Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by Walid F., Jul 10, 2018.
I'm sold if this is created! Best of luck and I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!
I'm wondering if it could be done with any degree of authenticity? Is there information about what viking music sounded like (beyond knowledge of instruments and primary source descriptions like Kinmarnesen shared earlier)? Was it documented in detail by early Christian monks in Iceland, like the Eddas and Sagas were?
If you're not committed to complete authenticity, maybe you could add a female proto-celtic language choir for melodic contrast? A few wolf howls and raven caws would also be a great addition.
Here's Heilung mentioned earlier in the thread:
Usually, Christian monks didn't survive long enough to listen to Vikings sing...
I did mean in the years after the conversion
The problem is that the conversion also brought to the Vikings a new music. So, the old one was either deeply mutated, or entirely forgotten, as the music of the profane days.
True that was usually the way. But in Iceland in the 13th Century, a couple of hundred years after Christianisation, for some reason they wrote the sagas and eddas which documented in Icelandic a lot of the oral history/legends and religion of pre-Christian Norse society. I was wrong that it was monks who transcribed it - Snorri Sturluson was one of the main writers and he was a politician. I don't know if there was a similar interest or capacity to document the music though, so you may well be correct.
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