campfire flames summerblank

Something happens to a man when he sits before a fire. Strange stirrings take place within him, and a light comes into his eyes which was not there before. An open flame suddenly changes his environment to one of adventure and romance. Even an indoor fireplace has this effect, though its owner is protected by four walls and the assurance that, should the fire go out, his thermostat will keep him warm. No matter where an open fire happens to be, in a city apartment, a primitive cabin, or deep in the wilderness, it weaves its spell.

–Sigurd F. Olson–

Photo: Bear Island Lake, August 8, 2013
Wildness is a Necessity
It Was Like the Rock Speaking


  1. Daniel Heidel
    July 24, 2017

    I just found you (on your “old site”) as I googled “sigurd olson blog” today (hoping beyond rationality that someone has actually blogged about sigurd olson!). Anyway, I found your old blogspot site, sadly read your “last entry,” but then found my way here. Thank you for your continued work!

    • David Backes
      July 24, 2017

      I’m glad you found it, Daniel! I’m Sigurd’s biographer. As you have seen, I do include posts related to him on occasion. I also have started making some images that include Sig with a quote of his; I put those on the Gathering Runes Facebook page.


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