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crayonic:

For people who are actually interested in how viking music might have sounded, “Drømde mik en drøm i nat" (/I dreamt a dream last night) is the earliest music (and lyrics) known in Scandinavia preserved on the last page of the (~1200-1300) Codex Runicus as rune notes.

The song and melody is still known and used today in most of Scandinavia, as a sort of folk-standard. This version, deceivingly slow in the beginning, is presented as close to the original sound of the years 900-1000 as historians think they can come.

This song might have survived because it was a gigantic hit, like the viking’s very own “Billie Jean”. A total pop slayer that stayed around long enough for music notes to be invented.

The more you know.

thegestianpoet
shredsandpatches:

ceebleu:

This is a manuscript by Jean Le Joir, a French illuminator. He lived for most of the 13th century and had his daughter, Bourgot assist him with most of his illuminations or drawings.
I haven’t the faintest idea as to what this particular illumination was about, but I just find it beautiful. I was told it’s dated around 1350. For those of you who don’t know, an illuminator is someone who decorates a manuscript. They call them Illuminated Manuscripts. Typically they’re about Alchemy (from the ones I’ve seen) or religious ideals. Often times, they will mix the two together.I’m a novice at this stuff so. :D


Oh, I know this one! It’s the Three Living and the Three Dead, which is a pretty common motif in medieval illustrations. Three kings (or other important people) are out hunting when they encounter three dead guys just hanging out in the woods in various stages of decomposition. The kings unsurprisingly freak out, and the lead dead guy tells him to calm down, because he’s gonna look just like this someday.

shredsandpatches:

ceebleu:

This is a manuscript by Jean Le Joir, a French illuminator. He lived for most of the 13th century and had his daughter, Bourgot assist him with most of his illuminations or drawings.

I haven’t the faintest idea as to what this particular illumination was about, but I just find it beautiful. I was told it’s dated around 1350. 

For those of you who don’t know, an illuminator is someone who decorates a manuscript. They call them Illuminated Manuscripts. Typically they’re about Alchemy (from the ones I’ve seen) or religious ideals. Often times, they will mix the two together.

I’m a novice at this stuff so. :D

Oh, I know this one! It’s the Three Living and the Three Dead, which is a pretty common motif in medieval illustrations. Three kings (or other important people) are out hunting when they encounter three dead guys just hanging out in the woods in various stages of decomposition. The kings unsurprisingly freak out, and the lead dead guy tells him to calm down, because he’s gonna look just like this someday.