The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson

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The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson: An Ancient Norwegian Folksong of the Holy Nights

The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson is a folksong that came to light only in 1850, when a cleric by the name of Landstad heard it in a lonely valley in Telemark, Norway. No one knows how long it had existed. “The Dream Song” is an epic narrative telling the story of a young man who slept for twelve nights during the depths of winter, and then awoke to share the wondrous sights he had witnessed.

This edition is illustrated with Janet Jordan’s striking paintings, which give life to Olaf Åsteson and help modern readers engage with this remarkable ancient saga.

10 Colour illustrations

About the Author

Janet Jordan is a painter and printmaker and spends much of her time creating original and eye-catching etchings. Her work ranges from illustrative to abstract, and her inspirations come from many sources, including poetry and the natural world. She obtained a B.A. in Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1975. She has an interest in textile art and wrote her thesis on tapestry. Ms. Jordan lives and works in Somerset, England
Jonathan Stedall is a distinguished BBC documentary film maker of more than 150 films. He won the BAFTA Robert Flaherty Award in 1968 for In Need of Special Care, about a Camphill school in Scotland for children with special needs—a film typical of the gentle and sensitive style of film making that has won him much praise through the years.Andrew Welburn is a fellow of New College, Oxford. He has written, translated, and edited numerous books on spiritual science and early Christianity, including The Beginnings of Christianity: Essene Mystery, Gnostic Revelation and the Christian Vision (1991); Gnosis: The Mysteries and Christianity (1994); and Myth of the Nativity: The Virgin Birth Re-examined (2006).

Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 0.5 × 11.5 in

Janet Jordan


Jonathan Stedall


Andrew Welburn




November 2007






Floris Books


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