[No longer in publication]

It's always nice to get your first exchange publication before you've even published, and even better when it's something of fine quality such as Fjallabók, a new publication from Skergard, a group which seems to be a small alliance (currently three kindreds) centered in the Southwest.

The publication is 40 pages plus cover, digest sized, desktop published, and photocopied, i.e., very much like the one you're reading. It is published monthly and I am in receipt of issue #5, so this promises not to be another splash in the pan.

The issue leads off with an article entitled "Dark Asatru" by RigR KonúngR-Agnarsson which I found extremely interesting. It's a piece of quite good theology concerning the darker Gods of the Norse pantheon. Loki is covered, and in a manner which I find much more realistic than the revisionist notion of Loki as the good natured trickster. However, Loki is not the only God brought up here. The author makes a compelling case for Váli as a God "bred for slaying."

There is a historical article dealing with the notion of persons living in the mountains after death, mostly taken from Saga sources. Wilfred von Dauster weighs in with an article entitled "Let It Slide or: Macho is just a misspelled cheese-covered corn chip" in which he makes a case for avoiding needless conflict. There's an introductory article on seidhr, a reprint of Gamlinginn's excellent and now famous article "Race & Religion" reprinted from Mountain Thunder, a movie review, and an article on the Jómsvíkings.

Finally there is "The Cat on the Dovrefell" which is this months installment of "Fjallabók's Patented Norse Fairy Tale." This is some good stuff because it's far too rare that people delve into folktales and other cultural material.

Fjallabók also includes a networking section featuring a kindred list, complete with a map of locations, and some information on Skergard, including changes to the group and a bit about their governing structure.

All in all, I was very impressed with Fjallabók, especially for a magazine which appeared (like so many Norse ones) apparently out of nowhere. The writers here have talent and are making a good compromise between historical material and new thinking. If they can keep up with the monthly schedule, this will be a magazine to watch. (LS)