Herr Magnus og Bjærgtrolden

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Herr Magnus og bjærgtrolden ('Sir Magnus and the Mountain Troll') is a Danish ballad (The Types of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballad A 59, Proposal of supernatural woman rejected; Danmarks gamle Folkeviser 48).

It is attested in the nineteenth-century Denmark in only two versions, with three attestations, each of eight or nine stanzas. It is also found in Norway and Sweden.

Summary[edit]

A supernatural maiden (a mermaid in Norway and sometimes Sweden, or a female mountain being in other Swedish versions and in Denmark) tries to woo Sir Magnus by offering generous gifts. Magnus, however, rejects here; and in the Danish versions, he chops her into small pieces with his sword.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Types of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballad: A Descriptive Catalogue, ed. by Bengt R. Jonsson, Svale Solheim and Eva Danielson, Skrifter utgivna av svenskt visarkiv, 5 (Stockholm: Svenskt visarkiv, 1978), p. 41.