Video of the Week-Silver Bride
Posted by RiffRaff
This weeks VotW comes from the the 9th album, Skyforger, by Amorphis. The song is entitled “Silver Bride” and is about a character in Finnish folklore know as Seppo Ilmarinen, the Eternal Hammer. For now, enjoy the video, and, if you want, hang around afterwords for a little bit on the mythology of Seppo Ilmarinen and the story within the song.
So, first a bit about the bald blacksmith you saw here in the video. His name is Seppo Ilmarinen, also know as The Eternal Hammer, and he is an immortal, and according to some ancient runes, the sky god. The Ilmarinen I will be talking about is from the version of the mythology where he is not a god, but a blessed with immorality mortal. He was a renowned blacksmith and inventor. Legend says that he created the sky and invented an artifact known as the Sampo. The Sampo, according to the Kalevala, is said to provide endless amounts of flour, salt, and gold, and could be compared to the Cornucopia in Greek mythology.
In the mythology there’s also a tragic character know as Kullervo who plays an important part in the life of Ilmarinen. There were these 2 brothers known as Untamo and Kalevro, and they really didn’t like each other. One day after a dispute Untamo goes and kills the entire tribe of Kalevro save for one pregnant woman who pleads for mercy, Untamala. She gives eventually gives birth to her child and names him Kullervo. While still an infant, Untamo hears the baby uttering words of revenge to Untamo, so he tries to kill him, 3 times!!! But the baby’s latent magical powers save him from the drowning, the burning, and the hanging. Kullervo grows up, and being fed up with the boys wild and rebellious nature, Untamo sells him into slavery to Ilmarinen.
While living in slavery to Ilmarinen as a shepard, he is isolated, because of his dormant magical powers and wild nature, and knows nothing of his origins or a loving family save for a knife that was left to him when he was an infant. The wife of Ilmarinen enjoys teasing and tormenting the young boy, one day she gives him a loaf of bread with stones baked inside of it as he goes to tend to his flock. When he goes to cut into the bread with the knife left to him by his deceased or missing family, the knife breaks on a stone and he is thrown into a fit of rage. In this fit of rage his dormant magical powers come up and he casts a curse on the cows that the wife of Ilmarinen is milking and they turn into bears and maul her to death(if that’s not so f’n completely metal, I don’t know what is, lol), and then he flees to see if he can find any family that may be still alive. Ilmarinen, obviously, isn’t to happy about all this.
And here’s where the the story of today’s song comes in. In mourning and desperation, a heartbroken Ilmarinen retreats to his forge and begins to construct a wife of gold and silver. He finds his bride of gold and silver to be too hard and cold and feels he can not love her. He try to pawn the silver bride off on his brother Väinämöinen. His brother then rejects the offer and tells him to toss the silver bride back into the forge and make her into trinkets and then turns to his people and says:
“Every child of Northland, listen,
Whether poor, or fortune-favored:
Never bow before an image
Born of molten gold and silver:
Never while the sunlight brightens,
Never while the moonlight glimmers,
Choose a maiden of the metals,
Choose a bride from gold created
Cold the lips of golden maiden,
Silver breathes the breath of sorrow.”
So the moral of this story and song pretty much sums up to money and material can not buy you love and happiness.
If you like this song and are interested in learning more of Finnish folklore, check out just about any Amorphis album. On the many of the albums the folklore is told through the perspective of a specific character in the mythology, Skyforger, is told through the eyes of Ilmarinen.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks video, I’ll away for a couple weeks while I go on vacation, so the mighty Plantera will be picking up my slack(you rule dude!!). I may be popping in here and there to drop a comment and drop off an album review and say hi.
Until Next Time, Peace Love and Metal,
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Posted on April 8, 2011, in Video of the Week and tagged Amorphis, Finnish, Folklore, Heavy Metal, Ilmarinen, Kullervo, metal, Metal Videos, Music Videos, Mythology, Silver Bride. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.