Jotunheim: ‘ Strength & Might’ 3/3′ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

19 Feb

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19 poets, 22 Artists, 3 musicians and a Viking Boat

The Nine Realms

9 months, 19 poets and writers, 22 Artists, 3 composers, 1 Viking boat: a magical reworking of Norse Mythology for contemporary audiences


Poems and Writing inspired by the Norse realm of Jotunheim


Mina Polen, Lydia Allison and Karin Heyer


Frostbitten mind

by Mina Polen 


Through darkness
…………..and eternal sunshine


darkness and brightness
………… never-ending dreams


frostbitten mind
awaits in another dream




the pebble falls inside your mind




…………. being broken

………….being broken


day and night
the mind is playing tricks


the night is long
the day is long

time stopping
the mind is flying in circles



Read by Nicky Mortlock


traditional enemies

by Lydia Allison


the land surrounding us
a curved body
bones worn to stone


cruel daughters forcing us to find
a cure for magic


a cure for life
in my case
for dying


every time my skin splits
I think of her
the serpent who reminded me
what pain could be


part of me always thought
if I could commit to life or death
I would have one


could and would and should
my fury blinds me now
as indifference did then


not immune to dying,
just unable to be dead.
impotent in the opposites of being
and the other


incapable to live
as in the grip of death, I did




Read by Karin Heyer


Requited Love

by Karin Heyer

(Inspired by the story of Gerd and Freyr)

When the ice is broken,
spring serenely promises
with snowdrops flooding
the ground and
magic serendipity works its way.
Young Freyr seated on Odin’s high seat
saw Gerd, giant Gymir’s daughter,
beautiful, beyond compare.
Like a hidden current draws a boat,
he fell in love.

Lovesickness hits his heart.
Skirmir, from childhood, trusted friend
hears his deep sorrow:
Give me your swiftest horse,
I shall ride through fire and flame
to tell her of your woe.

The elf-rays shine
so that two imperfect souls
might touch perfection,
wooing, kind, ferocious
pearls from Skirmir’s lips.
When magical warmth transposes.

Gerd’s heart, saying:
nine days hence, in the groves of Barri,
a peaceful grove,
I will grant love to Freyr.
The whole earth was flooded with their happiness
the skies grew soft.

The trees put on tender green
aconites blossomed on the mountainside
they met in harmonious fire
ripening grain blew in the fields,
and summer lay warm
over the fertile land.


Gerd and Freyr



 You can read the overview of Jotunheim hereand read some Vanaheim poems here


Find out more about Mina, Lydia and Karin:

Mina Polen


Lydia Allison 

Karin Heyer

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As always, thank you for your interest.


2 Responses to “Jotunheim: ‘ Strength & Might’ 3/3′ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing”

  1. Big Baffy February 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on Comfy Baffies.

  2. Lydia Allison February 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on Lydia Allison.

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