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There’s this Norwegian band that not only provides us with good music generally and technically, but also takes listener to the old, Norse culture, that has its roots in the whole vikings aspect. Wadruna uses, as well, old, traditional instruments, which only few people still actually play on – among others: kraviklyra, tagelharpe, goat horn, hardanger fiddle or lur.
Created in 2003 by Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Kristian “Gaahl” Eivind Espedal and Lindy Fay Hella. Currently the members are: Einar (vocals, composer), Lindy (vocals, flute), Arne Sandvoll, HC Dalgaard, Eilif Gundersen and Jørgen Nyrønning.
All their three albums are based on a set of runes. The first one Runaljod – Gap var ginnunga (Sound of Runes – The gap was vast) was released in 2009. It is based on the first chapter of the Runaljod trilogy and inspired by the Futhark (Futhark – runic alphabet). The lyrics are mainly in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse. All the 12 tracks are below:
Second one, released in 2013, was also inspired by Futhark. The title, Runaljod – Yggdrasil is a direct reference to the Nordic beliefs, in which Yggdrasil was a gigantic tree, that connected the nine worlds in Norse cosmology. Songs from this album were used in Vikings, among others: Fehu, Rotlaust tre fell and Helvegen, which personally, is my favourite one, despite it is clearly a funeral song. According to the wikipedia:
“Cattle die, kinsmen die, You yourself will also die, but the word about you will never die, if you win a good reputation. Cattle die, kinsmen die, You yourself will also die, I know one that never dies: the judgement of those who died”
In this album, the past member, Gaahl, was still in it, doing the vocals. Here’s the 11 songs:
The last one, made in 2016 (quite recently, time goes fast..) has the full title Runaljod – Ragnarok. It is the final chapter of the Runaljod trilogy, however, the second part of the title is another reference to the Nordic beliefs. Ragnarok, in this mythology, is, long story short, an end of an era, the end of the peace, in which gods fights with giants, everything is fighting basically, but after those events there’s going to be new, gold era. I recommend doing more research (click on the name, I provided a link). This album, containing 10 songs, was unfortunately made without the singer, Gaahl.
There’s not much on the Wadruna’s account online, however, they have pretty neat website, in which you can check upcoming concerts, search for merch etc. www.wardruna.com. Also check their channel and facebook: facebook link , youtube link.
Hope you all have a nice weekend! See you very soon with a new post. Stay tuned.