This is the first of a new feature on this blog. I’ll be posting ocassional reviews of books that I am reading, poetry related or not. If you’d like to see more of these, please let me know in the comments.
Title: The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion.
Author: Daniel McCoy
This book is intended as a introduction to Norse/Viking Mythology and culture for the layman. It is written in a fairly accessible style and contains a plethora of information and retells many of the best known tales from Norse Mythology. He also includes many footnotes and a large bibliography if one is inclined to read deeper about these topics. However, there are some pretty substantial flaws in the book that a potential reader should be aware of:
A one-armed Odin-eyed Mad martyr prophet Stands at the edge of the abyss, Visions of the White Wyrm […]
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Heimdall’s horn, Horn of Gondor Slow gong of the Cloister Bell Ringing from the depths of the TARDIS. […]
Looking at reflections in jagged shards of a shattered mirror, The fall of twilight’s shadow grows ever […]
After the smoke of Surtr’s sword clears, Sitting in the still green field of Iðavöllr Where Asgard once […]
Loki Loptr Lóðurr, Roaring Hveðrungr, Trickster lord of air and fire. Sky walking lie smith Laufey-son, Jötunn spawn, […]
This poem is an addition to Níu Heimar and will appear as part of that poem if and when […]
Níu Heimar, Nine homes,
Nine Worlds the Universe is made.
Through the center Yggdrasil,
The cosmic backbone grows.
At the start there was only
And the gap in between
Muspelheim, home of world wrecker
Surtr and his Eldjötnar,
Fire giants living in volcanic furnaces
Waiting to break Bifröst to bits.
Icy Niflheim, mist-home,
World of dim darkness and fog
Bountiful bubbling spring
—filled by dew drops from the rack
of EikÞyrnir, Valhallan stag—
Where lives Níðhǫggr malice-striker;
From where Elivágar flows,
Feeding the rivers of the worlds.
All my life, says Óðinn Alföðr, I’ve sought wisdom and knowledge. I’ve sacrificed, I’ve studied and endured. And […]