It was foreseen that Little Kerstin would drown on her wedding morning. Lord Peter sets sail, even though he was warned to avoid the sea. Sir Olof stumbles on dancing elves the day before his wedding. Little Kerstin falls for the Mountain King and runs away with him to live in the high fells.
The medieval Swedish narrative ballads were part of a tradition in Scandinavia that combined folk music and storytelling. Lord Peter and Little Kerstin is a collection of new English translations of some of these lyrical songs. There are tales of love and death, kings and knights, and the supernatural spirits of the water and the woods.
Ian Cumpstey's new verse translations bring these classic well-loved ballads to an English-speaking audience. The stories they tell of love, death, and revenge draw on an ancient common heritage that British and Scandinavian ballads share. A must have for both folklore fans and folk music enthusiasts alike.
The ballads included are:
Little Kerstin and Her Man; Lord Peter and Little Kerstin; The Power of the Harp; Sir Olof and the Elves; Lord Peter's Sea-Voyage; Little Kerstin the Stable-Boy; Little Kerstin's Enchantment; The Mermaid; Sir Arvid; Little Kerstin and the Mountain King.