Wardruna is a Norwegian musical project that was started by Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik in 2003, along with Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella. It's based on Norse Mythology but is less about The Viking Age and more about connecting to the spirituallity of the Norse and "strengthening old roots and sowing new seeds". The music is based on the poetic meters used in the Poetic Edda and the Rune Poems. The goal was to release a trilogy based on the Elder Futhark and the Proto-Norse runes. The first album was called "Gap Var Ginnunga" and the second "Yggdrasil". The third album is called "Ragnarök". Their fourth album, Skald, was released in November 2018 and focused on songs sung in the skaldic manner. Their fifth album, Kvitravn, was released in January 2021.
The music is sung in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse and is performed using ambient sounds and synths but mainly with instruments that were actually used by the norse. It's as close to real viking-music as one can come.
See also Heilung, another band inspired by Nordic cultural history.
The band's music didn't go unnoticed among some creators of modern Viking age-related fiction, as they got to compose and perform music for the History Channel's Vikings, and Selvik also contributed to the soundtrack of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.
"Much I know of ancient tropes...":
- Dark Chick: Lindy Fay Hella
- Death Song: Helvegen is essentially a funeral song.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Ár Var Alda"
- Folk Music: One of the leading bands of the Nordic folk subgenre.
- Horny Vikings: Averted. More like Horny Seidrmen.
- Magical Incantation: Basically all of the songs.
- Money Song: Fehu
- Instrumentals: A few on Gap Var Ginnunga
- Reincarnation: Bjarkan is about this.
- Psychopomp: The second part of Helvegen could be sung by one, or a relative to the protagonist.
- Tear Jerker: Helvegen certainly is one. It's about death and letting go. There is something special about the way they sing "''I know it all, Odin"".
- Title-Only Chorus: Thurs (Giants)
- Vocal Tag Team: Three singers at once.