to Heathen Ethical Ideals
Nine Noble Virtues:
the Six Fold Goal:
the Three Wynn's:
Wisdom - Adherence to the ancient wisdoms of our
Worthmind - The maintenance of a personal sense of
Wealthdeal - Generosity with one's family and friends.
the Nine Charges of Odin
1. To maintain candor and fidelity in love and devotions
tried friend: though he strike me I will do him no
2. Never to make a wrongsome oath: for great and grim is
for the breaking of plighted troth.
3. To deal not hardly with the humble and lowly.
4. To remember the respect that is due great age.
5. To suffer no evil to go unremedied and to fight
enemies of family, nation, race and faith: my foes will
I fight in
the field nor be burnt in my house.
6. To succor the friendless but to put no faith in the
of a stranger people.
7. If I hear the fool's word of a drunken man I will
strive not: for
many a grief and the very death groweth out of such
8. To give kind heed to dead men: straw-dead, sea-dead
9. To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to
courage and fortitude the decrees of the Norns.
the Twelve Æþeling Þews:
Boldness- Bravery, courage in the face of adversity.
Steadfastness- Tenacity, the refusal to give up.
Troth- Fealty, faith, fidelity. Loyalty to one's tribe,
friends, and family.
Givefullness- Generosity, the ability to give to others
at the appropriate times
Gestening, Guestliness- Hospitality, or the ability to
be kind with guests.
Sooth- Truth, the avoidance of lies.
Wrake- Justice, or the drive to always see the wrongs
done one's tribe corrected.
Evenhead- Equality. The recognition that those of the
opposite sex are equal.
Friendship- The ability to treat those that one calls
friend as family.
Freedom- Self reliance and perseverance as well as
responsibility for one's actions
Wisdom- Adherence to the ancient wisdom of our religion
and the use of it in life.
Busyship/Workhardiness- Industriousness or the ability
to work hard.
Another list of Thews:
Bisignes - Industriousness
Efnes - Equality, equal justice for all.
Ellen - Courage
Geférscipe - Community mindness, putting the good of
the community above one's self.
Giefu - Generosity
Giestlíðness - Hospitality
Metgung - Moderation or self control.
Selfdóm - The ability to be an individual, true to
Sóð - Truth, Honesty.
Stedefæstnes - Steadfastness
Tréowð - Troth or loyalty.
Wísdóm - Wisdom
the book "Honor Bright: A
study of Honor in Western Literature"
by George F. Jones
the rich, for they possess the earth and its glory.
the strong, for they can conquer kingdoms.
they with strong kinsmen, for they shall find help.
the warlike, for they shall win wealth and renown.
they who keep their faith, for they shall be honored.
they who are open handed, for they shall have friends
they who wreak vengeance, for they shall be offended no
more, and they shall have
honor and glory all they days of their life and eternal
fame in ages to come.