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Based upon the music and meter of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" this tells the story of the Scandinavian creation myth. It's a song for long ocean voyages where tankards can be clashed or campfire corroborees where sticks can provide the accompaniment.


Emigrant Song

*klank* *klink* *klank* *klink*
Aaaeeaahaah! Aaaeeaahaah!

We come from the land of ice and rime.
From the shadow lands of frozen Nifelheim.
Borne from the chaos of the yawning gulf,
Eternal echoes of Ginnungagap.
Demon Surtur!
God of Fire!
He fuels our hearts
With breath from Mus-pel-heim!
The Noisemaker -
Frost Giant Ymir!
Rises out of the rolling vapours and clashes the frozen air!

*klank* *klink* *klank* *klink*
Aaaeeaahaah! Aaaeeaahaah!

From out of the gulf came the cow Audhumla,
Who licked the salt and hoarfrost from an icy boulder.
Out sprang Bur, father of Bor
From whom the Gods Odin, Vili and Ve were spawned.
They slew Ymir,
And made Midgard.
His body became the earth,
His icy blood the sea at large.
His bones formed the mountains,
His flesh formed the soil,
His skull the great sky-dome endued with colours royal.

*klank* *klink* *klank* *klink*
Aaaeeaahaah! Aaaeeaahaah!

From Muspelheim came the sun and the moon,
And stars to guide sailors and make dreamers swoon.
The great ash tree Yggdrasill held all in place
With it's mighty roots and branches into space.
Chips of wood,
From the great ash tree,
Were gathered together,
For the first time in history,
To form the first man Ask,
And the first woman Embla,
Now the warrior children feast faith in the fabled halls of Valhalla.

*klank* *klink* *klank* *klink* *klank*

------
Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk




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The following comments are for "viking drinking song"
by smithy

vikings!
Wow Smithy I love this adapted song! Reading it made me feel like I was out on a Viking ship sailing over the seas listening to their songs. And I don't even know the Led Zeppelin version.

A very nice rendition of the creation myth as well. I envy your ability to put these ideas into poetic format. =D

( Posted by: Darkshine Raven [Member] On: September 9, 2004 )

vikings!
You should be ashamed of yourself, Dark. Only joking. :) This is great, Smithy, and what a fine song to use. I'll have to brush up on Norse mythology to decode this, but still a fun read.

( Posted by: die_daily [Member] On: September 9, 2004 )

triple d thanks
Hey =D. Good to see you back. We've missed you around here. And Die Daily. Good to see you again too. It's like you never went away. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed =D and even not knowing the song found your own tune and let it take you on a journey. Thanks for reading and commenting. I look at your writing at your stage in life and I am envious! Practice and lots of failures =D. That's my secret.
The Norse mythology is fairly similar in structure to the Greek and Roman. Most of the creation myths have some similarities too. Some of the concepts here I borrowed from the Australian Aboriginal mythology such as believing we are echos of the yawning gap, which the Norse call the Ginnungagap. Lately I can write with music playing but for years I struggled because I would get caught in the lyrics of the song itself. So it's something new I'm just exploring and experimenting with. I might do a series melding creation myths and music. Hopefully. If the threads come together like this one. Thanks Die. cheers smithy

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: September 10, 2004 )

The three ravens?
I thought you'd put in Odin's ravens, somehting like Munir... forgot their names.

This definitely shows an intense imagination. I know how it feels,I happenned to have passed the viking stage in my life.

( Posted by: Teflon [Member] On: September 10, 2004 )

3 ravens?
Thanks Teflon for your comments. I don't know about the three Ravens. The version of the creation myth I have doesn't mention them and I've read through the Apples of Iduna and Ragnarok, and The Death of Baldur myths but they don't mention them in these versions either. I seem to recall seeing something with Odin's ravens in it. Can't be sure. Will keep an eye out. cheers smithy

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: September 11, 2004 )





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