The Game of Kings

Erling Ormsson and the voyage to Jerusalem

In 1151 Erling, son of Kyrpinge-Orm, embarked on a crusade to the Holy City together with several great men, among them Ragnvald, Earl of the Orkney Islands. This voyage, written down for posterity in the Orkneyinga Saga, was filled with danger, high seas, betrayal, brotherhood and revelry. For Erling this became a voyage of discovery and understanding. He would always be marked by these experiences, both mentally and also physically – he returned home with a scar from a deep sword wound over his shoulder, making his head loll a bit to the side, which gave him the nick name Erling Askew. But he also returned with new knowledge about The Game of Kings.

The Game of Kings is a fast-paced action drama written and performed by performance storyteller Torgrim Mellum Stene about one of the most infamous characters from Norwegian history, about the voyage that shaped him, and about the future he wanted for his kingdom. The performance is a commissioned work from the municipality of Etne and premiered during Etne Storytelling Festival in 2009.

“Devoid of special effects, only by the force of his voice and his masterful presence, Torgrim Mellum Stene delivers a piece of unequalled storytelling in a magical and almost fairy tale-like frame” – Grannar Lokalavis

Script: Torgrim Mellum Stene based mainly on the following sources:
Orkneyingasaga
Heimskringla
Fagerskinna

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