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    Default Tale of the Week 269: Solstice - WINNER'S CIRCLE

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    Solstice


    The picture is 'Stonehenge at sunset on a cloudy day' by Jeffrey Pfau. It's from here, used with permission
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    Tale of the Week 269 was a contest filled with well-written and interesting entries, most of them dealing with the turn of the year and associated rituals. The winner, however, was the submission by Axis Sunsoar, telling the dramatic story of Cú Chulainn's death in epic verse. Read it for yourself below:

    TotW 269: Solstice - WINNING SUBMISSION
    The Hound

    Dark
    was the day, in brightest land
    When forth the hero rode
    Culann's Hound, Sétanta in name
    Magnificent, and bold

    Bright were his eyes, and bright his hair,
    down from the gates he went.
    No longer to grace Emerald Isles,
    but fight till life was spent

    Numbered to great, his enemies,
    with rituals they came.
    For fathers dead, or sweet wives wooed,
    at his feet fell the blame.

    His Mighty steed the guiding force,
    as forth chariot plunged.
    His death already written sure,
    but final sin expunged.

    With spear to hand, he'd hold his ground,
    Singing loud all the while.
    And when at last death laid its claim,
    he'd meet it with a smile.

    Sacred words told, geasa broken
    could lay the hero low,
    and meat given by widow frail,
    doomed to final blow.

    The spears struck true, fulfilled their task
    First driver fell, then steed
    But never was the hound afraid,
    And great was his last deed.

    It had been said that kings would fall,
    And thus by three they did,
    At last the hero's side was pierced
    Upon the earth he slid

    Yet so great was the fear he wrought,
    That still foes stayed away.
    'Til raven settled from above
    to mark his dying day.

    At last from shoulders head was struck,
    one deed yet to be wrote
    A blinding hero-light shone forth,
    and striking hand was smote

    No more would Ulster's boldest son
    Go riding through her fields.
    Even in death, his mettle proved:
    he still refused to yield.

    So evermore upon his hill
    he rests within his mound
    And evermore friend and foe both
    remember Culann's hound.



    Thank you to everyone who entered, and to everyone who voted!

    TotW 269: Submission thread | Voting thread





    If you'd like to enter the current Tale of the Week, the submission thread can be found here: TotW 270: Three Kingdoms.






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    Default Re: Tale of the Week 269: Solstice - WINNER'S CIRCLE

    A well done and well earned win by Axis Sunsoar. I was proud of my entry, but yours is good as well. I just hope the competition is good every week.

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    Congratulations, a well-deserved win.




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    Well done Axis - and to everyone who entered, making this a difficult choice.

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    Default Re: Tale of the Week 269: Solstice - WINNER'S CIRCLE

    Many thanks to everyone who voted, and well done to my fellow contestants! All of the entries submitted were worthy!

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    Good job mate. Had to come in and break my three in a row hit-and-leave streak, did ya? Now I have to come back and do things in the future >.<

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    Excellent!

    (And because I'm such a genius of brevity, the line above is both a comment on Axis's winning entry and also a comment on the prospect of CommodusIV's return...)






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