In Memory of Han Grüschke

Written by Dyami Millarson

A Wangerooge Frisian text dedicated to Han Grüschke.

Johann Sebastian Grüschke, whom I knew as Han Grüschke, was a friend of our family and an enthusiastic supporter of my language projects since the earliest times. He shared with me a passion for languages and cultures.

He collected many books on a variety of topics, including Frisian languages and cultures. I could talk a lot with him about languages and cultures and other topics as well. His interests ranged from chess to philosophy.

Before his retirement, Han had owned an antiquarian bookstore owing to his love for books and he had been a psychologist. This is quite fitting since a passion for helping others and a love of knowledge and travelling define him; he was a very warm personality.

Han’s charitable nature inclined him to support all the weakest and smallest groups in society. He deeply appreciated my work for minority languages and cultures.

Since Han supported my revival of the Wangerooge Frisian language, I wrote a farewell text for him in Wangerooge Frisian. He loved the Wadden Sea islands, and he deeply appreciated and cared for the local languages and cultures of the Wadden region.

Han closely followed my linguistic and cultural studies over the years. In our last conversation, he concluded that I had become a lot wiser since learning all the living Frisian languages. He enjoyed learning about my new insights.


    • Condolences on the loss of your friend and supporter.
      Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for he is with you in your mind and heart wherever you go
      PS I was admiring the calligraphy as I opened the post.

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    • Thank you for commemorating Han Grüschke with us.
      I am glad you (both) like the handwriting. It gives me extra motivation to practise calligraphy more next year.
      My father has a very artistic style of handwriting inspired by his philosophy of oervormen (proto-forms) and given the positive response from you and attendees of Han Grüschke’s final farewell at home yesterday, it is apparent I should keeping learning this art from my father.
      I am sure Han Grüschke’s spirit supports this since he deeply appreciated art and philosophy when he was alive. His warm, supportive spirit lives on.

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      • My pleasure. Calligraphy is a wonderful thing. Something I’m guilty of but rarely using, moreoften than not in drawing.
        Do you know the blog Maypole of Wisdom? They put up something which came to me through my recommendations feed which I quite liked. I appreciate Friesian Culture as an outsider and armchair esotericist, but I rather liked their tieing the Oera Linda by way of Frīja (Frya) to the Venus of Laussel. (I find the Paleolithic and Megalithic Venus culture very inspirational in my personal approach to religion.) Anywho. Link below.

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        • Thank you again. I am unfamiliar with the blog Maypole of Wisdom. When learning the Frisian languages and making the Frisian cultures my own, I came across a great deal of lore. I read and heard many stories. Different Frisian languages and cultures possess different Frisian lore… so it might be appropriate to speak of Frisian “lores” in the plural (I know “lore” is usually interpreted as uncountable just like the related noun “knowledge”, but I deem it appropriate within the Frisian context to treat it as a noun with a plural). I am interested in explaining this Frisian lore – or to be more accurate, these Frisian “lores” – to outsiders and highlight the folkloric diversity which corresponds to the Frisian linguistic and cultural diversity. The pursuit of knowledge/lore is a meritorious pastime.

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          • The book I’m reading now is Odin’s Wife, by Richard Reaves. The last was Nightside of the Runes, by Thomsas Carlson.

            Neither one tackled etymology exclusively. However each book, and any good Asatru adjacent book, notes the regional independence of Germanic Tribes. Even England, far from being the unified whole, could be easily broken into “the Englands.” The big four Kingdoms, but also into petty regions. Even New England can be isolated by State for considerable variation.

            So I’m not at all shocked to hear that the interrelated lore sets of Friesia would be variegated. Microcosms are always fascinating. It’s a shame, in breaking up things into useful national categories, macrocosms, that we lose the finer weave of the tapestry. Well, can weave, there’s a lot of thread to find yet.

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