Midgard: Survival and Destruction 3/4 The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

24 Jun

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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



(the realm of the people)


Nat Hall, Tom Murphy and Joanna Lee


Tun & Scattald

by Nat Hall


fae da Old Norse,
an arrangement of long houses with 
smoky stacks,
where farmers grind their
daily grain,
man’s wheel of life around
fire, sun and
Voar-Simmer-Hairst [1]
to tame the land,
before black
this lush realm for mortals,
they build their ting [2]
and chamber 
cairns, [3]
harvest from the sea & the land –
scrutinise waves & horizon from
basalt edges of
old rocks,
their home with
wandering dead in between
stars & Northern lights.
On either side of
dry stone wall,
tun and scattald [4]
feel a safe 
place to be born & to die,
raise your offspring with each harvest,
write your story on
every stone –
that perfect realm
you can call

© Nat Hall 2015


[1] voar-simmer-hairst: [Shetland dialect] spring-summer-autumn
[2] ting: Viking field of parliament 
[3] chamber cairn: old funeral chamber 
[4] tun & scattald: the inner & outer side of an enclosed human settlement, traditionally with a stone wall.





by Tom Murphy


ripe garden
shallow pool
wet grass

sweet nectar dripping on the floor

as the straps tighten
as the moan escapes
as if uttered by someone else

into the melt
the cotton sticks to your back
soft and slubbed
under her fingers





The realm of men

by Joanna Lee


They laid the body of the firstborn
into the void of the Universe:
his flesh became land;
his blood, oceans;
his bones, mountains;
his hair, trees.

His skull they held still:
the four points
of the compass, empty.
They shook out his brains
and flung them wide to become
the cottony stuff of clouds.

Perhaps this is why
we, shaped from the dead
hewn hunks of elm and ash,
our home girded by the eyebrows
of giants, hold
such preoccupation

with our own skins.
A world encircled
by a serpent has no need
for creation myths
of temptation and flood,
no; we pluck at our bodies,

pick at imperfections,
dream of shedding
and of rainbow bridges; cut
ourselves, re-shape our-
selves, mold, curb, color, smoothe,
tug, press, hack, squeeze

out our skulls and fling
our brains over the edge
of believability, looking only
to look in the mirror
with satisfaction, looking
only to live forever.





Find out more about Nat, Tom and Joanna here:

Nat Hall



Tom Murphy


Joanna Lee




As always, thank you for your interest.



2 Responses to “Midgard: Survival and Destruction 3/4 The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing”

  1. nordicblackbird June 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on nordicblackbird and commented:
    Keeping up with #theninerealms – realm 8, Midgard, the one before that of the elves, in the caring hands of @Artipeeps

  2. Jim C Mackintosh June 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Comfy Baffies.

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