sábado, 23 de febrero de 2019

Sverdet (The sword) by Kjell Braaten


Sverdet (The sword)
by Kjell Braaten

The music is a mix between Viking/ medieval music and world music. And is composed for Vera Henriksen play about the Norwegian Viking king Olav Haraldson, his sword Baesing and his struggle between christianity and paganism.

All tracks composed, performed, recorded and produced by Kjell Braaten except 03 (Voice by Marcus Hannestad), 10 (Based on a melody by Gustav Holberg).

1. Olav gets his sword. Rane Roesson delivers the sword Baesing to Olav Haraldsson as a child. Rane trains Olav in sword- fighting.

2. Olavs party. King Olav has a party. He binds his closest friends (Torberg, Kalv and Finn Arnesson) to him and gets his own poet/ singer (skald) Sigvat.

3. Olav gets baptized. Olav gets baptized in Rouen. - You can hear both the pagan and the Christian powers, and Olavs struggle between them...

4. Love Theme. Olav meets Astrid, his prospective wife and queen.

5. Olav leaves Baesig with bishop Grimkjel. King Olav gives the sword (Baesing) To Bishop Grimkjel to show that he has become a good Christian and given up the paganism. He then rides out of town (Borg) to conquer... 

6. Unsafe times. These sounds set the mood to a long part of the play. Olav loses many people and ships. The Danish takes over a lot of Norway (also Olavs town Borg (today Sarpsborg)). Just before the next track he loses against the Danish King Knut and has to abandon about one hundred ships with goods and warriors... 

7. Olav returns to Borg. Olav returns to Borg (Witch now is taken by the danes) to take back Baesing (The pagan sword). He believes that the sword gives him the powers to rule Norway, But Bishop Grimkjel does not agree...

8. The battle of Stiklestad. The battle of Stiklestad (July 1030). One of the most famous battles in Norway, now known to be the start of the Christian times in Norway. The king brings his men to a fight against the locals that has sworn their trust to King Knut of Denmark. In the middle of the battle, he suddenly throws his sword away, and Thore Hund spear him to death.

9. The king is dead. The king is dead... 

10. Applause.


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viernes, 22 de febrero de 2019

Úlfar el Vengador

portada de la edición electrónica

Ulfar el Vengador

Manuel Velasco



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Noruega, año 997. Tras cinco generaciones de gobernantes de la región de Lade, Ólafr Tryggvason, llegado desde Inglaterra, atacó aquel núcleo donde se mantenían muy arraigadas las viejas tradiciones paganas, acabando con la vida del jarl Hákon e implantando el cristianismo.
La venganza vikinga pronto se puso en marcha…



Aquí puedes leer un avance del libro



sábado, 16 de febrero de 2019

El hijo de Egil, Daneheim



El grupo danés de folk ambiental Danheim ha publicado una canción basada en un fragmento del poema Sonatorrek, escrito por el skáld islandés Egil Skallagrimsson cuando murió ahogado su hijo Bødvar. Egil, en su desesperación, se encerró en su habitación negándose a hablar con nadie e incluso a comer. Allí increpó al mismísimo Odín por haberle arrebatado esa vida, cuando él siempre fue un fiel seguidor del jefe del Asgard.





Egilsson

Tungt og trægt 


tungen løftes, 



at løfte vægten 



med versets skat; 



Odins tyvegods 



ikke let fundet, 



tungt at slæbe 



fra sindets skjul.




La lengua se resiste a alzarse en mi boca,
no puedo levantar la balanza del verso;
no encuentro placer en el néctar de Odín.


martes, 5 de febrero de 2019

Revista Hugin & Munin


Tres números de la revista Hugin & Munin, publicada en inglés y dedicada enteramente al mundo de los vikingos, dentro del Follow the Vikings Project.


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sábado, 2 de febrero de 2019

Libro: Vikings in Denmark



Una guía de viaje sobre 
los vikingos en Dinamarca

publicada en inglés por la editorial Politiken Forlag (2018)


A travel guide: Vikings in Denmark

The book covers large and small viking attractions throughout Denmark and gives directions to museums, ring fortresses, burial mounds, stone ships, rune stones, walking trails and vibrant Viking markets and settlements, where you can get close to the real meaning of “Viking”. A wide range of background articles, written by experts, give the Vikings their true and astonishing context – their history, society, art and culture, nature and geography. The guide is also richly illustrated with photos and maps.




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