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With the news out of Boldhome and all the rumours and counter-rumours, I am also hearing a new song sung round the sweat lodges and in the cattle pens, a song about the Kheldon Queen and all that is happening in the south. It seems I have heard it, or at least a song like it, sometime in the past, before my father died. But the singers do not admit this, nor will they speak of Queen Starbrow's first rebellion, or what happened afterwards.
Redwheel the trader has also heard this new song. I spoke to him this evening as he packed up his wares. He had made a thane's ransom selling henna and whetting stones, but wanted to return early to Ironspike, not even going on to Slough Hall as he originally planned. For some reason he would not even stay for the clan weapontake called for tonight, even though I know he loves the cuk fighting that usually occurs afterwards. Redwheel said that the song is ironic, especially the lines, "the battle thanes have given their word", and "swear the clans will ne'er forsake". He is always using strange words, and I am not sure what he means. Perhaps he means it has magic in it, like the other songs the warriors sing. Redwheel said he had first heard the song sung locally by a Vingan, the woman called Cradledaughter. The words were different then, and she sang it as a cult song. He said that some of the people in the song were allies of Starbrow, and that different tribes had different verses, or changed the words. He did not seem pleased that there was a new verse about Harvar Ironfist. I wanted to ask him more, but he left in a great hurry. Here is the song.
Tune: Follow Me Up To Carlow
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