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Published on Dec 3, 2012
Description: The bronze lur is made entirely of bronze. There are two forms of lurs. The latest and most developed is the "S-shaped". This lur can be described as a thin-walled, conical tube, about 1 meter 50 cm to 2 meter 25 cm.
The other older form of lurs, less developed, was shorter, slightly bent and lacking the endplate. The "Wismar horn" from Germany - an older lur type.
The earliest references to an instrument called the lur come from Icelandic sagas, where they are described as war instruments, used to marshal troops and frighten the enemy. These lurs, several examples of which have been discovered in longboats, are straight, end-blown wooden tubes, around one meter long. They do not have finger holes, and are played much like a modern brass instrument.
The word lur is still very much alive in the Swedish language, indicating any funnel-shaped implement used for producing or receiving sound. For instance, the Swedish word for headphones is hörlurar (hearing-lurs), and a mobile telephone might be referred to as a lur in contemporary Swedish (derived from telefonlur, telephone handset). The Danish butter brand Lurpak is named after the lur, and the package design contains pictures of lurs.
The Lure from the Bronze Age are one of the oldest musical instruments in the world - that still can be played.
The King's Grave near Kivik info:
The King's Grave near Kivik (Kungagraven i Kivik, Kiviksgraven) in the southeastern portion of the Swedish province of Skåne is what remains of an unusually grand Nordic Bronze Age double burial 1700 -1100 BC.
The site is located about 320 metres (1,050 ft) from the shore of the eastern coast of Scania in southernmost Sweden. In spite of the facts that the site has been used as a quarry, with its stones carried off for other uses, and that it was restored carelessly once it was known to be an ancient burial, these two burials are unique.
In both construction and in size—it is a circular site measuring 75 metres (246 ft) in diameter—this tomb differs from most European burials from the Bronze Age. Most importantly, the cists are adorned with petroglyphs. The images carved into the stones depict people, animals (including birds and fish), ships, lurs being played, symbols, and a chariot drawn by two horses and having four-spoked wheels.
From "Fornnordiska Klanger". Played on Bronze Lurs dating back to the first millenium BCE! As close to Indo-European Music as you can get basically ;)
From "Fornnordiska Klanger." Played on instruments found in the King's tomb at Kivik, Sweden, 1700-1100 BC!
History documentary: Stenristarna
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