I’m so pleased that I can finally reveal here on my website the cover of Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan.
Llewellyn Worldwide kindly sent me a copy a couple of months ago, but I was not at liberty to share it at that time. Now the cover can be seen on Amazon, Amazon Canada and Amazon UK, as well as right here at AlaricAlbertsson.Com!
The antlers at the base of the illustration hint at the presence of Ing Fréa, Lord of the Elves, who I have long felt a personal connection with. Above this, silhouettes of branches whisper of the woodlands and wild places. And beyond the branches, bathed in light, we see a simple but sturdy goblet bearing three runes: Gyfu, Tir and Rad.
Gyfu (gift), the rune of partnerships, describes the very heart of my book. Much of Travels Through Middle Earth focuses on developing strong, positive relationships not only with the gods and goddesses, but also with our ancestors and with the elves, cofgodas and other natural spirits that dwell unseen around us.
Tir (the north star) is a rune of guidance, direction and, ultimately, victory. I sincerely hope that my book will serve readers in this way.
Rad (riding) suggests a journey. And that is what I hope it will inspire in others – journeys through Middle Earth leading to wonder, joy and empowerment.
I am very happy with this cover, which captures the essence of the book so beautifully. I know that the artwork will attract potential readers, enticing them to drink from the goblet and embark on their own travels through Middle Earth!