Halloween and ‘Alfablot’-‘Sacrifice to the Elves’

Halloween 2022….Rune style reading

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What we know of Norse Mythology comes largely from the Eddas, two collections of writings from assorted anonymous writers, dating around 1250 CE.

All Hallows Eve, Halloween or Samhain is a Gaelic custom, not Norse. The Norse peoples did mark this time of year, although in a different way, with Álfablót – the Elf Ritual.

Elves were associated with burial mounds (also known as barrows) as it was believed that they lived in or around them, and more than this, elves were associated with the souls of the dead, rather than fairies in the other sense of the word, as a supernatural entity that was never human.

Rakni’s burial mound, Noway, Public Domain

It is the largest burial mound in Scandinavia, 77 metres in diameter and over 15 metres in height. There are a number of stories associated with it, one associated with a roving sea-King Raki or…

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Author: Katie-Ellen

Tarot, runes and cartomancy. Reader, consultant and writer.

2 thoughts on “Halloween and ‘Alfablot’-‘Sacrifice to the Elves’”

    1. Hi Dani…yes, thank you, all is well here, and I hope the same for you. That line comes from the short story by MR James….’Oh, whistle and I’ll come to you, (my lad.)’ A tale of academic hubris. A visiting professor on the Norfolk coast is sniffy about anything supernatural- but then he finds an old whistle and he is in for one hell of a shock.

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