"The Fate Of Norns" as written by and Olavi Mikkonen Fredrick Andersson....
I feel a chill in my heart
Like lingering winter cold
I and my son are torn apart
He was just 6 winters old

My first-born was he
And the last of my kin
The last one to carry my name
Death smiled at him its deadly grin
There is no one for me to blame

The fate of Norns await us all
There is no way to escape
The day to answer Oden's call
Or walk through hell's gate

I carry him to my ship
He seems to be asleep
But the deep blue color of his lips
Is enough to make me weep

No man should have to bury his child
Yet this has been my share
The tears I shed run bitter and wild
It's a heavy burden to bear

His body feels so light in my arms
His skin is pale as snow
Yet his weight feels heavy in my heart
As my sadness continues to grow

Allfather!
What fate has been given me?
Why must I suffer?
Why must I feel this pain?
All father!
Life has lost it's meaning to me
I think I'm going insane!

I lay him down on a pyre
A burial worthy a king
And as I lie down by his side
I hear the weaving norns sing

The fate of Norns await us all
There is no way to escape
The day to answer Oden's call
Or walk through hell's gate

The fate of Norns await us all
I know this to be true
It's time to answer Odens's call
My son, he calls for me and you


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"Fate of Norns" as written by Johan Hans Hegg Fredrick Andersson

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    General CommentHis kid died and it's real sad.
    MetalTrooperon December 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Norns are the norse equivalent of the fates. Anyway, guy's kid dies, he builds a funeral pyre and burns himself and his child together on it.
    alderqueenon April 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"It's time to answer Odens's call
    My son, he calls for me and you"

    For this to be true, the son must have been slain in battle, and the father mortally wounded.

    ...though then you may ponder how the father managed to make a pyre large enough to burn two bodies, when he was mrotally wounded.
    Argoron September 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment*mortally. Damn typoes.
    Argoron September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe norns are three sisters, related to fate you could say. Actually though this would be incorrect. They weave the web of Wyrd. Past, present and future, they fit all the peices together. Even the gods must submit to their being and have webs of their own.
    Asadrewon October 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentArgor: "For this to be true, the son must have been slain in battle, and the father mortally wounded."

    Amon Amarth aren't too anal about following Norse Mythology to the letter. It's more likely his son just died of illness of some sort, as was extremely common prior to the days of healthcare, vaccines, medicine, etc.

    The line "Death smiled at him its deadly grin
    There is no one for me to blame" further suggests this is the case.
    LoboParamilitaryon December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnot to mention the fact that he is 6 years old when he died "He was just 6 winters old". Even Sigurd was considered quite young in his late teens to be a warrior, so it is doubtful the son in this song was out swinging a sword at the enemy when he met his doom.
    AirCav1stOfThe9thon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPrepare for a long one as I am going to try and tackle all the verses/choruses separately:

    "I feel a chill in my heart
    Like lingering winter cold
    I and my son are torn apart
    He was just 6 winters old"

    This one is a pretty easy one to figure out. A guy(Viking probably knowing AA's music) finds his son dead how he died is unknown, but given age and other things, it could have been just disease or something.

    "My first-born was he
    And the last of my kin
    The last one to carry my name
    Death smiled at him its deadly grin
    There is no one for me to blame"

    It was the Viking's first and only son and seemingly of his entire family, which may lead one to think that his whole village was attacked or something, however the last line says that he has no one to blame so it could have been just a natural thing that happened, or perhaps like stated earlier, a disease.

    "The fate of Norns await us all
    There is no way to escape
    The day to answer Oden's call
    Or walk through hel's gate"

    The Norns as explained already are similar to The Fates. In Norse Mythology The Norns weave the past, present and future of ALL things. Including the Gods. What that means is that everything that happens to you is already pre determined(There is no way to escape) In Norse Mythology(as far as I know anyway) To go to Oden's Hall is a great Honor as you become one who will be Awoken for Ragnarok to fight with the Aesir against the Giants. Or you go where everyone else does, to Hel. I think this is just in the song to provide that extra...meaning I guess, though it could of course just be that the Father figure in the song is realizing that his son was taken for a reason and that it was ok, because this was supposed to happen, sort of like emotional support.

    "I carry him to my ship
    He seems to be asleep
    But the deep blue colour of his lips
    Is enough to make me weep"

    Another easy one and pretty obvious. The father person is taking his child to his ship in order to bring him to a proper burial area. He describes the lifeless body of his child and naturally(even Vikings cry) he cries/weeps over the sadness that washes over him.

    "No man should have to bury his child
    Yet this has been my share
    The tears i shed run bitter and wild
    It's a heavy burden to bear"

    The father person basically saying what people now say. It's the worst when you have to bury your own child. The father person is now completely overcome by emotion and seems to be coming to the realization that he won't be able to live with the burden(It's a heavy burden to bear).

    "His body feels so light in my arms
    His skin is pale as snow
    Yet his weight feels heavy in my heart
    As my sadness continues to grow"

    Since the son was only 6 years old he is probably not heavy(weight wise) so for a big father figure they would be "Light in my arms". Again it's more description of the lifeless body of the boy. The father person is definitely feeling pretty down now, as is a natural reaction should a family member pass away.

    "Allfather!
    What fate has been given me?
    Why must I suffer?
    Why must I feel this pain?
    Allfather!
    LIfe has lost it's meaning to me
    I think I'm going insane!"

    This is the father person screaming at Oden(Norse god, a "nickname" for Oden is the Allfather) as one now might yell at God. Asking why this is going on, what is happening, what did I do to deserve this? And now we get to the father definitely thinking/considering suicide(Allfather!/ LIfe has lost it's meaning to me/ I think I'm going insane!)

    "I lay him down on a pyre
    A burial worthy a king
    And as I lie down by his side
    I hear the weaving norns sing"

    This is the father person laying his son down in his burial mound/pyre thing. He describes it as fit for a king, meaning the father wanted his child to be buried the proper way. This also has the Father person committing suicide by burning himself and his son together. Probably so he could feel more like he wasn't losing his son but like he was going with him to the other place, be it Oden's Hall or Hel. He describes hearing the Norns(Fates) Weaving his fate as he kills himself, which to me shows that this was actually part of his fate as the Norns already have your fate thought out, so it's as if the Norns already knew(also the Title becomes more clear).

    "The fate of Norns await us all
    I know this to be true
    It's time to answer Odens's call
    My son, he calls for me and you"

    The Fate of Norns already described. The father realizes that this was part of his fate as well to die alongside his son(I know this to be true). They both answer Oden's call(Great honor/thing like going to heaven in Christianity). And I think the last line could have multiple meanings but the one I think is that since this story is being told from the fathers perspective, his son's fate inevitably brought along his as well, so saying his son calls "Me and you" he is saying you can't really escape fate and it is calling you(My son, He Calls...).

    That's my take on it anyway, sorry for the long post.
    kldfjlaksdjon April 14, 2008   Link

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