Hulder Maiden*

English lyrics by Joyce Holt

Hulder maiden, up in the heights,
Hulder maiden, up in the heights,
Dancing and roaming and thieving at night!
Hulder maiden, up in the heights.

Hulder maiden, down from the hill,
Hulder maiden, down from the hill,
Charming locks open and stealing at will!
Hulder maiden, down from the hill.

Hulder maiden, down from the ridge,
Hulder maiden, down from the ridge,
Filch all our cheeses, run back to the bridge!
Hulder maiden, down from the ridge.

Hulder maiden, crossing the stream,
Hulder maiden, crossing the stream,
Sneak in, and gone again while we all dream!
Hulder maiden, crossing the stream.

Hulder maiden, haunting the mist,
Hulder maiden, haunting the mist,
How many sleeping young men have you kissed?
Hulder maiden, haunting the mist.


*Fjellmannjenta

learned from Eli Storbekken
who got it from (?) Halvor Håkanes

page 46 in
Lidele Galen Lidele God: Norse Vocal Folksongs
gathered and edited by Siri Haukenes and Sylvi Kielland
copyright 2001 by Norsk Musikforlag A/S, Oslo

fjell: mountain
fjellmann: mountain-man, or otherworldly being who haunts the mountains
jenta: girl

hulder: a wicked, alluring siren inhabiting hills and mountains; beautiful in appearance but with a long, cowlike tail