Anchors Of Honor & Ethic

Thew & Troth

The Anglo-Saxon word þéaw (thew) means “usage”, “custom”, “habit”, “conduct”, “(good) manners”. At the most basic level thew is defined as how we govern our behavior with respect to ourselves, others, and the greater community.

The basis of our thew can be summarized in The Three Wynns that take their names from the wynn rune, which means “joy”: Wisdom, Worthmind (personal honor), and Wealthdeal (generosity). It is from these three we believe all other virtues flow.

Additionally the Free Folk observe the thews of Free Right (fréoriht) and Right Good Will:

Free Right is the affirmation that no member may be compelled to do or take part in anything that he believes to be wrongful or unseemly.

Right Good Will is the pure intention that Free Folk members have toward one another. For the Folk to prosper we hold that the thoughts and actions of members toward one another be free of selfish motive.

The Anglo-Saxon word trēowð (troth) means “truth”, “faith”, “fidelity”, “pledge”, “covenant”. Troth forms the basis of all bonds within the fellowship: that between kith, kin, Freemen and the Sacral Kingship, the Sacral Kingship and the Gods, and the Gods and the Folk. We celebrate our troth in rituals that honor the Gods, Ancestors, wights, feastdays, and one another. We hold the greatest of these rituals to be symbel.