Sheila and I were working upstairs when the brown UPS truck wound up our hill and deposited two boxes of Stephen Pollington's latest work, The Elder Gods: The Otherworld of Early England. Prying open the cardboard containers, we were excited to see stacks of this 500-page opus, ready to be autographed and sold at the Asatru Folk Assembly's upcoming Midsummer event.
The arrival of these books was indeed special. Their author will be giving three presentations at our gathering - and Stephen had asked his publisher to print up these copies in the United States so he wouldn't have to carry them all the way from England. What's more, they're his latest work. By "latest" I mean they've just been released in England...in fact, I'm not really sure they've been published there yet. These are new!
The Elder Gods is a sign of how far we've come since the rebirth of Asatru. I remember when the only thing we could find on Anglo-Saxon paganism was Brian Branston's Lost Gods of England (I still have my autographed gift copy, circa 1974 or so, from Stubba of the Odinic Rite!). And now we've got this hefty volume from the prolific Mr. Pollington. Wonderful!
We've come a long way, but the best is yet to come! Asatru and other manifestations of native European religion will rise to be a powerful force in the years to come - thanks to the efforts of thousands of people worldwide!
Those of you not able to come to the gathering can see his books at http://www.stevepollington.com/books.html.
Asatru Folk Assembly