About this project
When someone thinks about Icelandic or Norse mythology, the definitive books that come to mind are the Prose and Poetic Eddas. These legendary manuscripts are akin to the Viking bible. Written roughly 1000 years ago, they immortalize the culture and society of the northmen.
If you are new to Viking mythology, you'll find everything you're looking for between these covers. If if you're a veteran and have several translations of the Eddas already, you will find wondrous new epics that bridge all of the gaps and inconsistencies which exist within the originals.
The Illuminated Edda is a faithful homage to both the Prose and Poetic Eddas. The narrative will retell the contents of both books, along with additional tales that fill in the many gaps that exist within the myths. Instead of a stuffy academic translation, you can expect entertaining contemporary language that grips you and doesn't let go. The Illuminated Edda will contain beautiful full-colour artwork on each and every page. This book will tell the tales of the gods, the giants and many other wondrous beings who inhabit the world tree Yggdrasil- from the creation myths all the way to Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods.
We fell in love with these texts over 20 years ago, and after writing several books and designing games based on the myths, we feel it's time to release our opus: The Illuminated Edda.
Within the Illuminated Edda you can expect the Prose Edda's Gylfaginning as well as over 30 poems from the Poetic Edda.
The Illuminated Edda also includes new sagas that tell the complete story. Wondered about the world before Ymir? How did the Aesir-Vanir war unfold? Why are the Dvergar ignoring the Norn prophesies? You will find maps of the realms as well as full sized pantheons for all of the divine races: Aesir, Vanir, Rime Jotun, Muspeli Jotuns, and Dvergar.
These new stories are written with the utmost care so that they blend in perfectly with the existing body of Viking epics.
The Illuminated Edda is being written by Andrew Valkauskas. Andrew has studied Viking history and mythology for over 20 years. The Eddas have been his muse and inspiration, and now he'd like to honour them with a pull-out-all-the-stops printing. Andrew has released a series of games (role playing games and card games) based on the Viking sagas. The Fate of the Norns RPG has seen 4 editions over the last 20 years, with the latest incarnations using Futhark rune sets instead of dice. The Gulveig card game is all about bidding, bluffing and scoring your way to victory. This year Andrew will be publishing 4 books: Seith and Sword, Horn of the Kraken, The Illuminated Edda and Lords of the Ash.
Andrew collects everything Viking related. He even scooped up Thor's hammer Mjolnir from the Dvergar Aaleks... shhh don't tell Thor!
The Illuminated Edda is being illustrated by Natasa Ilincic, a Croatian artist currently based in northern Italy. After graduating in classical studies she’s now graduating in Archaeology and devoting her spare time to art. She has been following her passion for painting since she was a little girl, trying to keep her inner child always awake. In 2011 she published her first work, illustrating “The heirs of Bastet” by Elena Romanello; her works have been published in books and magazines (Circle Magazine, The Celtic Connection) and she’s worked on several Fate of the Norns projects (Gulveig, Denizens of the North, The Illuminated Edda). She’s also author of “Agana”, an illustrated story based on north Italian folklore.
Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelites, neoclassical and victorian artists have always been an inspiration for her, and as a panentheist pagan many of her works are focused on nature, mythology, folklore, the feminine. Her weapon of choice is watercolour (often mixed with acrilics, ink, pastels) but she occasionally also works with digital media.
Fate of the Norns is our game line steeped in Viking history and mythology. For those who wish to explore some table-top entertainment along with their Illuminated Edda, we offer the boxed set as a reward tier. It includes everything we've ever released along with 5 sets of sunning and authentic metal Futhark rune sets.
The illuminated Edda is designed to be the companion lore book to the upcoming Lords of the Ash. Together they will allows your campaigns full access to the realms of the divinities.
When the book is released we will be pricing it at $79.98 CAD ($64.98 USD) for print and $36 CAD ($30 USD) for digital. The general release will be after all backers have had a chance to receive their rewards.
We will be using print-on-demand for fulfillment of this Kickstarter. We have used this for the last 4 Kickstarters with great success. By eliminating double shipping and double packing, we are able to reduce the price and we pass on those savings to you. Oh and you also get the rewards sooner!
Our POD partner is Lightning Source (LSI) and they have POD hubs in both the USA and UK, so shipping will be cheap for both North American and EU backers.
These exclusives are only available via/during this Kickstarter:
Add +$15 CAD [$12 USD] to your pledge to gain access to the Lords of the Ash BETA. You will get the content months ahead of release. The BETA begins next week (2015/05/12)!
Add +$110 CAD [$90 USD] to your pledge to receive a thick linen-canvas 24"x36" tapestry of Yggdrasil (or your choice of other imagery unlocked via stretch goals).
Exclusive Boxed Set bonus, every boxed set backer gets the PDF's included for free.
Extra book content: These stretch goals will add new chapter content about the adjacent and overlapping mythology of the Celtic, Finnish and Baltic peoples.
Boxed set recipients may add $+73 CAD to their pledge to add any of the following books: "The Illuminated Edda", "Denizens of the North" or "Core Rulebook". If you want 2 extra books, just add $146 CAD. This covers the extra shipping weight and box size.
More Exclusives will be announced throughout the campaign.
Risks and challenges
We're no slouch when it comes to crowdfunding projects. We've delivered half a dozen so far and this one falls into the low-risk category. Sometimes there are delays, but we're known for our regular updates.
In case you are curious, here is a link to one of our last books released:
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