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Lay of the Good Beast

By: Piparskeggr

 

 

Health and Luck All,

Here's a poem I wrote, which embodies my understanding of Blót involving a Beast Slaying (some of you have seen it before).  I believe I have a good grasp of the Significance.  This is not about any particular Sacrifice, but has been inspired by Elder and modern accounts.

1st stave is repeated as the burden of the song.


Lay of the Good Beast

Sing me a Song, Solemn and Sweet
Bloody Deed, Bravely Tried
Swiftly it Sings, Sharp, Worthy Sword
Boarson's Death, Brightly Trú

Holy Ones old, sit in High Halls
Look down upon, Midgard so green
Folk's Word and Deed, building Orlay
Wyrding and Worth, Luck of the Land

-Burden-

Styjarl's son, chosen at birth
Spotless and white, goodly of line
Soft skinned is he, and clear of eye
Raised with kind hand, Sacral to be

-Burden-

Comes the Doom Day, Blót will be made
Folk from afar, gather in Stead
Spill drink to Wights, Needfire lit
Altar is raised, Holy Vé set

-Burden-

Blótgoði stands, before the Folk
Swine is led out, scrubbed nice and clean
Ribbon bedecked, given last meal
Meadhorns are raised, Boar Oaths are pledged

-Burden-

To Place of Deed, Goði, Thanes, Swine
Wend their way, Ordeal to pass
Boar is prepared, held calm and still
Blood maker acts, with lightning stroke

-Burden-

With single cut, Death comes Right Quick
Blood darkens Hórgr, Blessing is sought
Severed head raised, Runestave neath tusks
Swine Spirit Soars, Skyheim bespeaks

-Burden-

Carcass is flayed, meat is prepared
Feast for the Folk, Honor to Gods
Remnants are Burnt, Smoke flies aloft
Blót has been made, Pleasing and Good

-Burden-

Holy Ones old, sit in High Halls
Look down upon, Midgard so green
Folk's Word and Deed, building Orlay
Wyrding and Worth, Luck of the Land

-Burden-

-Burden-

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In Frith under Troth, may the Gods see you!

- Piparskeggr skjaldberi Ullar