This ancient Glandorian myth tells of events which took place at the climatic end of the First Kanapan-Glandor War; it was predominantly an oral tale, but it has been found engraved in pictorial form in many places through the Glandorian peninsula. This version, however, is a translation of the text in the single greatest source of modern knowledge pertaining to the peninsula, the Skarlbog, or Skarl Book. This document is believed to be the result of an effort by Konig Gotiravow the Scholar to compile all Glandorian culture into one document; to this end, the great skarls - poets, scholars and sometimes users of magic - of the kingdom were summoned and ordered to record their memorised songs, tales and histories.
This myth is believed to have been common in the past Kingdom of Glandor, and
would have been a familiar part of any skarl's repertoire. Now, however, it is
almost unknown except among scholars and those with a particular interest in the
History. The seeds for this myth were laid by the heroism of Glandor in defence of the peninsula and people later to bear his name. After a fort was constructed on the site, a miracle - at the time - of architecture, it is said that Glandor swore no Kanapans would ever pass it. However, the events that this tale is based on occurred twenty years after Glandor's death; a Kanapan army was attacking the fort, and a group of Glandorian warriors - including future Konig Lamskun, already known as "the Warrior" - claimed to have been aided by the spirit of Glandor, returning from death to fulfil his oath.
Importance. This myth was one of the cornerstones of Glandorian cultural identity, and vital for those who wish to understand their vibrant and influential culture. While it may not hold much fascination for those uninterested by the Glandorians, for those who are interested it provides a prime example of their verse and fills a vital niche in their mythology, as the basis of one of the most persistent myths about Glandor himself - that, when the peninsula of his people is threatened, he will return to repulse the invaders.
The Tale. Below you find the tale of Ulfet Glandor'en, the Wolf of Glandor, a translation of the text in the single greatest source of modern knowledge pertaining to the peninsula, the Skarlbog, or Skarl Book. Added were footnotes by the translators.
Thorulf the Old had been
on the throne five times five years and was grown old.
Here the poem ends; it is not recorded here how Lamskun became Konig Lamskun the Warrior, but it was almost certainly on the strength of his tale as well as his previous reputation as a fighting leader. Thorulf died in fighting the Kanapans in the centre of the battlefield, despite his advanced age; he may have been looking for a glorious death, in a culture which valued honour and sacrifice highly.
 Sort Ban'enns, their name for the Kanapans [Back]
 Battle was joined [Back]
 Swords [Back]
 Fog [Back]
 Tranergete, another name for the Kanapans [Back]
 Liege-lord, warrior [Back]
 Battle-servants, shortened from wigtheowepter'enns [Back]
 Pledged men [Back]
 Coming of age, where the skarls proclaimed a boy a man [Back]
 The wind [Back]
 Here: wounds; often: scars [Back]
 Within moments of one another and with great force [Back]
 From the tale of the Kanapan invasion [Back]
 The fort [Back]
 The original Battle of Glandorfield, won by Glandor and his army [Back]
 As it descended on a corpse or cripple after a battle [Back]