"Race Purity" in "Ásatrú"

By Christopher Bjørnsen


"Race purity", a concept embraced by Folkish groups, is not part of Norse Ásatrú, our history, culture, or traditions.

Notwithstanding the fact that the very idea of race purity may not actually have any scientific basis, the Eddur involve a lot of characters who are not Norse or of Norse descent, and yet, are an integral part of the faith.

In addition, one of the Vikings who settled Iceland (described in Landnámabók), was named Geirmundur Heljarskinn (which translates to "skin like hel", as in dark). This is because he was the son king Hjör Hálfsson, and of a... Mongolian mother! This part of Icelandic history explains why, to this day, some Icelandic people such as Björk, still have some Asian physical features.

Of course, we should also all remember that Þórr's sons, Magni and Modi, were of "impure" blood, because they had been mothered by Járnsaxa, a giantess. Yet, they were still considered so mighty and divine, that not only were they an integral part of the Æsir, but they would inherit Mjölnir from Þórr after Ragnarök to become the defenders of gods and men alike.

While we Norsemen are traditionally, historically, and biologically white (white skin allows better absorption of vitamin D in the north where we don't see the sun too often), we still cannot claim any racial purity after over a millennium of mingling. The idea of race purity, therefore, has no basis in Ásatrú or Norse culture.

Christopher Bjørnsen

Tromsø, Norway