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Bardic Arts

"Ulfgarth von Bergen"
by
Douglas Brownbeard

Now hear ye the story of Ulfgarth von Bergen!
He came from the hills with a wolfish approach;
He struck down the mighty and laid low the knightly,
And so became Wardlord: Beware, ye who'd poach!

But laying low nightly, as wardish protector,
He must have been training for some kind of fun
That needs different skills than the Royal Crown Tourney;
For of many fallen, Lord Ulfgarth is one.


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "For Our Friends Among The Slain".

"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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