Nine Noble Virtues

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The Nine Noble Virtues or NNV are a set of moral and situational ethical guidelines codified by John Yeowell (a.k.a. Stubba) and John Gibbs-Bailey (a.k.a. Hoskuld) of the Odinic Rite in the 1970s.[1]

They are based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism, gleaned from various sources including the Poetic Edda (particularly the Hávamál and the Sigrdrífumál),[2] and as evident in the Icelandic Sagas).


Nine Charges[edit]

The Nine Charges were, like the Nine Noble Virtues, codified by the Odinic Rite in the 1970s.[3]

  1. To maintain candour and fidelity in love and devotion to the tried friend: though he strike me I will do him no scathe.
  2. Never to make wrongsome oath: for great and grim is the reward for the breaking of plighted troth.
  3. To deal not hardly with the humble and the lowly.
  4. To remember the respect that is due to great age.
  5. To suffer no evil to go unremedied and to fight against the enemies of Faith, Folk and Family: my foes I will fight in the field, nor will I stay to be burnt in my house.
  6. To succour the friendless but to put no faith in the pledged word of a stranger people.
  7. If I hear the fool's word of a drunken man I will strive not: for many a grief and the very death groweth from out such things.
  8. To give kind heed to dead people: straw dead, sea dead or sword dead.
  9. To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to bear with courage the decrees of the Norns.

The Six-Fold Goal[edit]

The Six-Fold Goal is another behavioral guideline discussed in A Book of Troth by Edred Thorsson (1989) and was adopted by certain Ásatrú groups in the USA like the Ring of Troth and the Asatru Free Assembly.[citation needed] The Six-Fold Goal is: Right, Wisdom, Might, Harvest, Frith and Love.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The 9 Noble Virtues - OR Site
  2. ^ The 9 Noble Virtues - OR Site
  3. ^ The 9 Noble Virtues - OR Site

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