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Turisas - Holmgard and Beyond
Apr 05, '22

To Holmgard and Beyond

Song by Turisas

Turisas - To Holmgard And Beyond Acoustic Version

To Holmgard and Beyond

Song by Turisas

Far from the sea and distant lands

Came men with thirty ships

Had wanted to reach the Neva by night

But the weather was not on their side

And as the wind grew stronger and stronger

The rain ran down our cheeks

The bow was turned towards Gardar

The sail flew up again

Holmgard and beyond

That's where the winds will us guide

For fame and for gold

Set sail for those lands unknown

Osmo and Dalk, Kyy, Kokko and Ulf

Were glad to be off the oars

Turo had eaten too much again

Now hanging himself overboard

The Tostensson twins were excited as always

Adventure was their game

Myself, Hakon the ★★★★★★★

Was out to find my name

Holmgard and beyond

That's where the winds will us guide

For fame and for gold

Set sail for those lands unknown

Who is "I" without a past?

A river without a source?

An event without a cause?

Threads of different lengths

Some longer, some shorter

So many of them spun together

The crones keep on weaving

The algorithm of our lives

'Cause and effect, the fates of men

We know the way to Aldeigju

Upstream the river Alode

You take us to the portage

And further

Long is the way to the unknown

Long are the rivers in the East

Far lies the land that Ingvar

And his men desire to reach

Many dangers lie ahead

Some of us may never return

Rather sold as a slave to the Saracens

Than chained to your bed, chained by your life!

Holmgard and beyond

That's where the winds will us guide

For fame and for gold

Set sail for those lands unknown

Songwriters: Nygaard Mathias Dan Gustav


The Neva (Russian: Нева́, IPA: [nʲɪˈva]) is a river in northwestern Russia flowing from Lake Ladoga through the western part of Leningrad Oblast (historical region of Ingria) to the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland. Despite its modest length of 74 kilometres (46 mi), it is the fourth-largest river in Europe in terms of average discharge (after the Volga, the Danube and the Rhine).


Garðaríki (anglicized Gardariki or Gardarike) or Garðaveldi is the Old Norse term used in medieval times for the states of Kievan Rus'.

As the Varangians dealt mainly with Northern Kievan Rus' lands, their sagas regard the city of Holmsgardr (Holmgarðr, Veliky Novgorod) as the capital of Garðaríki. Other local towns mentioned in the sagas are Aldeigjuborg (Old Ladoga), Pallteskja (Polotsk), Smaleskja (Smolensk), Súrsdalar (Suzdal), Móramar (Murom), and Ráðstofa (Rostov).[citation needed] If the legends (below) are to be believed, Garðaríki precedes the state established by Rurik, and would thus refer to the earlier Rus Khaganate.

Three of the Varangian runestones, G 114, Sö 338, and U 209, refer to Scandinavian men who had been in Garðar.ðar%C3%ADki

Staraya Ladoga (Aldeigju)

Staraya Ladoga (Russian: Ста́рая Ла́дога) is a rural locality (a selo) in Volkhovsky District of Leningrad Oblast, Russia, located on the Volkhov River near Lake Ladoga, 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) north of the town of Volkhov, the administrative center of the district.

It used to be a prosperous trading outpost in the 8th and 9th centuries. It was dominated by Scandinavians who were called by the name of Rus'. For that reason, it is sometimes called the first capital of Russia.

Origin and name

The fortress of Ladoga was built in the 12th century and rebuilt 400 years later. It is now mostly reconstructed since being heavily damaged during World War II.

Dendrochronology suggests that Ladoga was founded in 753. Until 950, it was one of the most important trading ports of Eastern Europe. Merchant vessels sailed from the Baltic Sea through Ladoga to Novgorod and then to Constantinople or the Caspian Sea. This route is known as the trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. An alternative way led down the Volga River along the Volga trade route to the Khazar capital of Atil, and then to the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, all the way to Baghdad. Tellingly, the oldest Arabian Middle Age coin in Europe was unearthed in Ladoga.

Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages :: Edáð Banddr 6I/5 — Aldeigju ‘Staraya Ladoga’


The tributary took its name from its Finnish name of Alodejoki 'low-lying river' from alode 'low place' and joki 'river'.

A denomination that originally was Aldeigja, coming from Finnish toponim Alode-joki—“lower river”, meaning the River Ladozhka; it was from this Norse word that gave it name to tributary.

Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyond (music video with subtitles)


Turisas is a Finnish metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström, and named after an ancient Finnish god of war.

To Holmgard and Beyond

"To Holmgard and Beyond" is the first single of the Finnish Viking metal band Turisas. It was released on May 16, 2007 by Century Media in Finland exclusively.


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