Posts Tagged ‘skalds’

Barbarian Lord Tells It Like It Is

Friday, December 12th, 2014


Barbarian Lord is both a heavy boozer who possesses extremely violent behavioral patterns and a keen appreciation for poetry AND the name of the 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 many horns of caffeine and alcohol with at local venues over the years, including that of “the highest hall” and that of “the lowest cave” (in his own words, and if you’re familiar the Norumbegan area then you can likely guess what those are).

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

-Vikings (obviously)
-Icelandic sagas
-Heroic understatement
-Badass illustrations
-Evil trolls and other monsters
-Vicious conniving
-Alluring 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 on the forgotten outskirts of the infernal internet, then that should be enough to convince you to hail the hero’s quest for justice, drinking, and killing all who stand in his way. The book’s official webpage at Houghton Mifflin is here: Barbarian Lord.

And in the time since I originally wrote up this meager blog post back in the grim winter of 2014, the Lord of Barbarian Lord has vanquished some other pretty sweet projects, too, including but not limited to:

Lake of Fire

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Long Night at Goloski Station

Folklords

The Storyteller: The Fairy Queen and the Shepherd (or as I like to call it:
Jim Henson’s Grettir the Strong)

But enough blabbering! Here’s a smattering of Mr. Smith’s art:



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 »