Norwegians: Not Just Good Knitters, Farmers & Fisherfolk

Norwegians are not just good knitters, fisherfolk and farmers. 🙂

Because I was raised in the U.S., most of the Norwegians I knew well were related to me and, except for my cousins, much older than I. The Norwegians I spent the most time with were, for the most part, taciturn farm folk who distrusted people not born and raised in their locale. Not even living in sunny California could loosen up my grim mother!

Thanks to the internet, however, I have been happy (albeit surprised) to see how silly and lighthearted (younger?) Norwegians can be. A Norwegian TV musical game show called “Beat for Beat” hosted two acts that make me laugh so hard I nearly cry every time I watch them (which has been many times, so far). In one episode appears the Nordic Tenors (a trio) yodeling, while on another is Raske Menn (fast guys ) (also a trio) singing “Cuban Pete.” (Now compare these lighthearted performances to the old folk song Højt på en Gren en Krage [High on a Branch a Crow – it’s about a crow who gets shot and dies], the merry little song my mother taught us to sing when we were children!)

I am not sure how funny anyone else will find these. While my daughter and I bellowed with laughter, her husband barely grinned while Thor smiled weakly. Forgive me if it doesn’t make you chuckle but remember that I was raised by a woman who if forced to sit and watch these wouldn’t crack a smile and would be mortified at such a public display of non-serious behavior (seriously). Perhaps that will explain why when I watch these I can’t help but laugh with delight!

(P.S. Notice that none of the performers is wearing any sort of traditional Norwegian sweater. I guarantee you, though, they’ve got at least one or two knit by doting besteforeldre (grandparents) in their closets!)


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8 Responses to Norwegians: Not Just Good Knitters, Farmers & Fisherfolk

  1. I am glad … the vast majority of the Norwegians I knew were rather serious. The one with the best humor had left Norway when she as 18 and traveled around Europe. I met her when we were in college. Now she had a sense of humor!


  2. renaisydaisy says:

    I love those videos, I have a few a few Norwegian friends and I love their wacky humour.


  3. Oh yes … laughed so hard I choked. I am glad you enjoy the “buzzwords”! When I grew up, my mother mixed up the two languages so much that I frequently was unsure which language some words were!


  4. I have always loved recorder music! I looked up the history of the song my mother taught us, and apparently it was originally a 16th century German song.


  5. When we would reunite with our loved relatives after a year plus absence, we would shake hands first – then a quick hug!


  6. Curls & Q says:

    Too funny!!! 😎 My mom loves to say, “You know we Norwegians aren’t very demonstrative.” 😎 Marrying my non-Norwegian, silly dad was as if she married a foreigner!


  7. ethgran says:

    What a hoot! I’m sure I would have rolled on the floor if I understood what they were saying but their antics were funny enough. But like yours the Norwegian immigrant family that I knew were pretty serious folk. As for the folk group – I Love that sort of music! (well, I love most music older than 300 years) I once played in a small Recorder Group and was always trying to get the others to play Medieval stuff though most wanted to do music of the Renaissance and early America – which I did enjoy doing as well.


  8. minaandme says:

    I’m glad you got a good laugh out of those things 🙂 Sometimes having a personal history of some sort makes those things infinitely more enjoyable. Laugh away and let the others stare! Just to let you know, I love how you include “buzzwords” in your blogs. It’s always neat to see and learn about other languages and cultures!


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