During the Neolithic Period, like Mount Ślęża in Poland, and at least as far back as the 6th century BC the Wrekin was a holy place of the heathen tribes of the Celtic and later Germanic Saxon culture. It was originally settled by the Celtic-Germanic peoples. In recent times, along with Medgel's Fold (another sacred cult place to Odinists in Shropshire, whom refer to it as ‘Yrvasnth’ (pron. Eer-Vasin-Ta)), the Wrekin has been witness to Germanic Neopagan revivalism. In recent times it has been referred to as Mount Tūalf'seni (pron. Too-Alf-Sen-Ear) - a sacred pagan place where many rituals are performed, predominantly in the Sryǣn woods surrounding Mount Tūalf'seni. This name was given to the hill by a pagan revivalist Germanic-Slavic unity group (practitioners of Odinism and Rodnovery) in the early 1990s - the English heathen organizers of which predominantly reside in Shrewsbury and Telford.
Near the Needle’s Eye point at the top of Mount Tūalf'seni is a rock formation referred to as the ‘Balder Stone’, clearly linking it to the Germanic pagan deity of that name.
In 2004 a 5 foot wooden god-head pillar was erected with Fylfot symbolism in the Sryǣn woods surrounding Mount Tūalf'seni. It is unknown who was responsible for this.
However, some unenlightened happeners onto the site have associated it with Satanism, although the majority of the small number that have been witness to the site have connected the runic inscriptions upon the god-head pillars with some form of Native Faith, and nothing more. Sometime after the placing of this pillar Christian fundamentalists and Antifa pulled it down, ignorantly associating the symbolism with both Satanism and racism.
From 2007 little information came to light.
In late 2011 the Cult of Ilthir has revived this tradition in the area.
In 2012 Odinists erected a 5 foot wooden god-head pillar representing 'Syriath' at a sacred cult place known as 'Eallhālig Temple’.
Eallhālig (AS, trans. 'Perfect In Sanctity'), is a small wooden carved idol pillared sacred cult place and temple located in the woods surrounding Mount Tūalf'seni (The Wrekin) in Shropshire, England. The central wooden god-head pillar in place represents 'Syriath' - signifying, collectively, the Germanic pre-christian pantheon of the Native Faith of Germanic Neopaganism - Odinism, with sheep skull (representing death and cycles of life - birth, life, death, rebirth), and the 'Jyrinah swastika' (symbol of Syriath) - representation of the Sun (Fylfot, Swastika, Fyrfos) and the collective power, wisdom, spirit, meaning and actual pantheon of the Gods and Goddesses of the Germanic Native Faith of Odinism (Asatru). The runes are the Armanen Futharkh.
Built and used by modern day Germanic Neopagans - religious reconstructionists and revivalists (Odinists, not wiccans), the site has been of religious importance (or at least known of) since the mid 1990’s, although never in a permanent structural state, having to be built when required.
It was first built in 2011.
Unfortunately, the site has been subject to mindless teenage vandalism on one occasion.
Although on private land, it has never been considered other than insignificant and harmless to the conservationists or forest rangers of the land and never troublesome or worthy of investigation or police action due to it's extremely small size, simple offerings of fruit, etc to the Gods and Goddesses of Odinism, and low-level activity - rarely, if ever, noticed by the landowners or hikers in the area.
Kris Perasović for Fyrnsidu, Poland.
Mount Tūalf'seni on Facebook.
‘Under the Shadow of Mount Tūalf'seni’
by Nikarev Leshy, 2011.