Wardruna: The Guardians of Secrets and Their Musical Journey
Wardruna is a Norwegian music group that was formed in 2003 by Einar Selvik, Gaahl, and Lindy Fay Hella. The group is dedicated to creating musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions, using historical and traditional instruments such as deer-hide frame drums, flutes, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, and lur. They also use non-traditional instruments and sources of sound like trees, rocks, water, and torches.
The name Wardruna means \"the guardian of secrets\" or \"she who whispers\", and their music is inspired by the runes of the Elder Futhark, the sayings of Odin from the VÃluspÃ and other old Norse sources. The group has released five full-length albums, each with a unique theme and style.
Runaljod â Gap Var Ginnunga (2009)
The first album of the Runaljod trilogy, Gap Var Ginnunga, was released in 2009 by Indie Recordings. The album features eight songs, each based on one of the first eight runes of the Elder Futhark. The album explores the origins of the runes and their meanings, as well as the cosmology and mythology of the Norse people. The album received critical acclaim for its authentic and atmospheric sound.
Runaljod - Yggdrasil (2013)
The second album of the Runaljod trilogy, Yggdrasil, was released in 2013 by Indie Recordings. The album features nine songs, each based on one of the next nine runes of the Elder Futhark. The album focuses on the concept of Yggdrasil, the world tree that connects the nine realms of Norse cosmology. The album also incorporates elements of Nordic folk music and poetry. The album was praised for its musical diversity and creativity.
Runaljod â Ragnarok (2016)
The third and final album of the Runaljod trilogy, Ragnarok, was released in 2016 by By Norse Music. The album features nine songs, each based on one of the last nine runes of the Elder Futhark. The album deals with the theme of Ragnarok, the end of the world and the rebirth of a new one in Norse mythology. The album also reflects on the current state of the world and humanity. The album was hailed as a masterpiece and a fitting conclusion to the trilogy.
The fourth album by Wardruna, Skald, was released in 2018 by By Norse Music. The album is an acoustic and minimalist work that features only vocals, poetry, and a few instruments. The album is inspired by the skalds, the poets and storytellers of ancient Scandinavia who preserved and transmitted the oral traditions of their culture. The album showcases Selvik's vocal skills and his interpretation of various old Norse poems and texts.
The fifth and latest album by Wardruna, Kvitravn, was released in 2021 by Sony Music / Columbia Records. The album means \"white raven\" in old Norse, and it explores themes such as animism, spirituality, nature, dreams, and death. The album features more diverse instrumentation and arrangements than previous albums, as well as guest appearances by other musicians. The album received positive reviews for its rich and captivating sound.
Kvitravn â First Flight of the White Raven (2022)
The first live album by Wardruna, Kvitravn â First Flight of the White Raven, was released in early 2022 by By Norse Music. The album is a recording of their performance at Oslo Spektrum in Norway on September 3rd 2021. The album features songs from Kvitravn as well as some older classics from their discography. The album captures the energy and emotion of their live show.
Wardruna is a unique and influential group that has brought Norse culture and music to a wider audience. Their discography is a testament to their artistic vision and dedication to their craft. aa16f39245