Composers and their stage works 

The Burial Mound/The Warrior's Barrow


Henrik Ibsen (1850, rev. 1854).

One-act dramatic poem that portrays an incident from the heroic age of Norse conquest.

Landing on an island off the coast of Sicily, Gandalf, a young pagan chieftain who personifies the rough Viking tradition, confronts the tempering Mediterranean influence of Christianity in young, innocent Blanka. Sworn to avenge his father's death, Gandalf learns Blanka has in fact saved his life, and he subsequently returns to Norway with her so that her faith may be "transplanted in the north."