A controversial Norse neo-pagan sect entangled with extreme ideologies and political ambitions.
Vigrid is a far-right Norwegian group founded in 1998 by Tore W. Tvedt, known for blending racial doctrines with Norse mythology. This sect, widely regarded as neo-Nazi, has faced criticism and surveillance due to its “extremely racist and violent ideology,” as described by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST). Unlike other Norse neo-pagan religions, Vigrid espouses a monotheistic belief system centered around an omnipotent, Yahweh-like figure of Odin, dismissing the broader Norse pantheon. In Vigrid’s narrative, Odin’s primary adversaries are Jews and non-whites, against whom its followers, envisioned as Nordic warriors, are called to battle. This ideological stance aligns Vigrid with other extremist groups, drawing parallels to movements like Christian Identity or the Ku Klux Klan in its racial and religious exclusivity.
Vigrid’s activities have included ceremonies and “baptisms,” aiming to foster a sense of community among its adherents while promoting its ideological agenda. In 2009, the group took a more direct approach to influencing societal discourse by registering as a political party and participating in the parliamentary election within one county, albeit with minimal success, garnering only 179 votes. This period of political activity was short-lived, and although the group formally disbanded between 2009 and 2013, it has since resumed its operations in a more subdued capacity, directing its outreach efforts towards an alt-right audience online.
The group’s use of historical and cultural symbols, particularly the Borre mound cemetery for initiation ceremonies, has sparked public and political backlash. Local politicians and community leaders have condemned Vigrid’s appropriation of national heritage sites, arguing that such practices distort and undermine the inclusive values these sites represent. Despite these controversies, the group has managed to maintain a degree of visibility, both in Norway and internationally, as a symbol of the intersection between ancient religious practices and modern-day extremism.