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The Well and the Tree
       World and Time in Early Germanic Culture

by Paul C. Bauschatz

Reviewed by Alfta Svanni Lothursdottir

        If you wish to truly understand vyrd (wyrd) then this book is an absolute must. The down side, if this book could be said to have a down side, is that unless you have at least somewhat of a scholarly bent, there are portions of the book that will be extremely difficult to get through. This is a serious scholarly examination of the Germanic conception of world/time. It really would do the book a disservice to try to cover the concepts covered in a such a short article as this so I will not do so. Instead I will say that if you are a leader in Heithni, you need to get this book and read it. You need to read it until you understand it. A book like this bears several readings and this will not be the last time I read it. There is an amazing amount of knowledge here and one reading is unlikely to be enough to absorb it all. Unfortunately this book is long out of print, though we do have a link to a reprinting service that offers it. (See our annotated bibliography). If you can get a copy of this book, GET IT.

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