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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

The Everlasting Battle

Once, there was a war, between two men
Fighting with the slain, day by day
Their dead men rising again
By the virgin´s magic spells.

Battle began for a woman
Daughter and wife, respectively
She had been stolen by Hedinn
When king was away at the assembly.

Old king returned, and got enraged
Gathered his host one by one
The great hunting has begun
Travelled through sea, from land to land.

Reaching the land of Norway.
King heard tidings of him
Travelled by sea, straight to Hoy
To find his daughter and king Hedinn.

The daughter of the king
Tried to make peace
Between her father and man
Offering at him a neck-ring
In the name of her man.

And she ordered him to leave
Cause her king Hedinn
Was ready to fight
Without showing mercy to him.

But the great king
Was insulted by him
So the daughter returned
To her king, and said
That her father didn't want peace.

So it began, and the armies
Of two men arrayed in the fields.
But Hedinn tried for peace once again
And offered a fortune to the king.

King Hogni:
- My sword I raise high
That is made by the dwarves
Ordered to kill; every man
Reaches the blade, and never fails the sword.

King Hedinn:
- You boast of  your sword
But victory won't be yours
So I ask any sword
Can it obey its Lord ?

And the bloodshed had begun.

Both armies of kings gathered in the fields,
Fighting and slaying all that day;
When night arrived, to their ships returned
Leaving behind all the dead.

As the full moon crept to the sky
Above the dark horizon
Daughter and wife walked among dead,
Brought back to life all the men.

When the sun awoke, and rose in the sky
The kings returned to the fight
Those who had fallen the day before
Were at the battle, thirsty for blood.

All those who fell and lay on the fields -
Their weapons and shields turned to stone.
That was their fate, all of the slain
Were cursed to fight till Ragnarok.

© Hildr Valkyrie

Lyrics from her CD "Deceitful Fate"
(2004)

All rights of the manufacturer and the owner of the recorded work reserved by Hildr Valkyrie .

Image: "Two Armies", © 2004 Christian N. St. Pierre, all rights reserved. Artist´s Homepage 


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