This brief article was inspired by a reading of Wulf Ingessunu's interesting essay The ALU-ULA Runic Mystery, published in Odin's Lore. The Magick & Symbolism of the Runes, edited by Troy Southgate (Black Front Press, 2017). I only wish to comment on one small aspect of his essay.
Wulf makes reference to Ragnar Lodbrok and how in the excellent Television series The Vikings (currently being shown on Blaze Freeview channel) Ragnar is guided by the Will of Odin to go westward towards England, ostensibly to plunder and pillage but Odin is guiding him to embark upon a holy crusade against the xtianised Anglo-Saxons who have abandoned the Gods of their fathers.
It is most clear from just a cursory study of the Viking raids that plunder and pillage were not the only factors that drew them but a desire for revenge against the militant alien desert religion which had already invaded the Germanic lands and was making advances towards Scandinavia. This era should be considered as a noble attempt by our Scandinavian brothers in waging a holy war against the semitic demiurge who in the guise of another alien religion is threatening our continent today. Indeed one should also view WW II in the same way, a holy war of Wotan against the demiurge. The Wehrmacht and indeed the Waffen SS should be considered as latter day 'Vikings', taking their vengeance on the forces of involution and the spiritual and racial decay caused by the triumph of xtianity in the 'west'.
The very first record of a Viking raid recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles is for the year 793 CE:
"Here were dreadful forewarnings come over the land of Northumbria, and woefully terrified the people: these were amazing sheets of lightning and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. A great famine soon followed these signs, and shortly after in the same year, on the sixth day before the ides of January, the woeful inroads of heathen men destroyed god’s church in Lindisfarne island by fierce robbery and slaughter."
It should be noted here that the target of these Vikings' wrath was the priory on Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland. Interestingly the xtian scribes who wrote the Chronicles also seem to place this raid in the context of a divine judgement being visited upon the xtianised English and certainly the prelude to this very first raid were great signs in the heavens, signs which are more relevant to the Gods Odin and Thor than the xtian god. The xtian church had robbed the heathen English of their Gods, the same Gods worshiped by the Vikings but with different names: Woden, Thunor, Tiw, Frige, Baeldag, etc. This vengeance therefore was aimed primarily at the church and the leaders of the English folk who had betrayed the people that they were divinely appointed to protect, and sold them out to an alien religion: not too dissimilar to the processes at work today in England which has been betrayed by its political class and an impotent monarchy.
Also in his essay Wulf makes reference to the Einheriar being led out of Valhalla by both Woden and Ragnar Lodbrok. I am not sure why but this comment resonates with me on a deeper instinctive level and I feel that Wulf has hit upon something very important here which may be developed further. We certainly know from The Tale of Ragnar Lodbrok that he is now in Valhalla and undoubtedly as one of our greatest heroes he will take his place with Woden at Ragnarok:
“It gladdens me to know that Baldr’s father (Odin) makes ready the benches for a banquet. Soon we shall be drinking ale from the curved horns. The champion who comes into Odin’s dwelling (Valhalla) does not lament his death. I shall not enter his hall with words of fear upon my lips. The Æsir will welcome me. Death comes without lamenting. Eager am I to depart. The Dísir summon me home, those whom Odin sends for me (Valkyries) from the halls of the Lord of Hosts. Gladly shall I drink ale in the high-seat with the Æsir. The days of my life are ended. I laugh as I die.”
I have spent the last few days reflecting on the name of Ragnar and it is interesting to observe how his name is part of Ragnarok. Its meaning is 'strong counselor'. The reflection of Ragnar is Rangar. If we separate the two syllables we get ran and gar. I feel that this is significant. Gar as we know is Germanic for 'spear' and is closely associated with Woden. The term ran in Germanic has the same modern meaning and indeed the Spearhead of Kovel has the runic inscription ranja, meaning the 'runner'. Thus Rangar is the runner of the spear, or the one who wields it, representing Woden in the world of men. He thus represents both the God and His divine authority. Spears were wielded by pre-xtian Germanic kings and chieftains as symbols of their Wodenic authority and this symbolism continued after the forced conversion of the Germanic peoples. See Chapter Five Spears of Destiny in The Mysteries of the Goths by Edred Thorsson (Limited Edition, 2007, Runa-Raven Press).
I am sure that there is much more to meditate on regarding Ragnar Lodbrok but these are just some initial thoughts I had on the subject.