Dedicated to the memory of Lionel Hornby, last of the Saxons: true priest, true lover, and truefriend.This book could not have been written without those great skalds of the Viking Age whoshowed us the road to Valhalla: Eyvindr skáldaspillir, the
poet, and Egill Skalla-Grímsson. To them and their fellows I am endlessly grateful; also, to Snorri Sturluson, whosewritings preserved so much of Wotan’s lore. In more recent times, I owe special thanks toHector Munro Chadwick and Jan de Vries, whose work has inspired much of my own.Great thanks are also due to those living folk who helped with the research and writing of this book. The thesis research on which
is based could not have taken place withoutthe kindness of those notable scholars, Professor Dr. Karl Hauck and Dr. H.R. Ellis-Davidson(to whose excellent book
The Road to Hel
the title of this work pays homage) and theassistance of my Cambridge supervisor Paul Bibire. In addition, I must thank Freya Aswynn,Diana Paxson, Jim Lovette, Melodi Lammond, Jennifer Holliman, William West, GarmanLord, and Mrs. Virginia Clarke, as well as all those modern-day followers of the Norse godswith whom I have spoken and worshipped for the past twelve years, and Dr. Stephen EdredFlowers (Edred Thorsson), whose writings have been one of the chief forces leading to arevived interest in Wotan and the forgotten treasures of native Scandinavian culture.Finally, I must offer my own thanks to Wotan himself--Valhalla’s lord, god of death andmemory, who gives the mead’s gold to his true thanes, that their staves be more lasting thanthe runes carven on memorial stones. May the Old Man continue to inspire us and show usthe way between the worlds: the road to Valhalla.