According to NBC News, Thor, Odin, and Frigg will have a shrine built for them! People can go publicly worship and revere the Norse gods of old. The "Ásatrúarfélagið" is the neopagan association responsible for this construction. As of last year, the membership has grown to over 2400 people while the national population is around 330,000. Read the full details below from NCA News.


REYKJAVIK – Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island's first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.

"I don't believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet," said Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of 'Asatruarfelagid', an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods.

Membership in Asatruarfelagid has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.

The temple will be circular and will be dug 13 feet down into a hill overlooking the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, with a dome on top to let in the sunlight. It will host weddings and funerals.

Iceland's neo-pagans still celebrate the ancient sacrificial ritual of 'Blot' with music, reading, eating and drinking, but nowadays leave out the slaughter of animals.

Could this return to paganism be spurred and supported by metal? Could Varg Vikernes be influencing this wave of heathenism with his rants towards modern society? Could viking/folk/black metal,with their pagan values and odes to their ancestors, be a large factor in why people are returning to their ancient beliefs?  Music (in general) is influential to the pagans and captures the essence of their beliefs, so is metal taking it to the next step? Here is some good Icelandic metal for you to listen while you consider those questions.

Links: NBC News // Asatru Official // Odin's Gift