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From the Icelandic Saga ‘The Story of Burnt Njal’

See! warp is stretched
For warriors’ fall,
Lo! *weft in loom
'Tis wet with blood;
Now fight foreboding,
'Neath friends' swift fingers,
Our gray woof waxeth
With war’s alarms,
Our warp bloodred,
Our weft corseblue.

This woof is yarnwoven
With entrails of men,
This warp is hardweighted
With heads of the slain,
Spears blood-besprinkled
For spindles we use,
Our loom ironbound,
And arrows our reels;
With swords for our shuttles
This war-woof we work;
So weave we, weird sisters,
Our warwinning woof.

Now War-winner walketh
To weave in her turn.
Now Swordswinger steppeth,
Now Swiftstroke, now Storm;
When they speed the shuttle
How spear-heads shall flash!
Shields crash, and HelmGnawer
On harness bite hard!

Wind we, wind swiftly
Our warwinning woof.
Woof erst for king youthful
Foredoomed as his own,
Forth now we will ride,
Then through the ranks rushing
Be busy where friends
Blows blithe give and take.

Wind we, wind swiftly
Our warwinning woof,
After that let us steadfastly
Stand by the brave king;
Then men shall mark mournful
Their shields red with gore,
How Swordstroke and Spearthrust
Stood stout by the prince.

Wind we, wind swiftly
Our warwinning woof;
When sword-bearing rovers
To banners rush on,
Mind, maidens, we spare not
One life in the fray!
We corse-choosing sisters
Have charge of the slain.

Now new-coming nations
That island shall rule.
Who on outlying headlands
Abode ere the fight;
I say that King mighty
To death now is done,
Now low before spearpoint
That Earl bows his head.

Soon over all Ersemen
Sharp sorrow shall fall,
That woe to those warriors
Shall wane nevermore;
Our woof now is woven.
Now battle-field waste,
O’er land and o’er water
War tidings shall leap.

Now surely ‘tis gruesome
To gaze all around,
When bloodred through heaven
Drives cloudrack o’er head;
Air soon shall be deep hued
With dying men’s blood
When this our spaedom
Comes speedy to pass.

So cheerily chant we
Charms for the young king,
Come maidens lift loudly
His warwinning lay;
Let him who now listens
Learn well with his ears,
And gladden brave swordsmen
With bursts of war’s song.

Now mount we our horses,
Now bare we our brands,
Now haste we hard, maidens,

Hence far, far away.

*weft (woof) means is the term for “the thread or yarn which is drawn through the warp yarns to create cloth”. So ‘The Woof of War’ translates to ‘The Weave of War’ or ‘War’s Weave.’
  • Listening to: Butcher Babies
  • Drinking: Coffee



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PeziCreation Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the watch!!! :iconthxwatchplz:
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hey, thanks for the :+fav: :) enjoy the params :D
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DeTea Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav of Nothing Haunts Being :-)
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fave :D :sun:
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i know for a fact i was watching you in the past but you were not on my list :( fixed are now
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Thanks for the fave! :D :hug:
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Thanks for the Fav :D
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Many thanks for the fave :)
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Thanks for the favorite!  :)
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