The Faraway North by Ian Cumpstey – Review

Posted: September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Title – The Faraway North: Scandinavian Ballads
Author – Ian Cumpstey
Genre –  Poetry/Ballards
Length –  91 Pages
Publication – June 2016
My Rating –  4/5 Stars

Synopsis

These ballads convey a fantastic vision of the world as it was imagined in medieval Scandinavia, with monsters and magic intermingled with the very human concerns of heroism, tragedy, love, and revenge.

The great hero Sigurd is joined in this collection by troll-battling warriors including Holger Dane, Orm the Strong, and others. There are dramatic scenes of romance, betrayal, and loss. Some of the ballads translated here are attested by paintings or maps that date from earlier than when the first full ballad texts were first written down in the 1500s. An adventure ballad relevant to the history of an Eddic poem is also included.

The ballads are storytelling songs that were passed down as part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia. This collection brings…

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