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“Tolv dagar i jola” (The Twelve Days of Christmas)

About “Tolv dagar i jola” (The Twelve Days of Christmas)

Norwegian version by folk singer Aasmund Nordstoga of "The Twelve Days of Christmas", an English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas (the twelve days that comprise the Christmas season starting with Christmas Day). The song, published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin. The Twelve Days of Christmas" has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 68. The tunes of collected versions vary. The standard tune now associated with it is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin, who first introduced the now familiar prolongation of the verse "five gold rings".