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Tales From The Norse
« on: March 25, 2010, 06:13:24 AM »
A while back a volunteered to do some narration for LibriVox, and recorded a couple of sections of a book on Norse folk tales.

Don't get your hopes up too far, they'll let just anybody have a hand in making a recording.  But it was fun dong the voices, and I thought these two particular stories I tackled were pretty interesting:

The Tale Of Hacon Grizzelbeard
This is a very sordid tale.  As it happens, that's my favourite kind!  A bratty, not to bright princess meets a sly prince who's good at disguises.  Scandal, crime, adventure, horse mutilations, and a rather unique method of convincing a girl to sleep with you.  All this in 15 minutes!  What's not to like?

http://www.archive.org/download/populartalesfromthenorse_0909_librivox/talesfromthenorse_13_dasent.mp3


The Tale Of Gudbrand On The Hillside
Not much to this story.... but it contains one of my favourite quotes from literature:

"T'is always better to save one's life than to have a cock."

Also, I like how the story presents a clear hierarchy of farm animals, each of which is supposed to be more desirable than the last:

Cow < Horse < Pig < Goat < Sheep < Goose < Cock

Apparently, the cock is king of the farm animals!

(In real life, though, I'm betting that the hierarchy of desirability is exactly opposite)

http://www.archive.org/download/populartalesfromthenorse_0909_librivox/talesfromthenorse_28_dasent.mp3



*EDIT* The forum won't let me just paste a link to the MP3 files without embedding them.  If you prefer to have the download links, they're at the following URL:

http://librivox.org/popular-tales-from-the-norse-by-george-w-dasent-0909/
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 06:48:19 AM by Parrot »

 

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