Adrian Spendlow – A selection of stories to see and hear – Revisited

Adrian Spendlow – A selection of stories to see and hear

 Beevis and the Dragon – (Pretty sure I’ve spelt it wrong)

 The Folklore of Fossils by Hobb the Ploughboy

Veikko’s Quest – A Finnish folktale

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I was inspired to remodel this old tale and soon as I thought of it I got it down, it might be a bit scary so listen to it without kids first).

Old Land – Modelled on a ninth century Irish Ode

Georg and the Dragon – a rework of an old tale with my chiftain’s name replacing the original character, (I dreamed this).

Brynhildr (and Swan Love)

Sigurd and Fafnir

Norse Creation Tale

 Idunn’s apples

Why Americans Speak English

The Walls of Asgard

When the Gods Ran Out of Beer

 

Rail interview

 Link to Alvis and the Troll

 Prose Poems of the Gods

Storytelling is… – A series of blogs to empower you to tell stories

Link to the read aloud version of Hobb the Ploughboy

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Loki’s Monsters – Revisited

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Loki’s Monsters

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The shape changer god no longer knows what he is. The change of shapes so often, takes away the god-like sense of human-form, until a part of him is monstrous.

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Even at his birth, when lightning took away his mother, he had to survive. Laufey had ran away while heavily pregnant, in fear for her life from Cruel Striker, she ran. Deep into the Iron Wood. At the moment of Loki’s birth-  lightning struck and Loki was alone. He had to change.

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To hunt, to hide, to feed,

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to climb.

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What monster in a god’s form entered Asgard?

He was embraced as blood-brother. Here he could be equal, and, he loved; his beloved wife and children, to them he was fair and loyal and true.

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Yet he felt the call to share his love, to fly away – He went with Giant-woman Angrboda. Went with her often. They had children.

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If ‘children’ is what they were. A snake. A wolf. A half dead daughter. Their wildness, their corruption, the danger of them spread as word to gods. They must be stopped.

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Now. Jormungand the Midgardyrm is cast into the sea, to grow and fume and wait.

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The wolf they could not kill, they tricked it: tied it down to howl and wail and strain with magic dwarven ribbons holding him.

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The daughter; blackened half, commandingly beautiful in half; she was cast to the very deep.“Become the queen of all the death, the cowardly dead, the trickster dead, the oath breaker. – Keep them, keep them.” So hollered High-seat god of all the worlds.

How Loki fumed. It turned his heart. They were not monstrous to him. They were his monsters. They were his offspring. See ahead how bitter are his deeds because of this. “My children! My monsters! My offspring!”

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https://adrianspendlowblog.com/2020/05/28/our-time-at-balagard-viking-age-finland-2019-2/

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Creatures of the Norse

Creatures of the Norse – Animals of Norway and creatures thought of as mythical are collected on these decorative cards, which one do you identify with?

I created these for Angela, my fellow storyteller at Njardarheimr Viking Valley in Gudvangen, Norway. The idea was that visitors can pick one and be inspired and a selection can be used to improvise a story.

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Norse Goddess Poetic Cards

Norse Goddess Poetic Cards – Created in Njardarheimr Viking Town in Gudvangen, Norway

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Tree – World-tree Blessing

Tree – World-tree Blessing

Listen below

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I was actually inspired by the Hungarian mythology, yet saw the tree in ever so many belief systems and even within my own. I hope there is something in this for you.

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Adrian Spendlow – A selection of stories to see and hear

Adrian Spendlow – A selection of stories to see and hear

 Beevis and the Dragon – (Pretty sure I’ve spelt it wrong)

 The Folklore of Fossils by Hobb the Ploughboy

Veikko’s Quest – A Finnish folktale

Red

I was inspired to remodel this old tale and soon as I thought of it I got it down, it might be a bit scary so listen to it without kids first).

Old Land – Modelled on a ninth century Irish Ode

Georg and the Dragon – a rework of an old tale with my chiftain’s name replacing the original character, (I dreamed this).

Brynhildr (and Swan Love)

Sigurd and Fafnir

Norse Creation Tale

 Idunn’s apples

Why Americans Speak English

The Walls of Asgard

When the Gods Ran Out of Beer

 

Rail interview

 Link to Alvis and the Troll

 Prose Poems of the Gods

Storytelling is… – A series of blogs to empower you to tell stories

Link to the read aloud version of Hobb the Ploughboy

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Alvis the Troll – A story which had holes and is now repaired

Alvis the Troll – A story which had holes and is now repaired

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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.

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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!

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Wawawawawawa

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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?”

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(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)

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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

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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

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His jaws reach the sky

Fenrir swallows Odin (gulp)

Odin kills as he dies

Fenrir dies in agony

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Thor’s hammer is heavy

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See we throw

Watch Mjolnir fly wuvwuvwuvwuvwuv

It hits (Bumf)

It comes back

We kill giants ‘Aaaaaaargh’

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Trolls and troll-wives

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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

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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

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Everyone goes mad

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Let’s get physical

Lightning strikes

Thunder rolls

Roosters call – listen to the cock crow

Anger overcomes us

Gods go to war

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Monsters rise

Fire, weapons and poison

Cry out in fear as you die

Wolves howl

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Hel screams

Loki laughs

We are dead dead dead dead dead

The end

No wait

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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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