March 18, 2021 — Fornrít: At Verja Sik (“Ancient Rite: To Protect Oneself”) is the first — and longest — track on Draugablíkk’s most recent album, Verjaseiðr (Galdramadr Unplugged).
Half of the warriors slain in battle are brought to Valhalla by valkyries (“valkyrjur” in Old Norse), where they become one-man armies (“einherjar”) as they are prepared for the events of Ragnarök — the twilight of the gods that will ultimately result in the death and rebirth of the nine worlds (in the distant past, time was considered cyclical, whereas today, it is viewed as linear.)
So what about the other half of those men killed on the battlefield? They are brought to Freyja’s afterlife field which is known as Fólkvangr. Brave men selected for Fólkvangr are likely no less heroic than those destined for Valhalla. Literary sources for Fólkvangr are extremely limited; hence few details are known.
You might find it interesting to know that Amajarl and Valgam have been researching the afterlife domain of Freyja for many years now, so expect more details on Fólkvangr to follow.
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