The Nine Noble

Virtues of Asatru

with Commentary

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This rendition of the Nine Noble Virtues with Commentary is public domain. While the Nine Noble Virtues are a modern innovation originated by the Odinic Rite in England, I believe, they are widely used and express well the goals and ethics of our religion.




By facing life's struggles with courage, we constantly extend our capabilities. Without courage, nothing else can be done!


Blind faith has no place in Asatru. No pie-in-the-sky; we must act in this world as we see it and as it really is rather than calmly wait for the next.


We must be true to what we are, and we insist on acting with nobility rather than baseness. Our standards must be banners held high in our hearts.


We stand true to our faith and our values. Loyalty is the basis for all enduring human activity, and we hold it in the highest esteem.


The isolation and loneliness of modern life is not necessary. The willingness to share what one has with ones' fellows, especially travelers, is a vital part of our way of life.


We hold to the discipline necessary to fulfill our purpose. We stand willing to exercise the self-control and steadfastness necessary in these difficult times.


Let us dare to be all that we can be! Let us take risks and taste the richness of life. Passivity is for sheep. We refuse to be mere spectators in life.


We depend on our own strength and character to achieve our goals. We seek only the freedom necessary to our quest, whatever it may be.


We hold to our path until its completion and are not ashamed to be strong. The cult of the anti-hero will find no support in us, and the gods we follow are not for the weak.

Cattle die, kinsmen die,

One day you yourself must die.

I know one thing that never dies:

The dead man's reputation.

Havamal - Sayings of the High One

Created by Chandonn and Jordsvin

all works used by permission of the authors

last modified 12/29/2003