Benedik and Årolilja on DK-Merino/Silk/Yak

Benedik and Årolilja on DK-Merino/Silk/Yak


60% Superwash Merino 20% Silk 20 % Yak

212 meters per 100 grams

A soft and luxurious DK weight yarn. This yarn is almost the same fibre mix as the Singles and the same light grey when undyed so all colours look at bit different on these two. Perfect for shawls and soft garments with a lot of drape.

The folk song «Benedik og Årolilja» is a Scandinavian example of a courtly medieval ballad. Its motive is the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers, as found in more famous European tales like those of Tristan and Isolde, Abelard and Héloise, Lancelot and Guinevere, and Romeo and Juliet.

The song tells of the young knight Benedik, who travels to the King's court. There he falls in love with the King’s daughter Årolilja. He is not regarded as good enough for her, so by day he hunts the wild deer and by night he visits her bower in secret. A young serving boy betrays the couple to her father the King, and he has Benedik executed despite Årolija's and the Queen's pleadings. After Benedik is dead, the King sends the young serving boy to fetch Årolilja to appear before him. But the boy comes back, saying that he has found her dead from sorrow. The Queen reproaches her husband, and in the end he is lamenting that he now has neither daughter nor son in law. Benedik is buried on the north side of the church, and Årolija on the south side. Up from their graves there grows two fair lilies that intertwine across the church roof. They will stand as a lasting judgement on the King.

Benedik rode to Sølondo

He went to find a wife

It was his fate that he never return

and so he lost his life

– Årolilja why are you sleeping so long

Benedik and Årolilja

A sweet medium-intensity pink, over-dyed with gold to make this a warm pink colour with a lot of depth.

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