My háta or name is Cynewynn Tíwes, and I have been pagan most of my life. In the summer of 2011 I began to explore Heathenry, and in October of that year, I stumbled across Anglo-Saxon Heathenry on a Yahoo! Groups elist called ASHmail. From that time forward, I began to develop a strong interest in Anglo-Saxon Heathenry as well as Continental Germanic Heathenry, especially regarding traditions and rituals that may possibly have once existed in Anglo-Saxon England. I was a solitary for a while; then in 2013 I became a Feorleornere (Far Learner) and in 2015 a Weorþere with Þæt Ealdríce (a hæðengyld), which is located in Virginia and whose roots drink deep from the well of Þéodisc Geléafa (Théodish Belief).
So what is a hæðengyld? According to the creator of the hæðengyld model, the word hæðengyld is a “play on words meaning both Heathen-yield, as in offerings that are given to the gods, and Heathen-guild, as in a religious fellowship.” The original gylds were religious fellowships and not the merchant and craft based guilds that existed during the Middle Ages.*
My hope is to eventually create a local hæðengyld or haell (hall) here in Kansas City.
*Information on gylds and hæðengylds courtesy of Þórbeorht Línléah, Ealdorman and Heargweard of the Ealdríce Hæðengyld
Feel free to contact me by using the contact form below if you are interested in Anglo-Saxon Heathenry or to make any inquiries about possibly forming a Haell.