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Burzum Leader Varg Vikernes To Release New Book In December

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Varg Vikernes, the infamous musician behind the notorious one man black metal band Burzum, has announced that he will be releasing a new book entitled, "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia," which will be released on December 5th.

According to a press release, his fifteen year research on the subject "has culminated in a book in which the outspoken and often divisive author challenges many of the widely held views of contemporary culture and its history. The passionate and in-depth text provides an absorbing insight into the thoughts of this most notorious of musicians. Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia makes fascinating reading and will be of interest not only to black metal and Burzum fans, but also to those with an interest in Norse mythology or European history and social commentators."

"Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia" will also available in a special edition hardback – limited to 2000 copies. Bound in high quality arlin material adorned with silver print, and presented in a debossed, matching slipcase.

Varg also recently raised yet another controversy by releasing a public statement about the terrorist attack in Norway in July.

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1. asjgklg writes:

I'm probably going to check it out, just out of curiosity.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 7:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R10 writes:

Regaress of Vargs politics,it sounds like an interesting read. Might look into checking it out.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 8:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. kc writes:

This guy is a tool box!

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DreamHeater writes:

I really don't want to support him, but I want to read the book...
Maybe I can find a scan on the Internet or something.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Dasher10 writes:

And this is why your public library exists. ensuring that you don't have to pay for it.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 12:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. DreamHeater writes:

I live in Oklahoma, which is smack-dab in the middle of the Bible Belt - there's no way in Hell that a library around here is going to have a copy.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. b.bristowe writes:

America, the land of the free.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. R10 writes:

Yea right Bristow. My little library wouldnt carry this one neither. They operate on a shoestring budget anyways,if i want the "classics" or the latest Stephen King,im in good shape. Vargs work? Ah no. Barnes and Noble,online i think.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. silvermountains writes:

might pick these up, just to laugh. but still could be a fun read i guess.

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. pinto_beans writes:

The first line of the book: "Witchcraft and religious practices in Scandinavia go a long way through the country's historical roots, but before I get into that, lemme tell you how the Jews and Christians ruined everything."

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. R10 writes:

Pinto,thats good! I fvckin really laughed out loud! None of that lol sh**!

# Aug 26, 2011 @ 9:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. WOLF7 writes:

As a Scandinavian myself, I have no interest in reading one single line of this psycho's book.

There are plenty of quality books on the topic already. No reason to read Varg's paranoid and provocative rants on this and that.

No. I have no respect for this idiot. He should still be behind bars, period.

The Norwegian legal system... even last month's island shooter (the nutter who killed 77 people) will most likely be getting 21 years and that's that. In other words, when he gets out, he's still young enough for a "comeback".

Scandinavia... Finns are alright, Swedes, love em, Danes are alright as well. Norwegians? I wonder what's the matter with them. They honestly don't seem to like anything or anybody.

# Aug 27, 2011 @ 8:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. GORECUNT writes:

Wolf, their labor party seems to be very accepting. Honestly, you're there so you know better than me, but from what I'm reading they're pretty chill.

# Aug 27, 2011 @ 12:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hellrat writes:

Now Wolf, it doesn't become you to be generalist :)

There are plenty of good Norsk folk...don't let the loons in the public spotlight skew your better judgement, brother

I must ask you, WHY should Vikernes' still be incarcerated for what was essentially a voluntary manslaughter conviction? How does his killing of Aarseth have ANYTHING to do with Breifvcks murderous rampage?

You don't like his rhetoric and idealogy, understandable...but there are MANY more psychos far more deserving of being removed from social contexts...wouldn't you agree?

I will check out this volume out of curiosity, and will save my judgement for after the reading is done (assuming it proves to be worth getting through)

But speaking of 'controversial' norwegian musicians, Espedahl strikes me as being a far more disturbing character than Vikernes...that dude comes across like a ticking time bomb...

But I don't know either of em, so that is obviously mere speculation

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 2:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. WOLF7 writes:

HR, my intention was not to generalise.
It's just that here in Scandinavia we're often amazed at the comments of the norwegians. They always seems to be... well, Anti-everything if it's NOT something Norwegian. And you really don't get that in any other Scandinavian country (unless it's some ultra right wing nutter). And trust me, I am not alone with this opinion.

I wasn't trying to say all Norwegians are this that and the other, I'm just really amazed at the comments the Norwegian people make.

As for Varg, I disagree. He should definitely be behind the bars and here's why:
This psycho's been a troublemaker all his life. He's assaulted lots of people, burned down who knows how many churches and houses and in his mind, hey, it's all cool and fine, due to the his own personal beliefs.
When he eventually graduated to the major league = commited murder, exactly HOW many times did he stab the victim? 23 times. 16 to the back. And he claimed it was self defence. Right...
Police also discovered over 100kgs of explosives and thousands of rounds of ammo in his house.
Nice bloke eh?

Now, all this was back in early 90s, the murder case was in 1993 I believe. So, did some prison time change him? Well, in 2003 he decided to take a little vacation from the harsh prison life and was eventually caught driving a stolen car with a handgun, an automatic riffle and some other goodies.
AND, the norwegian authorities decided to release THIS man in 2009?? Incredible.

So, HR, this is not some guy who had "a little trouble in his youth", we're talking about an authentic maniac here. The fact he's now considered as some sort of Black Metal legend, smart enough to write books doesn't mean anything. A maniac's a maniac.

My opinion.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 3:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Josh_of_Doom writes:

I can put it next to my David Ike collection.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellrat writes:

Fair enough brother Wolf...I'm aware of the chronology of Vikernes' infractions, I just choose to give benefit of the doubt to the statements he's made in his defense

Shoot, I add ammo to the stockpile any time I have a bit of extra cash...not necessarily for WWIII, but in anticipation of what looks like a probable economic colapse. I'm a country boy, and I WILL survive :) Every single cartridge is a magic pill, holding within it the potential to feed my family should we ever encounter a disolution of infrastructure

I wasn't aware that Vikernes' has had residential arson cases attributed him...is this in fact true? I know about the church burnings, and honestly, I have a MUCH bigger problem with that than with him offing the runt. Not because of their significance to Christianity, but for the loss of irreplacable historical monuments....Norsk stave architecture is just amazing in the context of the ancient tradition of wood craft

I stand by my assessment that there are far greater threats to any respective nation state than ol Varg represents

In any case, if you can recommend some quality works I may not have discover yet on the subject of Norse mythology in principle and practice, my continued interest in the matter would much appreciate it! I have read a decent amount on the Saami traditions as well, and would enjoy further suggestions

Cheers \m/

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 9:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Diamond Oz writes:

If you don't have it Hellrat, buy the Prose Edda, which is like an encyclopedia of Norse mythology. Very interesting book.

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. hellrat writes:

Oz, I once owned copies of both Eddas, prose and poetic...a woman scorned relieved me of their burden :)

She also snaked several VERY expensive lushly illustrated art history volumes, a loss I still suffer today

I'll have to get a hold of the Eddas again, it been better than a dozen years since I read them

Thanks man!

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 9:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. hellrat writes:

Oh ya, Oz man...you might check out 'Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials, Myths" by Cambridge professor R.I. Page...

It is quite cumbersome to get through, but very interesting, and quite thorough with regard to qualified interpretation of historical evidence

The Professor likewise does not allow much merit for the accuracy the Eddas, given they were written a couple hundred years following the end of the 'Viking Age' proper

\m/

# Aug 28, 2011 @ 10:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Valkyrja writes:

Knowledge of specific stories didn't die out in rural areas where there was an oral tradition for hundreds of years. Not sure how the professor accounts for this.

If you're at the Eddas, also The Saga of the Volsungs, Sagas of the Icelanders, Heimskringla, Njals Saga, Saga of King Hrolf Kraki.

# Aug 29, 2011 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. GORECUNT writes:

WOLF: I see...But yeah, I agree with you on Varg. And whatever happened to all the Mayhem fans that wanted to take vengeance upon his release?

# Aug 29, 2011 @ 6:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. hellrat writes:

Valkyrja, Page accounts for the concern you bring up quite thoroughly, believe me :)

The text is exceedingly dense and quite comprehensive; and while he never condemns the Eddur as falsehood, he makes a strong case for considering them cautiously with respect to historical accuracy

Check it out, I'm sure you'll find it interesting...and thanks for the other suggestions \m/

# Aug 29, 2011 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Hellspawn writes:

As much as I love his music, I'm not sure I want to devote my time to reading an entire books worth of his racist rants... I might just check it out for highlights.

# Aug 30, 2011 @ 2:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. jackie bauer writes:

While this book is going to be full of racist nonsense, I highly doubt it will top that insane manifesto written by that other crazy Norwegian (Anders Brevik).

# Aug 31, 2011 @ 12:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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