Ring of Thoth
The Ring of Thoth is a contemporary Norse Pagan association
founded shortly after the disbanding of the Asatru Free
Assembly in 1987. The Asatru Free Assembly had been the first
and most prominent organization attempting to revive the acknowledgment
of the pre-Christian deities once generally worshiped
throughout Germany and the Scandinavian countries.
The Ring of Thoth was founded by Edred Thorsson (Stephen
Edred Flowers) and James Chisholm as an explicitly non-racist
organization dedicated to the promotion of the religion of the
Germanic peoples. (During the 1980s racism was a persistent
charge leveled against groups promoting Norse Paganism.) It
sees itself as taking a more liberal and scholarly approach than
that taken by the other major group formed somewhat simultaneously,
the Asatru Alliance. In other respects it continues the
beliefs and practices of the former Asatru Free Assembly.
The Ring allows considerable variation in belief and practice
but is united by a common loyalty to, or ‘‘Troth’’ with, the
Norse gods and goddesses; a respect for the religious, cultural,
and historical heritage of the Northern Europeans; and a commitment
to the virtues of Courage, Truth, Honor, Loyalty, Discipline,
Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-reliance, and Steadfastness.
Membership is open to all regardless of racial or
ethnic background or sexual orientation, and the Ring is opposed
to racialist definitions of the Germanic Heathen people.
The Asatru religion emerged from the experiences of the preChristian
Germanic peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe.
While universalist in orientation, it would be impossible
to understand without an appreciation of the cultural context
that gave it birth.
The Ring of Thoth may be contacted at P.O. Box 25637,
Tempe, AZ 85285. Its webpage can be found at http
asatru.knotwork.comtrothindex.html. Thorsson has authored
several books on the Asatru traditions, especially on the magical
practices associated with runes.
Sources
Gundarsson, KveldulfR Hagan, ed. Our Thoth. N.p. Ring of
Thoth, 1992.
Thorsson, Edred. A Book of Thoth. St. Paul, Minn. Llewellyn
Publications, 1989.
———. Futhark A Handbook of Rune Magic. York Beach,
Maine Samuel Weiser, 1984.
———. The Nine Doors of Midgard A Complete Curriculum of
Rune Magic. St. Paul, Maine Llewellyn Publications, 1991.
———. The Truth about Teutonic Magick. St. Paul, Maine
Llewellyn Publications, 1989.