Discover medieval Scandinavian folk ballads with Warrior Lore and Lord Peter and Little Kerstin, collections of English translations by Ian Cumpstey.


Warrior Lore

Warrior Lore The medieval Scandinavian ballads in this collection tell stories of champions and fighters, vikings, and trolls, drawing on Norse mythology and heroic legend. There are riddles, and there are appearances from Thor, Loki, Sigurd, and other figures from the myths of the Edda and from history. Narrative ballads were part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia, and were first written down around 1600, although the ballads themselves are older. These new English verse translations are mainly based on Swedish tradition.

Thor resorts to cross-dressing in a bid to recover his stolen hammer. The hero Widrick Waylandsson comes face to face with a troll in the forest. A king's daughter is abducted from a convent in rural Sweden. A young fighter has to show off his prowess in skiing and shooting for King Harald Hardrada. And more...

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 illustrations in watercolour and gouache. Note that there is no musical score included in this book.

ISBN 978-0-9576120-1-3

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Lord Peter and Little Kerstin

Lord Peter and Little Kerstin A collection of medieval Swedish narrative ballads in a new English verse translation. The ballads in this book tell tales of love and death, kings and knights, and the supernatural spirits of the water and the woods. These lyrical songs were part of a tradition in Scandinavia that combined folk music and storytelling. These new translations make these medieval Swedish folk ballads accessible to an English-speaking audience.

It was foreseen that Little Kerstin would drown on her wedding morning. Lord Peter sets sail, even though he was warned to avoid the sea. Sir Olof happens upon an elf-dance on the day before his wedding. Little Kerstin falls for the Mountain King and runs away with him to live in the high fells.

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 illustrations in watercolour and gouache. Note that there is no musical score included in this book.

ISBN 978-0-9576120-0-6

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