Midsummer Song: The Hammer Strikes


For the midsummer rite I'm going to be involved in leading later this weekend, our group will be honoring the Norse god Thor, particularly in his role as defender of the crops and common people. He would be a welcome presence right now, in a time with lots of enemies to keep at bay, and also in the middle of a local dry spell that has me concerned about water supplies for both humans and plants. Thor is the subject of many myths (which have nothing to do with Marvel, I might add), and a strikingly large percentage of them involve some complex adventure which ends with a WHOMP! from Mjollnir. This song thus highlights a few of those myths for your listening entertainment.

Musically, this is following a steady and rather square beat of the schottische, a fairly slow polka that originated in central Europe and is still fairly popular in Scandanavia and Latin America. The potentially-confusing key is E Dorian, which will sound a lot like a standard E minor except for C# being used instead of the natural C, and along with that using A major rather than A minor chords.

All works are copyright by yours truly, but may be distributed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 4.0. That means, in short, you can use them yourself and your grove, and play the song to your heart's content both in private and in public, but must give credit where credit is due, and if you're planning on selling something involving this song we need to talk about that first.

Sheet Music

The Hammer Strikes


The Hammer Strikes

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