Bards - Eistedfodd

Tony And Catherine Lackey catan at
Wed May 10 15:48:20 PDT 2000

Donald Riney wrote:
> I think it would be a blast to hold it as it's own event. I know this hasn't
> been done in quite some time. It would seem we need other activities for
> those whoe are, how would you say... 'Bardicly challenged'. I tire of our
> forum for the highest bardic honor in Ansteorra, being tacked on to another
> event as an after thought. Maybe a Bardic Academy, with classes challenges
> and of course the main event (I envision Banners list ropes and heralds
> wearing tabbards anouncing the competitors). we could even have combat
> tourneys, with a requirement of being "barded" onto the field some time durring the day. Wether the fighter did it themselves or hired a bard to do it for them. OK so i may be a bit ambitious, but hey why shouldn't I be?
	I love this idea!  I'd love to help/teach with an event like this. 
Just think, learning and the kingdom's best bards competing at the same
event.  And I love the heralds announcing the competitors idea,
likewise, the "barding" on to the field of combat.  Kewl beans indeed!

> >Ulf Gunnarsson Asked:
> >(Have YOU written a patriotic piece for your kingdom lately?)
> Why yes I have two or three actually, here is one of my favorites, A Poem:
> The Black Star Calls
> Many years we've seen it there, Upon the polished crown.
> It leads us through the tempest eye like an angel come to ground.
> Borne by warriors, hero's all, A heavy burden on their brows
> It bids us GO! Defeat Trimaris! It's the Black Star calls us now!
> Its battle march we feel at night, heard within our blood and bone
> Unaware we face the east, as to see our foe within their home
> A battle cry comes to our hearts like a lion's mighty roar
> In rank and file we march as kin, as the Black Star goes to War
> Now A.S. XXVII heard, the call to take up arms
> >From myth and lore the army rose like a marching deadly swarm
> All dressed in gold the sunset flew unto that eastern field
> Their swords and armor ready now and the Black Star was their shield
> The shield walls formed upon the plane, our King he went before.
> The Prince remained to call "Advance!" and to open battle's door.
> A golden tide we swept the land, and claimed the day our own
> We rejoiced then in our victory, and the Black Star led us home
> Worn and tiered we traveled home, with tales of battle told
> In one years time we'd fight again, and history unfold
> Now many years we've traveled there, unto the battle plain
> In spring we form and march once more, as the Black Star calls again
> At hearth and home we sharpen swords, and battle plans are made
> Our battle standard in our minds, its glory will not fade
> It knows our hearts, We hero's all. It calls upon our vow
> It bids us "Go, defeat Trimaris!" It's the Black Star calls us now
> Hl Darius of the Bells
> 	Most stirring, Darius!  I look forward to hearing it performed, at Kingdom Eisteddfod, perhaps??

				Catrin ferch Gwilym
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