By George Herda, Vitki of Hvergelmir International, shared with permission
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
— Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Does it seem odd, that I start a discussion on Wyrd with a quote from a work of fiction? And yet, what comprises lore? Fiction — stories — comprise lore. To say otherwise, would infer that Non-fiction — references — comprise lore. It would lead to largely unsupported claims, such as claiming that mythology contains falsifiable facts as well as poetic truth.
And, what comprises scholarship on Wyrd? I daresay, lore comprises much of it. And J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the above quote, researched some of it. At least, he researched some Anglo-Saxon aspects of it, and this discussion carries an Anglo-Saxon bias.
I found a webpage early in research for this discussion, and speaking honestly, it provides basic insights for those with basic questions about Wyrd.
Read it, consider it, and if it satisfies your questions about Wyrd, then you need not persue this discussion further.
For those with further questions, read on…