VIKING SAGA BIRDS OF THE NORTH
The song is a celebration of Scandinavian birds. Birds also feature in the story: Loki flies to Jotunheim as a falcon to rescue Iduna; then he transforms her into a sparrow for the journey back...but Thiassi is after them!
ENJOY learning the song.
APPLES of IDUNA - Part 3
The consequences of Loki's actions are clear for all to see - without Iduna and her apples the gods are growing old and frail.
Heimdall reveals that he saw Loki speaking with Thiassi in Iduna's garden and Odin orders Loki to find a solution to their predicament - he, after all, is the cause of it.
Loki transforms into a falcon and flies to Thiassi's castle in Jotunheim, where he turns Iduna into a sparrow and her basket into an apple pip and the two of them set off for Asgard.
APPLES of IDUNA - Part 4
Loki and Iduna are flying as fast as they can back to Asgard...but Thiassi, in giant eagle disguise once more, is after them.
Odin and Heimdall watch from the battlements of Asgard as the birds approach. Odin orders Heimdall to make a bonfire then, when Loki and Iduna tumble through the smoke, Heimdall fans the flames. Thiassi's wings are burned and he tumbles to the ground.
Everything is back to normal: Iduna and her apples have been returned and the gods have their youth restored. There's just one issue to resolve - will Iduna agree to allow Loki to have an apple?
1.Why are the gods growing old and frail?
2. How does Odin know of Loki's involvement in the plot?
3. What does Loki transform into for the journey to Jotunheim?
4. What does Odin tell Heimdall to do as the birds approach Asgard?
5. At the very end does Iduna give Loki one of her magic apples?
composed in 1915.
The melody is said to have been inspired by the calls of swans after Sibelius watched a large number of the birds taking off one day.
LISTEN to the music and answer these questions.
1.What can the you say about the rhythm and tempo (speed) of the music?
2. Which part of the music do you think might have been inspired by the swans’ call?
3. What parts of the music creates the image of swans in flight?