Midgardsblot – a Weekend with Metal and Vikings

Skalmold © Per Ole HagenTwo years ago, Eidsivablot was held at Eidsvold, the same place where Norway’s constitution was made 200 years before. It is also one of the places where the vikings held their blot, a pagan party with eating drinking, games, and worshipping of their gods. Borre, south west of Oslo is another place where the vikings held blot, and they have built a museum and a house in the style of the vikings. This weekend the second edition of Midgardsblot was held there.

Vikings © Per Ole HagenVikings enacting fightings

Last year Midgardsblot was held for the first time, in the same spirit as Eidsivablot, and by the same enthusiasts. This year the attendance had tripled, and around 1500 people attende the festival. It started as a viking event on Thursday, with an initiation ritual from the two members of Folket bortenfor nordavinden. Here they told stories about the Norse gods, how the partied, and also about the god Loke’s prank, where he cut off Siv’s hair. It was a good way of opening the festival, and it set the mood for the weekend.

Folket bortenfor nordavinden © Per Ole HagenViking blot with Folket bortenfor Nordavinden

Some of the bands at Midgardsblot were known to me, like Enslaved, Tsjuder, Wardruna, and also the collaboration between Wardruna and Enslaved with Skuggsjaa. But I also liked that most of the bands I had never seen, which meant I got some very good listenings and some positive surprised. I also have to say that the festival had attendees for many nationalities, and it was well organized. Ia m already looking forward to next year.

Maanegarm © Per Ole Hagen

Here are the bands I saw on Friday.

Trollfest © Per Ole Hagen

Trollfest © Per Ole HagenTrollfest

Skalmold © Per Ole Hagen

Skalmold © Per Ole Hagen

Skalmold © Per Ole HagenSkálmóld

Inquisition © Per Ole Hagen

Inquisition © Per Ole HagenInquisition

Enslaved © Per Ole Hagen

Enslaved © Per Ole Hagen

Enslaved © Per Ole Hagen

Enslaved © Per Ole Hagen

Enslaved © Per Ole HagenEnslaved

Skuggsjaa © Per Ole Hagen

Skuggsjaa © Per Ole Hagen

Skuggsjaa © Per Ole Hagen

Skuggsjaa © Per Ole HagenSkuggsjaa

And here are the bands from Saturday.

L.E.A.F. © Per Ole Hagen

L.E.A.F. © Per Ole Hagen

L.E.A.F. © Per Ole Hagen

L.E.A.F. © Per Ole HagenL.E.A.F.

Blot © Per Ole Hagen

Blot © Per Ole Hagen

Blot © Per Ole HagenBlot

Maanegarm © Per Ole Hagen

Maanegarm © Per Ole Hagen

Maanegarm © Per Ole HagenMånegarm

Hamferd © Per Ole Hagen

Hamferd © Per Ole Hagen

Hamferd © Per Ole HagenHamferd

Kirkebrann © Per Ole Hagen

Kirkebrann © Per Ole Hagen

Kirkebrann © Per Ole HagenKirkebrann

Melecesh 20082016-14

Melecesh 20082016-05

Melecesh © Per Ole HagenMelecesh

Tsjuder © Per Ole Hagen

Tsjuder © Per Ole Hagen

Tsjuder © Per Ole HagenTsjuder

Wardruna © Per Ole Hagen

Wardruna © Per Ole Hagen

Wardruna © Per Ole HagenWardruna

All photos are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.

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