So, here comes single no. 2 "Dragonrider". Thrash metal fury and Jotunheims glory, hammered together upon the anvil of aggression.
Tuned down to Z, and pounded with conviction.
The lyrics delve into the heritage of the ancient warrior-tribes. The observant wilI notice the mentioning of the Scythians. The horse-archers of yore who spread like wildfire across Europe and the Caucasian steppes. The Scythian impact on the native Kainuu in Etunaheimar (Jotunheim, Kvenland) took grand proportions. Upon the language, the ways of life, the horsemanship and of course the bows. The Kainuu (often referred to as the "Fenno-Ugric") Two-wood bow was the only example of native composite bows in Thule (the Khazar findings in Birka not counted). It is similar to the Novgorod bow (because of the Scythian link), made out of Birch and Compressed Pine. Glued with boiled fish-skin, and wrapped in birch-bark to protect the glue from rain.
It is my conviction, that the two-wood bow was a replica of the Scythian recurves. Short in draw lengths, but powerful tools in the hands of a master-hunter.
In late viking times, one can read about how a hunter named Finn (finn means hunter in ancient Norse btw) shoots the longbow from Einar Thambarskelfirs hands in the mighty sea-battle of Svolder. It is intriguing to imagine the capabilities of our ancestors who built their whole lives around hunting, fishing and trapping. I spend much time doing research around the old ways of hunting, aswell as seeking the ultimate path to absolute mastery of handling the composite bow.
Back to the subject.
I have tried my hardest to combine brutality and poetry, and I hope you will find and recieve both life-strength and warrior-power from it.
The Dragons came with the Scythians by the way. In incredible, beautiful art so breathtaking that it is hard to imagine such skill was present 3000 years ago. I feel obliged to claim, that we have alot to learn from our ancestors.
May allfather Odin watch over you.
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