the delightful true story of how Sveinbjörn, at last, got the félag
ásatrúarmanna recognized by the stubborn minister -- with the aid of
,,Hverju reiddust gođin"
Reiđur var Vingţórr means that Ţór became angry --- from Ţrymskviđa, you know?
(the true story)
Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, our late allsherjargođi, a beloved and modest man, a farmer and an intellectual, made some many attempst to get Félag ásatrúarmanna recognized as an authorised religion in Iceland.
Heathenry, heiđni, our forni siđur, has all the time since the settlers arrived here, been legal. In spite of Christianism being threat-imposed upon us in year 999 CE, heiđni was never declared illegal.
This was admitted by a professor of law, Ólafur Jóhannesson, and he also held the post of a minister of law- and church affairs in Iceland. Still he, Ólafur, refused to register the association, félag ásatrúarmanna.
(His refusal not only contradicting his official statements and teachings in the university, but his denial also being illegal according to his former statements on, that heathens were free, according to law, to establish a legal association, any time they wished.)
Sveinbjörn went some many times to the ministry, but Ólafur, a hot-tempered man, not affable at all, refused, taking no reasoning as he was contradicting himself.
But Sveinbjörn did not give up, along with two friends he, once more, talked to the minister, who now became angry, and in the end bounced his fist against a door-case, with the consequences that his golden ring flew off and landed on the floor.
Detta nú af ţér gullhringarnir, Ólafur, Sveinbjörn said (a bit ironically) on leaving the office.
(fall off your gold-rings, Ólafur, and this saying has a double meaning in icelandic, making it even funnier.)
Sveinbjörn and the two other heathens left of the building.
On the very moment a lightning from the clear sky blew out all electricity in the whole center of Reykjavík,-- including the ministry.
(lightnings and thunders are very rare in Iceland)
The assistant of Ólafur convinced him that there was no point in going on with this stubbornness of his, and the minister (Ólafur) sent for Sveinbjörn and the two other heathens, and granted a legal registration of Félag ásatrúarmanna, now called Ásatrúarfélagiđ.
Fé, as the rune fé of fuţork / fuţark, means: domestic animals, cattle, money;
lag is here what is put, layed, so fé-lag literally means to put money or possessions together, some mens' common money.
Note that menn in icelandic covers men and women, so we say ásatrúarmenn for men and women.
A woman says: ég er ásatrúarmađur, i am an ásatrúarmađur, women say: viđ erum ásatrúarmenn.
(as ásatrúarkona would be a bit funny, or sound as the inferiority complex stuff of christian women that are trying to get our of the well-known women-disdain trap of theirs.)
Ásatrú, trust in ćsir, be faithful to the gods, is in the genetiv case ásatrúar (of ásatrú), and it is good icelandic to say (i am of asatru): ég er ásatrúar.
Guđin, gođin, the gods, is a noun neutre plural, including both gods and goddesses;
and guđ, gođ, is a noun neutre singular.
(that God mask.sing. is something later invented.)
men, Ţjóđminjasafn (afsteypa/copy)