Norse War Chants

  • #1
    Does anyone know where i can find some ancient Norse war chants? Long story short, I'd love to get some so that i can chant them before rugby games and amateur fights, and if there's battle hymns my friend wants to put them into music for some pump up music. thanks.
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  • #2
    http://tinyurl.com/35zu46u
    um.
    sup.
  • #3
    You might start with the Poetic Edda, which is the longest surviving piece of Old Norse poetry.

    If you are looking for battle cries, then the only Norse battle cry I have heard of is Christian in its origin. It goes as following: Fram! Fram! Kristmenn, Krossmenn! (Forward! Forward! Men of Christ, Men of Cross!) and it's reportedly the battle cry of Saint Olaf. It's plausible to assume that pagan Vikings invoked their pagan deities (particularly Odin and Thor) in battle.
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  • #4
    My favorites are "YARRRRRRRGHHHHHH!!!' and "Eat your face!!!!!!!"
  • #5
    Quote from trybald
    You might start with the Poetic Edda, which is the longest surviving piece of Old Norse poetry.

    If you are looking for battle cries, then the only Norse battle cry I have heard of is Christian in its origin. It goes as following: Fram! Fram! Kristmenn, Krossmenn! (Forward! Forward! Men of Christ, Men of Cross!) and it's reportedly the battle cry of Saint Olaf. It's plausible to assume that pagan Vikings invoked their pagan deities (particularly Odin and Thor) in battle.



    ahh thank you. I have heard that there was a battle hymn about Ragnarok thats quite famous, but i can't seem to find it anywhere, and all i get from google is a million pages on the video game. does any happen to know i? I heard it from my 10th grade english teacher and its short, but no where online.
    And all that the Lorax left here in this mess
    was a small pile of rocks, with one word...
    UNLESS.
    Whatever that meant, well, I just couldn't guess.

    thanks to The Highlight Studios for the amazing avatar
    Quote from sergeantscruffy
    I came to play magic, not watch you play while I sit here. Combo decks like that are very masturbatory if you ask me.



  • #6
    just say RARHHHHHHHHHHHHG RAPE YUMMMMMM while high on shrooms, thats a realistic viking war chant
  • #7
    Its kinda sad that when you search for things like this, RPGs and fiction come up more than historical sites. Still, I guess fiction isn't all bad. There's a good one from the movie "The Thirteenth Warrior,"
    Lo, there do I see my father.
    Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
    Lo, there do I see the line of my people...
    Back to the beginning.
    Lo, they do call to me.
    They bid me take my place among them.
    In the halls of Valhalla
    Where the brave may live forever.

    And a bit on the actual history of that quote:
    http://www.aaronpena.com/acapitolblog/2006/11/lo-there-do-i-see-my-father.html

    As for Ragnarok, there's an old saying about four ages (axe age, sword age, wind age, wolf age) preceeding it. I don't know if that's related to the one you want, but it might help you search.
    http://web.mit.edu/norvin/www/somethingelse/ragnarok.html
    an axe-age, a sword-age,
    shields will be cloven,
    a wind-age, a wolf-age,
    before the world's ruin.
    I'm what the fox says.
  • #8
    Quote from TheRedViper
    ahh thank you. I have heard that there was a battle hymn about Ragnarok thats quite famous, but i can't seem to find it anywhere, and all i get from google is a million pages on the video game. does any happen to know i? I heard it from my 10th grade english teacher and its short, but no where online.

    It's not a "battle hymn", but you almost have to be thinking about Völuspá. That's where necrogenesis' "axe-age, sword-age" quote came from. In Norse:
    ...skeggjöld, skálmöld,
    skildir ’ru klofnir,
    vindöld, vargöld,
    áðr veröld steypisk...
    As for actual war cries, if their sagas are to be believed, the Norse preferred pithy understatement to the more conventional macho chest-thumping. Very like the famously laconic Spartans, actually.

    EDIT:
    Deyr fé, deyja frændr,
    deyr sjalfr it sama.
    Ek veit einn at aldri deyr:
    dómr um dauðan hvern.
    - Hávamál
    "Cattle die, kin die,
    we ourselves die also.
    I know one thing that never dies:
    the honors of all the dead."
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