The langeleik is a dulcimer or zither-type instrument with a long narrow rectangular wooden box and a varying number of strings.
Photo: Hans Bøvre
The closest string to the player is the melody string, with a set of frets
underneath the string. The player creates tones by stopping this melody string
with the left hand, while plucking with a plectrum in the right hand. The other
strings are drone strings which are tuned in major thirds or open fifths. Even
though there is no concrete proof that the langeleik is a medieval instrument,
most researches declare that this instrument must originate from that