Hermod: "Ride, Sleipner!
Ride for all your worth
Faster than lightning
to the dark realms of the world"

Through valleys of darkness
On our way to Nifelheim
To the halls of Hel
Where by brother waits

Wailing voices on the wind
Urging me to turn
Distant tortured screams
Cold blue fires burn

I hear the sound of river Gjoll
Running cold and depp
It's golden bridge shines in the dark
The bridge Modgud keeps

Over the bridge, on through the night
Hel is getting near
There are the gates towering
Afflicting you with fear

In her hall, at the honour seat
My brother sits in pain
Pale and tortured Balder greets
Bound by invisible, frozen chains

Hermod: "I have come to bring him back with me
The whole world mourns his death
Please set Balder free
Give him back his breath!"

Hel: "If it's true, what you say to me
That the whole world mourns his death
If the whole world will weep
I will give him back his breath."


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Hermod's Ride to Hel - Loke's Treachery Part 1 song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is about the story Norse myth where Hermod is sent by Odin to retriever Baldr from Hel. When he finally gets there, Hel tells Hermod that he will only release Baldr back to the world of the living if the entire world weeps for him.
    Spiral_Slaveon February 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNote that when Hel says "whole world" she means everything, living and dead.
    Egmineon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes. The twist is that Loke, who killed Balder indirectly, doesn't weep for Balder and he stays dead. The gods do a whole mess of shit to Loke after that which is probably what part 2 will be about. Go read the Eddas to find out what I'm too lazy to type it >
    Cowboy from hellon June 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGREAT song, GREAT story, GREAT melody...funny story, me and a group of friends got together for a while and wrote some music just before this album dropped and we wrote almost the exact same intro. but this is one of my favorite songs lyrically off the album. cant wait for the new album WOOT
    harper83087on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"This song is about the story Norse myth where Hermod is sent by Odin to retriever Baldr from Hel. When he finally gets there, Hel tells Hermod that he will only release Baldr back to the world of the living if the entire world weeps for him."

    That's mostly correct.

    The goddess Frigg asks who wishes to win her favor, after Baldr's brother Hodr (blind god) is tricked into killing Baldr by Loke.
    Oskar978on May 13, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningOkay, so this song tells a part of the story in which Baldr gets killed.
    The song title has "...Loki's treachery", because Loki himself has arranged Baldr's death, and does succeed in this, and he kills him indirectly, (He fools Baldr's blind half-brother somehow to kill him).
    The gods mourn Baldr's death, for he was loved by all, and they decide to send Hermod to Hel (ruler of the world of the dead), to get him back.
    Note: Hel is Loki's daughter.
    So, when he gets there, Hel agrees to give him his life back on one condition, that is; the whole world shall weep for his death.
    -SPOILER ALERT-
    Now in the second part, the world does indeed weep for Baldr, except for one woman, named Töck. Now, it is suspected that Loki has took the form of this woman (Töck), so he messes up Baldr's resurrection. And so [s]he does, he refuses to weep, and precludes the revival.
    Maddoxxon February 11, 2013   Link
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    My Opinion"Hermod: "I have come to bring him back with me
    The whole world mourns his death
    Please set Balder free
    Give him back his breath!"

    Hel: "If it's true, what you say to me
    That the whole world mourns his death
    If the whole world will weep
    I will give him back his breath.""

    Soo powerful... My favorite part of the song.

    However, this is just my opinion on the part that comes after it (you can thumbs me down, I don't care): Anyone else agrees that they shouldn't have changed the guitar riff? Personally, I would have stayed with the same riff and I would have faded the song out, instead.

    But eh, this is a trully awesome song.
    VoiceOfTheSoulon February 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLoke's Treachery Part 2 on March 29th!
    VoiceOfTheSoulon February 01, 2011   Link

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