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odin's raven magic (september 2004)

odin's raven magic by sigur rˇs and felix award winner hilmar ¨rn hilmarsson was previewed at the barbican center in 2002 and premiered at reykjavÝk arts festival may 24th 2002, as one of its highlights. it will be performed at grande halle de la villette in paris on september 28th and 29th. the occasion is an icelandic cultural event in paris named 'islande, de glace & de feu' which will be held september 27th - october 10th.

odin's raven magic, which was produced by the reykjavÝk arts festival, was awarded the prize of best music piece in iceland 2002 and was nominated for the nordic council music prize 2003. the same year the piece was performed to full houses in norway at the trondheim arts festival. the performances of odin's raven magic have received rave reviews.

in addition to sigur rˇs performing onstage, odin's raven magic will feature l'orchestre des laurÚats du conservatoire national de paris, schola cantorum, rhyme chanter steindor andersen and pÓll gu­mundsson of h˙safell. conductor is Órni har­arson.

odin's raven magic is an icelandic poem in the ancient edda tradition, thought to have been composed in the 14th or 15th century. its anonymous author clearly had an intimate knowledge of the edda literature and mythology and alludes to a number of pagan motifs which are now lost. the poem recounts a great banquet held by the gods in valhalla. while they are absorbed in their feasting, ominous signs appear that could foretell the end of the worlds of the gods and men. odin═s raven magic had been relegated from mainstream ancient literature ever since 1867, when norwegian scholar sophus bugge claimed it was a 17th century fabrication. this theory has since been toppled with literary and linguistic arguments, and jˇnas kristjÓnsson, probably the most renowned scholar of ancient icelandic literature today, has even hailed it as "a new edda poem".

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