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Tuesday Althing: Krauka — Odinn

Welcome to another Tuesday Althing. Today’s Scandinavian randomness comes recommended by Jill Johnson, US Project Manager for a band called Krauka.


I hadn’t heard of Krauka, but I LIKE ‘EM. Here’s what they’re about — from the Krauka website:

Krauka was formed in 1999 around the idea of combining storytelling and music from the Viking Age. The band takes you on a journey back in time to an era when life was all about battles, pillaging and drinking. Krauka’s music is played on instruments reconstructed after archaeological findings, but modern elements interwine, creating an intense and often wild atmosphere inspired by the sagas and the Nordic forces of nature.

Intrigued? Me too. Here’s a video of the title track from their most recent album, Odinn:

Did you notice the chrome sculpture in the background? By Thor! It’s the thunderer himself — Mjollnir raised for smiting — being pulled in his chariot by his tireless goats.

To learn more about Krauka or to listen to some free songs, you can hit their website here. To get straight to the music, go here. Do yourself a favor and listen to the song Gimli — a crazy good tune where Viking folk music collides with Talking Heads. (I don’t speak Danish or Icelandic, but I’m guessing this song is less about the dwarf of Tolkien fame and more about the the gold-roofed hall in Asgard where good men were said to go upon their death.) Awesome.

Hope you enjoyed the music. Thanks again to Jill Johnson for giving me the head’s up on Krauka.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday Althing: Lumsk — Der e ingi dag’e

Today we reach the end of the Asmund Frægdegjaevar legend via the 13th and last song off the album by the Norwegian band Lumsk. This is supposed to be a happy song, but to me it sounds kind of sad. But keep listening beyond the organ/singing and you’ll soon feel downright jiggy — Lumsk gives us a cool bonus with a fiddles-only version of the most excellent I lytinne tva.

So, back to today’s tune: Der e ingi dag’e, which the album liner notes explain:

Asmund returns
The King and queen are looking out on the fjord as Asmund returns with their precious daughter Ermelin.


So that’s it. Thanks for listening these past weeks. Did you buy this album yet?

I hope you’ll stop by next week, when I’ll start earning my keep around here again!

Tuesday Althing: Lumsk — Kampen mot bergetrolli

Only two songs left to play from the awesome album Asmund Frægdegjaevar by the Norwegian band Lumsk. Here’s track 12 — a tune called Kampen mot bergetrolli — and here’s what it’s about, from the liner notes:

The battle against the mountain trolls
Asmund slays all of the trolls and sets off from Trollebotten with all the gold and silver he can find. The magical horse takes [him and Ermelin] across the sea as if the water was made of solid earth.


Thanks for stopping by! See ya Tuesday for the last song on this album, and of course for the conclusion to this highly truncated telling of the Asmund Frægdegjaevar legend.

Tuesday Althing: Lumsk — Fagran fljotan folen

Here’s track 11 from the album Asmund Frægdegjaevar by the Norwegian band Lumsk. It’s a long but good song. Here’s what it’s about, from the liner notes:

The magical horse
[Asmund] wonders how much gold the horse would want for helping him across the fjord. The horse replies that he must sacrifice his right hand (lay down his sword). Asmund confers with his God and agrees upon this term if both Ermelin and himself are taken safely across. He tells Ermelin to gather gold in a box, while he swings his sword one last time.


Thanks for stopping by! See ya Tuesday.

Tuesday Althing: Lumsk — Langt nord i Trollebotten

Here’s track 10 from the awesome album Asmund Frægdegjaevar by the Norwegian band Lumsk. This one’s an instrumental, but here’s the portion of the Asmund story that this song represents. From the liner notes:

In the far north of Trollebotten
Asmund finds his way out of the mountain-realm, but his ship is gone, and so are his brothers. He heads back into Trollebotten where he meets a magical horse.


Thanks for stopping by! See ya Tuesday.

Tuesday Althing: Lumsk — I lytinne tva

Here’s track 9 from the album Asmund Frægdegjaevar by the Norwegian band Lumsk. It’s the first song I ever heard from this album and I still love it! I posted the video on this blog before, but now that I own the album I actually (kinda) know what it’s about. And so will you. The name of the song is I lytinne tva. From the liner notes:

Cut in half
Asmund fights the Troll-mother. She claims that she is stronger than him by far, since she has been fighting Christian men before. Asmund wounds her in the gut and she tells him that the only way of saving her soul is to chop her in half and walk in between the two parts. He replies that he will cut her in half, but only the devil himself would walk in between them. As she is dying she swears that Asmund will not make it out of Trollebotten alive.


Thanks for stopping by. See ya Tuesday!

Tuesday Althing: Lumsk — Olaf’s belti

After failing to post in the last two weeks, I’m happy to be back on track with the Tuesday Althing. Today, the continuation of the album Asmund Frægdegjaevar by the Norwegian band Lumsk. I couldn’t find the 7th track on YouTube, so I’ll just post the lyrics to that and then get on with the lyrics and tuneage for the 8th track.

From the liner notes, here’s what Skomegyvri is about:

The troll-mother
Skomegyvri comes charging in asking who this little worm stealing her daughter is. Asmund proudly presents himself as Asmund Frægdegjaevar (Frægd: bold, honourable). She tells him that no one is bolder than Thor — the thunder god. Asmund asks her where she has got hold of the broad, massive belt she is wearing.

Well said Skomegyvri, well said. No one is bolder than Thor! Ahem.

The next song on the album is called Olaf’s belti. Yep:

Olaf’s belt
Skomegyveri tells him [Asmund] that she had tried to kill King Olaf when he was on his crusade two years ago. He had struck her over the head with such force that her wounds had still not healed properly.

The King cast fire, holy-water and glowing ashes upon her, and she knew she was not welcome in this world. She flicked open the King’s belt and took it with her as she sunk into the earth.


Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back next Tuesday when I’ll post one of the best songs on this album — a song I’ve posted before on Storm of the North blog. But this time we’ll be able to tell just what the heck it’s about!