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June 23rd, 2008

10:23 pm

Title: The Farer
Author: Serpentis </a></b></a></div>black_minorca
Summary:
Sigurd fishes, scraping a living on the chilly wastes of the Orcadian coast, while all around him the world changes. He has to battle with a wife who is rebellious and a young son who seems drawn to the Christian faith, while being aware of his failure as a man, a husband, and a father.
Disclaimer:
All mine.
Author's Notes:
First thing I have written for two years, and it's quite short, just a scene setting for a longer chaptered story I have in mind. The idea came from a book I was reading, The History of Scotland, by the late and great Magnus Magnusson, regarding the Viking crusaders known as Jerusalem Farers. They've left one of the largest collections of runic graffiti in a cairne called Maes Howe (and one day I am going to go and see it for myself), which is in Orkney. It's the idea of the Viking Crusader that fascinates me - this bloody and warlike culture of myth, and the reality of the Vikings in the world in the 11th and 12th centuries. They were far more cosmopolitan, recruited as mercenaries by the Byzantine Empire (the Varingian Guards), had excellent trading links with the growing population of Rus and through the Volga and the Dneiper to the Black Sea and therefore the Mediterranean. They were far more sophisticated than considered, though their sagas and myths raise the spectre of Beowulf and blood feuds.

I like history *smiles* Warnings that this is rough.