Warrior Lore

Warrior Lore A second volume of Ian Cumpstey's new English verse translations of Scandinavian narrative folk ballads. These ballads were part of an oral tradition in Scandinavia, and the ballads in this collection include some of the oldest surviving examples, written down in Swedish around 1600. They tell stories that draw on Norse myth and Germanic legend, echoing themes of the Eddas. There are stories of heroes, revenge, feats of strength, riddles, and troll fighting.

Contents:
Widrick Waylandsson's Fight with Long-Ben Reyser; Twelve Strong Fighters; Hilla-Lill; Sir Hjalmar; The Hammer Hunt; The Stablemates; Sven Swan-White; The Cloister Raid; Heming and the Mountain Troll; Heming and King Harald.

Paperback, 76 pages with 10 full-colour illustrations in watercolour and gouache. Note that there is no musical score included in this book.

ISBN 978-0-9576120-1-3

Price: £10.00 (FREE P&P)

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Lord Peter and Little Kerstin

Lord Peter and Little Kerstin A collection of ancient Swedish narrative ballads translated into English verse by Ian Cumpstey. They tell stories of love and death, kings and knights, and the wild spirits of the water and the woods. Scandinavian folk-ballads in the mediaeval style represented a huge treasury of oral tradition. A large amount of material was collected and written down over the years, but it remains largely unknown outside of Scandinavia. This collection aims to bring some of these stories to a new audience, presenting accessible English verse translations of ten of the Swedish ballads.

Contents:
Little Kerstin and Her Man; Lord Peter and Little Kerstin; The Power of the Harp; Sir Olof and the Elves; Lord Peter's Sea-Voyage; Little Kerstin the Stable-Boy; Little Kerstin's Enchantment; The Mermaid; Sir Arvid; Little Kerstin and the Mountain King.

Paperback, 58 pages with 4 full-colour illustrations in watercolour and gouache. Note that there is no musical score included in this book.

ISBN 978-0-9576120-0-6

Price: £10.00 (FREE P&P)

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