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Bardic Arts

"Elriin of Hrassvelg"
by
Karina of the Far West

1 Witch: Thrice the warlike toad has croaked,
2 Witch: Thrice - and once the turkey gobbled,
3 Witch: Shasta calls, 'tis time, 'tis time!
Omnes: Round about the field they go,
               Elriin Hrasvelg and his foe,
               Double, double, toil and trouble,
               Beat the enemy to rubble.

How did he this monster make?
Neck and head of scaly snake,
Trunk and tail of ramping lion,
Wings of bat to flutter high on,
And instead of furry paws
Eagle's legs with clutching claws.
Double, double, toil and trouble,
Beat the enemy to rubble.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "The Lighter Side of Dying".

"Long ago, the West Kingdom bards decided to produce poems for every fighter in each crown lists. We carried this on for several years before finally faltering. A large number of bards were required, since the lists kept getting larger and eventually the effort involved wore us out. Even so, we published two volumes of the best of the fighter poems. I was president of the college of bards of the West Kingdom at that time and I regard that effort as perhaps the most satisfying thing I ever achieved in the SCA." -- Steven MacEanruig


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