Þonne Won Cymeð​.​.​. (Then Darkness Comes​.​.​.​)

by Hrungnir

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RævJäger Real treasures are always hidden in the early demo recordings. And this time is no exception. A very "cozy" sound and atmospheric melodies simply forced to repeat them again and again. Favorite track: Ratatoskr.
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Þonne Won Cymeð... (Old English meaning 'Then Darkness Comes...') is a demo compiled of songs composed and recorded between the summer and winter of 2013. All music and concepts written and performed by MacTaidh (click 'Lyrics' next to the respective song for the written concept). Recording and mixing by Kael Wilson at Dungeon Goat Studios. Demo cover manipulation by Marcos Garcia. Cover artwork 'The Battle of Varus' by Otto Albert Koch, 1909.

Released by Mithrim Records on a split tape with Taramis, limited to 25 copies (sold out)


released December 15, 2013




Hrungnir San Diego, California

Hrungnir was conceived in the summer of 2013 by MacTaidh. Inspired by mythology, legends, battles, and the ancient heathen cultures of the past, Hrungnir seeks to create primitive atmospheric music which embodies the spirit, honor, and values of the old gods. Hrungnir was the mightiest of all giants in Norse mythology, and represented the animating forces of darkness, winter, night, and the grave. ... more

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Track Name: The Primordial Void
In the great abyss Ginnungagap, silence and darkness fill the primordial void. This chasm of the cosmos rests between Niflheim, the elemental realm of ice, and Muspelheim, the elemental realm of fire. Crystals of ice and frost from Niflheim and the burning flames of Muspelheim slowly drift toward each other, and as the fire melts the ice, the first of the giants is born. His name is Ymir, and Midgard, the realm of man, is formed from his corpse when he is slain by Odin and his brothers. Life is stemmed from death, and creation is always born through destruction.
Track Name: Vegtam's Solitary Path
The one-eyed wanderer walks slowly through the forests winding pathway. His dark blue cloak and hat glow dimly in the mist of the moonlight. The calling of two ravens resounds from the trees, as the lonely wanderer walks the land of Midgard. His quest is that of knowledge and solitude, his wisdom and power as old as the stars and the trees which accompany him on this nocturnal journey.
Track Name: Ratatoskr
From atop the World Tree descends Ratatoskr, carrying with him words from the eagle upon which Vethrfolnir is perched. He will travel beneath the roots of Yggdrasil to Niflheim, where Nidhoggr dwells within the dreaded Corpse Shore. He will ascend up the ash again, as the wheel of time eternally turns.
Track Name: Sword and Throne (The Ballad of Freyr)
The son of Njord gazes upon the nine worlds from the Allfather's throne. Far into Jotunheim peers the lord Vanir, to the home of Gymir. From the doors of the great house emerges a woman, brightness gleamed from her hands and over sky and sea. All of the worlds seemed illuminated by her. Never before had he been so immersed in passion and longing. So strong was his longing that he gave up his most prized sword, so that Skirnir may travel under cover of darkness to propose for him the maiden's hand in marriage. The price of the sword lost upon the Allfather's throne will be truly known only when the sons of Muspelheim ascend upon Asgard.
Track Name: The Lamentations of Lir's Children
Fionnghuala and her three brothers gaze upon their homeland with unfathomable sorrow. They are the children of Lir, the god of the ocean, and have spent the last 900 years in torment and agony. Cursed by dark magic from their hateful step-mother Aoife, they were condemned to take the form of swans, with only the ability to speak in human tongue, and sing the most beautiful and sorrowful songs heard to man. Within the confines of their curse, they have suffered more than any mortal creature can imagine in harsh seas and lonely islands. Now they have finally returned to Sidh Fionnachaidh, their father's home. But time has passed, and the children returned to an empty field of overgrown grass where the giant palace of their father once stood proud. For the mortals of Eireann have rejected and forgotten the ancient gods, and even the memory of the gods has been distorted and lost, tainted by the jealousy and hypocrisy of a new strange god. After nearly a thousand years, the poor children of Lir return to find their father dead, their people gone, and their home a desolate ruin. So deep and unbearable is the depth of their sadness, and the beauty of their lamentations.
Track Name: Breath of Skadi
The creatures of the woods awake to a frost-covered dawn. Ice and snow have swept over the land, the lakes are filled with crystal, the trees covered in shining white. Skadi has returned after nine nights in Nóatún, and winter is upon the Northern land once again.