Blot: links man to Aesir & Vanir

Blots are mentioned frequently in the sagas, though few give details of how the sacrifices were done. An exception is Eyrbyggja Saga, which describes a blot in some detail. Though the authenticity and antiquity of the passage are debated, it's the best source we've got, and the form of modern blots derives from it (though local variations are common). The purpose of the blot:

A. Basic Blot

This is really IT.

Done daily, at need. Ad hoc.

  1. Dedicate some food and/or drink to the As or Wan du jour.
  2. Have some; share it with the As or Wan du jour (e.g. libate).

B. Typical Communal Blot

Embellished to make into a public ceremony.

1. Mark the beginning.

Role of the gothi.

a. Activity
b. Purpose

2. Hallow the space.

a. Activity
b. Purpose

3. Set the stage.

a. Activity
b. Purpose

4. Invitation

a. Activity
b. Purpose

5. Share drink.

Role of the Valkyrie.

a. Activity
b. Purpose
c. Important and common variations:

6. Give the gift to the gods.

a. Activity
b. Purpose

7. Mark the closing.

a. Activity
b. Purpose

8. Feast.

C. Blot etiquette



[Whirl] To the Reeves Hall

Last Modified 9 January 1998.
Comments to Manny Olds, oldsma@pobox.com