It’s Here! Now Available in Print!

Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites:
Asatru Liturgy in Traditional Verse
Copyright © 2017 Eirik Westcoat
Skaldic Eagle Press. xxiv, 218 pages
Cover art by Jesseca Trainham

It’s finally here: my first book of poetry, with many poems never seen before on this blog. Now available in paperback, hardcover, and digital formats. What’s more, there’s also a companion album of audio recordings of many of the poems from the book!

Here’s the short version of where to find it.

This Amazon link will take you to the paperback, along with the casewrap hardcover and kindle editions.

This CreateSpace link will take you to the same paperback, but there, I’ll get more of the money instead of it going into Amazon’s pocket. Eliminate a middleman!

Here’s the Apple iBooks link and B&N Nook link for the EPUB ebook.

Here’s the Lulu link for the PDF ebook.

This BandCamp link will take you to audio recordings of 25 of the poems.

For further details, including other store links and a brief table of contents, see my Press / Books page.

Wassail!

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Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites:
Asatru Liturgy in Traditional Verse
Copyright © 2017 Eirik Westcoat
Skaldic Eagle Press
xxiv, 218 pages
Cover art by Jesseca Trainham

It’s almost here: my first book of poetry, with many poems never seen before on this blog. I’ll make further posts when the various formats become available for purchase. The rollout should be complete by the end of July.

Call to Thor

I’ve posted a call to Thor previously on this blog, but like all the other ritual calls, it was two stanzas of ljóðaháttr. (See the Minor Poems list for the rest of the calls I’ve posted so far.) Since there is a lot of surviving lore about Thor, a longer call is possible. So today I present a seven stanza ljóðaháttr call to Thor. Like much of my poetry on my blog, it will be included in my upcoming book. It is titled “Call to Thor.”

Thunderous Thor,
threat-destroyer,
Asgard’s chosen champion,
we boast of your might
and bounty of main
in the call we declare today.

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Prayers to the Gods, Part 2

Woot! I’ve finished NaPoWriMo on schedule, having written a poem a day for each day of the month. As mentioned in my last post, I chose to write these 30 poems as prayers to various gods, goddesses, and wights of Asatru, each exactly nine-lines in the style of Anglo-Saxon continuous verse. Today I present another three prayers from the fifteen that I wrote in the second half of the month. They are prayers to Forseti, Jörð, and the Ancestors.

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Prayers to the Gods, Part 1

April is the time of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), an annual event for encouraging poets to write a poem a day for each of the 30 days of the month. It was modeled after the more famous National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). (See the site of NaPoWriMo’s creator or the Wikipedia page for more details.)

This year, I decided to join in the fun for the first time and take up the challenge myself. I’ve resolved to write a poem each day of the month and chose to write the thirty poems with a common theme and structure. Each is a prayer to one of the gods or goddesses of Asatru, and each is exactly nine lines in the style of Anglo-Saxon continuous verse that is not broken into stanzas. (I first featured this meter over a month ago in my “Beer in Midgard” poem, and it is like my usual fornyrðislag except for the changes in line and stanza breaks.) The prayers are written in plural form, and like the Calls to the Gods on this blog, they (usually) can be changed to singular without damaging the meter or the sense. It should be noted that prayer is not a requirement in Asatru, and many (most?) Asatruar don’t pray. I think it is something that individual Asatruar can experiment with if they feel so inclined. However, beyond such brief remarks, this blog is not the place to enter into the debate on the matter.

As I prepared this post, I was halfway finished with NaPoWriMo, having written 15 poems, one on each of the first 15 days of the month. Today I present three prayers from those written so far. They are prayers to Iðunn, Thor, and Eir.
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Audio: A Triad of Sumbel Toasts

I present more audio for the blog. Here is a triad of sumbel toasts, which first appeared as text in this blog back in October 2012. Though it is the eleventh recording for this blog, it is only the first set of toasts to be recorded for it. The toasts are first to the gods and goddesses, then to the ancestors, and then to the kindred I’m in, the Hearth of Yggdrasil.

Here is the downloadable file of me reciting the poem:
Eirik Westcoat – A Triad of Sumbel Toasts

And here is the inline player:

Enjoy! Feel free to share the file. For details, see the Creative Commons link below.

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