Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This 800-year-old Icelandic hymn will put you in a zen state

It's rare that I post anything not related to video games, elves, Throne-y games, or otaku culture around here, but this video's been making its way around the net and it's probably worth posting here.

Why?  Because it's absolutely beautiful music, and - if you close your eyes - you can pretend its coming out of Skyrim, or maybe the opening credits of the next Thor movie.

The song in question is "Heyr himna smiður", an 800-year-old Icelandic hymn performed by the group Árstíðir in a German train station... because, why not?

Anyway, enough preamble - give it a listen.

Anyway, enough preamble - give it a listen.

Apparently, the group put the performance online to drum up interest in the Kickstarter for their third album (which is already funded, by the by) but if you're interested in tracking down their other two albums, you won't have to go much further than this link right here.

It's totally the music to put you in the mood for a day at the Ren Faire - or maybe a trip to Ikea.  Either way, I know what I'll be listening to for the rest of the day.

Incidentally, the translated lyrics of "Heyr himna smiður" are as follows:

Hear, smith of the heavens,
what the poet asks.
May softly come unto me
thy mercy.
So I call on thee,
for thou hast created me.
I am thy slave,
thou art my Lord.

God, I call on thee
to heal me.
Remember me, mild one, (or mild king. This is a pun on the word mildingur).
Most we need thee.
Drive out, O king of suns,
generous and great,
human every sorrow
from the city of the heart.

Watch over me, mild one,
Most we need thee,
truly every moment
in the world of men.
send us, son of the virgin,
good causes,
all aid is from thee,
in my heart.