Tyr (journal)

Tyr: Myth—Culture—Tradition is the name of an American Radical Traditionalist (anti-modern, neo-tribalist[1]) journal, edited by Joshua Buckley, Michael Moynihan, and (in the first issue) Collin Cleary.

It is an annual publication named after Tyr, the Germanic god. The magazine states that it "celebrates the traditional myths, culture, and social institutions of pre-Christian, pre-modern Europe." The first issue was published in 2002 under the ULTRA imprint in Atlanta, Georgia. The magazine largely focuses on topics relating to Germanic neopaganism and Germanic paganism with an amount of content regarding Celtic polytheism as well.

Four volumes have appeared so far; vol. 1 in 2002 and vol. 2 in 2004 and now vol. 3 2006 is available from the Tyr website or from Norway's Integral Publications. Contributors include Asatru Folk Assembly founder Stephen McNallen, Nouvelle Droite leader Alain de Benoist, British musicologist and translator Joscelyn Godwin, modern Germanic mysticist Nigel Pennick and scholar Stephen Flowers. The journal has also published translations of older works, such as by occultist Julius Evola and völkisch poet and musician Hermann Löns.

ReviewsEdit

Thomas Wiloch states that:

"Tyr serves as a meeting place for those who see intriguing commonalities between the environmental, pagan, alternative music, and occult communities, and between certain political ideas of both the left and the right," further stating that the publication is "on the extreme edge of things".[2]

The reviewer for Northvegr identifies the philosophy behind Tyr as primarily "Odian" (Stephen Flowers' school of occult "Runosophy"), expressing concern that the magazine:

..wraps into a round of praise and admiration for the likes of Julius Evola, Herman Lons, and the dark master of chaos himself, Karl Maria Wiligut.

Northvegr then requests "firm voices calling out from the side of right and order" to correct the impression that the occultist "Traditionalism" advocated by Tyr represents a mainstream position in Germanic neopaganism.[3]

A brief 2004 review in Willamette Week of the second issue said that "It's hard not to find the recurrent interest in a posited tribal "homogeneity" a little discomfiting (indeed, a section of this issue's preface attempts to dismiss "The Fascist Accusation" before the fact)", and summarized the journal as "a first-class artifact of, ironically, modern Bohemia".[4]

Michael Strmiska, writing for the Pagan Studies journal The Pomegranate in 2010 reviewed the first three issues. According to Strmiska, the Tyr was eclectic and "difficult to categorize". Strmiska also addressed the political content of Tyr, specifically saying the journal was not pro-fascist or neo-Nazi.[5]

Publication dataEdit

  • TYR Myth, Culture, Tradition Vol. 1, Ultra (2002), ISBN 978-0-9720292-0-9.
  • TYR Myth, Culture, Tradition Vol. 2, Ultra (2004), ISBN 978-0-9720292-1-6.
  • TYR Myth, Culture, Tradition Vol. 3, Ultra (2006), ISBN 978-0-9720292-3-0.
  • TYR Myth, Culture, Tradition Vol. 4, Ultra (2014), ISBN 978-0-9720292-4-7

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About the Journal": "['Radical Traditionalism'] means to reject the modern, materialist reign of 'quantity over quality,' the absence of any meaningful spiritual values, environmental devastation, the mechanization and over-specialization of urban life, and the imperialism of corporate mono-culture, with its vulgar 'values' of progress and efficiency. It means to yearn for the small, homogeneous tribal societies that flourished before Christianity — societies in which every aspect of life was integrated into a holistic system."
  2. ^ Review of Tyr #1 by Thomas Wiloch for Flux Europa webzine: [1]
  3. ^ Review of Tyr issue #1 by Ári Óðinssen for Northvegr. Online: [2]
  4. ^ Dundas, Zach (May 12, 2004). "tyr: myth, culture, tradition". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  5. ^ Review of Tyr: Myth-Culture-Tradition, by Michael Strmiska, The Pomegranate vol. 12, n. 1, 2010, p. 118-120

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