Song 355: Ragnarok (with songs by Amon Amarth)

The fair god Baldur was beloved by his mother, Frigg. So beloved, that she went around to every object in the world and had it swear to never harm Baldur. Since he was so fair and beloved by all, they swore to do so. The gods then entertained themselves by throwing weapons and heavy objects at Baldur only to have them bounce off. But Loki the Sly knew an evil secret.
Frigg had considered mistletoe too sweet and innocent to ask to not harm, and so Loki picked a small twig of it and went to the blind god, Hodr, and helped him aim it. When thrown, the mistletoe cut directly through Baldur and killed him on the spot.
On request from Frigg, Hermod, one of Odin's sons, took upon the task of trying to return Baldur to the land of the living.


[Hermod:]
Ride Sleipner,
Ride for all you're worth
Faster than lightning,
To the dark realms of the world

Through valleys of darkness,
On our way to Nifelheim,
To the halls of Hel
Where my brother waits

Wailing voices on the wind,
Urging me to turn
Distant, tortured screams
Cold, blue fires burn

I hear the sound of the river Gjoll,
Running cold and deep
A golden bridge shines in the dark,
The bridge that Modgud keeps

Over the bridge, on through the night,
Hel is getting near
There are the gates, towering high,
Afflicting me with fear

In her hall, at the honor seat
My brother sits in pain
Pale and tortured Balder greats
Bound by invisible frozen chains

I have come, to bring him back with me
The whole world mourns his death!
Please set Balder free
Give him back his breath!

[Hel:]
If it's true, what you say to me
That the whole world mourns his death.
If the whole world will weep
I will give him back his breath!

With this task, all the gods went throughout the world, asking everyone to cry for Baldur.

You come to me, eyes full of grief
You ask of me to shed all my tears
to let him return from kingdom of fears
Why should I weep, or lose any sleep?
He never brought me pleasure or glee,
so why would I help to set Balder free?

You come to me, eyes full of grief
All of your tears mean nothing to me,
so why will you not just leave me to be?
Am I to blame? Well, I'm not ashamed!
Oh, how I smiled when I heard the tale
of Loke the sly, so clever and brave

Höder the fool, Lopt's willing tool,
he held the twig that cut Balder's skin
Lopt aimed the shot that killed Höder's twin
Leave me alone, don't come here and moan
I've never wished to see Balder's well,
so let his soul remain down in Hel

My name is Töck and I won't cry,
I won't let Balder return!
Let Hel keep her treasured prize,
let his soul forever burn!

You come to me and cannot believe
that this old crow now talking to you
is Loke not Töck you bloody damn fools!
You come to me and you do not see:
all of your tears mean nothing to me,
why will you not just leave me to be?

My name is Töck and I won't cry,
I won't let Balder return!
Let Hel keep her treasured prize,
let his soul forever burn!

With Baldur condemned to Hel, the gods turned upon Loki. They bound him in a cave and killed his sons. But the Aesir knew that he would only be held so long. Baldur's death meant the end of the world. When the Norns decree it so, there will come a three-year-long winter, the Fimbullwinter. This will be the beginning of the end, and the chains that hold evil will break.

There comes Lopt, the treacherous
Lusting for revenge
He leads the legions of the dead
Towards the Aesir's realm

They march in full battle dress
With faces grim and pale
Tattered banners and bloody flags
Rusty spears and blades

Cries ring out, loud and harsh
From cracked and broken horns
Long forgotten battle cries
In strange and foreign tongues

Spear and sword clash rhythmically
Against the broken shields they beat
They bring their hate and anarchy
Onto Vigrid's battlefield

There comes Lopt, the treacherous
He stands against the gods
His army grim and ravenous
Lusting for their blood

Nowhere is longer safe
The earth moves under our feet
The great world tree Yggdrasil
Trembles to its roots

Sons of Muspel gird the field
Behind them Midgaard burns
Hrym's horde march from Nifelheim
And the Fenris wolf returns

Heimdal grips the Giallarhorn
He sounds that dreaded note
Oden rides to quest the Norns
But their web is torn

The Aesir rides out to war
With armor shining bright
Followed by the Einherjer
See Valkyries ride

Nowhere is longer safe
The earth moves under our feet
The great world tree Yggdrasil
Trembles to its roots

Sons of Muspel gird the field
Behind them Midgaard burns
Hrym's horde march from Nifelheim
And the Fenris wolf returns

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Heimdall gazes east
A sail has caught his eye
He lifts his hand and sounds the horn
The undead army has arrived

Here comes Nagelfar
With Laufey's son on board
He brings chaos, hate and wrath
He brings the war to end all wars

Heimdall knows his fate
The end of all nine worlds
It's what the Valar has foreseen
He knows that everything shall burn

Facing Lopt's deceit
Now they finally meet
The champion and his enemy
On Vigrid's plains they'll find defeat

Their swords meet in a mighty clash
War cries sound, horns they blast
Their eager weapons whip and thrash
This day when all shall end

The lords of war are equal strong
This battle frantic and forlorn
The blades sing a macabre song
This day when all shall end

Heimdall's blade bites burning sharp
As it cuts through flesh and bone
Blood comes gushing from the wound
As Loke's head falls tumbling
Rolling to the burning ground

Loke lies dead, but the enemies of the Aesir still outnumber the gods.

See him rise, from land of flames
our destruction is at hand
It is time to make stand
Now I face, and awesome foe
I will always stand my ground
To this end my fate is bound!

This fight is mine, and mine alone,
and there's no help from anyone!

His wrath burns!
With insane heat all his fury is unleashed
There is no way to defeat
The forces and the power that he wields

My hand holds the horn so firm
I am calm and ready to die
Everything around me burns
And I know that I will not survive

See him rise, from land of flames
In this wild and barren land
I will make my final stand
My death awaits, I have no fear
To this end my fate is bound
Though I'm doomed,
I'll stand my ground!

This fight is mine, and mine alone,
and there's no help from anyone!

I go forth to meet my doom,
but I will die in vain
Perdition waits for everyone
The world will die in flames

With all my strength
I run the horn deep into his eye!
And as he swings his burning sword
I die with a tired smile!

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I rise up from Muspelheim
My fury is sublime
The sword I bring burns violently
With wild and lethal flames

I march against the Asagods
To bring the end of time
I am pure and endless pain
And Surtur is my name

See me rise, the mighty Surt
Destroyer of the universe
Bringer of flames and endless hurt
Scorcher of men and earth

See me rise, the mighty Surt
Destroyer of the universe
Bringer of flames and endless hurt
Scorcher of men and earth

Swordless Frej with horn in hand
Rises to his final stand
He doesn't stand a single chance
I'll split his living corpse in half

And yet he stabbed me in the eye
He drove the horn in deep
The overwhelming, raging pain
Is driving me insane

The waves of flames that
I've unleashed will eat us all alive
The rage that burns within my heart
Is uncontrolled and wild
And now everything shall die!
Massive waves consume us all
The ocean is released
Our dying world quakes underneath
And sinks into the sea
And now nothing will survive!
Extinction waits for everyone
For gods and men alike
When all are gone of the old world
A new one will arise!

See me rise, the mighty Surt
Destroyer of the universe
Bringer of flames and endless hurt
Scorcher of men and earth

See me rise, the mighty Surt
Destroyer of the universe
Bringer of flames and endless hurt
Scorcher of men and earth

See me die, the mighty Surt
Destroyer of the universe
Drowning in waves that floods the earth
The beginning, of a new rebirth

See me die, the mighty Surt
Destroyer of the universe
Drowning in waves that floods the earth
The beginning, of a new rebirth

Surtur and Frej lie dead. So do Garm and Tyr, and Heimdall and Loki, and yet the battle rages on Vigrid. Though the Sun still shines, it will not for long.

Conceived was I
From chaos and hate
Of malice, deceit and blood
And how would they know
My fate is to rise
Against the Asagods
My being is full,
Full of a rage
An evil that can't be tamed
It darkens my soul
And blackens the blood
A fire that fills my veins

So how did I ever end up here?
Humiliated, broken and weak
I've waited for a thousand years
To break these chains apart and
To finally break myself free

I bit the hand
Off the mighty Tyr
When I couldn't tear my ties
Now banished I dwell,
A sword in my jaw,
Awaiting the end of time
In darkness I drown
Consumed by my hate
Longing for revenge
Allfather will pay
For his deceit
At the battle of Ragnarök

A beast am I
So vicious and grim
They fear my mean
Grinning teeth
I bide my time,
My sweet revenge,
Soon my ties will fall
And finally I will be free

So when you hear me howling
You'll know that I have come for you
When you hear me call your name
Your life will end in nameless pain

Conceived was I
From chaos and hate
Of malice, deceit and blood
And how would they know
My fate is to rise
Against the Asagods
My being is full,
Full of a rage
An evil that can't be tamed
It darkens my soul
And blackens the blood
A fire that fills my veins

A beast am I
So vicious and grim
They fear my mean
Grinning teeth
I bide my time,
My sweet revenge,
Soon my ties will fall
And finally I will be!
Finally break myself!
Finally I will be free!

The greatest wolf stalks the world, now, and has swallowed the Sun and Moon. To meet him rides the greatest god.

Down the slopes of death He rides
The eight hooves pound like drums
Darkness reigns the crumbling sky
Invasion has begun

Fields of flames greet His eyes
He smells the fear and pain
Of dying men in agony,
It can drive a man insane

All enemies flee his spear
No bow or axe do harm
The Allfather rides out on fields of fear
When Heimdal sounds the alarm

But on the field awaits His fate,
Foretold in ancient times
A beast with sharp yellow teeth
And hateful burning yes

Today He'll draw His final breath
The wisest god of all
His son will avenge His death
Iormundr's brother will fall

He knows now what is to come
No use to try and run
What is to be, let it be done!
What is to be, let it be done!

He knows now what is to come
No use to try and run
What is to be, let it be done!
What is to be, let it be done!

Today He'll draw His final breath
The wisest god of all
His son will avenge His death
Iormundr's brother will fall

Down the slopes of death He rides
The eight hooves pound like drums
Darkness reigns the crumbling sky
Invasion has begun

Down the slopes of death He rides
The eight hooves pound like drums
Darkness reigns the crumbling sky
No more is the sun

Odin dies facing Fenris, but his son Vidarr will manage to hold open the tired beast's jaws long enough to run a sword down its throat. As the stars falls from the skies and the land crumbles into the void, the world serpent emerges from the depths.

There comes Fenris' twin
His jaws are open wide
The serpent rises from the waves

Jormungandr twists and turns
Mighty in his wrath
The eyes are full of primal hate

Thor! Odin's son
Protector of mankind
Ride to meet your fate
Your destiny awaits
Thor! Hlödyn's son
Protector of mankind
Ride to meet your fate
Ragnarök awaits

Vingtor rises to face
The snake with hammer high
At the edge of the world

Bolts of lightning fill the air
As Mjölnir does it's work
The dreadfu l serpent roars in pain

Thor! Odin's son
Protector of mankind
Ride to meet your fate
Your destiny awaits
Thor! Hlödyn's son
Protector of mankind
Ride to meet your fate
Ragnarök awaits

Mighty Thor grips the snake
Firmly by its tongue
Lifts his hammer high to strike
Soon his work is done

Vingtor sends the giant snake
Bleeding to the depth
Twilight of the thundergod
Ragnarök awaits

Twilight of the thunder god
Twilight of the thunder god
Twilight of the thunder god
Twilight of the thunder god

Thor! Odin's son
Protector of mankind
Ride to meet your fate
Your destiny awaits
Thor! Hlödyn's son
Protector of mankind
Ride to meet your fate
Ragnarök awaits

Thor will take nine steps before Jormungandr's venom overcomes him and he falls. Soon, the world will cease to be.

The Northern wind brings snow and ice
Humans starve and freeze
The Fimbul winter has arrived
And soon the world will cease to be

Brother will be brother's bane
No one shall be spared
All will die, none remain
That is mankind's share

The southern sphere is set ablaze
Muspel's fire is set free
The sun is on its final chase
And soon the world will cease to be

Across the western sky he runs
A wolf so grim and mean
Devours the eternal sun
And soon the world will cease to be

The North Star falls from the sky
Into the deep cold sea
The first of all to fall and die
And soon the world will cease to be

Muspel's flames lick the sky
Hidhægg eats the dead
The Aesir meet in hall up high
And Oden questions Mimer's head

Land is swallowed by the waves
Rocks and mountains break
Dead men on the path to Hell
And Yggdrasil quakes

From the East comes a ship
Loke holds the oar
A demon army with swords that rip
Will join the final war

The army of the dead arrives
Heimdal blows his horn
Calling gods out to die
Before the world can be reborn