L’anniversaire because I am having my birthday today, juhuu. Today it is snowing outside, which I remember it also did one day when I was teenager and insisting on going out in miniskirt.
Later this day I am having a performance which I rehearse for now, so not much time to celebrate. And next year I have lived by telling stories for 20 years, it is going to be celebrated with a specific performance called ”I am Mimesis” – a metaperformance, and the project starting today. Each day I will document my life as a storyteller on this blog, mostly written in Norwegian, I will remember stories told and stories experienced.
Anyway, trolls and birthdays. Well, there is actually a phenomenon in the folktales, many children gets the prediction that they should not be out under open sky before they are 16 years old, otherwise they will be taken by the troll, or another variation is that their father, always a king, are not allowed to see his child before on the day they turn either 14 or 16.
I wonder if this element comes from a practical reality, a need to protect the children. My grandfather always said when I was a child, do not go the well, because there noekken lives. Noekken is another creature from the folklore who was known to steal children and drown them. With this image my grandfather gave an image that was easy for us children to handle. We stayed away from the well.
And in the folktales, the children never manage to stay inside, on the day before their birthday, they manage to get out, and then they are gone and the adventure can start.