- Those Vikings were always making something out of nithing.
Whew! I just had one of those "when worlds collide" moments when I was catching up on heathen blogger Hrafnkell Haraldsson's blog and saw that Haraldsson's Nithing of the Week this week is our own Ron Ramsey
. This makes sense because — even if Ramsey was only saying that Islam might not be a religion — if Ramsey won't offer constitutional protections to one of the Big Three monotheistic religions, what does that signal for polytheists? Pagans get a little testy about stuff like that.
For those of you not up on your Viking insults, a "nithing" is a person who is completely without honor. Back in the day, if you ran into a dude like Ramsey, you could curse him by raising a "nithing pole." Famed occasionally-irrationally-irate poet and berserker Egill Skallagrímsson laid a nasty nithing pole curse on King Eric and Queen Gunnhilda and the spirits of the land they inhabited by nailing a horse's head to a rune-inscribed pole.
Bless Ramsey's heart, but I doubt any pagan these days would find him worth the horse.