This song makes me think I’m in the Lord of the Rings.

Beautiful song by Mateli Kuivalatar (1771-1846), Ilomantsi, Finland. Sung by Liisa Matveinen & Tellu Virkkala (Turkka), accompanied by Ritva Talvitie playing the bowed harp. Pictures of Finnish winter.

“Alahall’ on allin mieli
uiessa vilua vettä
sukkeloitessa suloa
jäänalaista järkyttäissä.
Alempana minun sitäi
viluvatsa varpusella
istuissa jääoksalla,
vilumpi minun sitäi.

Low are the calloo’s spirits
as she swims the icy waters
shuttling the slush
diving below the ice
Lower are my spirits than hers
lower than those of the shivering sparrow
perched on an icy bough
lower are even mine.”

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