When Alexander Rybak toured with “Fairytale”, he began writing the story about Trolle. Ten years later he is ready to create magic on the musical stage. When Kilden opens its doors to the premier in November, it will be a sensual and visual party with spectacular costumes and big scenography.Continue reading Trolle — from book to stage — Alexander Rybak
“Stjernen vår” (Our star) was performed by Alexander Rybak and Ingeborg Walther for the first time in the Norwegian TV-show “Allsang på grensen” 4.7.2019
“Stjernen vår” is a song from Alexander Rybak’s children’s book “Trolle og den magiske fela” and is written by Alexander and his father Igor.
The night Trolle and Alva became friends there was a star shining brighter than the others. Alva pointed at the star and said: “Let this be our star from now on, and it will always shine for us, no matter how far we are apart”.
The Norwegian lyrics are translated to English by Jorunn Ekre and Anastasia Silakova.
When everything feels dark and hopeless
and the heart cries silently
look up, our star is shining
and healing all the wounds
Look, it shines just for us
every flower awakens
and soon the darkness will fade away
I’m with you, my friend
There once was a time
when hope was gone
they pushed me away over and over again
I fled from myself
I had no choice
Too late for me to turn back
but then one day you came
and woke all hope again
you called me your friend
Trolle and Alva:
Whatever happens to me
I’ll never forget you
and no mountain can keep us apart
our star shows us the way
And soon the darkness will fade away
I’m with you, my friend
Norwegian lyrics :
Når alt er mørkt og tomt
og hjertet gråter stumt
se opp, der skinner stjernen vår
og leger alle sår
Se, den skinner kun for oss
der våkner hver en blomst
og snart vil mørket svinne hen
jeg er hos deg, min venn
Det var en gang en tid
da håpet var forbi
de skjøv meg vekk gang på gang
jeg flyktet fra meg selv
jeg hadde ingen valg
For sent for meg å snu
men så en dag kom du
og vekket alle håp igjen
du kalte meg din venn
Trolle og Alva:
Hva enn som hender meg
jeg glemmer aldri deg
og ingen fjell får skille oss
vår stjerne viser vei
Og snart vil mørket svinne hen
jeg er hos deg, min venn
Cappelen Damm is Norway’s largest publishing house, publishing approximately 1000 titles a year, within the genres of fiction, non-fiction, educational books and children’s books.
Cappelen Damm Agency represents the rights of all of the authors in their catalogues. The Agency is responsible for all foreign book rights, as well as rights for TV, film, radio, anthologies, electronic media, etc. They attend all the major international book fairs.
In Cappelen Damm’s Agency’s Rights catalogue spring 2016, they present Alexander as an author and promote his book “Trolle og den magiske fela”.
From Cappelen Damm Agency’s catalogue:
Header picture of this post from Cappelen Damm where both Alexander and Trolle are represented 🙂
Alexander Rybak – Trolle and the Magic Fiddle
Source: Cappelen Damm Agency
Alexander Rybak, b. 1986, is an actor, composer and musician. His international breakthrough came when he won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with the self-composed song Fairytale. Rybak has performed in several large-scale theatrical events and films alongside his music career.
Last autumn he debuted as a children’s book author with Trolle og den magiske fela (Trolle and the Magic Fiddle).
The story combines Alexander Rybak’s musicality with his love of Norwegian folk tales. It is a story about daring to be different and accepting the differences in others. The book and its universe are closely interweaved with newly composed music by Alexander Rybak among others.
“Alexander Rybak is a gifted artist with many talents. This publication is very much in the spirit of his work; a joyful composition with an interesting artistic core.”
Mette Hofsødegård, Aftenposten
Trolle isn’t like all the other trolls. He doesn’t have a tail, and that is something the other trolls never let him forget. They tease and bully him all the time. One day, Trolle finds the Nymph King’s violin lying shining in a clearing. He discovers that the instrument is magic – anyone who hears its music falls under the spell of the player. Now he’s not only accepted, but admired! But the violin isn’t all good, and Trolle soon finds himself in a lot of trouble. Then human girl Alva turns up and shows Trolle the power of real friendship.
The book comes with an audio version and specially composed music and songs by Alexander Rybak.
Print run 11 000.
Foreign rights sold to Koppelwrite, Denmark.
On page 21 in Cappelen Damm Agency’s Rights catalogue spring 2016 you can read about Alexander and Trolle 🙂
Alexander Rybak : A children’s book author
Published on Eurostory.nl February 10, 2016
Interviewer: Edward Van de Vendel, a Dutch author of children’s books, three of them published in Norway by Cappelen Damm. Continue reading Children’s book author — Interview on Eurostory.nl 10.02.2016
The hero in the kindergarten
For Alexander Rybak the parties were the best thing about kindergarten. Then he could get to be a hero.
Text to photo: Alexander Rybak didn’t only play in the kindergarten in Belarus, he also learnt to read and write.- I have always worked hard to learn things. That’s why I have succeeded, he says. Continue reading Alexander — My kindergarten memory — Utdanningsnytt 4/2015
“Venner” (Friends) is a song from Alexander Rybak’s children’s audiobook “Trolle og den magiske fela” (Trolle and the Magic Fiddle). The music from the book is now also out on CD. You can listen to, buy and download the songs from the album HERE
Since many of Alexander’s fans doen’t understand Norwegian, we have translated the lyrics, so below the video you’ll find the lyrics, so far, in Norwegian, Spanish, Russian, Azerbaijani and English. Continue reading Alexander and Pernille — “Venner” with lyrics in several languages
Alexander and Pernille Hogstad were guests in the Norwegian morning show “God morgen Norge” (Good Morning Norway), where they talked about “Trollebook” and performed 2 songs from the book – “Du Bare Du” (You Only You) and “Venner” (Friends). Continue reading Alexander Rybak and Pernille Hogstad in the Norwegian morning show “God Morgen Norge” 5.11.2015
“Du Bare Du” (You Only You) is a song from Alexander’s book “Trolle and The Magic Fiddle”. The song is performed by Pernille Hogstad Stene who gives voice to Alva, Trolle’s good friend. Alexander plays the lovely violin parts 🙂
Below the video you’ll find the lyrics in Norwegian, Russian, German, Spanish, English and Polish. More languages will follow. Continue reading Alexander Rybak and Pernille Hogstad Stene — “Du Bare Du” with lyrics
Meet this falls’s children’s book debutant Alexander Rybak
Text to header photo: Alexander Rybak, internationally well known violinist, composer and artist. He currently makes his debut as a children’s book author.
Source: Forlagsliv.no Published 14.01.2015. Authour: Anne Østgaard, Cappelen Damm
Found by TessaLa. Translated by Jorunn Ekre and TessaLa, Revision Bita J
Alexander Rybak (born 1986) is an actor, composer and musician. He was born in Belarus and grew up in Nesodden. He has played the violin and the piano ever since the age of 5. He made his breakthrough in 2009 when he won the Eurovision Song Contest with his own song “Fairytale”. Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak about his debut as an author by Cappelen Damm
It broke my heart as a mother
Mom Natalia is proud of her talented son, but she has a sore memory of the time Alexander Rybak was the boy who was left out. Continue reading Alexander Rybak was once a lonely boy
Musicians seem to succeed better as writers of children’s books than many other celebrities. Alexander Rybak is no exception.
Alexander Rybak presented his debut book in Litteraturhuset – captivated the audience
Alexander Rybak and Dennis Storhøi captivated a big audience of children and adults in Litteraturhuset (House of Litterature) on Saturday. Storhøi used both voice and facial expression while reading to create the atmosphere, and Rybak’s fiddling was captivating. Continue reading Alexander Rybak captivated the audience
Brought the magic fiddle to Litteraturhuset in Fredrikstad
Text to photo: Magic Fiddle: Alexander Rybak played on the magic fiddle for the children. In the front row stood Ella and Håkon Fredstad Lukkassen who clapped along. Photo: Johnny Leo Johansen
Source: Fredrikstad Blad. Published 26.09.15 Author: Mathilde Halstensen.
Found by Jorunn Ekre. Translated to English by TessaLA. Revised by Bita J.
Rybak brought alongside him Storhøi, dancing trolls and the magic fiddle for the launch of his new children’s book “Trolle and the magic fiddle”. Continue reading Alexander Rybak with Trolle show in Fredrikstad, Norway
My first school years in Norway were like an eternal vacation
Text to picture: NEW BOOK: Alexander Rybak is topical with a book and album. In which children can become familiar with Trolle who finds a magic fiddle. © Anne Elisabeth Næss Continue reading A bit like Superman and he thrives around children
An interview in the Norwegian book magazine “Book and Socitity”, paper issue June 2015.
Source: paper issue of Bok og Samfunn. Found by Anastasia Silakova. Translated to English by Anastasia Silakova nad Jorunn Ekre. Revision by Marina Rolbin and Anni Jowett
Rybak’s adventurous universe
– There have always been trolls, but I created Trolle. For a long time there have been hulders (a Scandinavian forest creature), but I have brought the Hulder King himself to life. Continue reading Alexander Rybak in the book magazine Book and Society June 2015
Enchanted by Trolle
It was full house and a signing line far out on the streets when Alexander Rybak was invited to a show during the Children’s Book Festival 2015. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Enchanted by Trolle
Debuts with a musical-book
– I’ve always liked to write, and I want to continue an old tradition of making books with music, says Alexander Rybak. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — This week’s children’s book profile at bok365
Alexander was a guest in the radio show “Jacobsen” on NRK, where he talked a bit about the process of his book,”Trolle and the magic fiddle”, from idea to publishing.
Recording and subs by TessaLa, English translation by Jorunn Ekre
Alexander writes about an outsider with a fiddle
Material that sparkles with the joy of storytelling.
Underline to the photo: Alexander has found material for a children’s book in fiddle playing.
Source: aftenposten.no Published 16.09.2015
Author: Mette Hofsødegård Photo: Poppe Cornelius Continue reading Alexander Rybak — book review of “Trolle” in Aftenposten
Alexander Rybak also has a big musical appeal to a young audience. Therefore, he dreads his debut as a children’s Author. Continue reading Alexander Rybak with trolls for the youngest
“We know him as a fiddling great charmer with a musicality out of the ordinary and charisma that belongs to Wonderland.”
Alexander was a guest in the summer show “Have a nice summer Norway” on TV2 on 17 July 2015, in which he talked about his book “Trolle and the magic fiddle,” which will be launched in late September this year.
Alexander was a guest in the Norwegian radio show “Jacobsen” on NRK P1+, where he talked about his upcoming audiobook “Trolle og den magiske fela” which will be on the market about September this year. In this interview we can hear a little piece from the book, read by the narrator, Dennis Storhøi.
Alexander was a guest in the Norwegian summer TV-show “Sommer i Dyreparken” (Summer in the Zoo) on TV2, where he performed his new song “Blant Fjell” about the troll “Trolle” from his upcoming children’s book and album “Trolle og den magiske fela”. The book and the album will be released in September this year. Continue reading Alexander Rybak in “Sommer i Dyreparken” TV2 20.06.15
Alexander Rybak’s “Blant Fjell” with lyrics in several languages
For those of you who don’t understand Norwegian, some nice people have translated the Norwegian lyrics of this lovely song to their own language.
Scroll down for lyrics in Norwegian, English, Turkish, Spanish, Hungarian and Farsi ⇓
The artist and musician, Alexander Rybak, has released a new single from his upcoming CD, audio book and children’s book called “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle”, where he uses a combination of classical music and pop music.
Source: Dagsavisen 13.06.2015 Author: Espen Hågensen Rusdal. Photo: NTB Scanpix, Cappelen Damm English translation by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Bita.
Children’s book? Explain. How come a children’s book? Continue reading Alexander Rybak — Turned down reality TV
Alexander in an interview on TV2 (Norwegian TV) about his upcoming Norwegian audiobook “Trolle og den magiske fela” and the feeling about being left out in his childhood.
Uploaded to YouTube, translationa nd subs by TessaLA, Revision by Katie Anderson
Rybak: The violin is my mistress, and this book is my child.
Text to the header photo: BOOK DEBUTANT: Alexander Rybak likes that the tiny Trolle resembles himself.
Source: VG.no Published 12.06.2015. Author: Cathrine Gonsholt Ighanian. Photo: Jan Petter Lynau and Cappelen Damm.
Translated by TessaLa, revison by Katie Anderson.
Alexander Rybak (29) believes that with his new project he is a big step closer to the dream of a family life.
The 29-year-old has become calmer and better about choosing what he will say” yes” and “no” to. For the last three years Rybak has dedicated the necessary time between battles to design the project close to his heart. Continue reading Alexander Rybak — This book is my child
Alexander Rybak has released a new song “Blant Fjell” (Among Mountains”. This is a song from the CD that follows his upcoming Norwegian audiobook “Trolle og den magiske fela” (Trolle and the magic fiddle).
If you have Spotify, you can listen to the song here: