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    The Two Spears

    I love maps, so one of my favorite images that has been made available has been the portion of the World Map... in fact, I have it as my wallpaper
    Looking it over, I was drawn to a few evocative names in a small area...



    I wondered what the story might be behind their names, and then began to fashion my own.
    I'm not much of a writer, so rather than do a piece of short fiction, I decided to compose a Skaldic poem in alliterative verse... though I don't claim to be a poet, either.
    This is still a work in progress, but I wanted to present what I have so far.

    The Two Spears

    Long years have gone — ere the green howe was raised
    O'er the sod-roofed halls — of hallowed Kingsbarrow
    When the Two Spears stood — 'neath the tors long-shadowed
    And with steadfast defiance — met their fate full-willing


    Lo! Grimbjorn the Valiant — doughty Varl black-hornÚd
    To the east stalwart standing — setting sun 'pon his brow
    Red-stained his haubergeon — by the Sky Orb's light dying
    His shield red bathed — as of blood slowly drying
    Mighty glaive upthrusting — with granite-hard blade
    And keen edge asparkle — a star in the gloaming


    And to the west, dawn's light facing — a fair shieldmaiden
    Grimhildr the Bold — her bright eyes flashing
    Of white gold her hair — in the winds of morn flying
    From 'neath lofty helm silver — silver-studded her shield
    Her hauberk white-flashing — as hoarfrost in the morning
    With lance of steel tempered — icy tine cold and piercing

    'Twas a time of great feasting — of triumph and glory
    For newly-raised Skyhorn — with spire mist-shrouded
    Ablaze were the torches — the trestles were laden
    The minstrels were singing — the mead overflowing
    There Jarls stood forth — their faithful oaths taking
    With Thegns and Huscarls — thronging around them
    The North-king sat gazing — and with gracious words speaking
    Their fealty accepted — and with faith returned it


    Then forth strode a minstrel — who would fain have them harken
    To a song of rejoicing — with strumming of harp string
    Upon the hall fell a silence — as his song he sent winging
    And all eyes filled with visions — of victory and wonder
    But a spell was he crafting — 'pon the crowd unknowing
    And with silken words — laid a subtle enchantment
    Head and heart were veiled — with a venom to blind them
    Minds were made weary — and weighted were feet
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    Last edited by gaelvin; 12-19-2013 at 02:14 PM.
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    Added a couple sections to the poem.
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    Hi,

    I like the new sections that you have added and am in absolute love with the whole poem. I have also started penning my thoughts but I feel my writing is still notmature enough. Someday I will also share my work.

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