org
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We had a delightful and informal gathering of guildfolk over the weekend at a nearby state part. Who would have guessed that we were all natural archers?
Þórbeorht is busy bottling mead, binding song books, and being about the hall. Blótmónaþ must be on the morrow.
Be it known unto all that Nicole of Newport News has joined the Ealdríce Hæðengyld as a Leornere. Nicole has attended several fainings and has been active in the women's circle. She brings many skills to the guild, including knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking, soap-making, and weaving. We are glad to have her among us!
We'll be posting pics from yesterday's Hærfest Hám a bit later today. Æðelwulf took some truly great pictures yet, because he was behind the camera, his handsome countenance does not grace a single shot. To the ladies of Heathendom, we extend our heartfelt apology and promise to include a shirtless pic of Æðelwulf in our 2016 Men of Anglo-Saxon Heathenry calendar as our way of making it up to you. Pre-ordering begin now.
A mǽgþabend, a (women’s bond) may soon be on its way to the Ealdríce Hǽðengyld. Rumor has it that yesterday Wífrún presented a white paper on the idea to Þorbeorht, who was impressed enough that he asked her to begin drafting a charter and some basic bylaws for review.
Gebéorscipe was such a giddy occasion that we held it twice!
Rumor has it that Þórbeorht has been spending the morning compiling our rites into a single volume.
Overhead from Þórbeohrt: "Nothing born of an -ism has a place in Theodish Belief - thus my disdain of Theodism."
Éalá Théodsmen of the Ealdríce The tafl board is already set up in the hall. Afterall, axe throwing and achery can linger on but so long once the sun is set. The gloam may come early at Géol but that does not mean that the games must stop.
Éalá Théodsmen of the Éaldrice Þórbeorht will have copies of Þæt Éaldrices Fægenungbóc (our “missal”) and Þæt Éaldrices Géarmæl (our “liturgical calendar”) on hand at our Twelftaniht fægenung if not before then. Copies can be procured by Gegildan and Weorþeras for a guild-yield.