Freya Aswynn is the pen name of Elizabeth Hooijschuur (born in November 1949, Zaandam), a Dutch musician, painter, astrologist and author for Llewellyn Worldwide. A self-proclaimed "Norse Occultist", Aswynn has written books focusing on aspects of Norse paganism combined with historically unrelated subjects such as Kabbalah and Thelema, and produced several recordings of chants and other material related to Norse Pagan spirituality.
According to Aswynn, she met Alex Sanders in 1980 and was initiated into an Alexandrian Wicca coven at Sander's house by a visiting American Gardnerian Wicca High Priest. In 1983 she dedicated herself to Woden and claims to have seen Him in a Wiccan circle.
In her book Persuasions of the Witch's Craft, Tanya Luhrmann reports on her visit (1987) to the house in Tufnell Park, London that Aswynn (who she refers to as Helgi) ran a commune with an Odinic Temple in the basement. The Temple was featured in Series 1 of the 1994 Channel 4 production of Desperately Seeking Something, presented by director Steve Connelly.
In 1986 Aswynn established The Rune-Gild UK, the United Kingdom branch of the Rune-Gild founded in the USA in 1979 by Stephen Flowers. In 1992 Flowers assumed control of Rune-Gild UK and Aswynn formed Woden's Own Kindred at The Enclave, her house in Tufnell Park London. In 1993, with members of Woden's Own Kindred, Aswynn established The Ring of Troth (UK), an independent organization affiliated with The Troth.