American Norse Heathenry is unique in that most of it grew out of Odinism. Odinism is a form of Neo-Völkisch Heathenry, a white nationalist appropriation of Norse paganism that grew alongside Naziism. It was created by a few key figures beginning in the late 1800s and corresponds to various Germanic movements. When it arrived in the United States in the 1970’s, Odinism served as the far-right response to the largely left-leaning spiritual movements.
The origins of Odinism, and how it influences American Ásatrú today, is very important to be aware of. Norse Paganism is constantly fending off White Nationalist appropriation. A large part of that involves knowing what these influences are and where they came from. The development of Odinism is as follows: