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Wandering Around in the Moral Dimension

Noble Virtues, Golden Rules, and how to know what to do (and not do).

By Steven T. Abell

The Nine Noble Virtues are an unofficial but ubiquitous part of modern Heathenry. As I understand their history, they were assembled by the founders of the Odinic Rite when they wanted to go beyond telling people what they weren’t, moving on to tell what they were.

This strikes me as an admirable step. It’s not just that we’re not this, but that we are that.

The original list was: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Self-Reliance, Industriousness, Perseverance. Backing up this list is a claim that, if you read the myths and the sagas, these behaviors appear as what make things work right and well. You’ll sometimes hear Heathens say something like, “We don’t have a list of things not to do. We have something better.”

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