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If you wish to get involved with Balder Rising, the best way to begin is by taking our training program. It is available in nine paperback books available at LuLu.com and through the Books and More page on this website.
Each book is named after one of the nine worlds of the Yggdrasil in this order:
Book 1: Hel
Book 2: Jotunheim
Book 3: Svartalfheim
Book 4: Niflheim
Book 5: Midgard
Book 6: Muspellheim
Book 7: Ljossalfheim
Book 8: Vanaheim
The year 1977 was a period of profound transformations in my life. I had completed my Masters in history and was just getting interested in politics, when I underwent an epiphany upon reading Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Actually, when I was in the Army, a friend of mine, Bill West was lying on his bunk reading The Hobbit. I asked him what a Hobbit was and when he explained they were a race of short people with hair on their feet, I shook my head and walked away, convince Bill was wasting his time reading about such nonsense. It was wasn't until I got out of the Army and was working for Barnes & Nobles in NYC that Tolkien's The Silmarillion was published posthumously in September 1977. The store was located on 5th Ave in Manhattan, in Rockefeller Center. As soon as the book was released that summer the store filled up with people clamoring to purchase The Silmarillion. Every day the store was packed with people purchasing the The Silmarillion, but the store was also filled with various editions of Tolkien's other books. That's when I notice a large coffee table book edition of The Hobbit. I was attracted to the artwork that illustrated the book and bought it. I eventually began reading the book and fell in love with Tolkien. Needless to say, I purchased a paperback edition of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings as well as the hardcover edition of The Silmarillion. It was through my love of Tolkien and the world he created that I first developed my interest in mythology, folklore and the Runes. By the way, in 1977 there was a second event (or perhaps a first event) that fed my love of Myths and folklore, and that was the movie Star Wars.
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