The design is based on the Oseberg ship burial.
As many of you known, scrolls are given by the Society for Creative Anachronism for meritous service; the scrolls themselves are created by volunteer members, in this case my daughter.
The runic legend on the ship reads thus in English:
Thorolfr inn Smithr Silent and steady
Your longship of service Rides high in the waves
Lapstraked with offices Riveted with modesty
Through winters of counsel And summers of action
Quilliam intrepid Dagmar, most kindly
Make you a fine gift Heart of a maiden
Born from the sky jewel Wed to the swan's path
Heralds your conquests Safeguards your sailings
Award of the Maiden's Heart, etc.
You can now download the first chapter (or prologue) from each and every novel released this launch month by Carina Press, including Dark and Disorderly.
And as a relief from the my book-me-me-my book blog flogs I've inflicted on you recently, tomorrow fiendishly clever Steven Parrish will be my guest blogger, discussing "The Art of Language."
Steve is the author of the just-released thriller/mystery The Tavernier Stones from Midnight Ink ( a Llewellyn Publications imprint).
P.S. You know you have been on the internet too long when, on your phone, you try to punch in the dash for the number you are calling.