Our other book, officially published on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Available in hardcover only!
Initiatory Poetry and Prose
Copyright © 2019 Eirik Westcoat
Skaldic Eagle Press
xvi, 302 pages
Cover art by David Rudziński
Here’s a brief version of the table of contents in the book:
Foreword … xii
Opening … 1
Wode and Fetch … 9
The Work of Nine Doors … 30
Sjálfsljóðin … 56
Runecraft: A New Rúnatal … 92
The Ascent of a Grail Knight … 115
Initiatory Sumbel Toasts … 146
Mead-Work Poems … 165
Rune-Work Poems … 173
Grail-Work Poems … 202
Charms and Invocations … 211
Workings and Blessings … 224
The Good of Galdralag … 234
Runes for the Grails … 249
Whom Does (the Story of) the Grail Serve? … 290
Afterword … 302
FAQ’s and Such.
A: It’s probably already on your Amazon country-site of choice. Just search for the ISBN number or the name “Eirik Westcoat.” Your local bookseller should also be able to order it if you prefer.
Q: Why is my country’s Amazon site showing it as “out of stock” or with a high shipping time?
A: Unfortunately, for non-U.S. Amazon sites, statuses such as “Temporarily out of stock” or “Usually dispatched within 1 to 3 months” appear to be the norm for print-on-demand hardcovers. The book should print when you order it, so go ahead and order it. Some Amazon sites show these statuses for the hardcover of my first book, even when it’s been available without interruption or changes since July 2017!
Q: What’s in it, beyond what that table of contents says above?
A: Very little of its content has ever appeared on my blog in any form. Much of the poetry in here is more personal than anything that appears in Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites. VPfHR is exoteric and aimed at religionists. Eagle’s Mead is esoteric and aimed at magicians, and it has more poetry of a personal nature than VPfHR. So Eagle’s Mead is definitely not a “volume 2” of VPfHR.
Q: Okay, but can you say anything else about it?
A: Here’s the promotional text that appears on the various online store sites. This is the sort of thing that would be on the back cover, except this book didn’t want profane sales text, and instead insisted on more of David’s incredible art:
“A rare poetic look into the path of Runic Initiation by the author of Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites. This is a book for initiates, magicians, occultists, esotericists, sages, heathen prophets, and other travelers of the hidden realms, one that will not be understood by others.
“For many years, The Nine Doors of Midgard by Edred Thorsson has been a guide to the esoteric mysteries of the Runic Tradition, used by initiates of the Rune-Gild. Eagle’s Mead is a poetic and prose record of one initiate’s journey through those Doors, which went beyond that curriculum to encompass not only the Runes, but the Mead of Poetry and the Grail Mythos as well.
“Inside, you’ll find poems of aspiration and inspiration, poems of using the runes for self-transformation, poems in quest of the Mead and the Grails, and charms and other workings that can be adapted for magical or initiatory rites. Of particular note is a poetic commentary on the complete work of The Nine Doors of Midgard. Also, there are numerous Rune Poems, both poetic translations of the three major elder poems and new compositions in English, including a ground-breaking expansion of the Old English Rune Poem. Finally, there are tantalizing steps toward a Heathen Grail Mythos.”
[Last updated: March 20, 2019]