Book Review: “A Dictionary of Urglaawe Terminology”
Title: A Dictionary of Urglaawe Terminology
Author(s): Robert L. Schreiwer, Ammerili Eckhart
Date Published: June 4, 2012
When I came to Heathenry, many years ago, it was sparked initially by a discovery of a connection and then fascination with Frau Holle. (Also spelled: Holda, Hulda, etc…) After a while I connected with others online who felt similarly. At some point through them and through my own research on folk practices brought here through German (and sometimes Dutch) immigrants, I discovered Urglaawe. For quite a while I thought it was simply a grouping of more folk practices, specific to one area, and moved on to other things as there wasn’t much on the subject. Little did I know it was a growing form of Heathenry with books already printed and more in the making.
When the lightbulb finally turned on for me I had to know more. I lingered in a Facebook group specific to this path and tried to absorb what I could from the semi-infrequent posts. I then jumped in and bought two recommended books when I saw I may have a chance to meet and question the author at a local gathering. The first was “A Dictionary of Urglaawe Terminology” by Robert L. Schreiwer and Ammerili Eckhart.
When I received the book it felt small and anything but intimidating. I was wrong. So wrong. After just 76 pages (plus an amazing bibliography) I feel like I just spent a semester in college. As if I should have taken pages of detailed notes, written 12 papers, sacrificed a goat to the finals gods and somehow ended up knowing another language as well. Some aspects I may entirely “mess up” in this article so feel free to correct my review and very basic understanding of this path.
Each term has anything from a sentence to a few paragraphs to describe it and in many cases is comparing the more popular and heavily researched Scandinavian aspect of Heathenry to its Pennsylvania Dutch (despite the name the people are of German, Dutch and other European backgrounds) counterpart with its Continental Germanic ancestry influencing it’s wording and practice. As a person of mainly German descent who grew up with some of the culture and language the things I began to learn about in this book felt very familiar to me. The wording of things may not be entirely the same but I can easily see the Dietsch (the language of the immigrants in the area where Urglaawe has foundations in the United States of America) terminology as a cousin to what my family speaks. The symbolism found in the snippets of stories and artwork shared also hit a soft spot in my heart. To someone without my background the terms shared may be more daunting than I often found them. Especially, when you are trying to remember the English meaning to go with both the Urglaawe and Asatru words shared. Note cards might be suggested to use here in helping you!
]This book covers the very basic concepts of some of the Urglaawe rituals, names of months and holidays, gods, other Heathen practices, lore, mindset, lifestyle and much more. It is a great introduction before moving on to read more lore specific to Urglaawe or lore with roots in both Scandinavian and Germanic Europe. The next book one should read after having this text in hand and read at least once is “The First Book of Urglaawe Myths” also by Robert L. Schreiwer. The next book I will be reviewing. If you find Urglaawe of interest this book will be of immeasurable value. It will be your constant companion as you delve deeper in your journey and will inspire more research. The bibliography is a goldmine that will leave your Amazon wish list brimming with books waiting impatiently for that eagerly awaited birthday gift card or your next 12 paydays.