Writing Under A Full Moon

I don’t know if it means anything, although I’m inclined to believe that we are influenced by the moon and other celestial bodies, but for the last three nights, it has been a full moon. Not just any full moon, either. I noticed it the other night when I was riding my bike home fromContinue reading “Writing Under A Full Moon”

Hurrah!!!!

We have a DRAGON!!!!!  And something dead… 💀 Whew! What a relief! So glad that’s over with! Now I can get on with editing chapters 8 and 9 and then finally finish writing chapter 10. The war is about to begin!

I learn something new every day…

Eikinskjaldi (AYK-in-skyald-i): “Oaken Shield”. A Dvergr (dwarf). (From the Ásatrú Edda.) Well, what do you know! Yet another name Tolkien borrowed from Norse lore! Thorin Oakenshield from the Hobbit… I wasn’t even looking for this.  I just wanted to check the spelling for a certain group of primordial rivers in the glossary, and end upContinue reading “I learn something new every day…”

Status Report!

I am currently writing chapter 7, an entirely new chapter that I had to insert between existing chapters, which will push me out to 10 chapters as it currently stands. Chapters 8 and 9 are already written, though not yet revised. 10 has been begun, but far from complete. Apart from revisions and editing, allContinue reading “Status Report!”

Fenrir

Does anyone have much knowledge of Fenrir and the role he plays at Ragnarökr? How does he break free? I can’t remember, but I’m trying to work my way through the Edda to find out. I need to gather up information about Gullveig, aka Angrboða and the Járnviðr, as well as any connection she mightContinue reading “Fenrir”

Through Tundra and Into the World Beyond

Ásbjorn and his pack of dark elven hunters and trackers are traversing ever deeper into the north, where they will cross the arctic tundra of Svartálfheimr and over the pass to the plains beyond. From there, their way turns east, until they come upon one of the primordial rivers that flows out of Niflheimr. OnlyContinue reading “Through Tundra and Into the World Beyond”

Checking In

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, whatever your flavour! If you are like me, then you are probably glad that it’s over. For me, the new year means finally having time to knuckle down and get some wring done, which has been sorely neglected over the past several weeks.  Now that life isContinue reading “Checking In”

The Journey Continues

Well, I didn’t make a lot of progress today, but what I did accomplish was, in my opinion pretty decent. Some ideas came to me that I feel make Ásbjorn’s journey from his own world into Jötunheimr and the Járnviðr seem more hazardous, as opposed to just a casual stroll through the snow. This includesContinue reading “The Journey Continues”

Creating The Iron Wood

This is a very difficult task for me. I can’t imagine why, as I have a special affinity for dark, creepy forests. I spent most of my childhood prowling the woods while dreaming up all kinds of fantastical tales! So, why am I getting so stuck? I think I need a vocabulary lesson of allContinue reading “Creating The Iron Wood”

Járnviðr, The Iron Wood

Newly written opening to chapter three… Three days on the road, and the sky was dark as steel. It had been snowing since the morning Ásbjorn and his companions rode out of Berserksborg, and they had not seen the sun in all that time. They were heading deep into the north, to the east ofContinue reading “Járnviðr, The Iron Wood”

The End Is Nigh!

Our heroine, Dagmar, has just returned from her exploits with the Svartálfar, only to learn that they must ride to war, and take on a foe of monstrous proportions! Finally! After more than a year of work, book one is nearly at an end! The first battle in the war that will define the futureContinue reading “The End Is Nigh!”

There Be Dragons!

The time has come for Ásbjorn, son of Ivar, to set off on his journey into Jötunheimr. Fraught with peril, he will brave the bitter north wind and harsh snowstorms that plague the lands far to the north. His path will take him into the frozen realm of the frost giants, where he must passContinue reading “There Be Dragons!”

Further Proof That Tolkein Was Inspired By Norse Mythology…

…for anyone who is not wholly convinced of this unequivocal certainty— my opinion —, I give you the following examples. Járnviðr, also known as Myrkviðr — a forest in Jörmungrund, in which the trees were once made of copper or bronze. After the introduction of the dark art of Seiðr, it was called Járnviðr, becauseContinue reading “Further Proof That Tolkein Was Inspired By Norse Mythology…”

Galdr vs. Seiðr

Galdr (pronounced: GALd-r) “Incantations”. The intoning and singing of rún sounds or chants, and the use of Rúnar in spiritual practice in general. In opposition to the Seiðr, this is the holy art of the Goðin. Seiðr (pronounced: SAYTH-r) “Sorcery”. The black art, founded by Gullveig. It is characterized by mind control, poisoning, conjuration, andContinue reading “Galdr vs. Seiðr”