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Gods in the Abyss

Author(s): Askr Svarte

Essays on Heidegger, the Germanic Logos and the Germanic Myth

How can we find stability in the Night of the World? How can we anchor ourselves in the void of existence, the great nothingness of the endless dark plain ahead of us? The new voices of the old Gods can be heard from afar, beckoning us back into the fold of the folk. Where will we wander? Into oblivion or the primeval forest, from whence we came and to which we have always belonged and thus must return?

The meanings of words spell out the destinies of men. Acknowledging the roots of language leads us to an understanding of where we now stand and where we must go if we do not want to perish. The Gods without must once again become the Gods within, so we can hear for the last time the faint whispers of our ancestors guiding us into a better tomorrow.

The author considers various aspects of the German Logos and the Germanic-Scandinavian tradition in the light of neo-Platonism and the fundamental-ontology of Martin Heidegger in the search for Nothing as absolutely Another. At the center of the narrative is the history of the decline of Europe and European man, and the complex non-dual figure of the god Odin.

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Foreword to the English Edition

I. Approach and Encirclement

II. Language

  • Deutsch und Volk
  • The Sides of the Term “Heathenry”

III. War as the Centre of Being of the German Logos

  • The Titanomachy and Ragnarök
  • Three Types of Warlike Thinking
  • The Play of the Two Logoi of Europe
  • The War at the Heart of Seyn

IV. The God of Wonder and Poetry

  • Oðr
  • Hölderlin
  • The Pολιτεία of the Poets: George-Kreis
  • Wisdom, Ecstasy, Death
  • Names
  • War, Dispute, Play
  • The Priest, the Philosopher and Thinking

V. Being-Towards-Death

  • Death in German Tradition
  • Gods and Death

VI. The Concealment of the Abyss

  • Engaging Etymology
  • Engaging Semiotics
  • Engaging Representation
  • Resume

VII. Aλήθεια

VIII. Nothingness

  • The Metaphysical Problem of Nihil
  • Nihilism

IX. Götter und Gottheit

  • Meister Eckhart: The Breakthrough to Gottheit
  • Ἕν and Monism in the German Tradition

X. The Language of the Year: A-I-U and Silence

  • The Existential of Speech (Rede)

XI. The Language of Scandinavian Dasein

  • Sein and Dasein
  • Ereignis — the Event

XII. Loki and Prometheus

XIII. Man and His Structures

  • The Three Men of Johannes Tauler
  • Faust Enlightened
  • The Relation of Man and World
  • The Mood of Boredom
  • Resume

XIV. The Concealment of Europe

  • The Metaphysics of Concealment

XV. Wald und Nebel

XVI. Resume: the Last Horizon

  • Or Death?
  • The Last God



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1 review for Gods in the Abyss

  1. Louis R

    The writing at the start is very dense and hard to get into. Even with a basic understanding of Heidegger the first part is just not appealing to read. This is the reason why I’m only giving it 4 stars.

    That being said, this book does an excellent job of analyzing the metaphysical reality of our current civilizational epoch. We live in the Age of Titans from which the Gods shy away. The European man who still feels connected with his innermost Self senses an uneasy existential boredom and a longing for something he has never truly known. We have lost touch with our Germanic Logos and are afloat in an age of superficial material and rational desires. The dark winter of the soul is has enveloped us and perhaps the most tragic of all is the fact that many do not even sense its blackness because they are constantly distracted by the circus acts that they are being spoonfed through screens and media. Thus we must struggle in uncertainty and for an unknown period.

    Yet, even after the most devastating of forest fires. From the soil sprouts new life as the cycle begins anew. Despite the impeding doom, Askr Svarte manages to shed light on a possible re-embracement of the European man with the Gods, and from there a future vastly different from our current soulless and rootless predicament.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding our era and how it ties into Germanic mythology and its Logos and the broader spectrum of European philosophy and metaphysics.

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