“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away!” -By Should be Reading
My teaser is from a Norwegian book that I have read countless times named “Ravnejenta”, or The Raven-Girl. The book is by Torill Thorstad Hauger. Hauger writes the most amazing books filled with history, adventure and a hint of mystique that leaves you wondering if magic really does exist. I used to listen to this book as an audiobook when I was a child, and it really had me completely spellbound. To this day, the music they played in-between the chapters fills me with a mix of joy and excitement, dying to hear the rest even though I have both heard and read it a thousand times. Sett in Norway during the Viking-era when magic was still very much a part of people’s lives.
“Jeg spår at du vil få en underlig sjebne, barnet mitt, hveste volva med hes stemme. -Du er ikke som andre, Gudene har edslet deg til noe stort.
Volva sa det så lavt at ingen rundt kunne høre, og etterpå lente hun seg over mot trellkona og hvisket henne i øret: -Sørg for at denne jenta kommer seg bort. Hun er ikke trygg her. Det blåser kalde vinder på Jarlesetet.”
Translation: “I fortel that you will have a strange destiny, my child, volva (a seer, usually an old wise woman who travelled between the larger farms) said in a wheezing, hoarse voice. -You are not like the others, the Gods have created you for something big.
Volva said it in a voice too low for anyone around them to hear, before she leaned over to the trellkone (adult female slave) and whispered in her ear: -Make sure this girl gets away from this place. She is not safe here. Cold winds are blowing over Jarlesetet. (Jarl was a midevial title, as close to king as you could get without actually being the king, and they ruled their lands as kings. Jarlesetet is where they lived. During the Viking times, they had a large household with several slaves, and left on trips with their ships to pillage and plunder each spring.)
If you can read Norwegian, you can read her books for free on the national Library’s pages here. If not; this particular book has not been translated to English, but one of her other books has. Set in the same universe with the same people, she tells the tale of two Irish siblings and how they get captured by Vikings, and later try to escape. We meet these two in Ravnejenta as well.