Nine Realms Learning Poem

Metal Gaia

From the Highest Peaks of Midgaard Where the Sons of Men Do Hold, To the Killing Chill of Niflheim The Land of Ice and Cold. To the Furnace Blast of Muspelheim Where Flame Leaps Far and Nigh, Nothing Born of Yggdrasil Escapes the Ravens Eye.

Down To the Depths of Svartalfheim Where Stone and Anvil Call, Unto High Liossalfheim Where Dark Ne’er Comes at All. High Up Over Jotunheim Where Giants Hold Their Court, All the Deeds of Every Land The Ravens Sift and Sort.

To the Heights of Vanaheim Where Elder Gods do Roam, Unto the Deepest Reach of Hel Where Spirits Make Their Home. And Last Up Into Asgaards Halls Where They May Find Their Havens, For It Is Known, Though All Men Fall, The Gods Do Keep the Ravens.

(A poem written by ThorinRuriksson of Reddit to help you learn the nine realms. Original Post. ThorinRuriksson…

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Poets and Profs ~ Homer as Slam Poetry


Owen Cramer mentioned this article in UChicago Magazine yesterday on the Classics list … here’s the incipit:

For Mark Eleveld, MLA’10, and Ron Maruszak, MLA’10, the realization was inescapable: Homer, the blind bard, ancient Greece’s greatest poet, whose epics on the Trojan War and its aftermath founded the Western canon and influenced 3,000 years of literature, was, basically, a slam poet. What else to call a man—a showman and writer—who made his living turning poetry into entertainment, who traveled from town to town performing memorized verses before crowds of listeners? “I imagine that if Homer was alive today, and he had to go hang with a crew, he’s either going to the playwrights or to the performance poets,” says Eleveld. “In my head, it’s the performance poets. They take a hit in academic circles, but they’re closer to Homer than people realize.”

That’s the argument running through a documentary by…

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Runic poetry: The Anglo-Saxon, Norwegian and Icelandic poem


Poetry, language, sound, rhythm, mystery – sounds of creation and basic needs to build a good life.

The rune poems might be interesting to read, to study, to have seen, to imprint.

I personally am quite sensitive to images, and associations. What I do during the day, unfolds in my dreams, and my dreams inspire my days. In that way the wheel keeps turning. I am not going to tell you much about runes, or my personal sensitivity to certain symbolic systems. I just want to offer you reading – I only make things easier to find. They are already there – I suggest the free ebook called Runic and heroic poems of the old Teutonic peoples (1915) by Bruce Dickins if you go to that page, you can choose to read it online, as PDF, ePub, Daisy or even in plain text. Its a simple click and play.

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