Wolves of Vinland is a Norse neopagan group based in the outskirts of Lynchburg, Virginia. One of the groups founders, Matthias Waggener, has described the group as an "  Odinic wolf-cult", while journalists associate the group with white supremacists and the Alt-right.   In 2018, the  Southern Poverty Law Center added the Wolves of Vinland to its list of hate groups, describing it as a " Neo-Volkisch hate group"
The group raised $3000 on
GoFundMe to purchase materials for a Viking-style longhall, and accepted donations from white nationalist organizations such as Counter Currents Publishing. Members of the group routinely post photos of ritual animal slaughter on Instagram. Prior to his resignation from the organization in late 2018, author Jack Donovan was an outspoken supporter of the Wolves, as is Kevin DeAnna, the founder of the now defunct Youth for Western Civilization. The  Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Wolves of Vinland as a hate group for espousing white nationalist and racist beliefs, as well as using white nationalist symbolism such as the swastika and associating with the white supremacist think-tank National Policy Institute. One member of the group, Maurice "Hjalti" Michaely, served two years in prison after being found guilty of attempted  church arson against the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, a historic black church in Gainesville, Virginia. The fire did not injure anyone but did cause $1 million in damage. After his arrest, group members began wearing T-shirts that said "Free Hjalti".
The group has been compared to
Chuck Palahniuk's novel and its Fight Club film adaptation, and members have quoted the work as an influence, specifically the story's antihero Tyler Durden.  Members of the group have been associated with the  white power music and black metal scenes in Baltimore, Maryland and elsewhere.
Ethnopluralism, a political model of ethnically segregated self-governing regions associated with Nouvelle Droite
National-anarchism, an anti-capitalist, anti-Marxist, and anti-statist ideology advocating for autonomous ethnically homogeneous tribal communes
Neotribalism, a theory that humans have been adapted to live in tribes by evolution and that the institutions of modernity temporarily disrupted this normative condition
Neo-, a category of new religious movements which affirm white identity against modernity, liberalism, and multiculturalism völkisch movements
Nouvelle Droite, school of political thought opposing Christianity and multiculturalism while supporting the autonomy of geographically separated ethnic groups
Richard B. Spencer, a white nationalist alt-right leader harshly critical of Ronald Reagan, capitalism, and Christianity
Varg Vikernes, black metal musician and advocate of Germanic neopaganism with blood and soil themes
Viking revival, a movement of interest and appreciation for Viking history and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries
Vinland – the area of coastal North America explored by Norse Vikings Wotansvolk, an American white nationalist, neo-völkisch paganism prominent in prisons founded in the early 1990s
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