A Few Words About Edred Thorsson...

There are as many opinions about Edred Thorsson as there are readers of his books, and there are plenty of those. Rather than take up space in the reading list proper presenting these diverse and often conflicting viewpoints, I thought it best to banish the debate to it's own page.

There is no doubt that Edred Thorsson is one of the most prolific and widely-read authors on the subject of the runes. Thorsson is one of the few authors you will find listed in both the academic and mystical sections of this bibliography - his academic books are written under his real name, Stephen E. Flowers. Many academics seem unaware of this fact, condemning him under one name and citing him under the other. His academic credentials are considerable (he holds a Ph.D.), and his facts are generally accurate. It's his theories and opinions that tend to both inspire and infuriate.

My own personal opinion (for what it's worth) is that Thorsson's work is too heavily influenced by Eastern philosophies, ceremonial magic and the Armanan magicians (note that I have removed the offending 'N' word) to be of much use to anyone trying to reconstruct the ancient Norse Pagan traditions. I sincerely doubt that the Norse ever perceived their World-tree as a Qaballistic Tree of Life-type schematic, or conducted rituals resembling the Lesser Pentagram Banishing ritual to the extent that Thorsson's 'Hammer Rite' does.

But that's only my opinion.

Here are a few things that have been said about Edred Thorsson: