The debut Hrungnir release, featuring four original tracks, a Desaster cover, and the Hymns to Bragi demo as bonus! Digital download version is $3 (the cover song and demo tracks are available for free download in their respective pages here on bandcamp), to order a physical copy of the CD visit the Merch section of bandcamp or email email@example.com
(US $8 ppd / world $12 ppd). All physical copies of the CD come with a Hrungnir logo pin! Limited to 100 copies.
1. Wyn Eal Gedreas
2. Bearer of the Torc and Ram-Horned Serpent
3. Scorn and Blood Run Down the River Ván
4. Son of Nine Mothers
5. Across the Bloodfields (Desaster cover)
6. Fire Burns the Cimmerian Nightsky
7. The Chants of Old Heroes
In the year 782 CE, the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne returned to Saxony to conquer the land and convert the Saxons from Germanic paganism to Christianity. He issued a legal code known as Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae (Ordinances Concerning Saxony), which prescribed death for various infringements, most notably for any Saxon who refused to denounce his native religion. The law stated: "If any one of the race of the Saxons hereafter concealed among them shall have wished to hide himself unbaptized, and shall have scorned to come to baptism and shall have wished to remain a pagan, let him be punished by death." A form of high justice in the Holy Roman Empire was the Blutgericht (Blood Court) in which a Vogt (a reeve) held the right to hold a criminal court inflicting bodily punishment and death. That same year Charlemagne beheaded 4,500 Saxons at the Blood Court at Verden, their crime simply being that they did not wish to abandon their own culture and faith. This massacre happened nearly ten years after Charlemagne destroyed the sacred Saxon pillar Irminsul at a pagan holy site. Much can be said of this, but the message is clear; it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. These Saxons died for their gods, their cultural identity, their homeland, their ancestors, for the values and beliefs that they felt to be right. Despite the threat of torture and murder, they refused to submit to foreign invaders and refused to bow before foreign gods or rulers. One day, we will all cross the bridge of death, why not cross that bridge standing tall, proud, with sword in hand and valor and honor in your heart, rather than cowering and kneeling before tyranny? This music release is dedicated to the brave spirit of the Saxon warriors, and the sacrifice they made under the Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae. Warriors are not always the fastest or strongest men, a warrior is he who chooses to stand between his enemy and all that he loves or holds sacred. Hail Irminsul! Hail Woden!
Released on September 25, 2013 on the 947th anniversary of the Battle at Stamford Bridge.