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Published on Sep 16, 2016
"Death is a Fine Companion" from ISENMOR's Land of the Setting Sun EP
In early Germanic cultures, it was considered a great honor for a warrior to give his life in battle. During pagan times, it was believed a that those who died in battle would be granted a place in Valhalla, where they would feast and fight til Ragnarok, a much preferable afterlife to the boredom of Helheim. Even after conversion to Christianity, it was still considered the ideal end for a Germanic warrior to give his life in battle. The verse of death is a fine companion describe scenes of battle a warrior of the dark ages was likely to encounter, whilst the chorus is a reminder to the warrior to welcome death in battle should it come for him. The interlude includes an English translation of verses 75 and 76 from the Old Norse Havamal.