Viking Saga Songs. 3: Goblins a go-go!
The goddess Freya journeys to the underground world of the goblins - sworn enemies of the gods. They have a fantastic necklace that Freya wants. But there's a high price to pay for it...a big, sloppy kiss for each goblin!
Tutorial: 'Goblins a go-go!'
The key timings in the tutorial are:
00 00: Listening to the words of the song and finding out about the context of goblins in Viking stories.
02 30: Learning Verse 1, beginning: 'Goblins a go-go...' Noting the nonsense words. Then listening and repeating a line at a time - slowly at first, then up to speed.
04 43: Learning Verse 2, beginning: 'Picking and shovelling...' Noting that the tune is the same as Verse 1 but is sung higher.
06 48: Learning Verse 3, beginning: 'We're slimy, we're greasy...' Noting that the melody is sung higher again, but is still based on just three notes.
09 10: Learning the final verse, beginning: 'The price that we ask...' This time the tune is sung to just two notes. Practising making the kissing sounds. The tutorial ends with an invitation to sing the song all the way through - up to speed - and thinking about the quality of voice used for the goblins.
The saga: Freya and the goblins - Part 1
Freya is the Viking goddess of the weather and the seasons - Odin has chosen her to control the wind, sun and rain. Freya is beautiful...though Loki thinks all she's interested in is fine clothes and jewellery.
Freya is out one day when she stumbles across a cave in Midgard and goes inside. There she finds goblins mining for silver, gold and gems. The goblins are the sworn enemies of the gods and Freya knows she'll be in trouble if anyone finds out what she's doing. But she sees a necklace the goblins have crafted, which she decides she must possess - whatever the cost. The goblins name their price - a big slopping kiss for each of them!
The saga: Freya and the goblins - Part 2
Freya returns to Asgard having kissed the goblins. When her husband, Odur, sees the necklace he is highly suspicious and wants to know where Freya got it from. She is forced at admit that she received the necklace from the goblins and Odur feels so shamed that he runs away from Asgard...and Odin determines that Freya must wear the necklace as a symbol of her shame.
Later, Loki, decides he will 'help' Freya by stealing the necklace. He transforms into a fly to enter her chamber and takes the necklace. But he has been seen by Heimdall - guardian of the rainbow bridge. Heimdall takes Loki to Odin, who determines that Freya has suffered enough and that it is time to send word to Odur to return.
See Resources below for a quiz about the story.
Song: 'Goblins a go-go!'
Listening music: an extract from 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' by Edvard Grieg
- Tempo and dynamics: note how the music gets faster (‘accelerando’) and louder (‘crescendo’).
- What do the children think may be happening in the hall of the Mountain King during this music?
- Grieg also wrote several goblin pieces for solo piano - eg: ‘Kobold’ (YouTube video) and ‘The Goblin’s Bridal Procession’.