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My Journey Through the Nine Worlds (Original Poem)

Discussion in 'Heathenry DIR' started by Klaufi_Wodensson, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Klaufi_Wodensson

    Klaufi_Wodensson Vinlandic Warrior

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    So here's a poem I wrote all by myself :p
    I plan on putting it to music as soon as possible. I used Anglo-Saxon names for almost everything relating to the Gods and the Realms, so if you don't know what a certain name is, just ask. Well, here you are:

    [FONT=&quot]My Journey Through the Nine Worlds[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I Hail the Northern Gods of Old,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Their voices call my name.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And to all the Ancient Heroes,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I hail Thee all the same. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I start my quest in Middangeard,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Where Men and Heroes lie.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And where Eagor’s daughters are seen[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]On beaches beneath the sky.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Middangeard I saw a man,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Old and without an eye.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I asked him for his guidance and[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]He smiled as he passed by.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Middangeard I saw the Sea,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The waves crashed over me.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I travelled through the Old Forests[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And saw the Great Ash Tree.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Middangeard I ran with Deer,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And hunted with the Bear.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I howled at Night with the Gray Wolf,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And slept within her care.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Middangeard I saw the Wars,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]That rose when Man came forth[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I soared above the Battlefields,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]With Ravens from the North.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Middangeard I saw the pyres,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]That burned in Glory’s name.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I watched the Wælcyrie ride forth[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And bring the Heroes fame.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]This Middangeard I call my Home,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Circled by the Great Sea.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Oh beautiful Earth, I leave you.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Middangeard, I leave Thee.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I enter the Jarnviðr next, [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iron Wood, above all,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]To find the land of Eotenas,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Where the Mountains stand tall.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Eotenham I saw the stars,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Þjazi’s eyes shone bright.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The Giants let me pass them by,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Under cover of Night.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Eotenham I saw the Hall[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Of [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Sceadu, [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Þjazi[/FONT][FONT=&quot]’s kin.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]N[/FONT][FONT=&quot]eorð[/FONT][FONT=&quot] was there, sick for the Ocean,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Longing for the sea-wind.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Eotenham I scaled the Walls[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Of the Mountains so high.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I saw from there the Frozen Sea[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And Útgarðar nearby.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I crossed the famous Rainbow Bridge,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And found the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Ése-Realm. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The Whitest of the Gods let me[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pass beneath his helm.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Ésageard I saw the Gods,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And feasted in their Hall.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I tipped my Mead-horn in their names,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Woden’s most of All.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Ésageard we trained for War.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Einherjar, Hero-Folk.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I battled with my Ancestors, [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Prepare for Ragnarök![/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Ésageard I drank the Mead[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]That flows from Heiðr[/FONT][FONT=&quot]ún‘s teat.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]That Golden Nectar tastes so sweet,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Like [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Sæhrimnir’s pink meat.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Ésageard I saw all Worlds,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And sat in Woden’s Throne.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I released Hugin and Munin,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]To me all things were shown.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I travel then to the Elf Home,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Ælfham, gift to God [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Fréa.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The beauty of Sól encaptured,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In the Elves of the Sky.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Ælfham I saw the Light Elves,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Praised by the Gods and Men.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Not even the Sun is fairer.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I left for Wenaham then.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Wenaham I saw the Wanes,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The Wise and Fertile Gods.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The beautiful [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Fréa and Fréo,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Asleep, my head then nods.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Wenaham I slept in warmth,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I tasted the salty air.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I woke to the Golden Sunne,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]To Hel then I would faire.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Hel I walked the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Helvergr,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Walked by the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Gjøll River.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Modgud and Garm opened Helgrind,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I entered the Nether.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Hel I saw the resting place,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Of those who’d died of age.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]A grave-world for the common dead,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hel, this miserable cage.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Hel I saw the dead White God,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In his corpse-pale likeness.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The prize of the Gods of the Sky,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Killed by Loke’s kindness.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Hel I came to [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Elviðnir,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And met the Goddess Hel.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I asked once more for Balder’s life,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]His life she would not sell.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Hel I went to Kvøllheimr,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And saw the wicked turn.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I walked then into Wyrmsele,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And felt the venom’s burn.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I travelled south to Sweartælfham,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Home to the Blackest Elves.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]They dwell in dirt and caves of stone,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Into their caves I delve.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Sweartælfham I saw the Dwarves,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The best of all craftsmen.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In their forges was made Mjölner,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]From the depths of their dens.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Sweartælfham I saw the Earth,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]From its deep, dark center.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I saw the gemstones of beauty,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And Fire did I enter.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Múspell I saw burning Fire,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]A primordial world.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Through the blackened smoke I saw naught,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Save for the flames that curled.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Múspell I smelt the sulphur,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]That flowed from Surtr’s breath.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The Beast of dreaded Ragnarök,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Who brings the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Ése death.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I travelled North to Nifolham,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The land of mist and frost.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]A landscape so dull and drear,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In its mists was I lost.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Nifolham I saw rivers,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]That flowed into the black.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Ginnungagap, the great Abyss,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]From thee no things come back.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In Nifolham I saw the ice, [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Frozen ‘til the Great End.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Primordial realm of water,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]From thee do I ascend.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I’ve now returned to Middangeard,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Home of Forests and Seas.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And throughout all of my journeys, [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I’ve loved none as I love thee.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I Hail the Northern Gods of Old,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Their voices call my name.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And to all the Ancient Heroes,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I hail Thee all the same. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I hail the Gods of Ésageard,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]And of Wenaham too,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]But Oh, Spirits of Middangeard,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I’ll return to you soon.[/FONT]
     
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  2. Revasser

    Revasser Terrible Dancer

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    Wow!

    Very nice, my friend. There is genuine feeling entwined with the words and I must say that it's quite catching. Imagine me grinning the whole way through reading it. Well done and thanks for sharing it!

    Modern heathenry can, at times - I'm sorry to say - be quite dry with it's necessary focus on scholarship and history. I understand and appreciate that necessity, but it can be a little tiresome. It's lovely to see that there are folk like yourself out there, ordinary heathens who are feeling our ways and stories for themselves and not just studying.

    Wonderful!
     
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  3. Klaufi_Wodensson

    Klaufi_Wodensson Vinlandic Warrior

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    This really means a lot to me, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I know I loved writing it, and I still love reading it over and over. Thank you so much :)
     
  4. Heathen Hammer

    Heathen Hammer Nope, you're still wrong

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    Heilsa man, that was great! Well said.
     
  5. Klaufi_Wodensson

    Klaufi_Wodensson Vinlandic Warrior

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    Thank you kindly. Wassail!
     
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