Nine Noble Virtues
The Nine Noble Virtues are a set of moral and situational ethical guidelines.
They are based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism, gleaned from various sources including the Poetic Edda (particularly the Hávamál and the Sigrdrífumál), and as evident in the Icelandic Sagas.
- Self Reliance
Asatru Folk Assembly
- Strength is better than weakness
- Courage is better than cowardice
- Joy is better than guilt
- Honour is better than dishonour
- Freedom is better than slavery
- Kinship is better than alienation
- Realism is better than dogmatism
- Vigor is better than lifelessness
- Ancestry is better than universalism
The Nine Charges were, like the Nine Noble Virtues, codified by the Odinic Rite in the 1970s.
- To maintain candor and fidelity in love and devotion to the tried friend: though he strike me I will do him no scathe.
- Never to make wrong-some oath: for great and grim is the reward for the breaking of plighted troth.
- To deal not hardly with the humble and the lowly.
- To remember the respect that is due to great age.
- To suffer no evil to go un-remedied and to fight against the enemies of Faith, Folk and Family: my foes I will fight in the field, nor will I stay to be burnt in my house.
- To succor the friendless but to put no faith in the pledged word of a stranger people.
- If I hear the fool’s word of a drunken man I will strive not: for many a grief and the very death groweth from out such things.
- To give kind heed to dead people: straw dead, sea dead or sword dead.
- To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to bear with courage the decrees of the Norms.
” Bide within the Law you must
In perfect Love and perfect Trust
Live you must and let to live
Fairly take and fairly give.”
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