Nidavellir: ‘ Darkness and Gold’ 1/4′ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

26 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 Nidavellir (The Realm of the Dwarves)


Joanna Lee, John Mansell, Nat Hall


the secret and impalpable things of the world

by Joanna Lee


strength has no purchase here,
in the dark places
where ribbons of the secret
and impalpable things of the world
are forged from stony,
sunless wrists
to catch a moon-

by the heart, the chain.

he would slay the best of them,
she said, so slaver-
dripped fingers fish
for breath of cat moving,
the noise of mountain roots.
even a god will lose a hand
to feed a wolf
and bind him.








by John Mansell


Sombre snarled in nascent clutch
the maggot-born unbound
from mire of decaying Ymir.

In sunless dwelling of slate hue wrath
Sindri’s bloodline wrought in nanistic voracity
the skilled gems and emblems of gods.

Moon-wane fields that emptied to the shuddering north.
The clout of smiths in melanic retreat,
to swirl to solid mist the aureate seal of their fame.

In red-gold sanctum magic Hreidmar wrecked in wealth
the family bonds to scream in shame his daughter’s names
as sanguine blade slept through his flesh.

Three chains that snapped, one in death,
unbridled Fafnir, serpent spawn slithered the morose realm.
His rancid pause of poison like lava.

And Regin fearful shied to shameless oblivion.
It is a dire place this home of dwarves,
this land of shade and patricide.

There had been valour here, the lofty battle flags unwrapped.
Their unfurling now a memory
of dust chastened in the quietening mines.








The Open One

by Nat Hall


They wanted to tame prophecies,

the fen-dweller,
son of Loki,
beyond fears,
moon howler
Inside a troll’s skin;
feared by most gods,
shackled by silk
fashioned in
dark dwellings –
out of mere six impossibles:
a faint sound of feline footfall,
a woman’s beard,
a mountain’s roots,
a bear’s sinews,
breath of a fish 
bird’s spittle…

They say
Gleipnir, the open one,
will resist him.

© Nat Hall 2015






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


Find out more about Joanna, John and Nat:

Joanna Lee

John Mansell

Nat Hall



As always, thank you for your interest.



6 Responses to “Nidavellir: ‘ Darkness and Gold’ 1/4′ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing”

  1. nordicblackbird February 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on nordicblackbird and commented:
    As fresh from the press, from #theninerealms’ project curator Nicky Mortlock c/o ArtiPeeps

  2. gh0stpupp3t February 28, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    I have been thinking of writing poems too.. so I guess there will be a Gh0stpupp3t’s Realm? LOL Kidding. *joke falls flat*

    • ArtiPeeps March 3, 2015 at 5:27 am #

      Sounds like a good plan- to write some poetry. If you do, you could always have a showcase. Think about it. 🙂 All good wishes to you. Nicky

  3. brennalayne March 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    I’m really enjoying this project, and the poets’ strong sense of literary heritage–so often their modern words reverberate with mighty echoes of the past, not only in terms of theme but of the actual usage of words. Powerful stuff.

    • ArtiPeeps March 12, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      Dear Brenna,

      Apologies for the delayed response!! Not intentional. I completely agree, I think the blend of the old and the modern really works well. It gives readers a real hook into the work. You can make different connections, and that’s what it’s all about. Really appreciate your continued interest. Nicky

      • brennalayne March 16, 2015 at 2:42 am #

        No worries, Nicky! This really is a fantastic project all around. Plus, I have to admit that I’m a sucker for Vikings. 🙂

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