Today is the letter E in the April AtoZ Challenge. I’m not blogging every day, but there are several characters to choose from today – or do their names really start with something different? When writing about the Anglo-Saxons you soon come up against that awkward letter Ӕ. I don’t know where it comes in the A to Z challenge, but it rules out Ӕlfred, Ӕdger and even Ӕlhere (even though I call him Elfhere in the book). I could interview Edith, but I don’t want to say too much about her.
So today meet a minor, but as he tells us, important character:
Q : Would you like to introduce yourself – who you are, what you do?
A : I am Eadric, a servant. Long ago, I served the hearth companions of Lord Byrhthelm, father to Byrhtnoth. I looked after their weapons, cooked their food when they were on campaign – everything. They are dead now and I am steward in the hall that now belongs to Byrhtnoth. I am getting old, but I have a task to complete before I can die.
Q : Where and when are you? Are you a real historical person or did your author create you?
A : My author created me. I am a minor, but important, character in Byrhtnoth’s story.
Q : In a few brief sentences: what is the novel you feature in about?
A : I don’t know what happens to Byrhtnoth when I’m not there. My job is to guard Byrhthelm’s sword until I decide his son is worthy to receive it. I showed it to the boy, long ago – he was angry he could not have it. Only I know where it is – he will not have it until I think he should.
Q : How did your author meet up with you?
A : I am always lurking in the background, ready to serve.
Q : Tell me about one or two of the other characters who feature with you – husband, wife, family? Who are some of the nice characters and who is the nastiest one?
A : I have no family. I serve the sword, she is beautiful. Nothing else matters.
Q : What is your favourite scene in the book?
A : That will be the moment that I take the sword away from the young Byrhtnoth – you should have seen the look of loss on his face! Then, for once, I had power.
Q : What is your least favourite? Maybe a frightening or sad moment that your author wrote.
A : After Lord Byrhthelm went, Lord Toli looked after us all in the village. He was ill for a long time. I kept him alive, but he died. I blame Byrhtnoth for that.
Q : What are you most proud of about your author?
A : I don’t know about proud. I like to shock her sometimes with what I say – I think she is afraid of what I will do.
Q : Has your author written other books about you? If not, about other characters?
How do you feel about your author going off with someone else!
A : No other books. I don’t care about other characters – I know my place.
Q : As a character if you could travel to a time and place different to your own fictional setting where and when would you go?
A : I want to go back to when I was young, serving my lord as he fought with King Æthelstan, creating the kingdom of England.
Do you think, if I’m nice to her, my author will write a prequel?