Völuspá by Duivelspack is a song about Yggdrasil, the sacred World Tree referenced in the Poetic Edda — a collection of old Norse poems that were traditionally passed down orally with no agreed upon actual date of origin, and believed to have been later written down sometime between 1000 and 1300 AD.1
This song is sung in Icelandic (the original language in which the Poetic Edda was recorded), and is based on the first poem, titled Völuspá.2
The lyrics are as follows:
Voluspa I, 19 (The Poetic Edda) Norse:
Ask veit ek standa, heitir Yggdrasill hár baðmr, ausinn hvíta auri; þaðan koma döggvar þærs í dala falla; stendr æ yfir grœnn Urðar brunni.3
Ash I know standing, named Yggdrasill, a lofty tree, laved with limpid water: thence comes dew that in dales fell; standing evergreen over Urd’s well.4
More simplified English:
There stands an ash called Yggdrasil,
A mighty tree showered in white hail.
From there come the dews that fall in the valleys.
It stands evergreen above Urd’s Well.5
In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is an ash tree called the World Tree (otherwise also known as the Tree of Life and Axis Mundi) uniting the nine worlds.
The song Völuspá by Duivelspack has a beautiful melody and rhythm that relies on traditional instruments and that seems to ambiantly capture the mood of the subject. Interestingly, the band commented that the album this song is a part of was a project whereby they worked for two years with scientists to reconstruct the traditional music of the Germanic peoples from 0 to 500 AD.6
This song has just been added to our Traditional and Folk Music Related to the Sun library, and can be listened to below:
Jordan Belikov contributed research for this article.
“The Poetic Edda.” The Poetic Edda Index. Accessed September 07, 2017. http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/.
“Völuspá.” Völuspá – Wikiheimild. Accessed September 07, 2017. “Völuspá.” Völuspá – Wikiheimild. Accessed September 07, 2017. https://is.wikisource.org/wiki/V%C3%B6lusp%C3%A1, line 19.
“Poetic Edda/Völuspá.” Poetic Edda/Völuspá – Wikisource, the free online library. Accessed September 07, 2017. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Poetic_Edda/V%C3%B6lusp%C3%A1, line 19.
A simplified translation offered by user “Tony S” on the Youtube video of this song.
As explained in German in the comments to the preview video to their album, found here.