maanantai 31. lokakuuta 2016

Song to Hall Up High

On saturday we went to
Bygdøy to visit
Vikingskipshuset/ Viking ship museum
and witness those
mighty
longboats of 
Oseberg,
 Gokstad and Tune
with our own eyes.
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In the museum you can find the world´s best 
presented Viking ships, as well as the unique artifacts found in the ship graves from Oseberg, Gokstad, Tune and Borre 
(Nothing but nails left of the Borre ship though).
All of these ships were used as oceangoing vessels before they were hauled ashore to be used as burial ships.
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 The Oseberg ship was built c.820 AD and is decorated with beautiful carvings.
In 834 AD, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful woman.
For their final journey to the realm of the dead these women were given a plentiful selection of burial gifts, amongst them three elaborate sledges, a wagon, carved animal head posts, five beds and fifteen horses,six dogs and two cows.
Most of these burial gifts are exhibited in the viking ship museum.
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The Gokstad ship was built c. 890 AD. A decate later it was used as a burial ship for a powerful man.
The ship was higly seaworthy and well-suited for voyages across the open sea.
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Viking age grave robbers later plundered the grave,
which my explain why no weaponry or jewellery was found among the burial gifts.
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He was also buried with 12 horses,
eight dogs, two peacocks and two goshawks.
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First time I met a real Viking!  
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The Tune ship was discovered as early as in 1867, and was the first Viking ship to be excavated and preserved in modern times.
The Tune ship was probably a fast, oceangoing vessel and has been dated to c. 910 AD.
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The Borre find consists of artifacts from a large burial ship dated c.900 AD.
When these were found, the content of the burial moud had been almost completely ravaged by time
and the actual ship has not been preserved.
Nevertheless, the objects that have survived suggest that this was the abundantly equipped grave of a powerful man.
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Valknut, symbol of Odin on that...item (Old Norse: Valr (slain warriors) Knut ("knot", like my son´s name ♥).
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Other burial gifts;
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Jewelry and clothing...oh so much inspiration.
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Some actual ancient runes.
It is younger futhark writing,
so called scandinavian runes.
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"Man knows little"
it says.
Crash and burn :D
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I just love that shadow on the wall.
like a whisper from the ancient times.
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" I know you watch over me
Father of all the past
And all that will ever be
You are the first and the last

Northern wind take my song up high
To the Hall of glory in the sky
So its gates shall greet me open wide
When my time has come to die"

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sunnuntai 30. lokakuuta 2016

Helvete

When I was sure that we are going to Oslo,
I immediately started to search for
adress of "Helvete".
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Every metal listener
knows the story about that famous
record shop once owned by
Euronymous,
 Øystein Aarseth
of Mayhem.
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 Øystein himself
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 Place was the key venue for the
2nd wave black metal,
and artists behind the phenomenon.
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Kuvat kirjasta Kaaoksen Ruhtinaat.
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  Øystein was stabbed to death by 
Burzum leadman
Varg Vikernes on 1993.
It was the end of story for Helvete,
for time beeing.
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Mayhem/Darkthrone at Helvete´s basement.
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I discovered that "Helvete"
re-opened to that very same location
(Schweigaardsgate 56 Oslo)
on 2013 by the name 
of Neseblod.
(Record shop is slightly different than actual Helvete but basement
where the "throne" room and most of the museum stands IS authentic venue.)

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Now adays, if you want to buy some 
seriously rare metal
merchandise you will head to Neseblod Oslo.
You can find Darkthrone albums with
a signature by Fenriz,
old jacket of Shagrath,
or a shirt of
Øystein and stuff like that.
Well all of it are not for sale since it is an official museum :D
Somewhere I read that they are only missing 
"Dead"s body 
hanging on the wall to have every possible
 black metal memorabilia.
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Like a child at candy store
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At the Gates of Hell.
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Same place, 1992.
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If the shopping at Neseblod was hilarious,
we went quiet when
we arrived to the one and only trve
black metal
altar of
this world.
No better time of the year to visit there than now,
when ( even the black metal)
spirits are on moving mode aye.
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" Some memories will never go away
And they will forever be here."
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Past is Alive.
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