Ragnarök



Ragnarök

Upphaf
Völuspá
Baldrsdauði
Fimbulvinter
Lokasynir
Einherjar
Heimsendir
Endurfæddur
Nýtt tímabil (Bonus)
Einherjar (Hildr) (Bonus)



Åsgårdsreien, 1872 Peter Nicolai Arbo


Upphaf


Beginning. Finally, the Ragnarök has begun, and this little instrumental tries to introduce what soon will become in the great epic event that will end with the universe known till now.


Völuspá


The Prophecy of the Völva. Based in one of the chapters of the Poetic Edda, it is about a prophecy about the end of the world, ie, the Ragnarök. It begins with the creation of the world and finish with its end, and how the twilight of the gods will happen.

Lyrics

Hør mig alle helgede ætter;
høie og lave Heimdals sønner!
Du, Valfader! vil, vel jeg forteller
folke-frasagn, første, jeg mindes

Mindes jeg jotner i old baarne,
som mig fordum fostret havde,
de verdner ni, verdensrum ni!
lovsælt livstræ langt under muld.

Var olds ophav, der Yme bygde,
var ei sand, ei sø, ei svale bølger;
jord ei fandtes, oven ei himmel
- Ginnungagab - græs ei spired.

Bor’s sønner brat bjerge reiste,
de som Midgard mægtig skabte;
faldt sol fra syd paa sal-stene,
med græs da grønt blev grunden klædt

-Völuspá, 1, 2, 3, 4, Poetic Edda-

Men krigen vil komme
Dommedag, gudenes ende
Vinterens vinter, Balders dommedag
Gudenes skumring dager vil komme

Alle mot alle, alle vil kjempe
Menneske og beist, dødlige guder.
Vinterens vinter, Balders dommedag
Gudenes skumring dager vil komme

[Chorus]

Bræðr munu berjask ok at bönum verðask,
munu systrungar sifjum spilla;
skeggöld, skálmöld, skildir ro klofnir,
vindöld, vargöld, áðr veröld steypisk

Sól tér sortna, sígr fold í mar,
hverfa af himni heiðar stjörnur.
Geisar eimi ok aldrnara,
leikr hár hiti við himin sjálfan.

-Völuspá, 45, 57, Poetic Edda-


Baldrsdauði


Death of Balder. The death of Balder, son of Odin, is a strong hit and you could say that it is the beginning of Ragnarök. Balder had dreams which foretold his death, so the gods did swear to all things that would not harm Balder, except mistletoe. Hodr was the blind brother of Balder and Loki tricked him for that with an arrow of mistletoe kill Balder. He descended to Hel, but the gods wanted him to come back, so Hela said that if all things wept for Balder, he would return to the world of the living. But someone did not cry, and it was Loki, in disguise. Finally, Loki was caught and his punishment was to suffer the poison of a snake that fell every time his wife had to remove the bowl where the poisonous drops fell to empty it.

Lyrics

Snart begynner skumringen
Udødlige Balder som, ei kan skades.
Men Loke den slu, lagde en pil
Lagd med misteltein ga han, den til Hodr

Den bilde broren til Balder, han drepte
med hjelp av Loke han, dømte seg selv
Balder døde å til, Hel dro han
Han brannt sitt skip, Odins gåte.

Balder den vakkre, døde han endte
Men Hela hadde en løsning
Hvis alle gråt, for kjære Balder
Ville han komme tilbake til de levendes land

Loke forkled han fornektet
Bundet av gudene han endte
Han vil lide av slangens gift
Snart begynner skumringen

[Chorus]

Baldrsdauði
hví væri Baldri ballir draumar
Baldrsdauði
Hér stendr Baldri of brugginn mjöðr
Baldrsdauði
Hverr mun Baldri at bana verða
Baldrsdauði
ok Óðins son aldri ræna?

-Baldrs draumar, 1, 7, 8, Poetic Edda-


Fimbulvinter


Winter of Winters. The winter that precedes Ragnarök lasted three winters without summer through, as the Prose Edda says. The solo of Hildr is brilliant. It reminds me to the Fimbulvinter power in the computer game Age of Mythology, where when you use it, the map is plunged in the winter, city centers were flooded with snow and packs of wolves attacked them. Maybe that's why I wanted to include a song called Fimbulvinter in this album. Nostalgia.

Lyrics

Kraftfulle historie blir fortalt
Om hvordan skumringen kom
Kraftfulle vintre kom
Å sådde splid og død
  
Fimbulvinter, vinterens vinter
Forspillet til skumringen
Har kommet, ulvenes time
Alt liv vil ende.

[She]
Fimbulvinter, vinterens vinter
Forspillet til skumringen
Har kommet, ulvenes time
Alt liv vil ende.

[Chorus]

Vetr sá kemr, er kallaðr, er fimbulvetr.
Þá drífr, snær ór, öllum áttum.
Frost eru, þá mikil, ok vindar hvassir.
Ekki nýtr sólar.

Þeir vetr fara, þrír saman, ok ekki sumar milli,
en áðr, ganga svá, aðrir þrír vetr,
at þá er, um alla, veröld orrostur miklar.
vetr sá kemr, er kallaðr, er fimbulvetr.

-Gylfaginning, 51, Prosaic Edda-



Lokasynir


Children of Loki. Loki had children with Angrboda, a giantess of Jotunheim. Their three children are Hela, Jormungandr and Fenris. Hela was thrown to Hel, where the ones who died of old age or accidents go. She has half of hes body living, and the other half dead. Her representation in Age of Mythology is great. Jormungandr is the serpent of Midgard, and is so large that it bites its tail. Thor went to hunt it, but one of his companions cut the rope for fear, and thus Thor missed his hunting. Fenris is the wolf which the gods cared. It grew too much, and only Tyr fed him. They created Gleipnir, a chain to close its jaws. They tried to deceive Fenris to put Gleipnir but he told them that if they were to try, one should put his hand into his mouth. Tyr offered, and when Fenris saw that he could not break Gleipnir, closed its jaws, and that's how Tyr lost his hand.

Lyrics

Sønnene til Loke vil delta
Under skumringen vil de drepe
Gamle legender om dem blir fortalt
Å av de tre meste kjente

Loke og Angrboda hadde sønner
Han en gud, hun en kjempe fra Jotunheim
tre sønner had han med henne
Deres navn vil huskes

Hela kastet til Niflheim
Kroppen halvt levende halvt død
Hun venter tålmodig
På de lidende eldre

Jormungandr ormen fra Midgard
Så stor at han biter sin egen hale
Thor møtte ham i strid
Han prøvde å jakte ham ned flere ganger

Ulven Fenris vokste fort
Bare Tyr våget å mate ham.
Kjedet Gleipnir ble laget
Fenrir’s kjeve ble lukket

Modige Tyr mistet en hånd
Loke's barn, ble holdt igjen
Men snart vil de frigjøres
Når gudenes skumring starter

[Chorus]

Enn átti Loki fleiri börn
Við henni gat Loki þrjú börn.
Eitt var Fenrisúlfr, annat Jörmungandr,
þat er Miðgarðsormr, þriðja er Hel.

þá kastaði hann orminum í inn djúpa sæ
Hel kastaði hann í Niflheim
Úlfinn fæddu æsir heima
Furðu illa barna eign gat Loki

-Gylfaginning, 34, Prose Edda-


Einherjar


Einherjar. Soldiers fell in battle leaded by the valkyries to Valhalla, hall of Odín, are the ones who will fight along the gods in the Ragnarök. A song about the Einherjar has been in my mind since the times of Götterdämmerung, and this duo in the chorus with Hildr is something new in my musical career.

Lyrics

Ved portene til Valhall
Tatt inn av Odin
Der er krigerne
Som fallt på slagmarken

Femhundre og forti dører
Åttehundre einherjar
Óðrœrir til alle
Deres ære er stor

Åndene til krigere
Som døde i kamp
Hentet av Valkyriene
I døden er det stor ære.

Einherjar vil stå opp
De vil hjelpe gudene i kamp
Under skumringen vil de kjempe
For heder og ære

[Chorus]

[She]
Einherjar
Heiðr
Dýrð
Ragnarök

[Me]
Fimm hundruð dyra, ok um fjórum tögum,
svá hygg ek, á Valhöllu vera;
átta hundruð einherja, ganga senn ór einum durum,
þá er þeir fara, við vitni at vega.

-Grímnismál, 23, Poetic Edda-



Heimsendir


End of the world. The final song is where is described the battle of Ragnarök and its final resolution. Many gods will die, but also sons of Loki. Odin and Fenris will fight, and Odin will die at the hands of the wolf. Vidar will revenge the death of Odin. Thor and Jormungandr will kill themselves, same as Frey and Surt, Tyr and Garm and Loki and Heimdal. Surt will burn the world. At the end, when the battle has finished and the world reborn, only some of the sons of Odin will live: Vidar, Vali, Balder and Hodr.

Lyrics

Skumringen har kommet
Solen og månen, fortæres
Loke's sønner, frigjøres
Kom Naglfar neglenes skip.

Gudene vil slåss
Jotnene kommer
Dødlige guder vil dø
I gudenes skumring
  
Odin og Fenrir,Tor og Jormungandr
Frey og Surt,Tyr og Garm
Vidar og Fenrir,Loke og Heimdal
Surt vil svi av hele verden

Gode og onde plasser vil være der
Den dagen verden blir gjenfødt
Odins sønner vil leve
Vidar, Vali, Balder og Hod

[Chorus]

Hátt blæss Heimdallr, horn er á lopti
Ríðr fyrstr Óðinn
með gullhjálminn, ok fagra brynju
 ok geir sinn
Hvat verðr þá eftir, er brenndr
er heimr allr
Upp skýtr jörðunni, þá ór sænum ok er þá græn ok fögr

Víðar ok Váli byggja vé goða,
Þá er sortnar Surtalogi;
Móði ok Magni skulu Mjöllni hafa
Vingnis at vígþroti.

-Völuspá, 46, Poetic Edda-
-Gylfaginnir, 50, 51, 52, Prose Edda-


Endurfæddur


Reborn. This instrumental simply tries to put music to the reborn that happen alter the Ragnarök, where Vidar, Vali, Balder and Hodr will live. And so the album finishes. Or no...


Nýtt tímabil (Bonus)

New era. This instrumental added as bonus was composed time ago. To be honest, this was only an experiment to try the new vst Symphonic Choirs. It was composed and produced in around 30 minutes. When my computer broke, I lost the sheet music, but luckily I could recover the mp3 because I had it uploaded in Soundcloud. To use it for something, I thought in to add it as bonus in this album.

Einherjar (Hildr) (Bonus)

Einherjar. It is simply a reduced version of the song Einherjar, removing the verses and with alternative vocals by Hildr. In this version, is she the only one who sings, and the notes are longer than in the original version. A interpretation that with the song produces a very epic sensation.


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