An Ancient Norwegian Folksong of the Holy Nights
Illustrated by Janet Jordan
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 days and nights during the deep winter. When he finally awoke, he shared the wondrous sights he had seen.
I can remember reading this folksong together with friends during the Holy Nights almost 30 years ago – it is a memory I treasure. There is something deeply profound and deeply beautiful to be found in this story – something that will stay with you always once it touches you.
This edition of The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson is illuminated by Janet Jordan’s striking paintings, which give new life to this timeless legend and help modern readers connect more intimately with its profound meaning.