On ""Bergatrollets frieri"
Swedish folk lyric and tune, also known as "Herr Mannerlig" in a number of
variants, is a medieval-styled ballad, found in "Bidrag till Södermanlands
äldre kulturhistoria," H. Aminson,Strängnäs, Södermanlands
Fornminnesförening, Stockholm, 1877. It tells the tale of a a female
mountain troll who proposes marriage to a "handsome young man," though the
first verse informs us the troll had "a false tongue." The word "frieri" is
exchange for a betrothal, the troll offers twelve wild horses in a grove of
roses, twelve mills whose mill stones are made of gold with wheels of
silver, a gilded sword for battle, a special shirt crocheted of white silk,
all as lures to tempt "Herr Mannelig herr Mannelig," as the lyric repeats in
plea. The man answers that because the troll is no pious woman but rather
"the spawn of a water spirit and the devil," he will not. This sets the tune
in successive verse form, rising in intensity only to fall and fade.
pages, circa 5' 00" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "Bergatrollets frieri"