Do you know the legend of the Norwegian hero Frithiof? It’s become an immortal Scandinavian tale - several variations of it exist, and composers and artists throughout history have been inspired by the story it tells.
Below, we look at some portrayals of the tale by the Swedish painter August Malmström, created in the 19th century.
The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Frithiof and his ardent love for the beautiful Ingeborg, daughter of Bele, the King of Sogn at the Sognefjord in Norway. Frithiof grew up in the companionship of Ingeborg and her brothers. After Ingeborg's father dies, Frithiof who has long loved Ingeborg, asks Ingeborg’s brothers for her hand in marriage.
In exile, Frithiof becomes rich, and earns glory through his reputation as a sea fighter. He sets off to meet King Ring and see the woman he has loved for so long. As a noble champion, Frithiof wins the love of the old King and he promises Frithiof his wife after his death.
After Ring’s death, Frithiof and Ingeborg are at last reunited, and Frithiof returns home to avenge his wounded pride by defeating the brother kings.