Episode 22 – Garman Lord and Theodish Belief

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You may not know the name Thomas Germain. His Wiccan name was Merlin Solomon, but most modern Heathens know him as Garman Lord, founder of Theodish Belief. Join us as we chronicle his journey from Christian to Wiccan to founding one of the earliest Heathen Traditions. Along the way, we will talk naked rituals in the attic, the New England Wiccan scene in the 1970’s, and how a woman named Gert McQueen became the bulldog of the Watertown newspaper’s Letters to the Editors.

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Sources:

Garman Lord. “The Evolution of Theodish Belief, Part 1.” THEOD Magazine, Lammas 1995. Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160916081946/http://gamall-steinn.org/Gering/Evol-pt1.htm

Garman Lord. “The Evolution of Theodish Belief, Part 2.” THEOD Magazine, Hallows 1995. Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160916081951/http://gamall-steinn.org/Gering/Evol-pt2.htm

Garman Lord. “The Evolution of Theodish Belief, Part 3: The Coming of the Theodish Ríce.” THEOD Magazine, vol. 3, no. 1 (Eweomeoluc 1996). Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160916081946/http://gamall-steinn.org/Gering/Evol-pt3.htm

“Germanic Heathen Say ‘Rival’ Wrongly Using Theodish Name.” Watertown Daily Times, June 25, 1992.

“Heathens Meet in Nude Ritual.” Watertown Daily Times, October 6, 1991.

McQueen, Gert. A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Theodism. Watertown, N.Y.: THEOD Press,

McQueen, Gert. “True Gert.” Idunna no. 12 (September 1991), pp. 28-30. (The first installment of her running battle in the Letters to the Editor section of the Watertown Times.)

McQueen, Gert. “True Gert.” Idunna no. 25 (December 1994), pp. 37-39. (The last installment of her running battle in the Letters to the Editor section of the Watertown Times. There were many more.)

“Stirrings.” Instauration, vol. 6, no. 10 (September 1, 1981). Available from https://voices.revealdigital.org/ (review of Vikingstaff magazine)

Swain Wodening. Théodisc Geléafa: “The Belief of the Tribes:” A Handbook on Germanic Heathenry and Theodish Belief. Little Elm, Tex.: Miercinga Theod, 2007.

 

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