Wardruna is a Norwegian musical project based on Nordic spiritualism and the runes of the Elder Futhark. It was started by Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik in 2003, along with Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella. The band began in 2003 and have since released three full-length albums, each based on a set of runes. Their third album , Runaljod - Ragnarok, was released on October 21, 2016. Wardruna make significant use of traditional instruments including deer-hide frame drums, Kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are also used.
In 2014, Einar Selvik announced on the group's official Facebook page that they would take part in composing the score for season 2 of Vikings along with Trevor Morris. He later appeared as an actor on the show.
In 2015, Gaahl left Wardruna on amicable terms.
Lyrical content and themes
This work contains verses about Norse mythology, particularly referring to Ragnarök. Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle, foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures, known in the common Germanic deities. Runaljod is a song version of the Norse rune poem.