Updated: Mar 10
March 9, 2022 - "Lívstræðr" by Eivør Pálsdóttir and John Lunn
Artist: John Lunn, Eivør
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Several years ago, I learned that a large chunk of my paternal ancestry came from Norway. Mixed with the known English ancestry, one could argue that I have "Danish-Saxon" roots. It is no wonder that I am deeply touched by music that is rooted in the traditions of Old Norse and Saxon.
If you have watched the Netflix series "The Last Kingdom" then you know the music in the series plays a huge role. It is almost a character itself. John Lunn has created a masterful soundtrack. Of all the songs, "Lívstræðr" is by far my favorite.
Sung in Faroese, this song is haunting in its ability to hit me in the deepest parts of my soul. It's no wonder that the song is often used in the saddest parts of the show. While the song is a lot of vocalization, there are lyrics:
(Threads of Life)
Tóri runnu tár á kinn, harðnar Sigmunds sinni:
“Grátum ikki frændi mín, vær goymum væl i minni!”
(Tears rolled down Thor's cheeks, Sigmundur's temper becomes hard-hearted:
"Let's not cry, my friend, we'll keep him in good memory!")
Spjótið gleið í miðju inn, stál í indrum lendi,
Brestir gjørdi eitt avreksbragd, hann banasár sær kendi.
(The spear slid into the waist, the steel landed in his bowels,
Brestir accomplished a heroic feat, he felt the deadly wound.)
Tonight, "The Last Kingdom" returns for its 5th and final season (though there is a movie that will follow to wrap up the entire story.)
"The Last Kingdom" is based on The Saxon Stories by Benard Cornwell.