September 22, 2013

Dwarven Ballad & Stumpy Heaven Blog Updates

Made some minor changes to some of the pages listed on the menu bar at the top of the blog.  You should now see a more complete and much easier to use list of links on the Dwarf and Ogre posts pages.  Have also fixed up and added some more detail to the Tournaments page.

Not every post is linked just most of the key ones and I have left off the links to the large number of 7th Edition WFHB Battle Reports for now.

Also noticed when tallying up the # of events I had taken my various armies to just how crap my results are with High Elves especially when compared against my Ogres... definately leaning toward Ogres for the NZ Team Championships more and more now.

Will be updating the High Elf and 30/40k links during the week and then doing some more work on other parts of the blog.

Finally the building of my Dwarven Display Board has gotten my interest in my Dwarf fluff project well and truly re-ignited so I am going to make some HUGE changes/updates to my other Blog Karak Thorinkin over the next few weeks.

But to wet your appetite here's something I posted on there a few years back..

Ballad of Thorin Metalturner founder of Karak Thorinkin
One of many sagas about Thorin Metalturner this particular rendition was written by an unknown Loremaster in the year 525 and is the oldest of those recorded dating back some 2100 years. It tells the story of the flight of the Thorinkin from their ancestral home of Dru Grimthorn in Imperial Year -335, the bravery of the people during that flight and the final stand of Thorin and the Warriors of Dru Grimthorn on the bridge into Karak Azul.

The saga itself is not complete and the version below contains only the smallest part of what was once a tale that could, in the narrative tradition of the Thorinkin, take hours and sometimes days to recite. It however is the most widely known and recited among the people of Karak Thorinkin, and this shorter version is taught to all Beardlings by their parents. While the ballad loses much of its power and resonance when translated into the human tounge it is still a remarkable work.

For a better understanding of the events it describes you should read the historical archives on the Foundation of Karak Thorinkin and the fall of Dru Grimthorn.

Fled from blood and fire
Paths marked with those lost
Lives emptied through despair and sorrow
Harried ever, fight and flee
Giant, greenskin, wolf and spider
Fire, arrow, spear, sword, axes blunt
Beardlings honored youth aged but not yet grown
Bravery, deeds of song and story
Lost among shadows drowned in tears
The people marched, ahead a bright horizon
Distant kin of the Hammer mighty
Its wielder undaunted, eyes bright, arm strong
But bones weary, the peoples weight upon heavy shoulders
Horizon reached through blood and sacrifice
Few remain less than those lost
Beardlings and grumblers alike as steel from Grimnirs forge
Beacons lit by the Hammers kin
Banners unfurled herald salvation
Resolve fades to joyful flight care swept aside
Bridge to safety a trap now sprung
Bonecrusher Giant, Greenskin horde fall upon the weary
Hammer mighty resolute and tall gathers about him warriors few
Those remaining whose armour bright and axes sharp
Stand astride the bridge resolute unmoving
Behind them the people flee all order lost
Bravery uncounted, numbers unmatched dark horde held
Warriors fall and Hammer stands alone
Bonecrusher challenges club raised high People now safe behind kindred’s walls
The Hammer answers and Hornthang draws blood
Endless it seems battle wages between Hammer and Club, Giant and Thane
Limbs broken, armour rendered a fatal blow Hornthang scores
At his feet a Giant falls and a dark host flees
Hammer now raised by arms too weary, bloodied armour and beard
Eyes last glimpse upon kindred’s walls a people safe
Through blood and fire the Hammer has led them but now is no more

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