I’m very pleased to announce that my first book of poetry, This Wild Dance, is out now. It is available from Amazon and Northern Fire. Northern Fire is a collective of Celtic and Norse artists, designers and craftspeople started by the folks behind Sacred Knot Tattoo.
There are two people at Sacred Knot that I would like to thank for their help. The first is Sean Parry, who created the cover art and interior images, and the second is Duncan Reed for his help in moving the process along and formatting the cover for printing.
I had an essay published today in the Winter Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer called “Ertu Hagr? The Gilded Sow and Esoteric Symbolism in Hreiðar’s Tale” which breaks down the surprising layers of meaning at play in Hreiðar’s Tale. The phrase translates as “Are you skillful?” and is asked of the titular character, Hreiðar, by King Magnus the Good. The essay unpacks the different levels of meaning in the question and the resulting answer.
You can read the essay here and my translation of Hreiðar’s Talehere.
I am excited to announce that I have published a translation of Hreiðar’s Tale, a medieval Icelandic þattr (a short comedic tale) here on Anarcheologos.
The tale comes from Morkinskinna and tells the story of a “holy fool” character from Icelandic literature, Hreiðar Heimski, and his adventures in Norway as he becomes embroiled in a feud between King Magnús the Good and his uncle and co-ruler, King Harald Hardrada. The tale works on two levels in that it is a conventional story with comedic elements, but the (unknown) author also makes use of esoteric symbolism that adds a layer of meaning that is intriguing.
You can read the story here. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
I’m happy to announce that my short story “The Thin King” has been accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology Les Cabinets des Polythéistes: An Anthology of Pagan Fairy Tales, Fables, and Nursery Rhymes.
The anthology is being edited by Rebecca Buchanan and published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, with an expected release in Winter 2016.
I’ll update with another post once it is released.
I’m happy to announce that I have a new poem entitled “Odin Wins the Mead of Poetry” in issue #36 of Mythic Circle. It tells the story of Odin’s infiltration of Suttung’s mountain lair and the deal he strikes with the giant’s daughter to gain the mead. As with my other narrative mythological poems, it is written in fornyrðislag meter.
Copies of Mythic Circle can be purchased from the journal’s website. Please check it out and buy a copy to support the publication.
S.R. Hardy is the author of various short stories, poems and translations. His work has appeared in venues such as Mythic Circle, Eunoia Review, Eternal Haunted Summer, Beorh Quarterly and anthologies such as The Shining Cities and Beyond the Pillars.