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The ten tales cover most of the main stories in the Norse mythological cycle:

The Creation; The War in Heaven and the Building of Asgarth's Wall; The Binding of the Wolf Fenrir; Thor's Journey to Utgarth; The Abduction of Ithunn; Skirnir's Journey; The Lay of Hymir; The Death of Balder; Loki's Flyting (Battle of Insults) and the Ragnarok (The End of the World).
Here are found the Aesir, the Sky-Dwelling Gods of Asgarth - Othinn, God of Poetry, Magic and Inspiration - Thor, the hammer wielding God of Thunder - The Vanir, those gods who came from the earth and the sea - Frey, the God of Love and his beautiful twin sister Freyja, skilled in that special kind of sorcery called seithr.
Here are the trickster Loki's monstrous children - The Wolf Fenrir, the venomous Dragon-serpent Jormungand and Hel, the Queen of the Dead.
Here are the Dark Elves and Mountain Giants, Trolls and Ogres that have become the very stuff of fear and folktale!

This double CD, including postage is 12.50 (send UK cheque) or $26 (send as cash or add $10 (to a total order) if sending an international cheque) to:
PD Brown, Cloverlea, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8QX, Scotland.




Over the centuries nature has increasingly been seen, at least consciously, as an inanimate 'thing', allowing its ever greater exploitation, resulting in serious environmental problems in the present century.

To our earliest forebears, the landscape was alive; everything had a soul, not just the people, animals, birds, fish and insects who lived in it, but every stream, mountain and boulder too.
Perhaps the most powerful impression of an indwelling spirit was given by the trees that covered Europe, in amongst which dwelt people who came to revere the trees and see them as sacred, such as the Druids of the Celts, or even feel a sense of kinship with them.
In the Norse creation story, the first man and woman were made by the gods from an Ash and an Elm.

The roots of our shared culture are embedded in the land, nourished by rich layers of myths, folklore and ancestral memories. Here are four such tales of trees:
One Tree Hill; The Elder Tree Witch; The Wonderful Wood (three English folktales) and the Battle of the Trees (a Welsh myth).

This single CD, including postage, is 7.50 (send UK cheque) or $16 (send as cash or add $10 (to a total order) if sending an international cheque) to:
PD Brown, Cloverlea, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8QX, Scotland.




Here are three Welsh stories dating back to the sixth century, when the Welsh, or Britons, held nearly all of what is today England and Scotland. Together they make an epic telling of the erosion of their hold on the land by the Angles, the people who later gave their name to the English.
Each Welsh king retained a bard to compose elegies in his honour. Incredibly, some of these poems have survived to the present day.
Many of them concern the characters whose stories are here told and, in translation, have been woven into the tales' fabric. They have a high, heroic tone, yet tinged with the sadness of a people in decline.

These bards used a mnemonic device; memorising names, events and facts in groups of threes, or triads, which helped them remember the stories behind them.
Some of these have also survived and are collectively known as the Triads of the Island of Britain (Trioedd Ynys Prydein).
Some are mentioned in these stories, serving to set the tales against the wider backdrop of Welsh oral tradition.

Sadly, most of the stories alluded to in the Triads have not survived, but here are three researched and reconstructed tales.
Mingling myth, legend and history, there is one from each of the three Triads they are named after, told to the fitting accompaniment of the harp, for you to enjoy:
The Three Chieftains Brought Low by Misfortune; The Three Fair Womb-Burdens and The Three Noble Retinues.

This double CD, including postage, is 12.50 (send UK cheque) or $26 (send as cash or add $10 (to a total order) if sending an international cheque) to:
PD Brown, Cloverlea, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8QX, Scotland.
This CD is but a taster of the rich abundant storytelling tradition of the Icelanders, a wealth of myth, a storehouse of sagas, a cornucopia of legend and folktale.

Ghosts, Elves, Gods and Vikings make love, war, poetry and magic in this world and the worlds beyond - a heady brew!
CONTENTS: A Calling to Saga - an invocatory poem to the Goddess of Storytelling, rendered in the Ljothahattr, the "Incantation Metre" of the Icelandic Skalds; The Winning of the Mead of Inspiration - Othinn's greatest adventure; Egil's Feud with Bloodaxe (from Egils saga Skalla-Grimssonar)pt.1 - A Troublesome Youth; The Necklace Brisingamen - how Freyja won, lost and regained her golden necklace by a promise; Egil's Feud pt.2 - In Longship and Law Court; The Never-ending Battle - Freyja keeps her promise; Egil's Feud pt.3 - The Horse-headed Curse; The Golden Whorl - a folktale about an elf called Kidhouse; Egil's Feud pt.4 - The Head Ransom; The Deacon of Dark River - a chilling Yuletide ghost story; The Ptarmigan - a little known folktale of Freyja.

This double CD, including postage is 12.50 (send UK cheque) or $26 (send as cash or add $10 (to a total order) if sending an international cheque) to:
PD Brown, Cloverlea, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8QX, Scotland.

This CD comprises three Old English tales told to the accompaniment of the Anglo-Saxon harp, or lyre, with poetry in the Anglo-Saxon alliterative line. Each tale takes us further back in time; firstly to an historically attested tale from the Norman Conquest; the second, a legendary tale, takes us back to the pre-migration home of the Angles in what is today Schleswig; the third takes us into mythic time, a story that was reborn wherever Germanic peoples settled. Here, its hero comes to England.

The tales are: THE STORIES OF HEREWARD THE SAXON - the man who led a resistance movement against William the Conqueror, who never surrendered and who died in peace, still lord of his family's estate as recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086; OFFA OF ANGELN - an ancestor of King Offa of Mercia, like Hereward, his youth held little promise, until his life was turned around when he single-handedly saved his people from the Swabian hordes; WAYLAND THE SMITH - a love-struck strange one, eldritch and elvish, avenging immortal, transforming in triumph!

This single CD, including postage, is 7.50 (send UK cheque) or $16 (send as cash or add $10 (to a total order) if sending an international cheque) to:
PD Brown, Cloverlea, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8QX, Scotland.

Northern Britain
in the C6th.
The Descendants
of Coel Hen.
Aethelferth's
subsequent
career


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