At the time the novel takes place, the worship of Odin, the old Celtic
nature worship, and Christianity existed side by side. The traditional Celtic
priests (or druids) had been replaced by wise women and bards. They were said
to have the same magic powers.
Skalds were the Viking form of bards. They weren't as well known for magic,
but they had a lot of power. In a time before written records, only they could
ensure a man's fame with their poetry and songs. The Vikings also had wise
Jack And Jill
The nursery rhyme comes from a Norse legend of two children who were sent
by their father to collect song-mead from Mimir's Well. On their way back,
with a full bucket of mead, they were carried off by the moon god.
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