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Where Norse Mythology and The Legend of Tam Lin meet, this tale, set in the lowlands of Scotland and the Otherworld brings untold legends to life.

Dreams of Ýdalir is an illustrated novel, released as a literary serial fiction (in installments, like a TV show) that includes new myths about the Gods of Old Europe. It is heavily based on European mythology and with a deep respect for the classic lore it reveals the legends of lesser known Gods, like Wuldor/Ullr, Sif and Elen of the Ways, and new or as we like to say “forgotten” tales and origin stories of some more well known mythological characters, like Thor, Freyja and Odin.

THE STORY
The tale centers around the Gods Wuldor, also known as Ullr, and Elen of the Ways and aims to tell their untold myths. Very little is known about either of these enigmatic figures, but through over a decade of personal research we patch together what is known about them in classic lore and what we have learned from other sources, to create a rich tapestry, including fundamental truths spoken by the Gods themselves to help us humans understand our own place in the cosmos.

We make the stories more relatable by rooting them in the experiences of our human heroine, 17-year-old Fawn, who discovers her legacy is mixed up in myth and magic and writes her observations down in her journal as the tale unfolds. Other parts of the tale are from the perspective of the Gods themselves, which allows the reader to see inside their hearts and minds. Then we package it all in a beautiful format with amazing sketches and illustrations to bring the words to life.

TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR PATRONS

"Jenn and Roberto’s book is a beautifully told story with art to match and enhance it. In addition to the adventure, you’ll also get myth, history and philosophy. Each page visually tells its own story as well, with hand written notes, letters, drawings, paintings, and even illuminated borders. I eagerly await each update!" - Liz B.

"Dreams of Ydalir is a mythological journey through time and other-wordly dimensions. Told through the diary entries of a young orphaned girl and the memories of Norse God Wuldor, each Dreams of Ydalir issue captures the reader’s heart and mind and leaves you anxious to learn what happens next." - Amber G.

"Dreams of Ydalir features gorgeous images that complement compelling storytelling. I was hooked from the very first issue!" Rachel B.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS
Every writer needs an amazing illustrator, and every illustrator longs for the stories behind their images to be told. From the beginning we knew that the visual component would have to be as compelling as the story itself. The illustrations rely on the rich imagery of fantasy and comic book artist Roberto Campus to capture the magic, passion, and love in the story. 

The main parts of the story are presented in a handwritten journal format, so Roberto researched and refined the style he uses for the artwork based on historical journals of naturalists and artists from centuries past, especially the 18th century, the time period when Fawn’s part of the novel takes place - the idea is that we are reading “Fawn’s journal”, where she chronicles her journey (including her sketches of characters and places) from orphaned and alone to finding out her lineage extends far into the ancient past and is tied up in myth and magic. All illustrations and character portraits will be available as art prints and desktop backgrounds at the time of release.





SYNOPSIS
Our story is based in a rich world where mythology and fantasy meet. The year is 1794, Fawn is a seventeen-year-old orphaned girl, living in the Scottish lowlands. When she begins having strange dreams of a flame-haired woman named Elen who appears to be part human, part deer and Wuldor, a mysterious dark-haired woodsman who gifts her with a magical deer mask that allows her to travel to other worlds, she believes she has the resources to finally find her own fey-touched mother. As her relationship with these mythical beings deepens, she writes it all down in her journal and sketches some of the pivotal moments in her life and of the story as it unfolds. Through this coming of age tale, she is gifted with the divine stories of the Gods, and learns her true origins. Dreams of Ýdalir tells about a world that exists beneath the veil of our own familiar world. It is a world you will love getting lost in.

WHY ARE YOU RELEASING IT IN EPISODES?
It harkens back to the days of yore when serial fictions were all the rage. It is how Charles Dickens and many other classic writers got their start. Many of the long novels of the past that we think of as a singular works were originally published in serial format. Back then it was because consumers often could not afford an entire book, but could pay smaller amounts over time. These days people don’t have a lot of time, a serial allows you to fit reading into your life because you can read each installment in one sitting. It also means we have to tell a riveting story, and produce amazing artwork that creates anticipation for the next one, every time.

YOU GET ACCESS TO THE STORY AS IT UNFOLDS
When you subscribe, you will receive the first issue and each month a new one as they are released. You also get access to our Patreon Only feed, a behind the scenes look at creating the book (which could include fun vlogs, blooper videos, and other vignettes, photo-shoot sneak peeks, works in progress, etc.).

WHO SHOULD SUBSCRIBE?
This project is a labor of love. We rely completely on funding from individuals. The production of Dreams of Ýdalir is lovingly supported by our Patreon supporters who range from fantasy fiction and art fans, Pagans and Norse mythology buffs to comic book readers, young adults and those people who love strong female leads.

ABOUT US
Ydalir Press was founded by Jenn and Roberto Campus - husband and wife, parents and artists, inspired by the Gods of Old, Mythology, and Fantasy. Since they met, they have been working together on projects they are passionate about. They dream about living a life off the grid and working by natural light and candlelight, surrounded by tapestries, like many of the great artists and writers throughout history.

Jenn Campus
A folklorist and published author of two Amazon best sellers, she has been writing stories for the past 20 years. She loves reading fiction that piques her interest to go beyond the book and research the places and histories therein. She is especially passionate about the stories, cultures, and mythology of Europe. She finds ingenious ways to bring her favorite fiction and nonfiction genres together in her writing: fantasy/mythology, culinary arts, ritual, the magical arts, history and the many uses of herbs. She is a practicing polytheistic Pagan devoted to Wuldor/Ullr and Elen of the Ways. Her warm and cozy writing style welcomes her readers to sit at her proverbial hearth to hear fantastical stories that allow them to tap into the ways of their ancestors.

Roberto Campus
Born and raised in Italy, Roberto is a fantasy Artist and Illustrator with 20+ years experience. He has a passion for classical painting and sculpting techniques, which he uses to create his unique style of bold, primal and adventurous Fantasy inspired art. During his career he has created illustrations for many famous publishers like Marvel and DC Comics, the Game of Thrones and War of Warcraft TCGs as well as Dungeons and Dragons and Gurps, so he has an immense passion for Fantasy. He is an expert in Digital art, as well as traditional methods such as oils, pencil, inks, and pastels. He is passionate about attention to detail, loves studying the human body, nature, textures, and sculpting, all of which deeply impact his work. His inventive mind furthers his mission to add more traditional beauty to the chaos of the modern world.
Tiers
Observer
$1 or more per month
Our eternal thanks <3
Access to the Patreon-only feed

Includes
  • Digital download of one of the latest illustrations (screen saver)

The Ydalir Patron
$5 or more per month
At this level you get access to the book in digital format (PDF), as each new issue is released, each featuring the next 10 pages of the story plus an original color illustration (digital download to use as screen saver or you can print it out for a poster)

Plus access to our Patreon-Only Feed which includes fun vlogs, blooper videos and other vignettes, photo-shoot sneak peeks, works in progress and more.


Includes

  • The next issue of the book in digital format 
  • Our Eternal Thanks <3
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of one of the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
The Devotee
$10 or more per month
All the benefits of the Ydalir Patron level, plus get two of the latest illustrations (digital download to use as screen saver or you can print it out for a poster).


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of two of the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
The Ydalir Patrone
$15 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Patron level, but you can afford to give a little bit more to these starving artists! ;) "Patrone" is "big patron" in Italian plus:


Download all the latest illustrations (to use as screen saver or you can print it out for a posters)


Participate in our exclusive (and fun!) online hang out and Q&A / Feedback sessions. These sessions allow you to talk directly with us, ask questions, and give feedback about the story and the artwork. Who knows, you may even influence the story in later installments.


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
The Ydalir Acolyte
$25 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Patrone level, but you get all back issues the first month!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
  • All back issues!
The Ydalir Collector
$40 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Acolyte level, but you get a signed print (the first month)!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
  • All back issues!
  • One signed print of your choice 
The Ydalir Art Lover
$60 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Collector level, plus you get a signed original drawing!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
  • All back issues!
  • One signed print of your choice 
  • An original pencil drawing by our artist, Roberto
Goals
92% complete
$300 per month

Once we are making $300 per issue we are picking up speed! This will cover additional expenses, allowing us to devote even more time to the project – wohoo! We will celebrate this goal with:

A one-time random giveaway: A postcard size (original pencil drawing) supporting at the $10 and above level, PLUS a 8x10 print to one patron supporting at any level.
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Where Norse Mythology and The Legend of Tam Lin meet, this tale, set in the lowlands of Scotland and the Otherworld brings untold legends to life.

Dreams of Ýdalir is an illustrated novel, released as a literary serial fiction (in installments, like a TV show) that includes new myths about the Gods of Old Europe. It is heavily based on European mythology and with a deep respect for the classic lore it reveals the legends of lesser known Gods, like Wuldor/Ullr, Sif and Elen of the Ways, and new or as we like to say “forgotten” tales and origin stories of some more well known mythological characters, like Thor, Freyja and Odin.

THE STORY
The tale centers around the Gods Wuldor, also known as Ullr, and Elen of the Ways and aims to tell their untold myths. Very little is known about either of these enigmatic figures, but through over a decade of personal research we patch together what is known about them in classic lore and what we have learned from other sources, to create a rich tapestry, including fundamental truths spoken by the Gods themselves to help us humans understand our own place in the cosmos.

We make the stories more relatable by rooting them in the experiences of our human heroine, 17-year-old Fawn, who discovers her legacy is mixed up in myth and magic and writes her observations down in her journal as the tale unfolds. Other parts of the tale are from the perspective of the Gods themselves, which allows the reader to see inside their hearts and minds. Then we package it all in a beautiful format with amazing sketches and illustrations to bring the words to life.

TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR PATRONS

"Jenn and Roberto’s book is a beautifully told story with art to match and enhance it. In addition to the adventure, you’ll also get myth, history and philosophy. Each page visually tells its own story as well, with hand written notes, letters, drawings, paintings, and even illuminated borders. I eagerly await each update!" - Liz B.

"Dreams of Ydalir is a mythological journey through time and other-wordly dimensions. Told through the diary entries of a young orphaned girl and the memories of Norse God Wuldor, each Dreams of Ydalir issue captures the reader’s heart and mind and leaves you anxious to learn what happens next." - Amber G.

"Dreams of Ydalir features gorgeous images that complement compelling storytelling. I was hooked from the very first issue!" Rachel B.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS
Every writer needs an amazing illustrator, and every illustrator longs for the stories behind their images to be told. From the beginning we knew that the visual component would have to be as compelling as the story itself. The illustrations rely on the rich imagery of fantasy and comic book artist Roberto Campus to capture the magic, passion, and love in the story. 

The main parts of the story are presented in a handwritten journal format, so Roberto researched and refined the style he uses for the artwork based on historical journals of naturalists and artists from centuries past, especially the 18th century, the time period when Fawn’s part of the novel takes place - the idea is that we are reading “Fawn’s journal”, where she chronicles her journey (including her sketches of characters and places) from orphaned and alone to finding out her lineage extends far into the ancient past and is tied up in myth and magic. All illustrations and character portraits will be available as art prints and desktop backgrounds at the time of release.





SYNOPSIS
Our story is based in a rich world where mythology and fantasy meet. The year is 1794, Fawn is a seventeen-year-old orphaned girl, living in the Scottish lowlands. When she begins having strange dreams of a flame-haired woman named Elen who appears to be part human, part deer and Wuldor, a mysterious dark-haired woodsman who gifts her with a magical deer mask that allows her to travel to other worlds, she believes she has the resources to finally find her own fey-touched mother. As her relationship with these mythical beings deepens, she writes it all down in her journal and sketches some of the pivotal moments in her life and of the story as it unfolds. Through this coming of age tale, she is gifted with the divine stories of the Gods, and learns her true origins. Dreams of Ýdalir tells about a world that exists beneath the veil of our own familiar world. It is a world you will love getting lost in.

WHY ARE YOU RELEASING IT IN EPISODES?
It harkens back to the days of yore when serial fictions were all the rage. It is how Charles Dickens and many other classic writers got their start. Many of the long novels of the past that we think of as a singular works were originally published in serial format. Back then it was because consumers often could not afford an entire book, but could pay smaller amounts over time. These days people don’t have a lot of time, a serial allows you to fit reading into your life because you can read each installment in one sitting. It also means we have to tell a riveting story, and produce amazing artwork that creates anticipation for the next one, every time.

YOU GET ACCESS TO THE STORY AS IT UNFOLDS
When you subscribe, you will receive the first issue and each month a new one as they are released. You also get access to our Patreon Only feed, a behind the scenes look at creating the book (which could include fun vlogs, blooper videos, and other vignettes, photo-shoot sneak peeks, works in progress, etc.).

WHO SHOULD SUBSCRIBE?
This project is a labor of love. We rely completely on funding from individuals. The production of Dreams of Ýdalir is lovingly supported by our Patreon supporters who range from fantasy fiction and art fans, Pagans and Norse mythology buffs to comic book readers, young adults and those people who love strong female leads.

ABOUT US
Ydalir Press was founded by Jenn and Roberto Campus - husband and wife, parents and artists, inspired by the Gods of Old, Mythology, and Fantasy. Since they met, they have been working together on projects they are passionate about. They dream about living a life off the grid and working by natural light and candlelight, surrounded by tapestries, like many of the great artists and writers throughout history.

Jenn Campus
A folklorist and published author of two Amazon best sellers, she has been writing stories for the past 20 years. She loves reading fiction that piques her interest to go beyond the book and research the places and histories therein. She is especially passionate about the stories, cultures, and mythology of Europe. She finds ingenious ways to bring her favorite fiction and nonfiction genres together in her writing: fantasy/mythology, culinary arts, ritual, the magical arts, history and the many uses of herbs. She is a practicing polytheistic Pagan devoted to Wuldor/Ullr and Elen of the Ways. Her warm and cozy writing style welcomes her readers to sit at her proverbial hearth to hear fantastical stories that allow them to tap into the ways of their ancestors.

Roberto Campus
Born and raised in Italy, Roberto is a fantasy Artist and Illustrator with 20+ years experience. He has a passion for classical painting and sculpting techniques, which he uses to create his unique style of bold, primal and adventurous Fantasy inspired art. During his career he has created illustrations for many famous publishers like Marvel and DC Comics, the Game of Thrones and War of Warcraft TCGs as well as Dungeons and Dragons and Gurps, so he has an immense passion for Fantasy. He is an expert in Digital art, as well as traditional methods such as oils, pencil, inks, and pastels. He is passionate about attention to detail, loves studying the human body, nature, textures, and sculpting, all of which deeply impact his work. His inventive mind furthers his mission to add more traditional beauty to the chaos of the modern world.

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Tiers
Observer
$1 or more per month
Our eternal thanks <3
Access to the Patreon-only feed

Includes
  • Digital download of one of the latest illustrations (screen saver)

The Ydalir Patron
$5 or more per month
At this level you get access to the book in digital format (PDF), as each new issue is released, each featuring the next 10 pages of the story plus an original color illustration (digital download to use as screen saver or you can print it out for a poster)

Plus access to our Patreon-Only Feed which includes fun vlogs, blooper videos and other vignettes, photo-shoot sneak peeks, works in progress and more.


Includes

  • The next issue of the book in digital format 
  • Our Eternal Thanks <3
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of one of the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
The Devotee
$10 or more per month
All the benefits of the Ydalir Patron level, plus get two of the latest illustrations (digital download to use as screen saver or you can print it out for a poster).


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of two of the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
The Ydalir Patrone
$15 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Patron level, but you can afford to give a little bit more to these starving artists! ;) "Patrone" is "big patron" in Italian plus:


Download all the latest illustrations (to use as screen saver or you can print it out for a posters)


Participate in our exclusive (and fun!) online hang out and Q&A / Feedback sessions. These sessions allow you to talk directly with us, ask questions, and give feedback about the story and the artwork. Who knows, you may even influence the story in later installments.


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
The Ydalir Acolyte
$25 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Patrone level, but you get all back issues the first month!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
  • All back issues!
The Ydalir Collector
$40 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Acolyte level, but you get a signed print (the first month)!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
  • All back issues!
  • One signed print of your choice 
The Ydalir Art Lover
$60 or more per month
This tier gets you everything at the Ydalir Collector level, plus you get a signed original drawing!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • The next issue of the book in digital format
  • Your name in the credits
  • Digital download of ALL the latest illustrations (Hi-Res)
  • Participate in our Q&A sessions
  • All back issues!
  • One signed print of your choice 
  • An original pencil drawing by our artist, Roberto