The Wanderer. This is a podcast for Anglo-Saxon Heathenism. We will discuss subjects such as Yggdrasil, the world tree, the Anglo Saxon Runes, The people who were alive at the time when Heathenism was the only religion open to them, how the people worshipped their gods, and which gods were most popular to different sections of Anglo Saxon Society. I am also going to be adding Anglo-Saxon folk tales to the podcast as well. We now have a youtube account This is a PayPal link if anyone wants to donate a dollar or a pound to help keep the podcast going. paypal.me/EnglishFightingArts
The Anglo Saxon Broken Back Seax
12:49Swords were enormously expensive weapons 1,500 years ago, and the Anglo Saxon warriors of those times needed a blade that could be used for everyday work and double as a fighting knife or sword. They and warriors of many other Northern European cultures chose the seax, which can be considered either a large dagger or a short single-edged sword. The origins of the seax are difficult to determine, but early forms of the weapon have been found in 5th century Frankish graves. This is surprising in as much as the weapon gave its name to the people known as "Saxons" who were one of three Germanic tribes who settled in Britain. The term "scramaseax" is sometimes used in modern descriptions of this weapon, but it occurs only once in a historical account. In his History of the Franks, Gregory of Tours describes how sixth-century Frankish king Sigibert was assassinated by two young men using "strong knives commonly called scramaseax" (cultris validis quos vulgo scramasaxos vocant).
Guy Windsor Swordsman
36:43This episode is a talk by Guy Windsor. I try to include many different kinds of things in this podcast rather than keep rehashing stuff that has already been done. I have a few really good episodes lined up that I am sure everyone will like. Guy Windsor writes books about historical European swordsmanship and related topics like push-ups. My day job is finding and analyzing historical swordsmanship treatises, figuring out the systems they represent, creating a syllabus for my students to train that system with, and teaching the system to my students. Yes, I swordfight for a living. I have also consulted on sword fighting game design and stage combat, and have developed a card game, Audatia, based on Fiore Dei Liberi's Art of Arms, my primary field of study. I have a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in recreating historical combat systems. Dr. Guy Windsor is a world-renowned instructor and a pioneering researcher of medieval and renaissance martial arts. He has been teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland, in 2001. His day job is finding and analyzing historical swordsmanship treatises, figuring out the systems they represent, creating a syllabus from the treatises for his students to train with, and teaching the system to his students all over the world. Guy is the author of numerous classic books about the art of swordsmanship and has consulted on sword fighting game design and stage combat. In 2018 Edinburgh University awarded him a Ph.D. by Research Publications for his work recreating historical combat systems. When not studying medieval and renaissance swordsmanship or writing books Guy can be found in his shed woodworking or spending time with his family.
Update on getting Heathens recognised
2:03This is a short episode on how the campaign to get Anglo Saxon Heathenism recognised by the UK government as a legitimate religion in the UK. It isn't going well and in fact the campaign is dead in the water. But I will carry on.
Anglo Saxon Riddles
7:52all of the Anglo-Saxon poetry that has survived is found in just four manuscripts which escaped the ravages of time, the pillaging of the Vikings, and the censorship of the Church. One thing that the Anglo-Saxon people were particularly fond of was telling (and trying to guess the answer of) riddles. It wasn't just children, who enjoyed riddles. Adults were very fond of them. People enjoyed trying to stump their friends and family with just how cleverly riddles could be worded. Riddles are a quirky part of the Anglo-Saxon literature which survives to us today. They were written in both Old English and Latin, and the content can be religious, scholarly, comical or obscene.
14:48In this episode, we look at Heathenism both old and modern. We look at how Heathenism has been reconstructed as well as heathenism of over a thousand years ago. Heathenry, also termed Heathenism, contemporary Germanic Paganism, or Germanic Neopaganism is a modern pagan religion. Developed in Europe during the early 20th century, its practitioners model it on the ancient Heathenism adhered to by the germanic peoples. In an attempt to reconstruct these past belief systems, Heathenry uses surviving historical, archaeological, and folkloric evidence as a basis, although approaches to this material vary considerably.
2:33Hello everyone. This is a very short episode but I had to give out what is happening at the moment. The Wanderer is now not just a podcast but is also a Website and a youtube channel. Website: https://www.thewanderer.info/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGOpG4Raynnu3bcRUXPbd3w The website: is a campaign website fighting for the recognition of Heathenism in England. The youtube channel is acting as a second podcast site.
Anglo Saxon Poetry a discussion
10:33A discussion on Anglo Saxon Poetry.
9:44How the Germanic tribes came and settled in Britain. Their battles, Families, and how they lived day to day.
Anglo Saxon Poems
7:51Anglo-Saxon Poetry encompasses verse written during the 600-year Anglo-Saxon period of British history, from the mid-fifth century to the Norman Conquest of 1066. Almost all of the literature of this period was orally transmitted, and almost all poems were intended for oral performance. As a result of this, Anglo-Saxon poetry tends to be highly rhythmical, much like other forms of verse that emerged from oral traditions. However, Anglo-Saxon poetry does not create rhythm through the techniques of meter and rhyme, derived from Latin poetry, that are utilized by most other Western European languages. Instead, Anglo-Saxon poetry creates rhythm through a unique system of alliteration. Syllables are not counted as they are in traditional European meters, but instead, the length of the line is determined by a pattern of stressed syllables that begin with the same consonant cluster. The result of this style of poetry is a harsher, more guttural sound and a rhythm that sounds more like a chant than a traditional song. Although most Anglo-Saxon poetry was never written down and as such is lost to us, it was clearly a thriving literary language, and there are extant works in a wide variety of genres including epic poetry, Bible translations, historical chronicles, riddles, and short lyrics. Some of the most important works from this period include the epic Beowulf, Bede's Death Song, and the wisdom poetry found in the Exeter Book such as The Seafarer, and The Wanderer.
Religion in Anglo Saxon England
13:09From paganism to Christianity, we explore the religions of Anglo-Saxon England. The Germanic migrants who settled in Britain in the fifth century were pagans. From the end of the sixth century, missionaries from Rome and Ireland converted the rulers of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to a religion – Christianity – which had originated in the Middle East. The conversion to Christianity had an enormous social and cultural impact on Anglo-Saxon England. With this religion arrived literacy and the writing of books and documents. The vast majority of the manuscripts which survived from this period were made by churchmen and women, and they were kept in the libraries of monasteries and cathedrals.