Tag: Viking

Nornir

In Norse mythology, the Norns (plural “nornir”) are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. They are comparable to the Moirai (also called “The Fates”) in Greek mythology. According to Snorri Sturluson’s interpretation of the Völuspá, the three most important norns are Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld. They come out from a hall standing at the Well of Urðr, the well of […]

Like slithers of a Fallen Moon

Lightlessness. Each man’s hands clutch at spears and amulets. My own fill with hacksilver, its small grey fragments like slithers of a fallen moon – Laura Webb – Coda, from An Anthology of responses to Skaldic poetry –

Dracula’s Guest

She told me that she did not like the idea of your being in that house all by yourself, and that she thought you took too much strong tea. In fact she wants me to advise you if possible to give up the tea and the very late hours. – Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest […]

Valhalla Rising

Kare: We are more than flesh and blood. More than revenge. – Nicolas Winding Refn – Valhalla Rising –

Vǫrðr

In Norse mythology, a Vǫrðr (Vordr) is a warden spirit, believed to follow from birth to death the soul (Hugr) of every person. They are the force, the energy that keeps things alive.

The Death of Baldr

They launched the burning ship ! It floated far away – over the misty sea, Till like the sun it seemed, sinking beneath the waves. Baldr returned no more ! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Tegner’s Drapa

The power of thy Sword

The clash of honor calls / I will stand when others fall Open magic doors / They will know the power of my sword The clash of honor calls to stand when others fall Gods of war feel the power of my sword – Manowar – The Power of thy Sword –