Much thanks to Hyperion (aka Dan) for all your help, especially for preparing my manuscript for me. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Twilight of Yggdrasil, the Dark Realm is very near to becoming a real book! This is book 1 of a trilogy, for those who are new to my blog.
Last step before beginning the enquiry process: a final review to make sure all recent edits and revisions are accurate, etc, and then I’m finished.
I’ve made myself a latte, the laptop is on, and I’m ready to get started!
Wish me luck, folks! The journey to publication is about to begin!
And to all of you who’ve stuck around since almost the very beginning, a big thank you for all your support and encouragement!
Dagmar, a young elven princess, accompanies her father on a voyage to a dark and dangerous world in the hopes of preventing war from breaking out between her people and the dark elves of Svartálfheimr, but the peace is broken when the elven chief is murdered. Dagmar, the only survivor of the massacre, is now stranded in a world full of enemies. Vowing vengeance for her father’s killer, she flees to the neighbouring kingdom and places her life in the hands of the most fearsome dark elf ever known. Bound by an oath to the dark side and seduced by the dark elven king, bloodthirsty Svartálfar will turn an innocent girl into a cold blooded killer who will stop at nothing to have her revenge, but will she lose herself to the darkness as each step she takes carries her ever further from home and the girl she once was, or will she become the light amidst the shadows?
So, what do you think of my series and book title and pitch? Does it leave you wanting more? Are you desperate to read my book? If not, tell me why.
If you’re new to my blog, then let me fill you in. I’ve been hard at work over the past year and a half on writing the first book to a fantasy story that has been on my mind for many years. It all started as a writing assignment in highschool, which I won’t go into here, as it’s been mentioned in older posts. The story is inspired by Norse mythology. The nine realms of Yggdrasil, the world tree, serve as the backdrop to the tale. What I’m not doing is writing a story about the gods, though sometimes they are mentioned in passing. My characters are completely of my own imagination, and any reference to the lore of the north or the gods is done with the utmost respect. Wherever applicable, I seek to stay in line with the lore, which will become more prevalent at a later point in the series. For now, I foresee this amounting to a trilogy, though I am open to the possibility of a longer series if necessary.
Currently, I am writing the final chapter of the first book. And slowly, slowly, it is starting to take shape as my heroine and her dark elven friends creep ever closer to battle. Now, she’s not the sort of heroine out to save the day. All she wants is revenge for her father’s murder, and she swore herself into the service of a dark elven king, who is an enemy of her people, for the sole purpose of achieving that goal. But her sworn enemy is also his enemy, and together, they will fight to defeat their mutual nemesis. However, this battle is only the beginning to a war that will shape the future of all the nine realms; a war that neither Dagmar or her dark elven ally have foreseen.
Now, you’ll have to forgive me for being a terrible blogger, but I promise, my book is of much higher quality than my pathetic attempts at writing blog posts! If you don’t believe me, just stick around for the completion of the book and see for yourself! Nearly there, now! 😉
We have a DRAGON!!!!!
And something dead… 💀
Whew! What a relief! So glad that’s over with! Now I can get on with editing chapters 8 and 9 and then finally finish writing chapter 10. The war is about to begin!
I am currently writing chapter 7, an entirely new chapter that I had to insert between existing chapters, which will push me out to 10 chapters as it currently stands. Chapters 8 and 9 are already written, though not yet revised. 10 has been begun, but far from complete. Apart from revisions and editing, all that is left to do is write chapter 7 and complete chapter 10, and if no unforseen scenes come up, the first book will be complete!
So, what is this new chapter about? In chapter 6, Ásbjorn will embark on his journey into Jötunheimr, and there will encounter the spawn of Fenrir in the Iron Wood. The chapter leaves off on a cliffhanger, but in chapter 7, we return to our dark elves in the dark, cursed forest. It is in this chapter that he will meet Angrboða, Queen of the Iron Wood, the vile sorceress who created Seiðr and thus brought evil into the worlds. In the past, she was known as Gullveig. After the Aesir discovered her evil deeds, they condemned her to death. She is Thrice Burnt and Thrice Born oft and again.
Just wait until you see how I will describe her! My notes are made. Now I need only to write the scene. Angrboða will be a thing of nightmares!
Update (January 17, 2018):
As of yesterday, chapter 7 came in at just under 1500 words, but after an entire morning that was intended to be used for writing got squandered by me goofing off, and only a short time spent writing this afternoon, I have miraculously *snort* brought that word count up to a whopping 1651! 😂
Gods, I’m hopeless! I’ve really got to work on my procrastination issues!
Does anyone have much knowledge of Fenrir and the role he plays at Ragnarökr? How does he break free? I can’t remember, but I’m trying to work my way through the Edda to find out. I need to gather up information about Gullveig, aka Angrboða and the Járnviðr, as well as any connection she might have with Fenrir, besides being his mother. I read something in the Edda about how the wolf conceals himself in the Járnviðr (the Iron Wood), but what I don’t know is what was meant by the wolf. Which wolf? For what purpose?
I have some ideas I want to work with in an upcoming chapter, but I need to have all my information straight, because I don’t want to conflict with what the lore has to say.
Something I found that is of interest, although not directly related to my question. Found it on Wikipedia.
In the first of two stanzas mentioning Fenrir in Vafþrúðnismál Odin poses a question to the wise jötunn Vafþrúðnir:
“Much I have travelled, much have I tried out,
much have I tested the Powers;
from where will a sun come into the smooth heaven
when Fenrir has assailed this one?”
In the stanza that follows Vafþrúðnir responds that Sól (here referred to as Álfröðull) will bear a daughter before Fenrir attacks her, and that this daughter shall continue the paths of her deceased mother through the heavens.