Recognizing that Eirik’s two major books (Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites and Eagle’s Mead) are rather weighty tomes (“grand gestures,” if you like), Skaldic Eagle Press will be bringing you lighter and friendlier volumes featuring some of the best poetry from these two books, and they will be priced to be more affordable. They will not include any new material. The format is more in line with what many probably think of as poetry books. Here, we call these the “booklings.” Each bookling will be released as 5″ x 8″ paperback and as a Kindle ebook.
The second bookling, Galdored Runes, was officially published on Midsummer — Saturday, June 20, 2020.
A Portion of Eagle’s Mead
Copyright © 2020 Eirik Westcoat
Skaldic Eagle Press
viii, 87 pages
Cover art by the Author
Trade Paperback. ISBN 9781947407145.
List Price: $9.00. Available from IndieBound, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, and Barnes & Noble. Also available on many other Amazon sites and other stores around the world, just search on the book’s name or ISBN number.
FAQs and Such.
Q: I’m looking to try your stuff on a budget. Is this the book for me?
A: Yes! The paperback will be $9.00 and the Kindle will be $4.79.
Q: If I already have Eagle’s Mead, do I need this book?
A: Strictly speaking, no. There is no material in GR that isn’t already in Eagle’s Mead.
Q: So what exactly is in it?
A: Thirty-one poems that feature a sampling of my three great themes of Mead, Runes, and Grails. Beyond that, when available, check any of the Amazon listings for the book, and there, the “Look Inside” feature will let you see the table of contents, among other things.
Q: What’s not in it?
A: This is a rather small book, so it was not possible to fit very much of the material from Eagle’s Mead. Material only available in Eagle’s Mead, and not Galdored Runes, includes the 983-line epic, “The Ascent of a Grail Knight,” the rest of the Rune-Work collection called “The Work of Nine Doors,” the rest of the 729-line epic, “Runecraft: A New Rúnatal,” several workings & blessings, three esoteric essays, and much more.
Q: Will there be a second bookling of material from Eagle’s Mead?
A: Originally, I figured on having at least two, but after a closer consideration of exactly what might go where, I settled on having just a single bookling from it for now.
Q: Will booklings of material from Eagle’s Mead eventually duplicate the entirety of Eagle’s Mead?
A: Certainly not. Even if I did more booklings from Eagle’s Mead, there will still be an enormous amount of material available only in Eagle’s Mead.
Q: What about a paperback or other formats of Eagle’s Mead?
A: Eagle’s Mead will remain hardcover only. So Galdored Runes is your chance to get poems from it in paperback or kindle. As of the publication date, only three of the 31 poems in it have ever appeared anywhere else other than in Eagle’s Mead. So, to get those poems, the $9 Galdored Runes paperback is a very large step-down in price from the $33 Eagle’s Mead.
Q: Why just Kindle and not also Epub?
A: For VPfHR, my Epub numbers are minuscule compared to my Kindle numbers. I am, however, partial to Apple products, and thus Apple iBooks (which does Epub) for all of my ebook reading in non-pdf formats when I can. So I’d gladly do more Epubs if they were worth it.
Q: What’s next?
A: I’ve got other poetry and creative projects I’m working on. A collection filled with the type of poems that have appeared on this blog since January 2017 (loosely designated as “The Skaldic Eagle Poems”) will certainly happen eventually. The third book of the trilogy started with VPfHR and EM is also in the works — its character will be very different from its predecessors. No one should expect either of these prior to me finishing my PhD in (hopefully) mid-2021.