|The High Rede of the Troth at dinner Saturday night|
There were workshops and rituals, a concert (which I missed), a tafl tournament (I tied for second place in the first round, but didn't make the coin toss to go to the second round), vendors (including the Troth itself, which publishes a bunch of very well-regarded books), and the Annual Meeting of the Troth, where the status of the organization is presented to the members, oaths for officers and stewards are taken and witnessed, and other business conducted. And of course the chance to hang out and talk face-to-face with folks who you usually only know via email or Facebook, which is one of the main reasons to attend these sorts of things, from my perspective.
|The Heathen Ritual Music workshop|
|Oath-taking by new Rede members|
I should point out that I did not attend any of the Urglaawe rituals, which I regret. The scheduling just didn't work out. From a distance, they did look a lot more intimate and interesting, though.
I've been present at Hrafnar "oracular seiðr" sessions before, and the one at Trothmoot was much the same as the others. While the ritual itself was powerful and engaging, my academic side was constantly distracted by making comparison with what the Hrafnar people were doing, compared to what we know about historical seiðr and spá. Again, that might warrant an article of its own.
On the whole, I had a really good time at Trothmoot. The workshops and conversation were the highlight, and when it comes around next time (probably three years hence) I'll probably skip most of the rituals.