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Bardic Arts

"Steven MacEanruig"
by
Rima of Rockridge

Out of the ash lands, out of the dunes,
Through foes, through flame, and the fiery sun's burning,
Steven strode, no stranger to war,
Eanruig's son, Ashenlands' lord,
Marklands he marched, measured the sands:
Need was upon him. North he stalked,
Clad for battle, Claiming the throne,
Mistland's mastery, from many another,
Princes and plotters: little peace did they know
Who saw Steven stern in the lists,
Dealer of dooms, delighter in blows,
Ready of heart, in ruin no less
Than on victory's verge: valor was his.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "The Way It Was".

"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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