RYAN SMITH (Glasgow, Scotland) has over a decade of experience organizing Pagan and Norse Pagan groups. He has been published on the Patheos Pagan channel, Gods and Radicals, and Truthout. Ryan has facilitated highly successful workshops, talks, and rituals at PantheaCon and Many Gods West along with group and solitary ritual work in local communities. He is one of the founders of Heathens United Against Racism (HUAR). Ryan is currently pursuing a PhD in modern economic and social history.
[Smith] explains Norse mythology, symbols, and rituals, as well as how to practice Norse paganism, in his diligent, friendly debut. ... Smith's sensible guide will enchant any reader interested in Norse mythology and paganism.--Publishers Weekly
The Way of Fire and Ice offers a vision of an inclusive, welcoming, spiritually rich and socially responsible Norse Paganism. Written in a friendly, direct voice, this book presents a guided pathway for developing practice and community in this tradition, with much-needed and clear-headed education to help ensure a foundation in justice and positive core values.--Morpheus Ravenna, author of The Book of the Great Queen: The Many Faces of the Morrigan From Ancient Legends to Modern Devotions
The Way of Fire and Ice is Ryan Smith's magnum opus; a declaration of how we connect with the Gods while using that fire to transform our world.--Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It
Engaging, thoughtful, and most importantly inclusive, The Way of Fire and Ice is an excellent introduction to Norse Paganism. Author Ryan Smith includes everything a newcomer needs to get started, but there's plenty here for the experienced practitioner as well. Whether you want a deeper understanding of practice, lore, or the magick of the Norse, you'll find it all in The Way of Fire and Ice. Destined to become the 'go to' book for a new generation of Norse Pagans.--Jason Mankey, author of Transformative Witchcraft and The Witch's Wheel of the Year
With The Way of Fire and Ice Ryan Smith has crafted a highly skilled and inspiring book for the modern heathen. Unlike most previous works on this subject, Smith engages with the medieval sources in a transparent way and lets the reader make up their own mind about his analyses. Through the ideas of Radical Norse Paganism Smith not only develops a modern path for heathenism that liberates it from antiquarianisms, he also forges a path into Norse heathenism that lets you engage with our mythology regardless of your heritage, and provides a guide for navigating away from the ethnocentric uses of our tradition. In that way, Smith has demonstrated that Norse heathenism is truly a part of a global culture that can find its expression anywhere in the world, through anyone who so chooses.--Mathias Nordvig, Scandinavian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
An incredible read for the faithful and the curious alike, The Way of Fire and Ice brings to life ideals and traditions of ancient times and makes them tangible today. Empowering and dedicated.--Richard Lord Gaylord Weeks of Blackened Death Records