- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st BCA Edition edition (1 Jan. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062500406
- ISBN-13: 978-0062500403
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer Hardcover – 1 Jan 1983
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Professor Bates tells the original story of a devout Catholic priest becoming friends with a Shamanic elder and creates a modern masterpiece of tolerance and coexistence. By looking into the past he has planted a seed for a better world in the present and beyond. If you can develop your awareness of the nature that surrounds you and are open and unafraid to listen to your dreams, you may find that the magic described in this book works like yeast to the imagination and can be utilized in any art form. (Nicolas Cage)
'Reads like a fusion of Carlos Castaneda ... and Tolkien.' (Time Out)
'Brilliant, vivid, entertaining ... it deserves a place on our bookshelves along with Carlos Castaneda.' R. D. Laing
An essential aid. In our overly Keltically obsessed British mind set, this magnificent book completely restores the unfairly neglected Scandinavian and Germanic side of our psyche. (Julian Cope)
As a way of psychological and spiritual exploration, The Way of Wyrd offers not just uncanny similarities with some of our present thinking but notions which we seem only now to be rediscovering (The Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Brian Bates is the author of The Real Middle Earth and co-author of two books with John Cleese. He lectures worldwide and is currently Professor of Shamanic Consciousness at Brighton University and the Anglo-Saxon representative of The Indigenous World Network. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book is fiction based on thorough historical research. The main character is a Christian scribe (Wat Brand) who is sent deep into Anglo-Saxon England to record the practices of the pagans, in an attempt to later convert them. Brand is a funny lead character and it was highly enjoyable to see his reaction to the strange and often (to him) abhorrent pagan customs; customs demonstrated by his guide. An eccentric and theatrical sorcerer called 'Wulf'. Wulf is absolutely hilarious and very much the star of the book! He possesses an exuberant sense of humour and it tickled me that he so easily referred to his gods as 'fools' and 'spoilt children'. The story itself is about Brand coming to accept these pagan practices and seeing the inherent beauty and truth within them. This was extremely well done in my opinion. As a newcomer to reading about Anglo-Saxon paganism myself, I was learning right along with Brand. During my reading I found myself increasingly fascinated with this culture.
The Way of Wyrd also contains a lengthy bibliography to devour ones way through. The book has a lovely way about it. It seems to have been a labour of love for the author and I fully agree with him that we English have a very rich cultural heritage just waiting to be discovered!Read more ›
(Obscure Fact!-Thrash/Heavy Metal fans who like the book may want to seek out the album 'Dreamweaver' by British Thrashers 'Sabbat'. This is a concept album based on the book. Hardly easy listening but interesting lyrically)
The Way of Wyrd (pronounced "Wierd", not "Word" as I tended to say it >_< )is set in, or around, the year 674, where a young novice monk is sent by his monastery to investigate a pagan area of the country and report back in order to allow a mission to be made in which to convert the pagans to Christianity. The novice monk meets a sorcerer who teaches him about the Wyrd, a pagan "religion". The book, though fictional, is based on real life back then and is very interesting.
The story is a gripping read and one I thoroughly enjoyed even though it went against my own personal beliefs. I am glad I didn't just blindly refuse to read such literature, and considered it an enriching experience. I thought the book was marvellously well written and really did have me hooked until the last page. I would have no proplem in recommending this to my Christian friends.
Finally, a word on the presentation on the Kindle; As many Kindle owners have experienced, myself included, many publishers it seems just convert a book (very poorly in my opinion) to Kindle format without even bothering to proof-read it prior to releasing it. I am please to say, however, that this is not the case for this e-Book. Vary well formatted, no obvious typos and vary easy to read.
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A wonderful book, you can read it two ways, either as a story or as an academic piece of research put together in the form of a novel. Either way, I loved it.Published 2 months ago by wonderoushen
Beautifully written, a great introduction to the much overlooked Norse aspect of the pagan heritage of Ynis Prydein. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nik
I first discovered this book through one of my favourite albums of all time - Dreamweaver by Sabbat - which quite simply pure poetry with racous guitars and drums. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Brookes
I read this years ago when I first started the way of Anglo Saxon witchcraft, I have just bought it cos my old copy was lent out, and never came back, just as exciting as the first... Read morePublished 9 months ago by johno
This is a homoerotic fantasy dressed up as serious research. It is Paganism strictly for the kiddies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by P.Knights
Fantastic little book, my favourite short novel. Eloquent, imaginative, informative, caresses the heart and soul. Recommended for any one who enjoys the realms of deep spirit.Published 12 months ago by David Paz
I don't think anyone would read this book for "entertainment". It certainly isn't entertaining as there is no real narrative/story drive. In fact, the story is very dull. Read morePublished 12 months ago by m Bristow