by Ian Cumpstey
This collection of Scandinavian ballads in a new English verse translation brings the old songs back to life. The stories told in the ballads are sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious. There are riddles and vikings, heroes and trolls, and even an appearance from the Norse gods.
Thor resorts to cross-dressing in a bid to recover his stolen hammer. The hero Widrick Waylandsson comes face to face with a troll in the forest. A king’s daughter is abducted from a convent in rural Sweden. A young fighter shows off his prowess in skiing and shooting for King Harald Hardrada. And more…