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.
The god of light and beauty
Balder was beautiful
Watch the twist of mistletoe fly through the air
Balder is dead – dead
Screaming silently forever
Lady Hel Herself holds him… Hahahahahaha
Unless everyone cries
Except one giantess… Hahahahahaha
Really it is Loki… Hahahahahaha
Balder stays dead
What ever happened to happy endings!
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?”
(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
Some of you clearly need it
(Everybody all together 123)
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
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
His jaws reach the sky
Fenrir swallows Odin (gulp)
Odin kills as he dies
Fenrir dies in agony
Thor’s hammer is heavy
See we throw
Watch Mjolnir fly wuvwuvwuvwuvwuv
It hits (Bumf)
It comes back
We kill giants ‘Aaaaaaargh’
Trolls and troll-wives
Wolf-children in the Iron Wood
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
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
Hugin and Munin
Thought and memory
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
Everyone goes mad
Let’s get physical
Roosters call – listen to the cock crow
Anger overcomes us
Gods go to war
Fire, weapons and poison
Cry out in fear as you die
We are dead dead dead dead dead
See, the sun is rising
Here are the previous ones…
‘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.
The Truth About J R R Tolkien
If you are a collector of LotRs material I may be about to cause you some disappointment, your collection may be less valuable; some of you may get the feeling we are laughing at you a little.
I cannot recall the name of the person who revealed this shocking news but I swear it is true. A friend Christine used to pass on her magazine to me – Oldie magazine! It was a real good read; lots of different articles from fascinating people.
There was a regular feature by a different person each month: My moment of fame. It was one of these articles to which I refer. As a young man the writer had worked for Tolkien’s publisher and as part of his work had cause to visit him at home. Now this article was twenty years ago and the author was getting on back then, so I doubt I could track him down but I remember well what he had to say.
They had published the thing in three parts as you know. It was such a weighty tome compared to The Hobbit that I don’t think they thought it would sell as a huge book, and maybe it wouldn’t have. The three parts were all a huge success, so it was decided to bring it out as one book. That’s all history.
Our writer of the article, lets give him a name, how about Timothy? Timothy was given the job of loading the first thousand copies of the all in one edition into his car and driving to go see J R R.
Signed copies are now worth well in excess of a thousand pounds.
Timothy was welcomed with open arms. He was invited in and offered a drink. “Shouldn’t I carry in the books for you to sign?” Timothy was reassured that there was plenty of time and that they should have a brandy. They proceeded to empty the bottle. Then Tolkien says, “Let’s go for a drink.”
The leapt in the car and hurtled off to a country pub. On the way they came to a cross roads and had to cross a busy road. Tolkien drove straight at it without slowing or looking. As they cross to the other side he turned and said, “I find if you drive straight at them they scatter like skittles.
After a few hour downing pints in the pub they got back in the car and Tolkien drove them back to his house.
Timothy suggested he had better get the books in from his car. “Don’t worry,” said Tolkien, “they are all signed and back in your car”. His wife had signed them all while they were out.
First Nation Knowledge
This place we stand
Is better because of
Our existence is
We nourish and improve
Everything under this sun
Is about betterment
Hence we cooperate
Holding each other
Be like us
We are the three sisters
Corn, Bean and Squash
Nordic Story Workshop – tips and prompts
These are handy little prompts if you are wanting to create Viking stories. I was invited along to the Manistique and Wequiock rooms of University Wisconsin – Green Bay by the local wing of the Society of Creative Anachronism to run a workshop. In this activity we thought of aspects of childhood – then what you do is select and imagine they are about grown-up Vikings. Simple statements become something else entirely when you think this way. Try it…
Endless energy – Playing checkers – Don’t know their limits – What’s mine is mine – and what’s yours is also mine – Stick weird things in their mouth – Run fast – Capacity to become good beings – Not careful about anything – Hugging kitties – Short attention spans – Always listening – Voluntary insomniacs – Laugh evilly for no reason – Always busy or active – Always destructive – All about them – Doesn’t remember what you just said – Fight their siblings for the sake of fighting – Breaks everything – Selective hearing – Fight siblings – When they ask to see something, they need to hold it – Tries new things – Wild imagination – Balloons – Very perceptive – Inquisitive – Cuddle with mum – Talk incoherently for hours – Hold your hand – Watch with me – What’s your is mine, what’s mine is mine – If it is shiny it is mine – If I see it or touch it, it is mine – If I break it then it’s yours – Make necklaces and jewellery – Very creative – Break down crying – I like blue – Abusive sociopath – Pretending to sleep – Eating lots of yummy stuff – Love – Eat only what you like – Frustrated angry poop face – Ride – Speaks their mind – Constantly learning – Love for destruction – Grounded – Tells tall tales – Great imagination – Roll into the wall – My little pony – Draw on things you shouldn’t…
You can learn further with this blog string; a whole series on being a storyteller – Storytelling is… #1
National Railway Museum Pictures – City of York, Great Britain
Not a clever blog or anything just things that caught me eye…
Section Two – The World in Miniature..
And a bonus section entitled…