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Icelandic story/folk song about the spirit of a forgotten child.

Updated on July 26, 2012

Picture of a woman carrying her child out to die.

Mother of mine in worry.

The story behind this song goes like this. once upon a time there was a woman who worked at a farm. she became pregnant and carried out the child so it could die out in the cold. she rapped the baby in rags and threw it out in the cold. This was very common in the old days of the vikings and was punishable by death. One night there was a dance to be held. the woman wanted to go but could not because she was a poor servants girl and had nothing pretty to wear. when the dance had started she was out in the barn milking the cows with another servant girl. the women start to talk about the dance and how much they want to go then the woman hears the voice of her dead child outside of the barn. the child sings: Mother of mine in worry. don't worry. I will loan you these rags of mine, these rags of mine to dance in. yes I will loan them to you to dance in. when she heard the voice of her dead child she became insane for the rest of her life.

Here is a link to the song if you would like to hear the melody.

Interesting stuff about the folklore in the story. It is said that you can hear the cry of a carried out child out in the wilderness of Iceland late at night, it is considered a bad omen. they come back from the dead as ghosts the color they have is based upon the color of the rags they where carried out in. (can you imagine a pink ghost ( ; ). they are said to look much like a bird with broken wings that jumps on one leg and use one of the wings as a crutch so they don't fall. If you see the spirit of a dead child then you are suppose to follow it, it will bring you to there mother. It is rear for them to speak and they cry very high when bad weather is about.

By the way let me know about my spelling errors so I can correct them. I don´t think my grammar is very good.


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      Daníel Guðmundsson 5 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

      thanks kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Darkmetaly, Wow! Great reading. Great writing. Very interesting hub. LOVED it. Voted up, awesome and beautiful. So glad to have met you on hubs. I am more thankful to be following you. You may follow me and check out more of my abstract-thought hubs. I would love that. Take care and keep up the great work.

      Kenneth Avery/ from Hamilton, a nortwest Alabama town that famous painter, Norman Rockwell would have loved to painted on a magazine cover.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading your story and I look forward to reading more of your writings.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Well then, you were a wise child not to go near that rock:-) I shall look forward to your stories with pleasure. They will remind me of Iceland.

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      Daníel Guðmundsson 6 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

      no I never went close to the rock the folklore tales scared the hell out me when i was little. And I will definitely write more hubs about Icelandic folklore. most of my hubs will be a folklore story or a song. I really like telling stories.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Definitely not a good idea to piss off the elves. Your grandmother is clearly a wise woman and I'm sure you never went near that elf rock hahahaha( I'm winking and grinning)

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      Daníel Guðmundsson 6 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

      thank you robie2. and about every hill having a story I have to say that you are quite well informed my grandmother has summer house out in the countryside and there is rock there with a with an interesting form. my grandmother always told me when I was not to play there because it was an elven rock.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      What a beautiful, haunting melody and what a chilling tale-- and with quite a sardonic twist. I love Iceland and have visited many times. One of the things that always amazes me is how every Icelandic rock and hill has a name and a story from hundreds of years ago connected to it.... and people tell you those stories as if they happened yesterday-- I find it quite wonderful and I hope you will write more and share more about Iceland. I have visited Höfn í Hornafirði, btw and been to Skaftafell and Vatnajokull. Just beautiful!! Your English is excellent-- not to worry. Native English speakers make more mistakes than you :-)

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Welcome to Hubpages, Darkmetaly! I know a little bit about Icelandic history, so no doubt there's some truth to the story behind the song. How sad. But the high-pitched wailing could also be the howling of the wind, especially at this time of year.

      As for your spelling and grammar, read the hubs of others and it will get better. The most important thing, though, is just keep writing! ;D

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Dark, Amazing story and excellent writing. Your grammar was very clear. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to your next hub!

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      Daníel Guðmundsson 6 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

      thank you cloudexplorer

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      I loved the story, I didn't catch any spelling error & your grammar appears to be awesome to me. Welcome to hub pages Darkmetaly, you'll love it here.

      The people are good and there's some truly awesome writers here on hubpages, you'll fit in perfectly, can't wait to read more of yours. Enjoy! Voted Up.

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      charlonefox 6 years ago

      That was brilliant Daniel.

      Really great story.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      A sad but interesting story. Don't worry too much about spelling and grammar errors. Just keep writing. Your English is quite good.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      good story and only a couple of spelling errors. nice hub...

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fascinating and chilling story. Hoth? wasn't that in the story by Ursular Leguin Ged?

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      Daníel Guðmundsson 6 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

      glad you thought it was interesting. I think this story was made to make sure we didn't kill our newborn baby's.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 6 years ago from The Zoo

      Wow...very interesting story! Yikes!