Video of the Week-Silver Bride

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,


About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on April 8, 2011, in Video of the Week and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This is a really good song. I haven’t heard much from Amorphis. A bout 10 or more years ago, I had one of their CDs, but it got stolen out of my car and never thought to get it again. I remember liking them and thinking they had a certain rythmn I wasn’t used to in metal at the time. That is probably because I was very unfamiliar with European metal.

    I think I am going to have to look into Amorphis again. Thank you for the back story. I think that is something that is lost in more current pop music today. I guess there is a story with every song, but today it seems very topical in the area of the Top 40; nothing of substance. Thank you for a great video and again opening my eyes to something different; or in this case a band I haven’t heard in about a decade.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s a shame these guys aren’t that huge. Their songs are quite radio friendly and they have pop sense(in a good way). If this song got some radio play I would say it would be a big hit.
    And the message in the song isn’t that much different than what’s in the top 40, “Money can’t buy love”. Seriously, how many songs have that message, but the way they present it is such an unique way that it doesn’t sound sappy or lose any metal integrity whatsoever.
    Here’s to hoping the mainstream starts demanding substance.(Well, not really, I kinda like it down here in the underground, lol, even though the occasional breakthrough for fresh air is nice and it also reinforces my concept that most people are genuinely intelligent :))

    • I am with you on that, dude I like my metal and sharing it with a few select like-minded people. I don’ think there is room in the mainstream for a band like Amon Amarth. It’s probably better that way. Maybe in Finland, but in the States? Never!

  3. Hey dude, it’s Dan from DC Metal Review. Great analyzing of the song! I’ve been meaning to look into the myths Amorphis uses, but just haven’t had the time yet. Well done!

    • Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been thinking about doing more Amorphis songs, I’ve already looked into the mythology due to the fact that I find Finnish mythology quite interesting, all that is left is pairing the stories with the songs and writing it out(the hard part, lol). Maybe I’ll do a special edition of the Video of the Week and do the mythology for a good number of their released songs and maybe do the whole of Eclipse which is based on Kullervo who is a pretty badass character. I’ve already been listening to them enough to get hyped up even more for the new album.

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