March 24, 2022 - "Heimta Thurs" by Wardruna
Song: Heimta Thurs
Album: Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga
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During the time many people I know were watching Game of Thrones, I was watching another show. Even though it was also a fictional show, it was historical fiction. That show is Vikings. It was something of a bit of fresh air because when it comes to historical fiction, most of it is either Medieval, Greek/Roman, or late 1800s-early 1900s. This, however, was set in the time of the beginning of the Viking excursions into the kingdoms that would one day become England.
As I watched the show, one thing that stood out clearly was the music. It was...different.
Having learned part of my ancestry a little before the show began, I became fascinated with the music and started to explore it. The more I listened, the more I enjoyed it. There are lots of musical groups that play Old Norse music. Out of them, Wardruna became one of my two favorites. Their music is unlike anything I listened to before but the more I listened to it, the more I connected with the music in ways I have never experienced. It feels as if I am communing with my inner core of being. For lack of a better way to describe it, it is as if I am connecting to my newly discovered roots.
Today is Thursday, which comes from "Thor's Day", taken from the old English calendar that is a mixture of different influences. So what more appropriate day for "Heimta Thurs" than a Thursday?
What made this song the one I chose? It was the song used in the coolest scene for a TV show I have ever seen. Listen to "Heimta Thurs" and feel the power of the song as Ragnar gives the Blood Eagle to Jarl Borg for his betrayal.
P.S. I am seeing Wardruna in concert on November 10. I have never been as hyped for a show as I am this one.