Theodish Thoughts

Musings on Theodism, religion, mythology, history, and contemporary Heathenry

Category: Poetry

A toast to HrólfR the Dane

Son of Jarl Rognvald Eyesteinnson!
Follower of Sigfred, harrower of Paris, scourge of Burgundy!
Karl’s man, who would not stoop a foot to kiss, a duke self-won!
Strode he on the banks of the Vire, the boundaries of Normandy did spread!
O! HrólfR, O! Rollo, O! Robert! O! First Duke of Normandy!
Your kin removed by many years remembers you and drinks your good memory!
Hail Rollo!

Just a note on this one; I recently discovered that Rollo, the viking raider who forced the Frankish king Charles the Simple to make him the first Duke of Normandy, is an ancestor of mine. Thus I was inspired to compose a little something in praise of such an illustrious ancestor.

A Toast to Odin

I sing of All-Father Odin,
slayer of Baugi’s thralls, son of Borr,
who sacrificed the soul’s window to be counted among the wise,
giver of battles won, grandson of Buri,
who breathed life into Ask and Embla on the sea-flecked strand,
best-steed-rider, father of slain Baldr,
who whispered Vafthrudnir’s doom ‘ere Hyrroken’s burden set sail;
and so hail to you, Hanged God,
giver of poetry, giver of wisdom, giver of fury, giver of all good things!
Hail Odin!

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