Norse Rede of Honor
1. In all that you do, consider its benefit or harm
upon yourself, your children and your people.
2. All that which you do will return to you, sooner or
later, for good or for ill. Thus strive always to do
good to others, or at least strive always to be
3. Be honest with yourself, and with others. "This
above all; to thine own self be true."
4. Humankind, and especially your own family and folk,
has the spark of divinity within it. Protect and
nurture that spark.
5. Give your word sparingly, and adhere to it like
6. In the world, your first trust and responsibility
should be to your own people. Yet, be kind and proper
to others whenever possible.
7. What you have, HOLD!
8. Pass on to others only those words which you have
9. Be honest with others, and let them know that you
expect honesty in return, always.
10. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth;
to keep one's head is a virtue.
11. Know which battles should be fought, and which
battles should be avoided. Also, know when to break
off a conflict. There are times when the minions of
chaos are simply too strong or when fate is absolutely
12. When you gain power, use it carefully and use it
13. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes
remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
14. Pledge friendship and your services to those who
are worthy. Strengthen others of your people and they
will strengthen you.
15. Love and care for your family always, and have the
fierceness of a wolf in their protection.
16. Honor yourself, have pride in yourself, do your
best and forgive yourself when you must.
17. Try always to be above reproach in the eyes of the
18. Those of our people should always endure to settle
any differences among themselves quietly and
19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever
possible and reason, for in the main they have been
chosen with wisdom.
20. Have pride in yourself, your family and your folk.
They are your promise for the future.
21. Do not neglect your mate and children.
22. Every one of our people should work according to
the best that s/he can do, no matter how small or how
great. We are all in this world together, thus we must
always help each other along.
23. One advances individually and collectively only by
living in harmony with the natural order of the
24. The seeking of wisdom is a high virtue. Love of
truth, honor, courage and loyalty are the hallmarks of
the noble soul.
25. Be prepared for whatever the future brings.
26. Life with all its joys, struggles and ambiguities is to be embraced and lived to the fullest!
From the book "The Rites of Odin" by Ed Fitch