28 April 2014

Heyr himna smiður

The Icelandic hymn 'Heyr himna smiður' ('Hear, heavenly creator'), performed live simply but stirringly by Árstíðir in Wuppertal train station in Germany, in 2013 [via Reddit]. The hymn was composed by Kolbeinn Tumason on his deathbed in 1208, after his defeat in the Battle of Víðines.

See also:
Music: Fóstbræður - Heyr himna smiður (2010)
History: The early settlement of Iceland, 16 May 2011
Blog: Iceland, 17 July 2007
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