Herr Mannelig is a Swedish folk ballad that tells the story of a female mountain troll (bergatroll) who proposes marriage to a young knight. She believes that if she marries with Sir Mannelig, she can be human. I am not sure about this one but I think it is pagans what they call bergatroll back then. Throughout the song, she offers him many great gifts but at the end he refuses her.
I will not go into the history of the ballad as you can find it on Wikipedia.
There are several different versions sung by various bands. The most notable ones are;
- Garmarna: A folk-rock group from Sweden who has recorded many ballads on their six albums. Garmarna’s sound is strongly influenced by the Scandinavian folk rock pioneers. Herr Mannelig is the opening track from their acclaimed 1996 album Guds Spelemän. Also, the song I put in the title is Garmarna’s version which I like the most.
- In Extremo: A German band combining heavy metal and folk music. There is a live version of Herr Mannelig by them.
- Haggard: An internationally known ensemble from Germany which was founded in 1989. Their style of music is an enchanting mixture of classical music, medieval music, and metal. The special thing: All instruments are played by real musicians on stage! They sing the Herr Mannelig in Italian.
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