Odin

In the land of Odin,
there is a mountain,
one thousand miles in the air.
From edge to edge,
this mountain measures,
one thousand miles square.

A little bird comes a winging
once every million years or so.
Sharpens his beak on the mountain,
and then he quickly disappears.

And when this mountain,
has worn away
this to eternity shall seem,
but one single day.

In the Land of Odin,
there stands a mountain,
one thousand miles in the air, in the air.

Because a friend tells her baby girl the legend of Odin and sings this song to help her fall asleep. -Larken

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6 responses to “Odin

  1. Joel Day

    The big part about this song, to me, was the the council fire. How every year this song ,and it’s legend of course, were told usually by the CITs. Much to my dismay, Camp closed the year before I could become a CIT. And noting what Larken(who if you are who I think you are, you were….and still are one of my all time favs) said, I too have told the story to friends. They may have thought I was totaaly nuts, but no matter. Thats just the way to keep Kilowan alive. Gteat song Great site.

  2. How I can remember this is beyond me…my group made up a parody of Land of Odin for our ‘skit’ one year. We were in one of the Alderea cabins…just thought someone might share in the amusement.

    Land of Alderea (sung to the tune of Land of Odin)
    (circa 1988 )

    In the land of Alderea,
    There stands a cabin,
    ten thousand miles from main camp.

    From edge to edge,
    our feet are hurting
    from 60 ft to sliding rock and on our creek hike.

    A little mouse comes a crawlin’
    once every 2 hours or so.
    Sharpens his teeth on the bunk beds,
    and then he quickly disappears.

    And when this cabin,
    has worn away,
    this to eternity shall seem,
    but one single mosquito.

    In the land of Alderea,
    There stands a cabin,
    ten thousand miles from main camp….

  3. Alexy

    Does anyone remember the story that goes with this song. This is what I remember: Old king looking for someone heir since he doesn’t have sons or daughters. Everyone in the kingdom tried the king’s test, all failed. He almost gave up until a little boy/girl says s/he would like to try. King doesn’t believe the child can answer the questions, but gives the child a try anyways. First question: How many stars are in the heavens. Child thinks about it, leaves, comes back a couple days later. Asks for a pen and paper. Puts one dot on the paper, then more dots until the paper is completely black. Then tells the king if he can count the dots he will know how many stars are in the heavens. The king liked the answer and gave the child a second question: How much water is there in all the lakes, in all the rivers, seas, streams, oceans, in all the world. Child leaves to think about it. King doesn’t think he will see the child again, but he/she comes back. and this is the answer I can’t remember, something about draining. The king is impressed with the answer and then asks the final question: How long is eternity. And with that the child sings this song. The child and the king ruled side by side for many years until one day the king died and the child ruled Odin. Anyone care to add to it?

  4. Colleen

    My mom used to sing me a song that is very close to these lyrics. She said it was from a summer camp one of her older sisters went to, I don’t think it was this one. I’ll have to ask. Most of her ‘off to dreamland’ songs are old camp songs 🙂

  5. Diane Gissel

    In the land of Odin
    There stands a mountain
    Ten thousand miles in in the air
    From edge to edge
    This mountain measures ten thousand miles square.
    A little bird comes winging every thousand years or so
    Sharpens his beak on the mountain, then swiftly flies away.
    And when this mountain has worn away,
    This to eternity shall seem
    as one single day

    • Lohree Weeks Kottke

      Amazing. I hadn’t even thought of this song for years and I remembered all the words without even looking. I guess some camp memories just stick with a person more than they realize. Hope the reunion today is fantastic.
      “Dusty” Lohree Weeks Kottke (1968-71)

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