Eddas in a Nutshell – For performance at the Gudvangen Summer Market 2019

Eddas in a Nutshell – For performance at the Gudvangen Summer Market 2019

There is a ‘How To’ guide at the foot but basically we will be performing these in many languages.

bright boy

The god of light and beauty

Balder was beautiful

Watch the twist of mistletoe fly through the air

Ouch

Balder is dead – dead

Screaming silently forever

Lady Hel Herself holds him… Hahahahahaha

Unless everyone cries

Everyone cries

Except one giantess… Hahahahahaha

Really it is Loki… Hahahahahaha

Balder stays dead

What ever happened to happy endings!

balder

Wawawawawawa

mimir

The pool of wisdom is guarded

But Mimir the guardian is just a head

Kept alive by magical herbs nudge nudge wink wink

“I can see you. Who are you?”

It is the big boss god of all the Viking gods

He who sometimes has an echo

Odin – No hang on I’ve said his name wrong

(Everybody all together 123) Ooooooooodin (Hand to ear)

He will drink from the pool of wisdom

(Mumbled) “No hang on, you have to pay!”

“What do I have to pay?”

eye

(Mumbled) You have to poke out one of your eyes

So Odin poked out one of his eyes

We are about to drink from the pool of wisdom

Join us

Some of you clearly need it

(Everybody all together 123)

pool

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh

baby wolf

Angraboda had a baby

It was a gnashing roaring monstrous beast

Hear Fenrir the wolf…

Go near him and he will bite off your head

big roar

He rips off hands

Trick him and he howls

Dark elves fashion silken fetters

Trapped; he growls till Ragnarok

At last he bursts free

He is massive

wolf sky

His jaws reach the sky

Fenrir swallows Odin (gulp)

Odin kills as he dies

Fenrir dies in agony

mjollmir

Thor’s hammer is heavy

saturn

See we throw

Watch Mjolnir fly wuvwuvwuvwuvwuv

It hits (Bumf)

It comes back

We kill giants ‘Aaaaaaargh’

troll

Trolls and troll-wives

trollwife
trpll face
wolfchild

Wolf-children in the Iron Wood

Giant serpents

Yet this is the hammer which blesses the baby

Inspires the bride

Nourishes your yearnings

We throw it now at you loins

Wooohooo Haha Yayhey

ravens

You humans had better look out

The ravens are watching

See they fly high

They can tell if you are naughty

They peep into your chamber

The ravens know what you are thinking

Oh yes

Hugin and Munin

Thought and memory

odin

They fly out from the shoulders of Odin

Oooooops I’ve said his name wrong – everybody – Ooooooodin

They return to tell him all about you! (Point)

This is what they say about you…

Caw caw caw

Winter upon winter upon freezing winter

roar

Everyone goes mad

bed

Let’s get physical

Lightning strikes

Thunder rolls

Roosters call – listen to the cock crow

Anger overcomes us

Gods go to war

breath

Monsters rise

Fire, weapons and poison

Cry out in fear as you die

Wolves howl

hel

Hel screams

Loki laughs

We are dead dead dead dead dead

The end

No wait

sun

See, the sun is rising

Here are the previous ones…

https://adrianspendlowblog.com/2017/07/23/viking-saga-in-a-nutshell-as-performed-at-gudvangen-viking-market-2017/

‘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.

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