- Einar Selvik - Founder and main composer of Wardruna. Sings and plays most of the instruments.
- Lindy Fay Hella - Vocals.
Wardruna is a Norwegian music group dedicated to creating musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions. It was formed in 2003 by Einar Selvik along with Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella. The band have since released three full-length albums, each based on a set of runes. Their third album, Runaljod – Ragnarok, was released on October 21, 2016. Wardruna make significant use of Nordic historical and traditional instruments including primitive deer-hide frame drums, flutes, kraviklyr, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are also used.
In 2014, Selvik announced on the group’s official Facebook page that they would take part in composing the score for season 2 of Vikings along with Trevor Morris. He later appeared as an actor on the show. In 2014, Gaahl left Wardruna on amicable terms.
TeamRock.com described Wardruna’s music as “a conjunction of the earthy, the organic and the ethereal” with “runic-based rites inhabit[ing] a frequency that once heard have always seemed just adjacent to everyday consciousness”. Thanks in part to the success of Vikings, the band’s 2016 album, Runaljod Ragnarok, debuted at No. 1 in Billboard’s World Albums chart.
Selvik and Gaahl were both previously members of Gorgoroth, appearing together on the album Twilight of the Idols and the live DVD Black Mass Krakow 2004.
Selvik has also recorded with other projects including Det Hedenske Folk, Bak de Syv Fjell, Jotunspor, Sahg, Dead to this World, Skuggsjá and Faun.
Gaahl has also recorded with Trelldom, Gaahlskagg and God Seed.
Kvitravn / 2021
7. Kvit Hjort
Wardruna‘s chart topping 5th studio album released in January 2021. The slow build up of the final release began in February of 2020 with the single “Grá” followed by “Lyfjaberg”, “Kvitravn”, “Andvevarljod” and “Skugge”. Official music videos were made for “Grá”, “Kvitravn” and “Lyfjaberg”.
Skald / 2018
Runaljod - Ragnarok / 2016
4. MannaR – Drivande
5. MannaR – Liv
“Ragnarok” is the third release in the planned “Runaljod” trilogy that will interpret the runes of the Elder Futhark.
Official music video:
Runaljod - Yggdrasil / 2013
1. Rotlaust tre fell
“Yggdrasil” is the second release in the planned “Runaljod” trilogy that will interpret the runes of the Elder Futhark.
Runaljod - gap var Ginnunga / 2009
1. Ár var alda
5. Heimta Thurs
10. Algir – Stien klarnar
11. Algir – Tognatale
First release in the “Runaljod” trilogy, that interprets the runes of the Elder Futhark.
Part 1 in the Runaljod-trilogy – music inspired by the 24 runes of the elder ᚠᚢþᚨᚱᚲ (futhark – runic alphabet). Each part deals with 8 runes. The runes explored on part 1 are ᚺ (H), ᛒ (B), þ (TH), ᛃ (J), ᛚ (L), ᚲ (K), ᛉ (Z), ᛞ (D).
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
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