Heathendom’s Last Bastion

The world is changing, and the old gods are silent.  The winters grow longer and colder with each passing year, and our once powerful sorceresses dwindles to little more than healers and seers of uncertain futures beyond Midgard, this middle earth, in the distant lands of Ice and Fire.

The tribes have grown in size and strength, and yet out lands begin to grow barren, more with each passing cycle of seasons.  The men grow tired, restless, full of wanderlust and desire for more.  The women, just as malcontent with their lot and those of their lovers, goad and press them, stoking the already hot coals, to seek out greater wealth and lands.  Word now travels from the south of the One God, He who converts or destroys.  In their arrogance, their lands and temples lie open and little defended…

It is time.

A quick summary/teaser of what will be the last chapter in the still untitled Norse World Series concluding with the “Viking Age” during which the Men of the North ventured south from their long established territories in search of wealth, glory, new lands, and a death in battle that would assure their seats at the tables of Valhalla.  I am unsure how far into the “Viking Age” the last book will go. Whether it will end at the Raid of Lindisfarne, the Christianization of Scandinavia that started under Harold Bluetooth or somewhere in between is still up for debate .

The two deciding factors in this will be:

  1. Keeping the story in line with the fantastical voice of the rest of the series while being able to show how and possibly why magic faded from the people, and
  2. Not contradicting how the Viking age ended in our own reality.


A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine.

Translation: From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.

The first Viking raid upon the British Isles occurred in 793 C.E., during the reign of King Beorhtric of Wessex. Simeon of Durham recorded the grim events:

“And they came to the church of Lindisfarne, laid everything waste with grievous plundering, trampled the holy places with polluted feet, dug up the altars and seized all the treasures of the holy church. They killed some of the brothers; some they took away with them in fetters; many they drove out, naked and loaded with insults; and some they drowned in the sea.”

The Lindisfarne Stone - Depicting the Viking raid on the Monestary at Lindisfarne

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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Jetsam, Norse World


My Insperation

As I try to compile a list of artist who have inspired me, Tennyson pops into my head–not only as a part of the list, but his line from “Ulysses”: I am a part of all that I have met.  How true, but to give you more of an idea of who I am, I will compile a short and odd one nonetheless.

Tolkien is there of course, bot for helping me discover a love of reading (and fantasy in particular) at the relatively late age of twenty two, and also for really showing the world how to create a world of your own. Dumas is there as well, it was he who interested me in historical fiction as a genre and taught me the valuable lesson, that for every happy ending there are many, many more tragic ones, and that “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of the one state with another, nothing more.  He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.  We must have felt what it is to die, [my friend] that we may appreciate the enjoyment of life.”

Stephen King: although I have never much cared for his writing, he is one of my favorite story tellers of all times.  J. Michael Staczynski, George Lucas, and Gene Roddenberry, also for their excellence in storytelling,  as well as showing my how powerful a device it can be to use other worlds to teach us more about both our own world and the inner world of self.

Probably the biggest inspiration to my writing so far, and also the latest entry to the list (I found it only four short years ago) is the world of Zalanthas ( and its wonderful community of players and staff.  They have taught me, in addition to many, many valueable lessons, how absolutely valuable each and every character in a story is, no matter how little ‘screen time’ they have; you can never know too much about a character, no matter how little you plan on telling the reader.  Thank you for letting me add to the story of Zalanthas in my own little ways (all sixty-plus of them).

This is, like I said in the begining, only a very short list.  We really are both a part and a sum of all we have met.

Thank you for reading,

J. Lewis Williams

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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Jetsam