Stephen Edred Flowers
Stephen Edred Flowers
5 May 1953
|Other names||Edred Thorsson, Darban-i-Den|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
|Employer||Austin Community College|
|Known for||Runology, Runosophy, Germanic Neopaganism, Odianism, Mazdaism|
|Spouse(s)||Crystal Dawn Flowers (b. October 29, 1960)|
Stephen Edred Flowers (born May 5, 1953), commonly known as Stephen E. Flowers, and also by the pen-names Edred Thorsson, and Darban-i-Den, is a former American professor, scholar, runologist, runosophist, goði and proponent of occultism, Odianism, esoteric runosophy, Germanic mysticism, Asatru, and Mazdaism, being instrumental in the early establishment of the Germanic Neopagan movement in North America and has also been very active in Left-Hand Path occult organizations. He has over three dozen published books and hundreds of published papers and translations on a disparate range of subjects. Flowers advocates "Esoteric Runology and runosophy" and "Odianism" (occultist aspects of Germanic Neopaganism).
The Bonham, Texas-born scholar was the only son of Betty Jane Eden, daughter of Edred Cosgrove Eden (1888-1945). In 1960 his family moved to Dallas.
In September 1971 Flowers left for Germany, where he spent his first two months there studying at the Goethe Institut in Prien am Chiemsee and traveling around central Europe. At the Institut he became involved in the Sadean world of the Chateau Society (Burggesellschaft) and in the Order of the Trapezoid (Triskelenorden), and was sworn to secrecy regarding these matters for 18 years.
Returning to Dallas, Flowers attended the Bryan Adams High School (class of 1971 (September 1972-May 1973)). He joined the Church of Satan in 1972 though he reportedly never became involved with the organization beyond receiving their newsletter, The Cloven Hoof.
In June 1974, while riding in the backseat of a car from Houston to Austin, Flowers says that he heard the sound roonah. This experience was the first milestone in his journey.
In 1978 Flowers joined the Asatru Free Assembly (old AFA) where he was one of the earliest members, with membership number 072. In May 1979 he received an M.A. degree with a thesis entitled “Rebirth and Rites of Transformation in the Saga of Sigurðr Sigmundarson”, (This was later released on a limited basis within the Rune-Gild under the title Sigurðr, Rebirth and Initiation, and republished as “Sigurðr: Rebirth and the Rites of Transformation” in 2015), and also founded the Austin "skeppslag" (later kindred) of the AFA. In 1980 he was initiated as a goði by Stephen A. McNallen.
In Yule-Tide 1979/80 Flowers founded the Rune-Gild, an initiatory order focused on "the revival of the elder Runic" tradition, advocating runic magic. Flowers currently is the executive officer, or Yrmin-Drighten, of the Rune-Gild. In 1981-1982 he studied the history of occultism and academic runology at the University of Göttingen, Germany under Klaus Düwel.
Sometime during late 1981 and 1983 he became associated with the Armanen Orden, attending their gatherings at an ancient castle in central Germany, but was never formally or ritually initiated in any of their rites. Contact was again made with the Burggesellschaft.
On November 11, 1983 he founded a small group to explore what he saw as the dark, futuristic undercurrent of Odinism called The Order of Shining Trapezohedron or "O.S.T." (Order of the Shining Trapezoid) which closed on January 13, 1984.
Flowers received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Medieval Studies in 1984 with a dissertation entitled Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Elder Tradition, and began his career as a university lecturer. From 1984-1989 he was a lecturer in the departments of English and Germanic Languages at the University of Texas.
In February 1984 he became a member of the Temple of Set, being recognized to the Second Degree of Adept and to the Priesthood (III°) on October 7, 1984. On November 14, 1986 he was recognized as a Magister Templi (IV°). In November 1987 the AFA (old AFA) collapsed, and on December 20, Thorsson founded the Ring of Troth.
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The leadership fell to James Allen Chisholm, with Thorsson remaining as a spiritual advisor. In 1989 Meek and others began a campaign again Thorsson, “exposing” him of practicing dark arts and being a member of the Temple of Set, although this was well known within the Asatru community and was never a secret. In the Summer of 1990 he was recognized to the Fifth Degree of the Temple of Set. The O.S.T. served as a segue into his involvement with the Temple of Set, an organization in which he currently holds the degree of Ipsissimus VI°. Within the Temple of Set he served as Grand Master of the Order of the Trapezoid from January 1987 until June 1996. In 1990 he met his wife, Crystal Dawn. It was also during this time that the 18-year ban on manifestation of the Order of the Triskelion (Triskelenorden) was lifted - an organization for the practice of operant Sadeanism and Carnal Alchemy, founded in early 1991 by Thorsson and Dawn.
In March 1992 the administrative power of the Ring of Troth was handed over to Prudence Priest and a full contingency of Rede members by Chisholm, which gave Thorsson the ability to spend most of his time to matters pertaining to the Rune-Gild. In 1993 Thorsson and Dawn bought 30 acres of wilderness east of Austin and adjacent to Buescher State Park, named Woodharrow, on which the future history of the Gild and of the many of Thorsson's many other undertakings would be written. At the end of 1993 they moved to Woodharrow and over the next two years built up the physical facilities on the land where a meeting hall was erected and completed in 1996.
In 1993 the publishing company Rûna-Raven Press formerly began and continued to develop over the years. In the Spring of 1995, due to inner turmoil, Thorsson withdrew from any involvement with the Ring of Troth. In August 1995 he and Dawn traveled to Iceland and England to strengthen the work of the Gild. In April 1996 Thorsson retired from his position as Grand Master of the Order of the Trapezoid in order to focus more intently on Rune-Gild matters.
After issues surrounding and damage done to Rûna-Raven Press in 2011, Flowers was sued by friend and business partner Waldo Thompson, which resulted in closing operations on September 20, 2012, Flowers later established Lodestar, "a project growing to ever expanding levels of communication for the ideas and practices of the Indo-European, Germanic, Mazdan and Left Hand Path traditions" and being the "legitimate inheritors of the mission of Runa-Raven Press." registering the website on May 31, 2014 by registrant, Edward Flowers.
As reported in February 2015, the Woodharrow Institute is still in operation, but as a “subsidiary of the Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord and has expanded its mission to the study of all Indo-European traditions, with an emphasis on the Germanic, Celtic, and Iranian.”
February 2015 also saw the announcement that prisoners will no longer be able to actively participate in the Rune-Gild, due to the institutions reformation in that the system “is based on personal, face-to-face interaction and communication, as well as the establishment of local Halls.” To fill the need of incarcerated Runers, Thorsson generated a new organization called the Runic Brotherhood.
Flowers is currently director of the Woodharrow Institute of Germanic Studies and former owner and operator of Rûna-Raven Press, which he states, "The mission of Rûna-Raven goes beyond mere “book-selling”— the purpose of Rûna-Raven is transformative. Transformation occurs when knowledge is put into action. But for the changes to be strong and true, the knowledge must be accurate. Therefore, we constantly attempt to bring increasing amounts of the highest quality scholarship — exoteric and esoteric — to you. Rûna-Raven to provide a knowledgeable reading public with the best material and most reliable service in a variety of “cutting edge” fields— with a concentration in the areas of Germanic lore and magic as well as left-hand path studies. Rûna-Raven's mission is to publish deeper level works in the Germanic tradition that larger and more commercial houses will not print."
In 1989, Flowers was expelled from the Odinic Rite (OR) following his Open Letter to the Leadership of the Asatru/Odinist/Troth Movement wherein he detailed his involvement with the Temple of Set. Thorsson later responded in full to this condemnation by the OR.
Sweyn Plowright, a former member of the Rune Gild who resigned from the organization in 2000, has referred to the philosophy of Flowers as being "neo-Satanic" and antinomian. As with others, he has propagated the belief that Flowers writings on Runes and Germanic Native Faith (Asatru/Odinism) is polluted with Setian/Satanic philosophy and ideals. Flowers has responded to these accusations, as have others. Flowers has also stated that he is "... not a Satanist but may be characterized as a practitioner of the left-hand path based on purely indigenous Indo-European models."
He has also been criticized by Freya Aswynn.
As of September 20, 2012, Flowers' publishing house, Rûna-Raven Press, ceased operations due to "damage done to the business in 2011." Flowers was sued by friend and business partner, Waldo Thompson.
- A Primer of Rune Magic, 1975 (unpublished)
- Rebirth and Rites of Transformation in the Saga of Sigurðr Sigmundarson (M.A. degree thesis, 1979). This was later released on a limited basis within the Rune-Gild under the title Sigurðr, Rebirth and Initiation in 1985. It was later republished as Sigurðr: Rebirth and the Rites of Transformation, Lodestar, copyright 2015 (preface refers to "2011" edition and written January 13, 2011. Not published until 2015 due to the destruction of Rûna-Raven Press).
- Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Elder Runic Tradition, May 1984 (Flowers' Ph.D doctoral dissertation paper). Republished in hardback by Peter Lang Publishing, December 31, 1986, ISBN 0-8204-0333-4 (250 copies of this work were printed in a prohibitively expensive edition). Revised and expanded in a third edition on May 1, 2011 (Amazon details), by Lodestar, but preface is to the Second Edition, dated February 2009, and copyright 2014. Maybe not published until 2014 due to the destruction of Rûna-Raven Press. ISBN 1-8859-7232-6.
- Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic, Red Wheel/Weiser, 1984 ISBN 0-87728-548-9
- Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology, Red Wheel/Weiser, 1987 ISBN 0-87728-667-1
- At The Well of Wyrd, Red Wheel/Weiser, 1988; reprinted and re-titled Runecaster’s Handbook: The Well of Wyrd, 1999 ISBN 1-57863-136-X. Weiser Books, Reprint edition, March 31, 2011.
- The Truth about Teutonic Magic, Llewellyn, 1989 (Teutonic Magick Series)
- Rune Might: Secret Practices of the German Rune Magicians, Llewellyn (Teutonic Magick Series), 1989, 1990 (corrected edition). Rûna-Raven Press, 2004 (Revised and Expanded Second Edition). Inner Traditions 3rd Revised and Expanded edition, January 10, 2019, ISBN 978-1620557259.
- A Book of Troth, Llewellyn, 1989, 1992 (Teutonic Magick Series). Rûna-Raven Yrmin-Edition 2003 ISBN 0-87542-777-4. Rûna-Raven Press/Lodestar, 3 Mar. 2011 (ISBN 978-1885972200). Runestone Press, third revised edition, 2016.
- (ed./trans.) The Galdrabók: An Icelandic Grimoire, Red Wheel/Weiser, September 1989, ISBN 0-87728-685-X; Revised translation by Rûna-Raven Press, 2005 as "Galdrabók: An Icelandic Book of Magic", ISBN 1885972431 (this second edition includes a completely revised translation and the explanatory notes have been doubled. The text consists of a substantial topical introduction that covers the history, theory and practice if magic in Iceland in the medieval and early modern periods. This is followed by the translation of the Galdrabók itself with copious explanatory notes. There are also a number of appendices which contains magical material from other Icelandic books of magic (galdrabækur) as well as spells from other Germanic areas. This is the hardcore traditional bedrock upon which the 2016 book "Icelandic Magic: The Mystery and Power of the Galdrabók Grimoire" by Flowers and published by Inner Traditions is based.) Lodestar, 2011.
- Fire and Ice: Magical Teachings of Germany's Greatest Secret Occult Order, Llewellyn (Teutonic Magick Series) 1990, 1995. Reprinted & retitled The Fraternitas Saturni – or Brotherhood of Saturn: An Introduction to its History, Philosophy, and Rituals, Rûna-Raven Press, 2006. Reprinted 5th edition as 'The Fraternitas Saturni: History, Doctrine, and Rituals of the Magical Order of the Brotherhood of Saturn', Inner Traditions International, 19 Jun. 2018. Revised and Expanded edition, ISBN 978-1620557211.
- (ed./trans.) The Secret of the Runes by Guido von List, Destiny Books (Inner Traditions), 1988. ISBN 0-89281-207-9
- The Nine Doors of Midgard, Llewellyn (Teutonic Magick Series) 1991, ISBN 0-87542-781-2. Reprinted & retitled as The Nine Doors of Midgard: A Curriculum of Rune-Work, Rûna-Raven Press, 1997 (second revised edition), 2003 ISBN 1-885972-23-7. The Rune-Gild, revised and expanded edition, 2016.
- Northern Magic: Mysteries of the Norse, Germans & English, Llewellyn, 1992. Reprinted & retitled Northern Magic: Rune Mysteries and Shamanism, Llewellyn, 1998 ISBN 1-56718-709-9
- Book of Ogham: The Celtic Tree Oracle, Llewellyn, 1992 ISBN 0-9754278-4-9
- (ed./trans.) Rune-Magic by Siegfried Adolf Kummer, Rûna-Raven Press, 1993. ISBN 1-885972-00-8. Reprinted by Lodestar, November 8th 2017. ISBN 978-1885972613.
- Green Rûna - The Runemaster's Notebook: Shorter Works of Edred Thorsson, Volume I (1978-1985), Rûna-Raven Press, 1993. Second improved and expanded edition 1996. ISBN 1-885972-03-2
- Rune-Song Book & CD, Rûna-Raven Press, 1993.
- An Introduction to the Germanic Tradition, Rûna-Raven Press, 1994
- Black Rûna - Being the Shorter Works of Stephen Edred Flowers: Produced for the Order of the Trapezoid of the Temple of Set (1985-1989), Rûna-Raven Press, 1995
- Carnal Alchemy: A Sado-Magical Exploration of Pleasure, Pain and Self-Transformation, Rûna-Raven Press, 1995, 2001. Republished in 2013 by Inner Traditions as Carnal Alchemy: Sado-Magical Techniques for Pleasure, Pain and Self-Transformation. (with Crystal Dawn Flowers)
- Hermetic Magic: The Postmodern Magical Papyrus of Abaris, Red Wheel/Weiser, 1995 ISBN 0-87728-828-3
- Rúnarmál I - The Runa Talks: Summer 1991ev, Rûna-Raven Press, 1996. Reprinted, Lodestar, November 13, 2017. ISBN 978-1885972620
- (ed./trans.) The Invincible by Guido von List, Rûna-Raven Press, 1996
- Lords of the Left-Hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent, Rûna-Raven Press, 1997. Republished as "Lords of the Left-Hand Path: Forbidden Practices & Spiritual Heresies - From the Cult of Set to the Church of Satan", Inner Traditions, 2012
- Johannes Bureus and Adalruna: Being a Study Toward the Delineation of the Historical Movement Toward the Northern Dawn Vol. 1, Rûna-Raven Press, 1998.
- (ed./trans.) Ibn Fadlan's Travel Report As it Concerns the Scandinavian Rûs: Introduction and Commentary, Rûna-Raven Press, 1998
- Witchdom of the True: A Study of the Vana-Troth and the Practice of Seidr, Rûna-Raven Press, 1998
- (ed./trans.) A Concise Edition of Old English Runic Inscriptions, Rûna-Raven Press; Reprint edition, 1999
- Wendish Mythology: Divinities and Religious Traditions of the Western Slavs, Rûna-Raven Press, 1999. Republished by Lodestar, May 5, 2015.
- Studia Germanica, Volume I, Rûna-Raven Press, 2000
- (ed./trans.) Strange Tales by Hanns Heinz Ewers, Rûna-Raven Press, 2000
- Blue Rûna: Edred's Shorter Works Vol. III (1988-1994), Rûna-Raven Press, 2001. Reprinted by Lodestar, November 7th 2017. ISBN 978-1885972606.
- Red Rûna: Shorter Works Vol. IV (1987-2001), Rûna-Raven Press, 2001
- (ed./trans.) The Secret King: Karl Maria Wiligut - Himmler’s Lord of the Runes, Dominion/Rûna-Raven Press, 2001 (ed., trans., and introduced. Limited and hand numbered) ISBN 1-885972-21-0 (Clothbound hardcover). Paperback edition of original hardcover print, Dominion/Rûna-Raven Press, 2001. Updated, retitled and republished as, The Secret King: The Myth and Reality of Nazi Occultism, Feral House, 2007. (with Michael Moynihan)
- True Brothers: A Guide to the Practice of Asatru in Prison, Rûna-Raven Press, 2002, 2010. Lodestar, 2015.
- (ed./trans.) The Synagogue of Satan by Stanisław Przybyszewski, Rûna-Raven Press, 2002
- (ed./trans.) The Rune-Poems, Vol I: Introduction, Texts, Translations and Glossary, Rûna-Raven Press, 2002. ISBN 1-885972-19-9
- A Source-Book of Seid (with James Chisholm), Rûna-Raven Press, 2002.
- (ed./trans.) The EDDA as Key to the Coming Age by Peryt Shou, Rûna-Raven Press, 2004. Lodestar, Oct 19 , 2017.
- (ed./trans.) The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk: Esoteric and Exoteric by Guido von List, Rûna-Raven Press, 2005. Lodestar, Oct 18, 2017.
- Gildisbók: The Handbook for Associate Members of the Rune-Gild in North America, Rûna-Raven Press, 2005.
- The Magian Tarok: The Key Linking the Mithraic, Greek, Roman Hebrew and Runic Traditions with that of the Tarot, Rûna-Raven Press, 2006. Lodestar, 2015
- Symbel: A Journal of Early Germanic Studies, Issue 1 (Fall 2006), The Woodharrow Institute for Germanic and Runic Studies, 2006
- Mainstays from Rune-Kevels, Volume 1 (1993-1998), Rûna-Raven Press, 2006
- The Northern Dawn - A History of the Reawakening of the Germanic Spirit, Volume 1: From the Twilight of the Gods to the Sun at Midnight, Rûna-Raven Press, 2006 (preface 2003). Second edition, Arcana Europa Media LLC, October 30, 2017.
- History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007
- The Mysteries of the Goths, Rûna-Raven Press, 2007 (Limited numbered and signed first edition of 500. Bound in purple with silver ink).
- Freemasonry and the Germanic Tradition, Rûna-Raven Press, 2008
- Paradox Games: Rune-Gild Edition, Rûna-Raven Press, April 1, 2011 (by Waldo Thompson (Author), Edred Thorsson (Introduction), Don Webb (Introduction))
- (ed./trans.) The Practice of the Ancient Turkish Freemasons by Rudolf von Sebottendorf, Rûna-Raven Press, March 3, 2011. Republished and retitled as Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons: The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy, Inner Traditions, January 17, 2013.
- ALU, An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology, Red Wheel/Weiser, Dec 19, 2012
- The Good Religion: The Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord, Lodestar, March 20, 2014
- Rúnarmál II : Essays Out of Time, Lodestar, September 20, 2014
- Icelandic Magic: The Mystery and Power of the Galdrabók Grimoire, Inner Traditions, January 22, 2016
- The Mazdan Way: Essays on the Good Religion for the West, Lodestar , October 14, 2017
- Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi, Inner Traditions, November 16, 2017
- The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: How to Interpret Runes, Rune Lore, and the Art of Runecasting, Red Wheel/Weiser, December 20, 2018.
- *Wōðanaz: Our Ancestral God of Sovereign Wisdom, 444 limited edition signed and numbered copies. July 27, 2018.
Other published works
- Revival of Germanic Religion in Contemporary Anglo-Saxon American Culture, Mankind Quarterly 21:3 (1981), pp. 279–294.
- Toward an Archaic Germanic Psychology, Journal of Indo-European Studies 11:1-2 (1983), pp. 117–138
- (ed./trans.) Religious Sculpture in Roman Germania and Adjacent Regions by Peter Buchholz, Journal of Indo-European Studies, 12: 1-2 (1984), 31-75
- The Way of Wodan, Gnosis, 9 (Fall 1988), 30-35
- FringeWare Review Magazine Issue #3, 27 January 1994: The Secret of the Gothick God of Darkness or October 31, 1994 in Fringeware Review #6(66).
- The North Solstice Working for the Illumination of the Relationship between Woden and Set, Ruby Tablet, published by The Temple of Set, 1998, pp. 626-630.
- Utgard Magazine of Northern Traditions, Issue #3, September 1998, published by Skergard. The Secret of the Gothick God of Darkness. (alternative link)
- Rûna Journal: Exploring Northern European Myth, Mystery and Magic, Rune-Gild, London. Edited by Ian Read
- Tyr: Myth-Culture-Tradition Volume I: The Idea of Integral Culture: A model for a Revolt Against the Modern World, 2002 ISBN 0-9720292-0-6
- Tyr: Myth-Culture-Tradition Volume II: The First Northern Renaissance: The Reawakening of the Germanic Spirit in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries in Germany, Sweden and England, 2004 ISBN 0-9720292-1-4
- (ed./trans.) On Magical Runes by Magnus Olsen, Symbel (1: 2006), pp. 27–47
- Tyr: Myth-Culture-Tradition Volume III: The Spear of Destiny, 2007 ISBN 0-9720292-3-0
- Afterword, Infernal Geometry and the Left-Hand Path: The Magical System of the Nine Angles, by Toby Chappell (Author), Michael A. Aquino (Foreword), Stephen E. Flowers Ph.D. (Afterword). Inner Traditions, June 27, 2019. ISBN 978-1620558164.
- Chisholm, James Allen; Appendix A, The Awakening of a Runemaster: The Life of Edred Thorsson, from Thorsson, Edred; Green Rûna - The Runemaster's Notebook: Shorter Works of Edred Thorsson Volume I (1978-1985)", 1993, second improved and expanded edition 1996.
- Lodestar IV (February 2015) – Newsletter of the emerging enterprise, Lodestar[permanent dead link].
- Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology (1987), p. 172.
- "The drive home to Austin was a silent one. I sat in the back seat, dozing. Then, audibly, in my ear I Heard the sound (roonah), which is the Word, RÛNA. At once I knew what the word referred to: the Germanic writing system of pre-Christian times...[I] went to the library of the University of Texas at Austin...I checked out a wide variety of books on the subject of runes...This volatile mixture of books, most of which had not been opened or read for years, was the first milestone of my journey. The way was opened when the Word signifying the ultimate Mystery was whispered in my ear, as it resonated over the eternal cycle of Ages." Stephen Edred Flowers, RÛNARMÂL I: The Runa-Talks: Summer 1991ev, Lodestar, 2017, p. 13.
- “Mother Night refers to the first twelve nights of the Yule celebration...The ceremony itself was a simple one. Only Thorsson and Chisholm were present at the ceremonial site, a stone altar behind Thorsson’s house in Austin. Thorsson ‘invested’ Chisholm with the steersmanship of the RoT by transferring to him with “appropriate words” several symbols of the foundation of the religion: a Thor’s hammer which Thorsson had worn to the first Ásatrú Free Assembly Althing in 1979, a stone from the Assembly Rock in Iceland, and a twig from an ash tree taken from the site of the last functioning temple of the Old religion at Uppsala, Sweden. This ended with “the declaration that the Ring of Troth was hereby founded with the aim of reestablishing the ancestral faith of the Germanic peoples” (interview with Thorsson, 15 April 1993). James R. Lewis, Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, Syracuse University Press, 1996. p.231, n. 41.
- Flowers, Stephen Edred; Freemasonry and the Germanic Tradition, Rûna-Raven Press, 2008, p. 11
- Flowers, Stephen (1995). Black Rûna: Being the Shorter Works of Stephen Edred Flowers Produced for the Order of the Trapezoid of the Temple of Set (1985-1989). p. 11.
- "Runes: The Journal of the Order of the Trapezoid" Vol XIV Number 2
- Kaplan, Jeffrey; Radical Religion in America: Millenarian Movements from the Far Right to the Children of Noah, Syracuse University Press, 1997. pp. 21-29, 159-160.
- Gardell, Mattias; Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism, Duke University Press, 2003. pp. 19, 162-164, 284, 286, 321-323.
- Lewis, James R.; Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, State University of New York Press, 1996. pp. 197, 210, 213-224.
- Betty A. Dobratz, Stephanie L. Shanks-Meile; “White Power, White Price!” The White Separatist Movement in the United States, Twayne Publishers, 1997. pp. 138, 142.
- https://runaraven.com/runa-raven-closing-9202012[permanent dead link]
- “The Runic Brotherhood is an initiatory school of Runic Knowledge based on the Viking Age lore of the Younger Futhark. It stems from the same esoteric stream as the Rune-Gild, but is distinct and separate from it. It is open to prisoners and is tailored to their needs. The Brotherhood will begin operations on April 30, 2015. To enter into the Brotherhood send a letter of petition stating your background and interests along with your first year’s dues of $30.00. Dues will be payable every new year. You will first get a Lore-Book to study which contains unique runelore based on the Viking system. After you have reported on this, you will receive the Work-Book which contains a curriculum of initiatory study. Upon completion of the course, you will be named a vitki of the Brotherhood and receive a certificate. To register as a member, send your first year’s dues to: LODESTAR at P.O. Box 16, Bastrop, Texas 78602.“ - Lodestar IV (February 2015) – Newsletter of the emerging enterprise, Lodestar[permanent dead link].
- Odinic Rite Briefing No.86, 14 July 1989. See Thorsson, Edred; “Appendix 15: - ORBriefing: Condemnation of Thorsson” (part 1, 2) from History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007.
- Appendix 13: First Response to Attack (part 1, 2, 3). Scans taken from History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007.
- Thorsson, Edred; “Appendix 16 – Response to OR’s Condemnation” (part 1, 2.) from History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007. See also related "Charitable Status for OR" article that the response refers to.
- Thorsson, Edred; “The Dark Side” from History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007. pp. 79-98
- Thorsson, Edred; "Contra Templum", from Red Rûna: Shorter Works Vol. IV (1987-2001)", Rûna-Raven Press, 2001. pp. 33-45.
- “Appendix 8: Polarian Statement” (part 1, 2.) Scans taken from History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007
- According to Sweyn's Authorsden.com profile here
- Plowright, Sweyn (2006). The Rune Primer. LuLu. p. 103. ISBN 1-84728-246-6.
- Plowright, Sweyn (2006). The Rune Primer. LuLu. pp. 98–103. ISBN 1-84728-246-6.
- Flowers, Stephen Edred; Rúnarmál II: Essays Out of Time, Lodestar, September 20, 2014. Chapter IX: Antinomianism?, pp. 53-58.
- Flowers, Stephen E.; Introduction, from Lords of the Left-Hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent, Rûna-Raven Press, 1997. Republished as Lords of the Left-Hand Path: Forbidden Practices & Spiritual Heresies - From the Cult of Set to the Church of Satan, Inner Traditions, 2012. p. 2.
- “Appendix 17: Response to Freya Aswynn” (part 1, 2.) Scans taken from History of the Rune-Gild, Volume III: The Reawakening of the Gild (1980-2005), Smithville, Texas: Rune-Gild, 2007.
- Official website
- Woodharrow Institute of Germanic Studies
- New Official Rune Gild website
- New Dawn Magazine Wisdom for the Wolf-Age: A Conversation With Dr. Stephen Flowers - magazine interview
- The Awakening of a Runemaster: The Life of Edred Thorsson by James Allen Chisholm
- Lords of the Left-Hand Path - a conversation with Dr Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D. - an interview with Dr. Flowers, Witchtalk Radio, June 2012
- Rûna and Initiation - Dr. Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D - a 2009 talk given at the Conclave (ToS) held in Austin, Texas by Dr. Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D. (Edred Thorsson) on the concept of Rûna and how it applies to ones initiation.
- Old Edred.net website, available via Way Back Machine
- Old RuneGild website, available via Way Back Machine
- Old Rûna Raven Press website, available through the Way Back Machine
- Temple of Set
- Order of the Trapezoid