Gwendolyn Toynton

Some facts about Gwendolyn Toynton

Gwendolyn Toynton is the official pen name of author Gwendolyn Taunton, and is the Old English version of the surname Taunton, named after a region in the United Kingdom where her family are descended from.

Gwendolyn Toyton is a writer on the topics of Hinduism, Nordic/Teutonic and Hellenic Traditions. She also writes on topics such as Tantra, Alchemy, Philosophy, Esoterica and Mysticism. More recently she has returned to writing horror fiction and poetry. Gwendolyn is also a multimedia artist and graphic designer.

Gwendolyn Toynton is also an advocate of rights for indigenous peoples, animal welfare and the preservation of the natural environment. She firmly believes in the restoration of arts, humanities and culture.

Gwendolyn’s works include Primordial Traditions, The Primordial Traditions Compendium, Northern Traditions, Mythos: The Myths & Tales of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, and Mimir: Journal of North European Traditions. Her writing is also found in Occult Traditions, New Dawn Magazine, and  The New Zealand Collection of Poetry and Prose 2002. Forthcoming titles include The Tantrik Tradition, Melpomene and the Hellenic Tradition.

In 2009 Gwendolyn Toynton was the recipient of the Ashton Wylie Award for Literary Excellence and received a $10,000 cash prize for her work with Primordial Traditions, which was presented by the Mayor of Auckland and the New Zealand Society of Authors.

Like Buddha, Gwendolyn believes that all human wrong doing stems from ignorance and she strives to educate the world through her writing.

Gwendolyn Toynton's Background

Gwendolyn Toynton's Experience

Editor at Primordial Traditions

January 2005 - January 2010

Freelance Author at

February 2012 - Present

Gwendolyn Toynton's Education

University of Canterbury

2005 – 2006

BA Hons

Axcel Institute

2001 – 2002


Concentration: Computing

National College of Multimedia & Technology

2000 – 2000


Concentration: Computing

University of Canterbury

1994 – 1998


Concentration: Religious Studies

Gwendolyn Toynton's Interests & Activities

Hinduism, Asatru, Buddhism, Tantra, Pagan/Heathen Traditions, Alchemy, Shamanism, Philosophy, Poetry, Fine Literature, Mythology, Reading, Writing, Arts, Music, and Wandering in the Wilderness.