You can pry the runes from my cold, dead fingers

So…Sweden is considering a ban on the runes and other Heathen symbols. Wildhunt to date doesn’t seem to have covered this– no surprise there. What Heathen groups I have seen touching on it have been excusing it. I haven’t seen medievalists up in arms about it either. Are you people out of your fucking minds? 

What is next? Banning Heathenry? That is the logical conclusion to a globalist program that considers any expression of indigenous religious culture a hate crime. 

The reasons this is being considered are, of course, supposedly to prevent white supremacist groups from using these symbols. I don’t, however, see any proposed ban of the cross or the crescent. In the end, it doesn’t matter WHY this is being considered. If you give an inch to a tyrant, they will take a mile. We should be up in arms about this. In fact, every devout community, Pagan, Polytheist, Heathen, or otherwise should be up in arms over this religious discrimination. Where will it be focused next? 

Let’s look at exactly what Sweden is proposing to ban. It’s quite interesting. 


Tyr rune- warriorship, justice, truth, honor


Othala rune: ancestral consciousness, inheritance, protection, homeland, wealth


Valknot – a symbol of Odin/Woden.


Vegisvir: a rune sigil for safe travel, finding one’s way


And….the Thor’s hammer, a symbol of protection, sanctity, and Heathen identity.

Their choices do not seem accidental.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on May 29, 2019, in community, Heathenry, Lived Polytheism, Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I don’t know which is more outrageous…the Ban or the “Heathens” supporting it! Runes are Sacred!

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  2. The stupidity of modern people knows no bounds. Just because some idiotic cretins have used some of the Scandinavian runes or a sun wheel symbol for their ugliness does NOT make them (the symbols) evil or ugly. I like the idea of banning the cross because of all the deaths it caused — far more than the sun wheel ever did.

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  3. If the ban goes through, I hope Heathens start painting them EVERYWHERE. To Nastrond with the ban and anyone who supports.


  4. Tom Sullivan

    I already have the Vegvísir inscribed on my body. If this ban goes through on ANY of these symbols I will get that symbol inked on my body immediately, with Alföður Óðinn as my witness! May such blasphemies against the Gods and our troth with them turn back on the nithlings and scourge their hearts!

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    • ganglerisgrove

      i feel the same way. I have several valknots on my body, but I’ve been thinking in light of this of having othala and tiewaz as well.

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  5. This is incredibly upsetting in so many levels. If such a ban were to happen (gods forbid) mists assuredly it’d mainly be heathens, pagans, and others who are not neo nazis who would suffer the most, as I’m positive the white supremacist/nazi types don’t care what the law says about symbols and they won’t start now.

    Hopefully there are enough moderates in government to shut this right down. 😡


  6. This is truly awful and maddening. I hope that the Swedish Heathens protest hard against this stupid ban.


  7. Sweden should be ashamed. It’s a rejection of their heritage. I will sing the runes until my last breath.


  8. Thank you for the update on this. This is just plain stupid. How will I have a standard of moral integrity without all that TEIWAZ implies? How can I relate to the Ancestors without the benefit of OTHILA?


  9. Reblogged this on Temple of Athena the Savior and commented:
    Sweden is considering banning their own damn culture. I can’t facepalm hard enough. This is just …. there are no words to express my rage. I am actually so upset, and simultaneously so TIRED, that I couldn’t write my own report about it. So I’m just going to borrow Galina’s, and echo her words. You can’t have my runes. You can’t have my heritage. You can take them from my cold, dead hands.


  10. Spoke to my friends in Sweden. Here is the reply – ‘Regarding “the Swedish rune ban”. The government report has been released, and as expected it was all fake news by extremists trying to freak people out.’

    “Based on our examination of practice, it is our assessment that the current criminal law regulations on racist and similar symbols are appropriately designed. It follows from this that the provisions on agitation against a population group should not be amended and that a special prohibition against the use of certain symbols should not be introduced”.—summary-sou-201927?fbclid=IwAR1jrD19NDrqX1navxKQZLjN000qaPUjmqUmfdS0k-gzQyCMUwz-Dbpo4Ys

    Asatru UK released a statement naming the far right news outlet spreading the rumour

    – – –
    We at AUK are aware of a story currently doing the rounds on social media, that the government of Sweden is considering banning the use of runes.

    This is untrue. The story originates from the Samhällsnytt media outlet, associated with the far-right Sverigedemokraterna political party. It has also been propagated by racially exclusive and Folkish pagan organisations in Sweden, such as Nordiska Asa-Samfundet.

    There is no blanket ban on runes being considered, contrary to what has been reported. The Kommitédirektiv (Committee Directive) in question is designed to prevent violent Neo-Nazi organisations like the Nordic Resistance Movement from using historical symbols as logos or for other political purposes.

    The document also makes it perfectly clear that runes cannot be banned where freedoms are preserved by either Swedish legislation or the European Convention on Human Rights.

    This directive is tailor-made to target the perversion of ancient symbols by dangerous far-right ethno-nationalists. AUK stands against prejudice, racism and the politicisation of heathen religious beliefs.

    Please spread the word and act against this misinformation.


    • ganglerisgrove

      i am very glad to hear that this is not the case, however even banning a single image in any context is dangerous, even if it is to act against white nationalist garbage. it can so easily be taken out of context, expanded. I do hope that Heathens in Sweden are keeping a very close eye on this.


  11. I don’t have any of these specific images/symbols on my body, but I have a tribal design of Odin on Sleipnir inked on my left shoulderblade, and Ansuz branded on my left bicep. (And I’m working on saving money for ink for Loki.)

    I have since heard a rebuttal of this claim–which I hope is true–but if they want to ban symbols due to their being linked to hate speech and hate crimes, maybe they should look at the religion that ACTUALLY inspires most such things. (It wouldn’t be any form of Heathenry–or any non-monotheist religion.)


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