Legends and Lore

Herein are found some of the religious myths, legends, and sagas of the world of Midhgardhur.

Varieties of Verse and Storytelling

The majority of the legends and lore of Midhgardhur are passed down in various kinds of verse, and a skald is more a poet, musician, or bard than mere storyteller. When recording great and mighty deeds, a skald tends to compose his account in verse first, only later (if at all) composing a prose narrative. There is an accepted meter of verse for courtly poetry called drottkvaett, though other meters exist (such as ljodhahattur – “the meter of chants,” or fornyrdhislag – “the meter of ancient words”). There is even a meter used for magical spells called galdralag. There are several genres of literature:

  • drapa – A type of heroic, laudatory poem, usually composed in honor of a king, jarl, or champion of some sort, but sometimes also composed for a loved one, as a memorial of the honored dead, or for a religious purpose. A drapa usually has three parts: 1. Introduction, 2. Middle (with one or more refrains, called stef ), and 3. Conclusion. It consists of a long string of stanzas in drottkvaett with stef (refrains) at intervals.
  • flokkur – Also called a visur or draeplingur, a short poem, contrasted with the longer drapa form. A flokkur is usually less laudatory in form and consists of a short string of drottkvaett stanzas lacking refrains ( stef ).
  • lausavisur – A single stanza of drottkvaett verse, composed ex tempore to mark some event or occasion.
  • mansongur – A type of erotic or love poem.
  • nidhvisur – “lampoon” – A slanderous form of verse, usually containing intimations of sexual impropriety. Nidhvisur poems tend to spread very quickly, and can be extremely damaging to one’s reputation and honor. Nidhvisur poems are usually illegal, and can quickly start or escalate a feud. Nidhvisur verses are often a prominent component of a flyting (a “duel of insults”).
  • saga – a long, narrative tale, usually of a king or extended family.
  • thattur – “tale” – A short narrative story, often included as an episode in a larger narrative whole, e.g. a single tale or episode within the saga of a king.
  • war chant – a type of verse reserved for combat, for the folk of the North believe that true heroes should be brave and even cheerful in combat, and fight with a song in their hearts (in game terms, this is what a skald {bard} uses to inspire his comrades in battle).

Stories of Midhgardhur

Some of the stories of Midhgardhur include:

Mythology – mostly of a “religious” nature
Legendary Tales – semi-historical chronicles

Legends and Lore

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