About and Wordhoard

The Griðowǽr is not a national organization but rather a free and open agreement among Anglo-Saxon Heathens.

Any Anglo-Saxon Heathen may take the Griðowǽr pledge though only formally organized fellowships are listed as links on the home page.

Griðowǽr– An O.E. term meaning “a covenant of peace.”
Ealdfolc – Ancestors
Free Right – Freedom of Conscience. No one may be compelled to do anything they hold to be unthewful or unseemly.
Great/Greater – O.E. great “big, tall, thick, stout; coarse, broad.” Greater is used here and elsewhere in this text to mean “broader” and does not imply any superiority.
Grith – O.E. grið, “peace, truce, good relations with other peoples.”
Ken – A word that survives in the Scots dialect of English. The etymology of ken is from the OE cennan, “to know”.
Many-goded – Here used in place of the more familiar “polytheism.”
Meet – from OE “O.E. gemæte “suitable’
Mean – from the O.E. gemæne “common, public, general, universal, shared by all”, an open acknowledgement that no name is going to be perfect.
Right Good Will – Good intention, without hidden agenda
Three Wynns – O.E. wynn, “joy”
Timewise akin – a term coined to replace the Latin derived “historically related.” This is a nod to the fact that the Anglo-Saxons were a people comprised of many different Germanic peoples, most notably the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians, and Franks. Furthermore, it is an acknowledgment that so much of Anglo-Saxon trow and thew must be reconstructed using Norse sources.
Wisdom, Wealthdeal, Worthmind – Often translated as wisdom (wise-judgment), honor (character), and generosity/hospitality.