The Ballad of the Goddess
One of my favourite tracks from my favourite Legend of Zelda game, Skyward Sword. The lyrics are in ancient Hylian, and this song is a mix of the orchestral version, the version Zelda sings, and the version you learn, which Fi sings.
Arrangement, harp and vocals are all by me.
/en daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ/
/tʏe ʃʊtʊ keuænu sale̞/
/en daʃeʋu nobe̞ dʊʃʊ/
/tʏe ʃʊtʊ nobe̞ dezu dotʃe̞/
Back row: Maggie Jones (harpist of Arfon); Mrs Gruffydd Richards (chief harpist of Gwent), David Roberts (blind harpist of Mawddwy), Gwyneth Vaughan. Front row: Pedwr James, Emile Hamonic, Lena Botrel, Theodore Botrel, Professor Paul Barbier
XI. From Branwen, Daughter of Llyr: Bran’s severed head entertains the seven English survivors for seven years.
Sascha Schneider, “Moon Night” (1906)
Two beautiful sketches of the Ankoù by Gwendal Lemercier.
John Egan, Portable Irish harp, c.1820 (source).
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