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Norwegian Folk Songs

Norwegian Folk Songs

The music in this collection of Norwegian folk songs, many of unknown origin, represents the folk traditions of working Norwegians—from lumbermen to farmers, and from hunters to fisherman. Many of the older Scandinavian folk ballads emphasize storytelling, with nature playing an important role. Of particular interest is the ballad “Bendik og Arolilj,” an example of a “knight’s ballad” of ill–fated love most likely inspired by the legend Tristan and Isolde. It is believed that this ballad was translated from French into Norwegian during the 14th century. Norwegian troubadour Pelle Joner, accompanying himself on guitar, performs the songs with somber homage.

All of the song lyrics are provided in Norwegian with English translation in the liner notes.



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Track Listing

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Aa kjande du'n Kjell (Did You Know Kjell) Pelle Joner 0:43
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102
Bendik og Arolilja (Bendik and Arolilja) Pelle Joner 4:01
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103
Eg ser deg ut for gluggjin (I See You Outside the Window) Pelle Joner 2:11
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104
Per Spelmann (Tom Fiddler) Pelle Joner 1:34
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105
Jeg lagde me så sildig (I Laid Me Down to Rest) Pelle Joner 2:19
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106
Alle mann hadde fota (All the Men had Feet) Pelle Joner 1:06
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107
Sven Svane Pelle Joner 2:08
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108
Eg beisla min styvel (I Bridled my Boot) Pelle Joner 1:51
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201
Hårvard Hedde Pelle Joner 2:41
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202
Eg rodde meg ut (I Rowed Out) Pelle Joner 0:49
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203
Vil du se fagre piger (Do You Want to See) Pelle Joner 1:24
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204
Ola Glomstulen Pelle Joner 1:21
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205
Å, Ola, Ola, min eigen unge (Oh, Ola, Ola, I Lov'd You Dearly) Pelle Joner 2:22
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206
Lara skulle til skyttri gå (Lara Went Hunting) Pelle Joner 1:32
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207
Huldra å 'en Elland (The Hulder and Elland) Pelle Joner 1:10
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208
Svarterabben Pelle Joner 2:06
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