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!”

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”

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…”