Viking Saga in a Nutshell – As performed at Gudvangen Viking Market 2017

Viking Saga in a Nutshell – As performed at Gudvangen Viking Market 2017

See ‘how to’ at the bottom for ways to turn these shortened sagas into performances

038 sig sword up

Sigurd the Warrior

034 sig sword

The warrior thrust his sword – into his scabbard

035 sig horse

Mounted his mighty horse – and rode through the night

009 rode all night

And the next day

008 ride all night

And the next night

036 mountains

Ahead was an enormous mountain

037 cave

In the mountain was a huge cave

038 sig sword up

He leapt from his horse – and strode in

084 up tunl

Up a long high tunnel

087 to enor cave

Towards an enormous cave

010 pile of gold

In the cave was an enormous heap of gold

007 dragon on pile

Upon the gold was an enormous dragon

039 dragon

“Roar”

089 crouch fear.jpg

He crouched in fear, “I cannot kill this thing!”

013 two raven

Two birds landed on his shoulders and whispered,

090 dig what.jpg

“Dig a hole” “What with?”

092 with sword.jpg

“Dig with your sword.” “Why?”

094 leap in.jpg

“Just dig, dig, and leap in!”

039 dragon

The great monster awakes

012 wait in hole

Sigurd the warrior crouches down with his sword

095 d flies out.jpg

The monstrous dragon flies out through the tunnel

096 s stabs

Sigurd stabs, stabs, urg, hu, arg, p,dumph

011 dragon head

The dragon bites, RRRRaphnth!

097 haha 01.jpg

Sigurd slices, “Hahahahahahaha!”

098 haha 02

“Hahahahahahaha!”

Sigurd Awakens Brinhild

034 sig sword

Sigurd the warrior raised his sword

025 neck slice

He sliced right through the dragon’s neck

026 ring

And from its claw he took the cursed gold ring

099 seeks.jpg

“I will go and seek my fortune”

010 pile of gold

“Hang on, I already have a fortune”

028 sadlebag

He filled his saddlebags with dragon’s gold

030 sig rides

He rode away on his horse which was afraid of nothing – nothing

076 man horse 01 flipped

Nothing

029 terrain types

Forests, swamps, mountains

0100 on mount.jpg

Upon a far mountain is a tall tower

0101 in flames.jpg

Surrounded by flames

0102 leaps.jpg

The horse leaps

024 sig leaps

Through the air

031 sig through flame

Through the flames

0103 dismounts.jpg

Sigurd dismounts inside the tower

0104 asleep.jpg

Laid asleep upon a stone bed is…

0105 most beaut.jpg

The most beautiful woman he has ever seen

027 sleeps

She was unclothed

0106 in arms

He took her in his arms

0107 kiss.jpg

He kissed her

0108 awake

She awoke, “I love you”

0109 will you.jpg

“I love you too – will you marry me?”

0110 ring on

He put the ring upon her finger

026 ring

The cursed ring

0111 beginning of.jpg

That is just the beginning of a story – where

0112 ev dies 01.jpg

Everybody dies

For the Love of Freyja – and the Walls of Asgard

054 god war flipped

The big boss god of all the Viking gods?

047 odin 01

OOOOOOOOOOOdin

048 odin 01 flipped

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOdin

049 asgard

His city was in ruins

050 asgard flipped

Ruins

044 h stranger

Along came a handsome stranger

045 h stranger flipped

“I will build the walls of your city for you”

078 hs 02

“And all I want in return is…”

0114 str the sun.jpg

“The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as my wife oooooo”

0120 sun 04.jpg

“Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as my wife oooooo”

069 odin 02 flipped

Odin said, “You want what!”

0115 ev the sun group 01.jpg

“Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as my wife oooooo”

070 odin loki heads

That is a lot, I will ask Loki

057 loki 01

“What does he want paying?”

055 odin and loki 01

“Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as his wife oooooo”

059 half a year

“Only if he can get it done in less than half a year”

068 odin 02

Odin told the stranger…

0116 sun 01.jpg

“But will you still pay me “Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as my wife oooooo”

046 hs and horse

“And can my horse help?”

060 horse mountain 01

“Hahaha what good is a horse? It was a magical horse

061 horse mountain fly

It flew down and picked up a mountain

065 hs brick 01

The stranger used it as a brick

062 horse mountain fly flipped

It flew down and picked up a mountain

066 horse to hs brick

The stranger used it you get the idea

067 hs brick to wall

He will get it down in time and then we will have to pay him

0118 sun 02

“Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as his wife oooooo”

071 loki turns horse
072 lady horse 01

Loki turned into a beautiful lady horse brrrrrrr

075 man horse 01
074 lady horse 02

The stallion followed her

077 into magic wood

Into the magical woods

078 hs 02.jpg

Now the stranger wouldn’t get the job done in time and he wouldn’t get paid…

0119 sun 03

“Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as his wife oooooo”

079 off to biff

He threw off his handsome disguise and became the rock giant he really was

0121 goes to biff.jpg

He went to biff Odin

080 odin to biff

But Odin biffed him

081 biffs giant

He biffed him so hard he flew all the way back to the land of the giants

0122 nearly wall.jpg

The walls were nearly finished and Odin didn’t have to pay…

0123 ev group flipped.jpg

“Everybody all at once” “The sun, the moon and the beautiful lady Freyja as his wife oooooo”

Loki

058 loki 01 flipped

The god of mischief

0124 trickery.jpg

Trickery

0125 cruelty

Cruelty

0126 she screams.jpg

“When the goddess awakes see how she screams”

0127 l laughs 01.jpg

Loki laughs “hehehehe”

0129 l laughs 02.jpg

“Hehehehehe”

0130 shape change.jpg

He is also a shape changer god

0131 creatures.jpg

(say to the cast,) “Say the names of four random creatures or things”

056 odin and loki 01 flipped

The gods had had enough of him

0132 throw ch

They threw away his children

0133 throw snake 01.jpg
0134 throw snake 02.jpg

The giant snake they threw into the sea, “Roar, sploosh”

0135 wolf in

The monster wolf into the ground “hoooooowl”

016 hel falls

His putrid, rotten daughter down to the underworld

014 hel

Scream!

0136 poison face.jpg

Burning poison was dripped on Loki’s face

0137 all scream.jpg

“All scream together!”

0138 her ship

“See my daughter fly her ship of the dead”

0139 kill all.jpg

“And we will kill you all!”

0142 haha 01
0143 haha 02.jpg

“Hahahahahaha” – “Haha”

0140 l dies

That is the end of Loki’s story, in which…

0141 ev dies

[Say to the cast] (“All say together, “Everybody dies” on the count of three.) 1 2 3 “Everybody dies!”

Ragnarok

0151 end of world

The end of the world, where everybody dies

0152 gods monsters etc

Gods, Monsters, wolves and slaves

015 all fight

Everyone fights together until they die

0153 dd we ment

Did we mention everybody dies?

0154 cos do

Because they do

033 yg wave

The sea rises up and swallows the land

032 yg lightning.jpg

Lightning strikes the great tree

017 yg falls

The great tree falls,

0155 eek.jpg

eeeke, creeeeak, vrooooompht, budoumpht, budoumpht, budoumpht

0156 bdumpht

budoumpht

019 yg twig

One branch

019 yg twig

One branch remains standing free of the water

018 yg

The bits of the old world gather around the branch

020 lithr babe

Two figures climb down to this new land

0150 l and l

Lith and Lithrasia

021 babe

New life begins, cradled in their arms

0157 old gods.jpg

The power of the old gods rises from the sea

023 yg old gods.jpg

The light of life and hope

022 l and l arms

We raise up our arms in wonder and say, “aaaaaaah”

Njord; the god of the sea

0158 he leads.jpg

He leads us

0159 guides.jpg

Guides us

0160 stare

Stare out to sea with him

0161 under is terrible g.jpg

For under the sea is a terrible goddess

0162 twisted.jpg

Ran! She is wicked and twisted

0163 swings

She swings her net and catches sailors “aaaaaaaargh”

0164 wander.jpg

They wander her home forever

0165 ccold

“I am cccccold.” – “I miss my familyyyyy”

0166 drownded.jpg

“I wish I hadn’t drowneded”

0167 claps.jpg

“Hahahahaha” Ran laughs and claps

0168 sick.jpg

That is how sick she is

0169 good.jpg
0170 guides.jpg

Njord is good; he guides us

0171 home.jpg

This is his home

0172 njard.jpg

Njardarheimr

0173 by sea.jpg

He stands now by the sea

0174 ol.jpg

Bless him with mjord and ol

0175 gud

Gudvangen! Njardarheimr!

Although I wasn’t yet strong enough to face being at Gudvangen this year I was thrilled to be asked by stand-in host Annabelle to allow her to continue my tradition of multi-national stories. So each of the scripts I have published here has been performed in my honour by Annabelle with a gang of pals such as Karin in many languages and dialects simultaneously.

‘How to’ guide:

If you are working with children they can repeat each line altogether after you and act it out; remember, many of the stories from the mythology are quite gruesome.

The multi-national story; you need people who speak different languages (and English) you can also encourage different dialects for a bit more fun. You say each of the lines and one at a time they saying along the row in their own language. It works wonderfully well, it works far better than it should! Prepare to have great fun.

I look forward to be being welcomed back into the fold at Gudvangen next year (or even sooner).

Love

Adrian

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