CONCEPTUAL ORDNANCE AND SYMBOLIC MUNITIONS FOR THE PARADIGM WARRIOR.

The Praiseworthy Virtues of the North.

These are from a great online resource provided by the Northvegr Foundation:


This list of praiseworthy ethics is taken directly from the lore of Northern Europe. Nothing listed is modern opinion but, instead, comes from the very words of our Northern European ancestors. Their wisdom and knowledge was recorded in the sagas and Eddas. This word-hoard to the English-speaking peoples in its legend, song, and story is our source. It is a very mine of “noble and pleasant beauty and high manhood,” as Sparling terms the Eddas and sagas in his introduction to the Morris and Magnússon translation of Völsunga Saga. These ancestors of the Northern European peoples are the source of what is thought to be praiseworthy. Their wisdom is timeless and what was praiseworthy then, is praiseworthy now. For a more complete examination of these ethics as they appear in Northern lore, seeTrúlög and Sögumál.

What is praiseworthy?

1. Gifting is praiseworthy.
2. Generosity is praiseworthy.
3. Moderation is praiseworthy.
4. The maintaining of frith in all circumstances is praiseworthy.
5. Courage is praiseworthy.
6. The seeking of good over ill is praiseworthy.
7. Hospitality is praiseworthy.
8. Courtesy is praiseworthy.
9. Tolerance is praiseworthy.
10. The pursuit of wisdom and knowledge is praiseworthy.
11. The defense of freedom is praiseworthy.
12. Industriousness is praiseworthy.
13. Vigilance is praiseworthy.
14. The protection, nurturing and forbearing of kin is praiseworthy.
15. Showing respect for elders is praiseworthy.
16. Loyalty to friends and kin is praiseworthy.
17. Keeping an oath is praiseworthy.
18. Honoring the sanctity of marriage is praiseworthy.
19. Refraining from mockery is praiseworthy.
2o. Refraining from arrogance is praiseworthy.
21. Making kin, honor and justice more important than gold is praiseworthy.
22. Cleanliness is praiseworthy.
23. The maintaining of one’s dignity in all situations is praiseworthy.
24. Good organization is praiseworthy.
25. Persistence is praiseworthy.
26. The rule of law is praiseworthy.
27. To try ones steel against an opponent fairly is praiseworthy.
28. Respect for the dead is praiseworthy.
29. For a man to never strike a woman is praiseworthy.
30. To not abuse one’s power is praiseworth

The Praiseworthy Virtues of the North

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2 responses

  1. Jonathon Martin

    Thanks Greg. These are relevant and important no matter the age you live in. To think about the way you’re living on a regular basis is like checking a moral compass to be sure you haven’t lost your way. I found it interesting that all the items are positive assertions of what you should do rather than what you should not do. It seems more in line with the ‘law of attraction’ in that you think about what you want rather than what you do not want.

    I think that a modern addition might be: To maintain physical fitness is praiseworthy.

    The poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling is brought to my mind by this list.
    -=-=-=-
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
    -=-=-=-

    May 25, 2009 at 6:25 am

    • greghindbo

      Thanks Jon. You’re right .. it’s refreshing to see this list of positive praiseworthy traits rather than a list of proscriptions. There’s a lot to be said for the law of attraction and focusing on positivity and the results that you want. I know it seems difficult sometimes. Case in point this blog (LOL). I have, for the most part, used a pretty strident or martial tone … basically the theme suggested by the name of this blog. I don’t want it to descend into mindless rage, though. I think especially of The Hulk trying to pick up Thor’s hammer! My main objective is simply record the falsehoods, dysfunction and hypocrisy at play in our society and keep the analysis and commentary to a minimum. Exposing the septic garbage to the light is the purist form of analysis – hence the notion of a hammer which is God’s hammer.

      p.s. Thanks for posting Kipling’s “If” – definitely my favourite and one that helped me through some trying times in my life.

      May 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

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