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

 

 

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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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Georg and the Dragon – How To Train Your Dragon – Hidden World – Listen Now

Georg and the Dragon – How To Train Your Dragon – Hidden World – Listen Now

I reworked the story of Saint George (in a dream) and now it is about our chieftain at Njardarheimr in Viking Valley in Gudvangen, Norway.

It was for a dragon themed presentation in our Viking town here at Gudvangen for influencers, journalists and bloggers who were celebration the launch of the new televison series of How To Train Your Dragon – Hidden World

 

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Goddess of Water – A freestyle interpretation of the Finnish Creation Tale

Goddess of Water – A freestyle interpretation of the Finnish Creation Tale

 

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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.

 

bright boyThe 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!

Wawawawawawabalder

 

 

mimirThe 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 eyeseye

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)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhpool

 

 

Angraboda had a babybaby wolf

It was a gnashing roaring monstrous beast

Hear Fenrir the wolf…

Go near him and he will bite off your head

He rips off handsbig roar

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 skywolf sky

Fenrir swallows Odin (gulp)

Odin kills as he dies

Fenrir dies in agony

 

 

Thor’s hammer is heavymjollmir

See we throwsaturn

Watch Mjolnir fly wuvwuvwuvwuvwuv

It hits (Bumf)

It comes back

We kill giants ‘Aaaaaaargh’

Trolls and troll-wivestroll

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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

 

 

ravensYou 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

They fly out from the shoulders of Odinodin

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 madroar

Let’s get physicalbed

Lightning strikes

Thunder rolls

Roosters call – listen to the cock crow

Anger overcomes us

Gods go to war

Monsters risebreath

Fire, weapons and poison

Cry out in fear as you die

Wolves howl

Hel screamshel

Loki laughs

We are dead dead dead dead dead

The end

No wait

See, the sun is risingsun

 

 

 

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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Nordic Story Workshop – tips and prompts

Nordic Story Workshop – tips and prompts

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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…

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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

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UW Green Bay Viking House

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