Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Word of the Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Mead Hall (noun) – Today’s word is a bit of a stretch because, really, it’s two words. But it’s fabulous. The precursor to the tavern, eh? A mead hall, in medieval days, was the “house” where the king let all his thanes (knights) hang out drinking and telling riddles. (Okay, other stuff went on there – for instance, a wench used to be a woman chained to a hook in the floor of a mead hall – but this site could be viewed by eyes under the age of 18, if you know what I mean.) The mead hall had a huge table with benches along the sides. The king sat at the head and, if he was a good king, handed out jewels and rings (a good king was known as a “ring-giver” in their literature) and weapons – all the usual spoils of battle. (Mead comes from the Old English meodu and I have a bottle of mead wine in my kitchen just waiting for my first book signing event…)

Word in a Sentence: In my novel Choices Meant for Gods, Kora Taiman runs the family’s dining room like a cheerful version of the Anglo-Saxon mead hall, inviting the servants in as readily as the officials from the city to the north. (no hook in the floor ;) )

Your turn! You could modernize this word easily if you get creative with it…

“Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”

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