'The people of the historical Middle-Earth believed that it violated the sacred presence of spirit to separate it from the natural world within masonry walls...this is why the engineered environment of the Romans was rejected in favour of their traditional timber buildings...'
The Real Middle-Earth - Brian Bates.
In the book The Real Middle-Earth Brian Bates is talking about the Anglo-Saxons and their rejection of the great buildings and cities that the Romans built here in England. This is put down to their spiritual beliefs in that the spirits would not be 'walled' within masonry. I feel that this may be a little too simple, since we have firm evidence that the pagan Romans and Greeks did use masonry to build and use them as their temples and holy oracles. Don't get me wrong, I do agree that the Anglo-Saxons had their beliefs which differed from Rome and Greece, but I do not think that this is the whole story and reason why they rejected these monumental works.
One key belief of the Anglo-Saxons was that of the workings of Wyrd, and that man must live in harmony with the land through the mystical link between Blood and Soil. This meant not building and living in places which would cut off the spirits or work against the Spirits of Nature.
'Wondrous wrought and fair its walls of stone,
shattered by Wyrd! The castles rend asunder,
The work of Giants moldereth away,
Its roofs are breaking and falling: its towers crumble
In ruin. Plundered those walls with grated doors -
Their mortar white with frost. Its battered ramparts
Are shorn away and ruined, all undermined
By eating age.......
The Ruined City - Old English work.
This Old English works tells us that the great buildings that were falling into decay and ruin were the work of Giants. So we are led to believe that the Anglo-Saxons thought that 'Giants' built these massive stone buildings, and that these buildings were not held to be in harmony with the Spirits of Nature. Where the problem lies in understanding this is the interpretation (or lack of it) of the term 'Giant'. It is my belief that this holds the key to the whole mystery of why waves of Germanic Tribes came here to England, not just as invaders of new lands, but as Holy Warriors guided by the gods (through the Divine Twins, Hengest & Horsa) in a Holy War against the forces that had gained control of this land and were spreading alien religious beliefs amongst the Germanic Folk that occupied these islands, and that had occupied these islands since time immemorial.
I have said before that I am not an Old English scholar, so what I have to say will most likely be rejected out of hand, but what I have to say explains much of what these scholars cannot explain about the Germanic invasions, both of the Anglo-Saxons and the later Vikings. At first it was said that the English invaded and massacred the occupants of England, the ones who escaped moving across to Wales. The only reason for this assumption (for that is all it is) is that it explains the total lack of the Welsh language here in England, since there are very few place-names that can be traced back to the Welsh Language. Where there are pre-Anglo-Saxon names these are always deemed to be 'Old Celtic' - which goes to explain the non-Anglo-Saxon or Viking names. The next stage was to spread the belief that the Britons (Welsh) 'mingled' with the invaders (nothing like a bit of 'mingling') and did not exterminate them or drive them into Wales. The reason for this new assumption was probably that extermination was a bit too 'fierce' for modern liberals to stomach.
Why did the Anglo-Saxons call the Britons 'Wealas' ('Welsh') which was a term meaning 'foreigner'? I have mentioned before how many areas of Wales (and especially North Wales) have an abundance of Hebrew (Old Testament) names, which cannot be found anywhere here in England. Tacitus tells us that a tribe called the Silures were dark, swarthy and possibly Mediterranean (or even Middle-Eastern?), and that they lived in South Wales. If he is correct here then these people must have moved (or been pushed) up into North Wales, for this is the area which would equate with these peoples in their physical appearance. This would explain the Hebrew names that exist in this area, for example - Bethesda, Nazareth, Bethel, Nebo etc.
In a typical anti-Anglo-Saxon work called The White Goddess Robert Graves promotes a matriarchal goddess-worship which existed here in these islands, and it is significant that this is taken from Welsh texts mainly, but he also uses Middle-Eastern ideas to give weight to his arguments. Graves traces the secrets of the 'dolmens' to the use of Celtic Ogham which is clearly more of a code than an alphabet like the runic script. This work speaks of the imposition of a 'new religious system' after the 'Name of God' was revealed, this name (Graves tells us) was 'spelt by the seven vowels of the threshold, cut with three times nine holy nicks and read sunwise' and is JIEVOAO. Graves goes on to work the true name out as JEHUOVAO - a name so similar to JEHOVAH as to be no coincidence!
If we study many Welsh texts we find that Old Testament names and places abound, and much of their lore revolves around the Hebrew Lore. This also applies to the Irish Ogham which has many similarities with Hebrew names -
aleph ailm (pron. 'alev')
jod idho (pron. 'ioda')
heth eadha (dh = 'th')
It is here important to note that the Ogham tree-lore has been taken to be a relic of Celtic Druidism and thus the secret keys to the religion of the Celtic Druids. Firstly, it should be made clear that the original Druids were a Hyperborean Priesthood and the ancestors of the Germanic peoples who lived here in England in ancient times. What we are talking about here is the 'Truth-Benders' (one root of the term 'Druid') who were not a Hyperborean Priesthood but of Middle-Eastern origin who took control of the Ancient Priesthood and turned it into a centralised priesthood that controlled the peoples of these islands in ancient times - the Germano-Celts.
What we have discovered here is that in ancient times and alien priesthood from the Middle-East infiltrated and subverted the Hyperborean Priesthood that existed here in England and then created a new and alien religion for the peoples of the Islands of the Mighty - the White Island. This would explain why the Roman Christian Religion took such firm hold upon certain sections of peoples such as the Welsh and Irish, but this did not take hold of all of the peoples of these islands - for some remained heathen. This would also explain why Vortigern is always shown under the symbol of the White Dragon rather than the Red Dragon which is a Christian Symbol.
The stumbling-block to understanding that the Anglo-Saxons rejected the 'work of the Giants' lies in the meaning of the word 'Giant' which (I would imagine in respect to the Old English text) is a translation of the Old English Eoten which is the English version of the Norse Jotun. The Jotun (we shall use this term in all cases except when rendering an Old English text into modern English) were the Forces of Chaos and Disorder who undermined the work of the Gods - the Holy Powers. If we replace the modern interpretation of the name (Giant) with the original - Jotun - then we see the reason why the Anglo-Saxons rejected their monumental buildings and their religious practices which they saw as the work of their great enemy - the Forces of Darkness and Chaos.
I am not suggesting that every member of every Anglo-Saxon tribe understood this, any more than every one of the mass of people today understands who the Jotun really are. This was down to a select (Elect) line of priesthood that guided the English Folk in their destiny and wyrd. This was what Guido von List named The Armanen and which were the Priesthood of Irmin (the God of the Arya). When Hengest and Horsa led the English as Saxon Chieftains they did so as the Divine Twins, sent by the Gods to fulfil a Divine Mission - and that mission was to wage a Holy War against the Jotun and their growing power (through Judaeo-Christianity) and to free their Folk (the Germanic Folk here in England or Anglia) from the thraldom of an alien religion and priesthood.
Were the Anglo-Saxons (our ancestors) so primitive and stupid that they believed 'Giants' (in the modern meaning of the word) built these great structures, and not the Romans, who they must have known to be the builders? Of course not. They knew full well that the Romans had built them, but they also recognised the degeneracy of the Roman Empire at this time, and that Rome was ruled by the Forces of Darkness and Chaos - the Jotun!
If our Anglo-Saxon ancestors of the time were to get hold of a 'Time-Machine' and project themselves into the future, into our times, what would they think of the great glass and steel structures of the massive cities that have spread across the Land of England? We who understand know these to be alien to our own culture, and that they murder the Soul of our Folk. They break the bond of Blood and Soil and create a world of illusion and of falsehood. Man is taken from Nature and becomes little less than a machine. They would see these unnatural works as the works of the Jotun! Just as we today know who is behind these massive cities and their degenerate buildings. They are the work of the Jotun!
'Now winter had fled
and earth's breast was fair....
so he did not decline the accustomed remedy,
when the son of Hunlaf across his knees
the best of blades, his battle-gleaming sword:
the Giants were acquainted with the edges of that steel...'
Beowulf - Penguin Classics Edition
This is the piece that I have oft-quoted in regard to the sword passed from Attila the Hun to Hengest - a Spiritual Sword containing a special Wyrd. But we need to look at a piece a little further on in the texts to see what I am going to say next -
'yet it was less the voyage
that exercised his mind than the means of his vengeance,
the bringing about of the bitter conflict that he meditated for the men of the Jutes...'
The problem here lies in the translation of the text, because the word 'Jutes' is translated from 'Eotena' whilst the word 'Giants' is translated from Eotenum. Where, I would ask is the logic in these translations which both stem from the same root Eoten? The very same translations appear in Beowulf translated by Michael Swanton - Eotena becomes 'Jutes' and Eotenum becomes 'Giants'. I have looked at this text again and again and for the life of me cannot find any reason whatever to translate Eoten as both 'Jutes' and 'Giants' - so what I feel needs to be done is not to translate the words but to leave them as they are - Eoten or more precisely Jotun.
It would certainly be true that the Jotun 'were acquainted with the edges of that steel, since this referred to the Sword of AEtla whose power (through the Sword) broke the power of the decaying Roman Empire which bore the power of the Jotun. We are told that it was 'vengeance' that was the driving-force for Hengest, and using a double-meaning in the text this could equally refer to the Jotun whose new Religion of Evil had penetrated into the Germanic Tribes in these islands.
Then we must tackle (as I have done before) the mistranslation of the term worold-raedenne as 'accustomed remedy' or as Michael Swanton translates 'way of the world'. The term can also refer to 'world-ruler'. To understand this we need to move eastwards where we find various references to the Cakravartin ('Turner of the Wheel') who is the 'King of the World' or 'World-Ruler'. What we find in this passage is a hidden message, and reference to Hengest as the taker up of a destiny as 'world-ruler' (Chakravartin). To do so he is given the sword known as Hunlafing Hildleoman which can translate as the 'Battle-Flame' put on his 'knee' by the 'son of Hunlaf' but can also be translated as The Hun-Bequest Battle-Flame, i.e. the sword is the bequest of the 'Hun' - AEtla the Hun (Attila the Hun). In a later section we find another reference to hildloeman which translates this as Flashing Blade or Flashing Sword - we should here remember the 'Flashing Sword' attributed to Kalki Avatar!
In order to understand this passage we now need to turn to the figure of AEtla the Hun or Attila the Hun. Attila the Hun was the warrior-leader who united many tribes from Scythia and Germania against the decaying and falling Roman Empire - and we should note that he did so just before the English Tribes arose against the Jotun here in England, and when further waves of Germanic Tribes crossed the ocean under Hengest and Horsa to lead the English Folk in their Wyrd of a Holy War against the Jotun.
'The discomfiture of the mighty attempt of Attila to found a new Anti-Christian dynasty upon the wreck of the temporal power of Rome, at the end of the term of twelve hundred years, to which its duration had been limited by the forebodings of the heathen.'
In order to understand the figure of Attila we need to look at what he said about himself, who he considered himself to be. Only the individual - Attila himself - knew who he was and what his destiny was. It was a Roman on an embassy to the Hunnish camp who recorded for us that after Attila was given the famous Sword from the desert, found by a herdsman whose cow became lame, and how the seers prophesied that this sword would destroy the world (i.e. the world-empire of the Romans) he assumed a new title -
Attila, Descendant of the Great Nimrod. Nurtured in Engaddi. By the Grace of God, King of the Huns, the Goths, the Danes, and the Medes. The Dread of the World.'
Attila then claimed to be the 'Scourge of God' which was a title also assumed by the later Genghis Khan. Nimrod was the Hunter-God of Babylonia and the claim to be 'nurtured in Engaddi' refers to his claim to be the 'man-child' of Chapter 12 of Revelation who was to wage war against the Red Serpent or Red Dragon which is symbolic of Juda-Rome. To understand this we need to recognise Attila the Hun as no ordinary man but one who lived an archetypal myth. This is borne out when he slays his own brother (Bleda), twelve hundred years after the foundation of Rome, an empire founded by Romulus who slew his own brother (Remus) in a similar act. That which creates also destroys!
We can see here how Attila the Hun arose as a heathen leader who assumed the role of 'world-leader' in order to wage a heathen war against the growing power of the Roman Christian Church - against the Red Dragon - and thus against the Jotun. The Wyrd of AEtla (through the sword named Flashing Blade) thus passed from AEtla the Hun to Hengest the Saxon. This was the Spiritual Sword that (at the time it was given to him) awoke Hengest to his true destiny and divine mission - to continue in the Islands of the Mighty the Holy War against the Jotun.
Do we have anything that would seem to prove these ideas? Yes we do, but we will not find them in the English accounts of the Anglo-Saxons but in the Welsh accounts that speak of these times. In these Welsh accounts we find references to the battles fought between the Welsh under Arthur and the English under Hengest and other English leaders. Under the famous Battle of Badon, taken from the Annales Cambriae (Annals of Wales circa 955CE) for 516CE -
The Battle of Badon, in which Arthur carried the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ for three days and three nights on his shoulders, and the Britons were victorious.'
It is usual to dismiss the Battle of Badon as fiction, a means that the Welsh used to make themselves look stronger as the Saxons pushed the sword further into these islands. However, if we transfer some of the battles said to have taken place here in England into Wales then things become slightly more logical. We do know of a battle at Mold in North Wales, fought between the Welsh and an alliance of Picts and Saxons, and add to this the strange name of a place near to Cerrigedrudion in North Wales - Cor Saeson - which means 'Circle of the Saxons', as well as the Welsh recording of the death and burial of Hengest in North Wales there is some proof that certain battles were fought in Wales and not here in England as recorded by Geoffrey of Monmouth. We should remember at the time he recorded this there was pressure to unite the whole of Britain under the ruler-ship of the invaders - the Normans and their descendants from France.
We are told in the same Welsh texts that after the Battle of Badon the Saxons returned to Ynys Prydein (more likely Wales than 'Britain') and Arthur came against them after putting on his armour, taking a shield called Gwenn on which was an image of the Virgin Mary and a lance and sword, and there slew two Saxon leaders, Colcrin and Baldulf, the Saxon leader (Celdric) escaping the battle with the remainder of his army. The idea that the Battle of Baddon was fought either at Bath or Badbury Rings is taken from the Latin translation of the Historia wheras the Welsh Brut names the place as Caer Faddon.
After several other battles against the Saxons, Scots and Picts the Britons under Arthur set about restoring order to the kingdom after the plundering by these tribes, and he rebuilt the churches after their destruction. What does this remind us of but the later Viking plundering of Lindisfarne and other Christian sites? Here we have the key to both the Anglo-Saxon and the later Viking battles and plundering of these islands - both were led by figures whose wyrd and divine mission was to wage a Holy War against the growing power of Judaeo-Christianity which had been imposed by the Romans through the work of the Jotun.
The later Viking invasions were directed first against the Christian Church and its growing power through the conversion of the kings and princes, followed by laws which forced this 'conversion' on the Common Folk of England. It was never an easy thing to 'convert' a whole people, the kings and princes fell mainly to bribes and corruption, but often it was the Common Folk who rebelled. A typical example is the Saxon Stellingar Revolt in 841CE after the mainland Saxon rulers had been 'converted' to the new faith and the Common Folk rose up to rid themselves of their nobles and revert to their true Heathen Beliefs.
The reason for the Viking invasions was most likely the growing power and expansion of the Frankish empire under Charlemagne (Charles the Saxon-Slayer). This false ruler slew thousands of Saxon leaders and hacked down the Holy Irminsul, and at the time it was some of the Christian English rulers who gave aid to his expansion which led to the Vikings in the North building defences to keep out a Frankish invasion. Rather than waiting for such an invasion, when they were ready the Danes and Norwegians left their homelands in waves of pirate-raiders and attacked the land of England - first attacking and destroying the power of the Christian Church which was behind the Judaeo-Christian assault on Europe. The Common Folk of the Saxons here in England may, in part, have encouraged these Viking raids, since they were still Woden-worshippers, as the Vikings were Odin-worshippers. There would certainly have been conflict with the growing settlement of the invaders because any settlement stretches the resources of a people - as we well know in our own age with a non-kindred invasion of millions.
If I am right, and I see no reason why what I have said does not make sense, then this battle has continued throughout the ages, and certain key figures have incarnated upon the Earth to fulfil a Divine Mission and an archetypal myth, leading their lives as an archetype and waging the same Holy War against the Forces of Darkness and Chaos - the Jotun. In the last century another AEtla led the 'Huns' against the Jotun and their power, and in the process brought to an end the Age of Christ and paved the way for another to arise in our era and finish the job of defeating the Jotun-Power and ushering in a new Golden Age.
***There is much more to say about the Saxons and their wars against the Welsh, but that is the subject matter of the Saxons in England. It must be pointed out that when we refer to the 'Welsh' we do not mean the whole of the peoples of Cymry because many are more akin to the Germano-Celts, and South Wales is far more 'English' in many ways (i.e. Penbrokeshire which is often called 'Little England').
The War between the Hammer of Thunor and the Cross.
The War between the Spear of Woden and the Cross of Christ.