Music Monday: Nordic Bow(strings) of Frost

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Original graphic by The Tattooed Book Geek

When I woke up today and checked the weather it was eight degrees outside. The heating in my room tends to dry out the air blowing from my humidifier so I leave it off at night and pile the blankets on. This resulted in my room and the upstairs hall being cold as balls and I swiftly dove into the bathroom with its own baseboard heating and promise of a hot shower.

Over the course of the day the temperature didn’t improve and the wind had a physical spite behind it so my brother and I ducked into the local diner for a hot brunch. I had already determined that I’d be going with a version of main theme of Skyrim for today’s feature because I can feel the in-game world all too well, the question was just on which of the several versions I knew to go with. The answer to that turned out to be, “None of them,” because in the sidebar for the very first cover that I played there was a thumbnail for a theme cover on Lindsey Stirling’s channel.

For readers unfamiliar with her, Lindsey Stirling is an absolutely amazing violinist who performs both her own original compositions and outstanding cover work that includes everything from Radioactive to The Grinch to Halo, Zelda, and Assassin’s Creed. Her videos are truly incredible and so are the people she collaborates with. So when I saw that she had done a cover of Skyrim’s “Song of the Dragonborn” that I had somehow missed for seven years I knew that I had to see it. My expectations were surpassed. Performed by Lindsey with vocals (All of them!) provided by Peter Hollens, a real Master of the Voice, this rendition features frozen forests, open tundra, and stony town streets that would make anyone wishing for a live-action Elderscrolls geek the freak out, myself included. Mechanics from the game itself are even thrown in for that added taste of a proper Nord mead.

Music Matching with Alex!

Weekly challenge: find or share a song that you know that either has a matching title, theme, or other details. The more matches, the better! Make them clear, make them oddly specific, or make them obscure, it’s yours! Musicians welcome! To enter, simply either leave a link to your match as a comment with a few words (More words, if you like.) or add a Pingback to your post and I’ll scuttle over to see what you’ve come up with. 😀

VIY-OHH-LIN!

The spellchecker can’t even!

Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin
Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!
Ahrk fin norok paal graan fod nust hon zindro zaan
Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!

Huzrah nu, kul do od, wah aan bok lingrah vod
Ahrk fin tey, boziik fun, do fin gein!
Wo lost fron wah ney dov, ahrk fin reyliik do jul
Voth aan suleyk wah ronit faal krein

Ahrk fin zul, rok drey kod, nau tol morokei frod
Rul lot Taazokaan motaad voth kein!
Sahrot Thu’um, med aan tuz, vey zeim hokoron pah
Ol fin Dovahkiin komeyt ok rein!

Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin
Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!
Ahrk fin norok paal graan fod nust hon zindro zaan
Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!

Ahrk fin Kel lost prodah, do ved viing ko fin krah
Tol fod zeymah win kein meyz fundein!
Alduin, feyn do jun, kruziik vokun staadnau
Voth aan bahlok wah diivon fin lein!

Nuz aan sul, fent alok, fod fin vul dovah nok
Fen kos nahlot mahfaeraak ahrk ruz!
Paaz Keizaal fen kos stin nol bein Alduin jot
Dovahkiin kos fin saviik do muz!

Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin

Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!
Ahrk fin norok paal graan fod nust hon zindro zaan
Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!

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