New Apprentice Folkbuilder

We are honored to welcome Tij Rudd of Australia as the newest Apprentice Folkbuilder for the AFA. Tij brings with him a mighty hamingja as kin to the ascended Alexander Rud Mills. This hamingja positions him well to achieve great things for himself, for his line, for the AFA, and for the Æsir. Oceania is a region swelling with potential and Tij is just the man to lead the way in realizing that potential. We look forward to the amazing things Tij will accomplish in the months and years to come!

Hail Tij Rudd!
Hail AFA Oceania!

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

Please join me in welcoming Jacob Wells of Virginia as the AFA’s newest Apprentice Folkbuilder. Jacob joins a strong team in the Upper South region and we are very excited to watch this region continue to grow and thrive.

Hail Jacob Wells!
Hail the AFA Upper South!

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

We are proud to introduce Patrick Cook of West Virginia as the AFA’s newest Apprentice Folkbuilder! Patrick is the founder of the AFA’s Stonewall Kindred and will be a great asset to the Upper South leadership team! Thank you for stepping up Patrick, we are excited to watch you succeed and your region prosper!

Hail the AFA Upper South!
Hail Patrick Cook!

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Day of Remembrance for Raud the Strong

So well-known was the hero, Raud the Strong, that his story comes to us from several Icelandic Saga’s, the most common of which is the Heimskringla (The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway) by Snorri Sturluson. The story tells of a great seafaring warrior who had Thor and Seiðr on his side.

Around the year 1000, the zealous Norwegian King, Olaf Tryggvason, began an expedition to North-Norway to continue his Christianization of the pagan people. Olaf found much success in his efforts, owing largely to his brutal methods of both torturing and killing those who refused, but not all were swayed.

In Godøy, near present-day Bodø, lived the man Raud the Strong. Raud was known to have a strong connection with the Sami people, and to own a remarkable longship that was larger than any that Olaf himself owned. With a gold-plated dragon head, it is what many suppose the popular Viking longship designs are based off of.

Upon hearing that Olaf was heading his way Raud gathered as many men as he could and lead a great assault at sea. Despite everything, however, Raud found himself overwhelmed and had to retreat from the battle. Stories say that Raud was able to Seiðr to call on the winds to speed him home safely while also blocking Olaf Tryggvason’s chase.

It was all for naught, however.

Though he made it home, Raud was eventually caught by Olaf Tryggvasson. Despite the Kings efforts, however, Raud refused to turn his back on his gods despite torture. In the end, he was killed when a live snake was forced down his throat. Many of Raud’s men, following his example, were also killed after refusing to convert.

So, what can we learn from this story?

Some might make the argument that it is better to live another day, to fight another day. In some cases, this might be true. For every one of us sitting here reading this, however, one of our ancestors made a different choice. The choice to convert saved our lives.

For many of our ancestors, death was the best option. Which of us ever choses to be killed in a horrible, painful way? Was death the better option? We must believe that for some, it was. For Raud the Strong, friend of Thor, it was. To convert was to turn his back on his Heritage, on his Honor, and on his Courage and a warrior and leader.

Our ancestors lived in a very different time. They lived in a world in which men and women could be killed for choosing to remain loyal to their Gods. We are exceptionally lucky that we live in a society that allows us the freedom to worship our Gods.

That very same society that allows us to worship our Gods, however, does not do so without stipulations. That society, so unlike the sort of tribal society our ancestors lived in, would tell us how to worship our Gods. They would tell us who is allowed to worship our Gods. And that society would try to harm us for choosing to do it differently than they tell us we are allowed to do it.

We don’t face the same torture and death as Raud the Strong for choosing to worship our Gods our way, but we do face the possibility of ostracization from society. People, even our families, can turn their backs on us for disagreeing with the “rules” they have given us. We are not free from the effects of the multi-cultural paradigm, but we do not have to bow to it.

Like Raud the Strong, we can stand tall and be proud of who and what we are. We are Asatruar. Like Raud the Strong, we can stand against those who would tell us to turn our backs on what we know to be Tru. We can live with Honesty, with Courage, and with Honor.

Hail Raud the Strong!

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

Please join me in welcoming Nathan Erlandson of Minnesota as the AFA’s newest Apprentice Folkbuilder. Nathan has put in huge effort at Baldurshof, creating a worthy temple for the shining God. Nathan joins an amazing team in a dynamic region and we are eager to watch the growth and development of the AFA Northern Plains over the months and years to come!

Hail Nathan Erlandson!
Hail the AFA Northern Plains!

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Antonio Amadeus Salerno 7/11/1986 – 12/29/2020

AFA member Tony Salerno, age 34, died tragically on Tuesday, December 29, in San Jose, California.

Born Antonio Amadeus Salerno on July 11, 1986 in Torrance, California, Tony lived his entire life in the central part of the state. He worked as a Bail Recovery Agent – a “bounty hunter” – and took pride in the challenges and dangers of that profession.

AFA members remember him as the muscular, intense man who was always a top contender in the “Viking Games” at Odinshof. He was an inspiration to all of us who valued strength and that virtue Hemingway called “grace under pressure.” But Tony was more than that; sitting in conversation with him at Hof events revealed an intelligent and informed man who loved his Gods, his Folk, and his family.

Tony was a health and strength enthusiast long before he came to the AFA; his family ran the Prunedale Gym and Health Club when he was young and his hobbies included archery, hockey and participating in the Highland Games strongman competitions.

Tony’s striving for improvement did not stop with athletics: A note found in his wallet after his death was a list of what appear to be reminders to himself, shown here as he wrote them –

– Constant Correct Conduct

– Remember what you have

– Grateful for the joys in my life

– Don’t frett

– This too shall pass

– Love will prevail

He is survived by his mother and father Desiree and Guy Salerno, and his 10-year old son Jaxon Odysseus Salerno.

Friends of Tony may call Jennifer Riddle at (831) 595-2314 to make contributions in his memory, to fund a Celebration of Life at a later date. Condolences may be sent to his son at13008 Jade Circle, Salinas CA 93906.

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

Please welcome Kelsie Stafford of California as the newest Apprentice Folkbuilder for the AFA. California is part of the AFA West region. AFA West is our most populous region and there is a lot of potential to grow and do more. We look forward to Kelsie’s success in tha area and we are eager for her help with all the needs of Óðinshof!

Hail Kelsie Stafford

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

I am very excited to announce Heather Young of South Carolina as the newest Apprentice Folkbuilder for the Asatru Folk Assembly. Heather is a fantastic lady that everyone who knows her is impressed by. Heather, teamed with her husband and Folkbuilder Daniel Young, will be part of an AFA power couple that will bring amazing benefits to her region and the AFA as a whole. This is great news for the AFA’s Upper South region, for Þórshof and for us all.

Hail the AFA Upper South!
Hail Heather Young!

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

Please welcome James Secola of California as the newest Apprentice Folkbuilder for the Asatru Folk Assembly. Jim has been a great addition at Óðinshof, always helping and always supplying amazing pictures. The AFA West region is our biggest so we definitely need a lot of help to make the most of it. We appreciate Jim stepping up and we and excited to see what he acomplishes.

Hail James Secola!
Hail the AFA West!

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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

Please join me in welcoming Timothy Dumas of Ohio as the AFA’s newest Apprentice Folkbuilder. Timothy will join Joe Drotos folkbuilding in Ohio and the surrounding areas. This is a part of the AFA’s Midwest region and is a region that has exploded with interest in the last few years. We are eager to help Timothy find great success in all his endeavors.

Hail Timothy Dumas!
Hail the AFA Midwest!

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