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The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson

An Ancient Norwegian Folksong of the Holy Nights

Janet Jordan
Illustrated by Janet Jordan
Preface by Jonathan Stedall
Introduction by Andrew Welburn
November 2007
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    15th November 2007
  • ISBN 9780863156205
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.

This legendary folk song came to light in 1850, when a member of the clergy named Landstad first heard it in a lonely valley of Telemark, Norway. The epic narrative—whose origin is lost to time—tells of a young man who slept for twelve nights during the deep winter days and nights. When he finally awoke, he shared the wondrous sights he had seen.

This edition of The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson is illuminated by Janet Jordan’s striking paintings, giving this timeless legend new life and helping modern readers connect more intimately with its profound meaning.

Janet Jordan

Janet Jordan is a painter and printmaker and spends much of her time creating original and eye-catching etchings. Her work ranges from illustrative to abstract, and her inspirations come from many sources, including poetry and the natural world. She obtained a B.A. in Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1975. She has an interest in textile art and wrote her thesis on tapestry. Ms. Jordan lives and works in Somerset, England