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Mjølner and Bifrost, in the modern world

We’ve talked before about the dual heritage we have from the Graeco-Roman world and also from the northern European/Viking world. Here is that link. It’s important but, it’s also a fun heritage to celebrate. Back in the day, when rock stars had real educations, sometimes they wrote songs about it.

Mjølner, if you don’t happen to know, is the awesome hammer of Thor, one of the most fearsome of weapons which can level mountains.

220px-Dane_AxeThere are days when I wonder if the wyrd, that famous old north wind in Germany (that gave us the word weird) will blow again one of these days, if it does, I suspect we’ll see the Berserkers storm once more into battle, defending their honor. It will be a bad day for Islam, when they come up against Mjøiner and Gungnir, Odin’s spear that never misses. And for that matter the common Dane-Axe was plenty intimidating itself

But you know, they should already know this. In 988 the Emperor Basil II requested military help from Vladimir I of Kiev, which of course was part of Rus, sometimes called Greater Sweden, yes that’s who built the gate that the music is about. Vladimir sent 6000 men and the next year after landing at Chrysopolis they watched the rebel general Bardas Phokas die of a stroke and cheerfully slaughtered the army. This was the beginning of the Varangian Guard; the Scandinavian guard of the Emperor (they were joined by a lot of Anglo-Saxons after 1066) which lasted more or less till the end of the Empire. Harald Hardrada (later King Harald III of Norway, killed at Stamford Bridge) campaigned in the Guard in Sicily in 1038.

Of course, one of the most well-known modern interpreter of Norse legend is J.R.R. Tolkien, in his Trilogy of the Rings, and Robert Plant’s lyrics showed that he knew as well. There’s this

And this

Of course, since Heimdall has not yet sounded Gjallarhorn, announcing the approach of our enemies for Ragnarok we can still visit Bifrost, via the greatest Rock song ever

Of course if you’d like a somewhat earlier interpretation, you could always listen to Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

For more information on this visit here and here.

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