Elysium


Elysium

Sögur
Helgakviða
Heru i Million
Beowulfskviða
Túrin Turambar
Beren a Lúthien
Sigurðarkviða
Áfangastaður



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Sögur


Tales. The first instrumental of the album refers to the tales of heroes, is an introduction to the epic legends of the various heroes.



Helgakviða


The Lay of Helgi. This epic song tells the love tale between Helgi Hundingsbane and the valkyrie Sigrun. Helgi is a hero who kills the father of the Hundings, then the sons of Hunding want to avenge and declare war, but Helgi wins and kills the entire race and was renamed as Helgi Hundingsbane. Then Helgi meets a valkyrie named Sigrun and take her as wife. For various reasons, Helgi declares war to Granmar, and Helgi wins but Dagr, the son of Granmar, wants revenge, and Odin gives him a spear to kill Helgi. Dagr kills Helgi, and Helgi becomes governor of Einherjer (fallen soldiers celebrating all the time) in Valhalla, along with Odin. Meanwhile, Sigrun, his wife, cries of grief. Then one day, a maid of Sigrun says that in the tomb of Helgi, she had seen him. Then Sigrun goes and sees Helgi, that there is, or the spirit of Helgi. Sigrun then made a bed in the tomb and they spent the night together, but in the morning, Helgi had to go. So the days pass, and Sigrun lives waiting for Helgi coming back to the tomb, but he does not appear. Finally, Sigrun dies of grief, and both Helgi and Sigrun, reincarnate, and get back together as Helgi Haddingjaskati and the valkyrie Kara.


Lyrics

Helgi Hundingsbane, ein großer Held
er hat alle Hundinge getötet
Helgi traf die walküre Sigrun
und nahm sie sich zur Frau

Helgi erklärte Granmar den Krieg
Hundingsbane schlug ihn
Dagr wollte sich an Ihm rächen
und tötete Helgi mit einem Speer

So herrschte Helgi in Valhalla
und Sigrun trauerte um seinen Tod
Aber eines Nachts auf dem Hügel
trafen sich Helgi und Sigrun

Māl’s mer at rīþa 
roþnar brautir,
lāta fǫlvan jō 
flugstīg troþa;
skalk fyr vestan 
vindhjalms bruar,
āþr Salgofnir 
sigrþjōþ veki.”

“Kominn vǣri nū, 
ef koma hygþi,
Sigmundar burr 
frā sǫlum Ōþins;
kveþk grams þinig 
grǣnask vānir,
es ā asklimum 
ernir sitja

Sigrūn varþ skammlīf af harmi ok
trega.
Helgi ok Sigrūn er kallat at væri
endrborin;
hēt hann þā Helgi Haddingjaskati,
en hon Kāra, ok var hon valkyrja.

-Helgakviða Hundingsbana II, 48, 49, end, Poetic Edda-



Heru i Million


The Lord of the Rings. This song is in part a tribute to Howard Shore, due to the utilitation of his classic leitmotif of the One Ring. The song, in honor to the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, has the lyrics from the Poem of the Rings. Tells the tale of the Rings of Power.


Lyrics

I amar prestar aen
Han mathon ne nen
Han mathon ne chae
A han noston ned ´wilith
Olya i yáressë né, vanwa na,
pan úquen sí cuina na, ye enyalë sa

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,
ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum ishi krimpatul.

Three Rings... for the Elves.
Seven Rings... for the Dwarves
Nine Rings... for the Men.
Doomed to die.
One Ring... for the Dark Lord.
Under the shadow, of Mordor.
One Ring... to, rule them all.

-The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien-



Beowulfskviða


The Lay of Beowulf. This heroic song tells the heroic deed of the gaut hero Beowulf, who defeated the jotun Grendel. It all starts with Hrothgar, a Danish king, who opens his feasting hall called Heorot. All goes well until they are attacked by a jotun called Grendel. Beowulf comes to the aid of Hrothgar and the Danes, and finally manages to defeat the jotun ripping his arm in a heroic battle. After this, Beowulf had more battles, standing out the Mother of Grendel and a Dragon, but that's another story...


Lyrics

Hrothgar said, there is a legend
about how Beowulf killed Grendel
The geat man came for help
to Heorot, room of feast
  
So in the night,
Grendel came
and Beowulf fighted him
Alone, he battled him

He wanted glory
he was a hero
he defeated him
good son of Odin

He tore Grendel
one of his arms
Now the jotun
would die

Mead would be
the next morning
Beowulf was the hero
good son of Odin

Hwæt! Wé Gárdena      in géardagum
þéodcyninga      þrym gefrúnon·   
hú ðá æþelingas      ellen fremedon.
wuldres wealdend      woroldáre forgeaf:

(Beowulf! - back voice)

-Beowulf, 1, 2, 3, 17 (verses), Beowulf-



Túrin Turambar


Túrin Turambar. This tale, also from the legendarium of Tolkien, is counted in this tragic song. It all starts with a curse imposed by Morgoth, the Dark Lord of the First Age, to Húrin, which is to see the fall of his bloodline. After a series of events that is ignored to reduce this explanation, Túrin is exiled himself because he killed an elf that bothered him. His sister, Niënor, which Túrin had no idea, was cursed by the dragon Glaurung, and did not remember who she was. When Túrin found her, he put her the name of Níniel, they fell in love and got married. The tragedy comes when Túrin ends up killing Glaurung, and the curse of Niënor disappears. When she discovers that she has married her brother, she suicide throwing down a gorge. After this, Túrin can not believe it, and wants to confirm. When it’s confirmed, cannot with his pain, and commits suicide with his sword.


Lyrics

This is the tale of Túrin Turambar
He was exiled for killing an elf
His sister was lost, he didn't know
Glaurung will put her a curse

Glaurung the dragon was a menace
and Túrin decides to kill him
He met Níniel, she didn't remember
That was Niënor, Túrin's sister

They got married, but what misfortune
Túrin will kill Glaurung, the curse will end

Túrin was nearly dead, when killed the dragon
When Níniel remembered she killed herself
Túrin asked if it was true
And he ended dying too

A Túrin Turambar turún' ambartanen
Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
A Túrin Turambar turún' ambartanen
Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga

-The Silmarillion, The Children of Húrin, JRR Tolkien-



Beren a Lúthien


Beren and Lúthien. This beautiful love song tells the eternal tale of Beren and Lúthien, how a mortal man and an immortal woman were together. The most important thing to remember about this story is that Beren found Lúthien in Doriath, and there fell in love. But Lúthien was the daughter of the Elven King Thingol and the Maia Melian. Thingol told Beren that if he wanted to marry Lúthien he had to recover a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth, the Dark Lord of the First Age. It was a task that seemed impossible, but Beren, with help of Lúthien and a dog named Huan, got the Silmaril, and finally was able to marry Lúthien.


Lyrics

Among the tales of sorrow
and of ruin that come down to us
Of these histories most fair still in the ears
of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien

-Of Beren and Lúthien, start, The Silmarillion-

Beren found Lúthien in the realm of Doriath
She was the daughter of Thingol and Melian
Soon the man and the elf fell in love
But the King didn't want the marriage

He said Beren to recover a Silmaril
from the dark crown of the dark lord Morgoth
In the end, they recover a Silmaril
and the immortal maiden marry with the man

Cilin harya minë cuilë
ólë lá cenië
ilyë randar
Ambarwa eressëa

Tinúviel elvanui
Elleth alfirin edhelhael
O hon ring finnil fuinui
A renc gelebrin thiliol.

-The Lord of the Rings, found in quenya101.com-

-The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring, David Salo translation-



Sigurðarkviða


The Lay of Sigurd. The final song tells the tragic story of the love triangle between Sigurd, Brynhild and Gudrun. Sigurd saves the Valkyrie Brynhild who was locked in a castle by a penalty of Odin, and promises to marry her. Due to a magic filter, Sigurd married Gudrun. Sigurd deceives Brynhild to marry with Gunnar and she avenges by killing him. Then Gudrun is with the body of Sigurd who can not mourn or anything, and women try to comfort her saying the many people they had lost. One of them tells her to kiss Sigurd. Gudrun kisses and that's when she gets to mourn, to what the woman says "that's true love!" Brynhild, as can not support what she has done, commits suicide with a sword, and then both Sigurd and Brynhild, are burned on a pyre. Gudrun's story continues but that's another story...


Lyrics

Sigurd der Wölsungs fand Brynhildr
Er rettete sie und versprach, sie zu heiraten
“Lange schlief ich, lange hielt mich der Schlummer,
So waltete Odin, ich wußte nicht”

-Sigrdrífumál, 2, Poetic Edda-

Durch einen magischen Trank, heirateten Sigurd und Gudrun
Sigurd täuschte Brynhildr durch die Heirat mit Gunnar
und Brynhildr rächte sich an Sigurd in dem er Ihn tötete
Gudrun weinte über Sigurd

“Einst erging's, daß Gudrun zu sterben begehrte,
Daß sie sorgend saß über Sigurden”
“Da jammerte Gudrun, Giukis Tochter:
Die verhaltnen Tränen tropften nieder”

-Guárúnarkviáa in fyrsta, 1, 16, Poetic Edda-

Brynhildr vildi eigi lifa eptir Sigurþ.
Þā lagþi hon sik sverþi til bana
(Þā lagði hann sik sverði til bana)”
“Eptir dauþa Brynhildar vāru gǫr bāl
tvau,”
einn fyrir Sigurþi,
ok einn fyrir Brynhildi

-Guárúnarkviáa in fyrsta, end, Poetic Edda-

-Helreüt Brynhíldar, start, Poetic Edda-



Áfangastaður


Doom. The final instrumental refers to the doom of the heroes, to the prophecy said in the previous album, and that connect with the next, with the final act of the norse trilogy, and the end of the times.

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