Posts Tagged ‘skalds’

Barbarian Lord Tells It Like It Is

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Barbarian Lord is both a hardcore boozer who possesses extremely violent behavioral patterns and a keen appreciation for poetry AND the name of the recently* released graphic novel dedicated to portraying his adventures in boozing, brawling, and poetic appreciation. As Barbarian Lord’s own personal real-life skald, Matt Smith sings Barbarian Lord’s praises and spreads his renown to those of us who are not fortunate enough to lift a sword and join in his adventures firsthand. Matt’s also an all-around good guy who I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a few horns with at local venues ranging from “the highest hall” to “the lowest cave” (in his own words, and if you know the area then you can likely guess what those are).

But getting back to the book, this is the sort of work for people who like the following:

-Vikings (obviously)
-Icelandic sagas
-Heroic understatement
-Badass illustrations
-Evil trolls and other monsters
-Vicious conniving
-Sexy witches who maim innocent birds
-Demonic possession of domesticated farm animals
-And, last but definitely not least, death metal allusions

If you’re even at this weird, little website, then that should be enough to convince you to hail the hero himself at http://barbarianlord.com/ and to join his quest for justice, drinking, and killing all who stand in his way.

*I say “recently” somewhat loosely because it was actually released last summer, but being only half a year behind the times is a step in the right direction for me. The last time I blogged about a book, I was three years late. Skål for punctuality!

Fear and Loathing in Western Sweden

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Fear and Loathing in Western Sweden

A tale of a depressed Viking, a vicious boner, the Little Mermaid, and heavy drinking.

Also, check out how most of the inhabitants of Tjörn really live:

Beowulf Orated…

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Benjamin Bagby is one unusual dude. He goes around orating Beowulf in its original Old English with the help of a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon harp. His performance at the Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden was recorded a couple years ago and parts of it can be viewed on youtube. This unfortunately means that he’s sitting on an elegant modern stage a safe distance from the audience instead of in a mead hall surrounded by eager listeners with a fire nearby, which sort of creates a sense of detached absurdity. But that doesn’t mean it’s not cool that someone is properly promoting the biggest badass in Scandinavian history.

Hail to a true modern skald or scop or whatever you wish to call him:

The Modern Viking Job Interviews, #2: Björn Svensson

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Here we witness warrior-poet, Björn Svensson, as he is forced to squirm under the godforsaken spotlight of that most unholy of abominations, human resources …Hail onwards »

Pure Nordic Hatred, part 2

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

So, picking up from where I left off last time…I would still like to attain more glory for myself. Or, to be more specific, any glory at all because right now I have none. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want a nice, heaping helping of glorious glory? …Hail onwards »