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12 January 2010 @ 10:35 am
Scroll for Twelfth Night  

I did a "scroll" for Twelfth Night court in an alternate media. (For some reason the photos are not always showing up on the Friendslist view - click through to the main entry to see the nifty photos!)



Soapstone lamp, loosely after a c11th century find from Norse Greenland.
Side 1: BRIKHITS FLAM (Bridget's Flame)
Side 2: SUAIN TUNHAIM (Svein Tunheim)
Thanks to Wyndreth for the transliteration into Younger Futhark.
The way it works is you pour oil into the depression (whale. seal, flax or rapeseed oil) and drop in a wick, the edge of which is laid on the flat surface and lit.

Generally, my poetry is not for general consumption, but since I approached this one as an A&S project specifically written for public reading, I'll share it. An annotated version with kennings and allusions revealed appears behind the cut.

Hvat! Hear me kinsmen,
Fine folk of Northshield!
Hear the will of Siegfried strong
And Elizabeth, keen maker of cheese.

Among you walks one
Both bright and skillful
Weaving words and wire wisely.
No one note warrior this,
Content with battle blades base,
But skald skilled of hand and tongue-
Well he knows the ways of finer things.
Song-weaver, treasure-poet,
Feeder of ravens, maker of mead.

This beard-Bragi bold
Works Sif’s hair and silver,
Word-mead and the honey-wave,
And by his hand they
Burn bright as Brigit’s fire.
Thus is he called to stand
shoulder to shoulder with art-kin.
And so shall he be known  
By the sign of that flame.

Done this 9th day of January, AS by Sigfried Konunger and Elizabeth Drottning.

For Svein Tunheim, wire-weaver, mead-maker, and skald.


Annotated verse:

 

Hvat![1] Hear me kinsmen,
Fine folk of Northshield!
Hear the will of Siegfried strong
And Elizabeth, keen maker of cheese.[2]

 

Among you walks one
Both bright and skillful
Weaving words and wire wisely.[3]
No one note warrior this,[4]
Content with battle blades base,
But skald skilled of hand and tongue -
Well he knows the ways of finer things.
Song-weaver, treasure-poet,[5]
Feeder of ravens,[6] maker of mead. 

This beard-Bragi[7] bold
Works Sif’s hair[8] and silver,
Word-mead[9] and the honey-wave,[10]
And by his hand they
Burn bright as Brigit’s fire.[11]
Thus is he called to stand
shoulder to shoulder[12] with art-kin.[13]
And so shall he be known 
By the sign of that flame.[14]

 


[1] Old Norse form of Hwaet. Roughly: “Hey! Listen up!”

[2] Mmmm… cheese. Our lovely queen is developing a talent for cheese, which Svein has so selflessly offered to assist by being a taster and guinea pig.

[3] Two of Svein’s most prominent arts are wire weaving and skaldic performance, including English and Faroese verse.

[4] A nod to Svein’s involvement in the martial arts as well as his efforts in singing the army out to the battlefield, often using complex melodies and multiple languages.

[5] Here I use mixed-terms in the kenning to try to highlight the similarity between the crafts of weaving wire and songwriting, both of which require skillfully bending the materials to ones will to create a pleasing final form.

[6] Relatively common kenning for a warrior. Both (carrion animal)-feeder and feeder of (carrion animal) constructions are used (i.e., Anonymous Poems, Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar, 20, Hrafngreddir, translation: The raven-feeder and Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja, 16, hraustum fœði døkks hrafns translation:the bold feeder of the dark raven). From http://skaldic.arts.usyd.edu.au/db.php?if=default&table=kenning&val=WARRIOR Accessed 1/7/10 Also a reference to a song Svein heard and particularly enjoyed at Pennsic with a refrain including “It’s time to feed the ravens…” 

[7] A beard-Bragi is a man with a particularly fine beard. Bragi is also one of the Norse gods strongly associated with skaldic verse. This is attested to clearly in Snorri Sturulson’s Skaldskaparmal, 17 –Bragakenningar. "How should one periphrase Bragi? By calling him Husband of Idunn, First Maker of Poetry, and the Long-bearded God (after his name, a man who has a great beard is called Beard-Bragi) and Son of Odin.” from http://www.cybersamurai.net/Mythology/nordic_gods/LegendsSagas/Edda/ProseEdda/SkaldskaparmalXI-XX.htm Accessed 1/7/10

[8] A kenning for gold, referencing Sif’s legendary golden hair. Svein weaves gold, silver, and copper on his wire jewelry.

[9] Skaldic poetry was often referred to as an alcoholic beverage in kennings and in Snorri Sturulson’s Skaldskaparmal (The Poesy of Skalds), Bragi himself tells the story about how Odin stole Kvasir’s blood, also called Suttungr's Mead, that gave the gift of poesy to the AEsir. The bit that Odin spat up but that did not get caught by the vats in Asgard gives mortals their skaldic gifts.

[11] A reference to the Order of Bridget’s Flame, the order that Svein is being inducted into. This is Northshield’s Grant of Arms level arts award.

[12] Svein’s Laurel Wyndreth uses the phrase “Until fate brings us shoulder to shoulder, to stand as brothers again” in Shield My Kinsmen and this was a nod to her and her contributions toward his artistic development.

[13] A kenning referring to the artistic community in general and the Companions of the Order of Bridget’s Flame in particular. Also meant to sound like heart-kin when read aloud.

[14] A reference to the heraldry of the order: (Fieldless) A torch argent enflamed proper.

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Saraidhsaraidh on January 12th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Thanks for posting.
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Heh !
:)

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corvusjoyouscorvusjoyous on January 13th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
That is some of the coolest poetry I have read in a long while. Much thought and affection went into it, that is clear. :)
No longer in Normalhbevert on January 19th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Waaaooooww.Very impressive project! I'm so glad you posted all of it. The annotations were helpful with the significance of some of the kennings, which you used artfully.
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 19th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
:) thanks! I'm glad you liked it!