The Legendary Tour for The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo

The Chronicles of Giamo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best
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The Legendary Tour

As the lighting blazed in a dancing, arcing column to the sky, a voice deep and powerful as thunder said, “My son, today my powers are bestowed upon you.”

This tour goes back to the age of legends. The author has taken a deep dive into rich history, bringing his love of fantasy with him.

 Calendars and Languages of the Guiamo Chronicles

     If you’ve been following the tour and have read the excerpts from the Guiamo Chronicles, you discovered names of some strange sounding months!  Samonios and Aedrinios are not what we are used to hearing.  In writing The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, Marshall Best has used two different calendars.  In book one, Guiamo, you will find the Roman calendar being used as it takes place in Gaul under Roman rule.  In subsequent novels, the author switches between Roman calendar months and Old Celtic calendar months depending on who is speaking.  Guiamo and Ursius are Romans, so when they refer to the calendar, they use the Roman names.  All others use the Old Celtic names of the months.  It's interesting to note that all but three of the months in the Roman calendar are recognizable compared to the modern, whereas the Old Celtic are completely foreign. Below are lists of both calendars.  You will notice in the middle column the approximate time of each month.  They usually overlapped with our traditional months.  Although scholars debate which of our modern months correlate to the ancient calendars, Best has just chosen the one that seemed best to him.
Old Celtic Months                       Modern Day                      Roman Months
                      Anagantios                           January/February                       Ianuarius
                      Ogronnos                             February/March                         Februarius
                      Cutios                                   March/April                               Martius
                      Giamonios                            April/May                                   Aprilis
                      Simivisonna                          May/June                                   Maius
                      Equas                                   June/July                                     Iunius
                      Elembiu                                July/August                                Quintilis
                      Aedrinias                              August/September                     Sextilis
                      Cantlos                                 September/October                   September
                      Samonios                              October/November                    October
                      Dummanios                          November/December                 November
                      Rivras                                   December/January                      December

     Throughout The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, there are an abundance of words referred to that are Latin and Old Irish.  Best has said many times that he would love to have an expert in Latin and Old Irish read his books to critique the use of the words.  He wishes it to be as authentic as possible.  It is one of his greatest frustrations that he does not know how to pronounce many of the words.  When asked how to pronounce certain words, his answer will be, "I have no idea!."  In this region, Old Irish is the oldest recorded language and can be tied back to around 500 A.D. which is much later than the period in which the stories take place.   As with other things in the story, because there are so many holes in ancient history, an author must make a choice and Old Irish seemed best to use.  Many of the Latin and Old Irish terms are listed below with their meanings.  As with the months, when Guiamo or Ursius are speaking, Latin terms are used.  Old Irish is used elsewhere.  In the back of each book, Best has provided a glossary to help the reader in understanding the many new terms. 

Commonly Used Latin Words                         Commonly Used Old Irish & Pritana Words

                 oppidum - Fort                                                 Ard ri - high king, literally, "High horse rider"
                 Druidae - druid                                                 Drui - druid
                 Druides - druids                                               Druide - druids
                 scorpio - giant crossbow                                 bocoit - shield                
                 gladius - Roman short sword                           Bandrui - female druid
                 clavicula - key                                                   bairgen - loaf of bread
                 clostellum - lock                                              claideb - sword
                 legio - legion                                                    coimetaid - guardian
                 milites gregarius - veteran soldier                    coiced -  division
                 pugio - dagger                                                 cruisech - spear
                 passum - paces                                                longphort - encampment
                volumen - scroll                                                Ri Coiced - king of a division of the Cruthin
                regnator - king                                                  Ri Tuaithe -  tribal king
                Mare Internum - Mediterranean Sea                   Ignu-al - light        
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Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land. It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west. 

Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend.

The Chronicles:

Guiamo (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, #1)Guiamo

In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world’s forever. 

Cumoro (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, #2)

Guiamo Durmius Stolo sails in 55 B.C. with Rome’s 7th Legion as Julius Caesar invades Britain. But Caesar has not before encountered the Fomori, a dominion of wicked creatures which wage war against the human inhabitants and dominate much of Britain. Armed with his god-made spear, Guiamo joins with the tribal kings against their Fomori foe when Caesar departs. 

Having destroyed the Fomori in Britain , Guiamo Durmius Stolo decides in 51 B.C. to bring the Cruthin people, once slaves to the Fomori, to Ireland , but encounters the Fomori who reside there as well. Guiamo discovers that the gods venerated by the Druids are unworthy. The gods are displeased with him and begin to work against him.

In 50 B.C. Guiamo Durmius Stolo finds himself victor over the detested Fomori whose leader, Cichol, is slain and those few who survived are scattered. Guiamo explores the secret places where Cichol kept his most important secrets and discovers there the treasures of Cichol's master, the goddess Domnu.

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The Author:

Marshall BestMarshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.

Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, geneologies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible. 

Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it's not a shallow one.

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