Nifelheim: ‘Spaces and Pain 3/4’ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

9 Apr

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The Nine Realms

9 months, 22 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 Nifelheim (The Realm of the Dead


Ross Beattie and  Nat Hall


Send Me to Hel

by Ross Beattie


Become for me what you became for that world.
My sister is also a serpent.
You protect the gates of your name and I need not pass you as my only wish is to die beside you.
Many gods cannot bear how you look, eyes turn in disgust, fear creeps through the hearts of greater men than I. But I’m entranced by your beauty, your one half rotting and other already dead, it’s exactly the same as mine, but only eyes that see past surfaces can tell this when they see me.
Can you see me ?
I have to imagine you from what I read, but it’s not enough, I can wait no longer.
I beg to gods that I’m forever unlikely to believe in “Send me to Hel”
And then I catch a glimpse of my hopeless self and laugh into the mist covered morning.





by Nat Hall


Feel ice claws in the northern

Out of dark North,
out of blue-tainted icicles,
out of the antlers of the stag,

where the living comes out & back,
where dragon gnaws at the ash tree,

protects Hvergelmir;

out of her womb,
mother of eleven

Sylgr, Ylgr,
Slídr & Hríd,
Fimbulthul, Vid, Leiptr & Gjöll –

Élivágar turned ice to

Frost Giants,
children of the mist…

The go-between
fire & ice.
L’antichambre même de la vie.


© Nat Hall 2015


MP3 to come


You can read the overview of Nifelheim  here , and see some Nidavellir poems here


Find out more about Ross and Nat here:

Ross Beattie

Nat Hall


As always, thank you for your interest.


2 Responses to “Nifelheim: ‘Spaces and Pain 3/4’ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing”

  1. cailinbmma April 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on My Blog.

  2. nordicblackbird April 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on nordicblackbird and commented:
    Latest offering to the nine realms

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