In Hammer of the Gods, Swain Wodening explores and explaines the practices of modern Heathenry. Anglo-Saxon heathenry is the main focus, however this book is also a valuable resource to Asatruar, and Theodish Heathens. The Thews and Virtues of Heathenry are well explained, and refrences given from the lore and historical sources in many relevant pasages. The focus on the Thewes and Virtues is important in the practice of Heathenry, as well as proper behavior within group settings in honoring of our Gods.
The Gods and Goddesses are well explained, refrences are quoted to give background to how each God and Goddess was viewed historically, and how one would apply approaches in modern day life. Good explinations of the celebrations and ceremonies which accompany the Holy Tides of the year, and Blots to individual Deities are well presented. A newcomer to the ways of Heathenry would do well to purchace this book as a guide in thier practice, as would someone who has been Heathen for many years find information of good use and insight. Blot, Husel, Symbel, Oaths, Boasts, setting of Sacred Space, use of ritual tools, and the Runes are also thoroughly explained.
Hammer of the Gods also includes information about modern Heathen Movements and Societies, which is helpful for newcomers in finding information which will speed them on thier journey of learning and study of the Gods and Goddesses. The complete bibliography in the back is also a good source for starting your own library of sources for learning.
In all, Swain Wodening has brought us an important work avalible to all on the practice of Heathenry. Much more than just a basic book, or only specailised in one or two areas like most now avalible, Hammer of the Gods is one of the most thorough works on the market today about the practices, beliefs, and application of the ancient ways.