About Us

The name of the morning and evening star, Earendel, was chosen for our inhíred because of that celestial body's radiance, beauty and grace. This "star" is in fact the planet Venus. Being one of the brightest objects in the sky, Earendel has been known to mankind since prehistoric times, and frequently personified as feminine or given the name of a female deity. The Babylonians knew her as Ishtar. The ancient Greeks first thought Earendel was two distinct bodies that they named Phosphorus ("Bringer of Light") and Hesperus ("Star of the Evening"). When they realized their error, they named the planet after their goddess Aphrodite. The Romans, of course, gave it the name Venus.

An Old English poem describes Earendel in this way:

Éala Earendel, engla beorhtast,
ofer middangeard monnum sended.


Hail Earendel, brightest of angels,
over Middle-Earth you were sent unto men.

Earendel Hearth was founded in April, 2003, although we did not yet have a name for our tribe. It was ten months later when we formally took the name Earendel. Since our founding we have consistently held monthly rituals - húsles - giving offerings to our gods and our ancestors. Our very first húsel, on April 16th, 2003, was devoted to Herthe, or as she is often known to the public, Mother Earth.

We are an inhíred, a spiritual family, bound by oaths of gesiðscipe (fellowship). As such our gatherings are not "open", however we enjoy discussion with those who are interested in Anglo-Saxon Pagan spirituality. Most of us attend church at one of the two Neo-Pagan ADF groves in our region. Since our founding, the folk of Earendel have always been actively involved with our local Pagan community.




 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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