The Poetic Song:
The Tales of Hale
In ancient lands of ice and fire
Was born a boy to roam the world
Old Conn was both his friend and sire
Long woven was his fate unfurled
For brothers true in danger shared
He had the faithful Viking Cats
As frontiers, monsters, ruins dared
They wandered far to come at last
To lands and climates they knew not
The Earth, the Sea, and Heaven’s Knot
As Conn’s Own Heart the boy first known
Explorer, Roamer, Viking son
Strong and tall he sprang, well-grown
To wander waves beneath the sun
Adventures deep and dangers dire
He chased full round the earth and seas
Disaster overtook his sire
As heir to father did accede
Of myths and legends many sing
The Tales of Hale heroic ring…
THE TALES OF HALE AND THE VIKING CATS
Continuing on with the Tales of Hale and the Viking Cats. More entries on this story can be found in category, The Viking Cats. This is the first-part of the poetic section of the novel I am writing, the Viking Cats. The book will be a children’s book aimed primarily at young boys, aged 7 to 13 or so.
The Book is about the boy Hale, who is the son of an Explorer/Merchant Viking (not the raping, burning, pillaging kind), and his adventures traveling the world with his newly converted Christian father Conn. (At least until his father is killed and Hale must assume leadership of his exploratory/trading expedition.)
Hale however is a very strange lad. He is preternaturally strong and uncannily intelligent and inquisitive and it is discovered later in the story that Conn’s father made a strange deal with God prior to Hale’s birth to give his son a unique Wyrd, which will follow him for the rest of his life and will fashion for him a peculiar and unforeseen fate.
Hale is also accompanied by three enchanted Viking Cats who are both his close companions and oftentimes his rescuers or guardians. Many other bizarre things will occur throughout the course of the book as Hale and his crew and cats wander the wide world.
The book will be divided into two sections. The first part will be the prose story, or the Proeric Tale. The second part will be the poetic section, and will be a poetic retelling of the prose story with certain variants in the storyline, and it will, of course, be presented in verse as a semi-Skaldic or Scopic song meant to be sung upon the lyre or the lute.