As many of you may know, I have been doing a little series of book reviews, well I am excited to share my most recent with all of you! Today, I would like to review “Trolldom” by Johannes Björn Gårdbäck, I know that many of you have been patiently waiting for me to put my review for this book out, well, wait no longer!
Trolldom is another one of those books that the average reader will not find to be a fun read, nor is it meant to be. Trolldom is the product of years of work learning, collecting, and studying “the folk magic of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (which) has been practiced for more than five hundred years” by the author. It is his goal to bring this ancient knowledge to English readers today, I would like to think he did more than achieve his goal.
With over two hundred and eighty pages of well researched information, Trolldom is the guide to the folk traditions of Northern Europe. As I tell all those who as me about this book, and as the author himself even attests, this is in no way a religious book. Allow me to repeat that again, this book has nothing to do with Asatru, or even strictly Norse pagan practices. There is heavy Christian influence in some of these rituals and spells, but that is what the people were practicing at the time, and that is what this book is about. Not the gods, not the mythology, but the people, what was actually going on.
When someone asks me what this book is about, or if its good and who its for, my first response is, as mentioned, that it is not a “Norse magic book”, but rather a guide to the, if I may use the phrase “old wives tales” of Northern Europe. These are the remedies for illnesses like a cold, or a lost love, to find a missing item, all the folk ideals of the last few centuries in; the superstitions of the people, and the skills and talents of the “not all there” old women on the edge of town.
Within the many pages of this book, you will learn a great variety of things, with different ways to do each even, with sources given, for most. From learning what a bird flying east to west, vs. west to east means, to raising a lost loved one from the dead, and everything in between, this book has it all, and is the real deal.
From diagrams, to how well this book is organized, the author puts forth a very well put together guide of the information that he has accumulated over the years of his practice. However, if you are looking for a book that pertains more specifically to the magical practices on the more religious side of things, then this is not the book for you, however it is always good to be well rounded! I highly recommend picking this book up for anyone that is interested in traditional Scandinavian folk practices, you will not be disappointed!
You can purchase this book right here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trolldom-Spells-Methods-Norse-Tradition/dp/0990313611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460841750&sr=8-1&keywords=trolldom
I recommend it for any Heathen, or someone interested in the traditional folklore of magic and medicine in Northern Europe! A worth addition to any collection.