"Blood And Iron" as written by and Quorthon....
I have paced these forests for so long I don't know if I am man or I am beast.
I, though, hold deep within me a quest for revenge.
Then I must be a man as much as I can be.

I have learned to speak the tongue of the animal
I have learned to read the signs in bark and snow.
I have taken within myself the spirits of my fathers,
long time gone.
In this short time, far from home, a man of Iron I've grown.
A man of Iron I have grown.

A part of the eternal woods
Late evening

"Just after sunset on his way back to his camp after watching the sun unite
with the mountains in the west, he sees the flickering of light between the
tree trunks. Approaching, he sees an old man sitting calmly by a fire, as
if waiting for him. His left eye missing. His beard as if gold. The signs
on his cloak and hood familiar. The one eyed old man matches the
description of the soothsayer, as told by the elders of his village by the
fires at night when he only a child. The boy, now a young man, eager to
know, asks the one eyed old man about his dreams. Dreams he cannot
understand. Dreams about strange things he is seeing himself doing. Then
the winds that seem to talk to him. Voices that whisper to him behind his
back. The one eyed old man tells him of the cycles of the stars, of the
trail of fate and of the valley where time and space had ceased to exist...
where his world ends and the shadows begin. The one eyed old man tells the
young man that fate has chosen him to interfere with the other world. The
disturbance is already made. The daughters of the four winds have sold
themselves to the shadows, distorting the balance of the universe. And the
one eyed old man says he has seen him come for a thousand years, and that
the aging gods have told him to teach him all that he has ever known and to
prepare him to ride beyond his world and into the shadows as their champion
to restore the balance. To his aid he shall be given a sword forged when
this world was young. He shall be guarded and guided by two ravens, and he
shall ride the eight-legged stallion of his fathers' god. He will encounter
the Woodwoman, and he will make a visit to the Lake. One hundred days and
one hundred nights his training shall be hard. And this very night it will
already have begun.
And thus he had met the One Eyed old Man..."


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"Man of Iron" as written by Quorthon

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    General CommentThis song is about the ending of the age of the gods in Ragnorok, and the following age of man.

    The acoustic melody is the greatest bit of music I've heard from all underground metal. (That's saying a lot)
    Chard121on December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHello Chard121,

    It's been a while since you posted your comment but I was hoping you might follow up. I am a little confused on the history of the Vikings - I admit that I am no expert. I was unaware that Ragnarok came before the age of man, I figured the age of gods and man might be contemporaneous, but as I said - I am no expert. At first I kind of associated this song with the titanomachy of the Greeks, only because I am unfamiliar with such legends among the Viking-folk. I must admit, though, the similarities are striking - perhaps there might even be a similar legend among these different cultures?

    I thought that Ragnarok might still be to come, I know that only a couple of gods are alleged to survive the strife of that battle, and the mighty Odin, as well as many of the other well-known gods - Heimdallr, Thor, Tyr, Loki, etc. are to die in this battle. To think that the Vikings figured them for dead already is an awful thought. However, given the ending of this song, it certainly seems like the world in which we live today. Surely man has claimed his place as king of this world and we're far past claiming "these shining blades of steel".

    In any case, I agree wholeheartedly about the acoustic accompaniments to this song, they are simply beautiful. I'm always surprised to start playing this song - a song from a band like Bathory with the blackest of metal roots - and hear striking acoustics for the first minute or two (plus the interlude), it's very pleasant. What I really love about this song is the ending, the conjecture that man will conquer other worlds and become the new gods of the sky. I've mentioned it previously in other comments, but the thing that I love about ancient religions is that the distinction between man and god was almost nil. It truly speaks to our modern age, much more so than any god of Christians or Muslims or Jews, I believe. Man has claimed his place as ruler of the world and it has never been more obvious than in the time we live in. In any case, this song always gives me food for thought, and a great background ambiance to consider the nature of man and myself in this universe in which we live. This is certainly one of my favorite pieces off of Twilight of the Gods, along with the titular song.

    It is a shame that the man who brought us such poetic, thoughtful metal (of all things!!!) is now gone. We can only hope that he is enjoying the benefits to which he is surely entitled in whatever afterlife there may be.

    Hail to the hordes.
    miked983on June 04, 2010   Link

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