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Interview with Varg Vikernes (June 2012)
Alberto Destasio (Catania, Sicily, Italy): Have you been influenced by Tchaikovsky? If so, which elements of his music in particular?
Certainly I have been influenced, but to point at anything in particular is hard. Perhaps we could say that the melancholy in Burzum originally came from Tchaikovsky, but whether or not that is true is hard to tell.
Aldric Winterblade (Pennsylvania, Vinland): What is the nationalist situation in Norway; that is, what is being done there to preserve the Norwegian and European peoples, and which approach do you follow, or which organization do you support? What do you do to advance the preservationist cause?
What I mainly do is to propagate my point of view through interviews, like this one, and I spread positive propaganda by means of my music, but other than that I do little. I am not a very social person, I have just about no friends and I know just about nobody in Norway (save criminals...) so... I have no idea what is going on in Norway to preserve the Norwegian people. They are too busy digging their own grave anyhow, to listen to any sense. We cannot cure a patient refusing to take his medicine either. We better just let him die and then let those who want to live live.
Ah, well, I also have four blonde children by now, and that in itself is a good contribution. They can mongrelize our peoples as much as they want, but as long as we keep up producing true European children they will never win.
Aleksandr (Puerto Rico): Do you believe in extraterrestrial life outside our planet earth? Yes or No and why?
Yes, because the universe is vast, and knowing just how ludicrous the macro-evolution theory is the most likely origin for life on Earth is actually from outside of Earth... Not that any of this matters much though.
Aleksi (Helsinki, Finland): What have you been reading lately? Can you recommend some good books you think everyone should read?
Everyone should read "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", "Mein Kampf" and all the books not written by Jews about their own culture they can get their hands on. Lately I have been reading "Villmarksboka" ("The Wilderness Book") by a Sami with the name Lars Monsen.
Alex (USA): In Slavic nations like Poland, Russia, Ukraine etc... there has been a resurgence of the original Slavic religion. With this, many of the old practices and celebrations have returned with them. Examples of such practices include things like burning effigies of the winter goddess Marzanna when spring comes, and communal celebrations of Kupala (Summer solstice) where people sing, dance, pray, etc... Do they have such things in Norway and other Scandinavian countries? If so, would you/have you ever participate/participated in an event celebrating an ancient Norse holiday much like the Slavs do in their countries?
To some extent we do the same, and have been doing so since... "the origin of time". The Pagan holidays are still celebrated in Scandinavia, much in the same manner as before, only they have often (but not always) exchanged the names of the deities and such with more Christian names. Besides Jul (Yule/Winter Solstice) the Summer Solstice is of course the most important of these, with bonfires lit along the coast, communal feasts, girls with flower garlands in their hair and so forth.
Alexander Ivanov (Russia): What you can say about NAZI RAP, RIGHT IDEOLOGY RAP, PAGAN RAP and other types of rap? Today in Russia we have very popular NAZI RAP of 4 Reich Records from Siberia. They have very tough lyrics like NSBM.
Ah, now I really don't know much about this, and when you know very little about a subject it might just be better to say nothing, so I say nothing.
Alexander Kuz'min (Lubertsy, Russia): As a musician and composer, I am faced with this unpleasant affair as a "creative stagnation". This raises the question: how do You deal with this unpleasant period in his work?
Usually I always do what I am inspired to do. Right know I work on my RPG instead of music and have barely touched an instrument since the recording of "Umskiptar". Not because I am not inspired to make music, but because I am more inspired to work on my RPG. Whilst doing this I look forward to making music again.
Alexander Warren (England): Just out of interest, how did you get the scar on your jaw?
From a skiing accident in Geilo (Norway) when I was 11 years old. I was pierced by a ski pole and crushed my jaw when I landed, and I actually had an out-of-the-body experience and "saw the light"; a comfortable and soothing light surrounding me, carrying me beyond time, until I returned to this world and to our understanding of time. It was Belus I guess...
Amaury Bain (France): How do you see the future of our old continent Europe, face of this decadence?
Alas! Civil war, race war and a return to extreme nationalism (the only solution). We are entering another Ice Age as well, and if nothing else that might stop immigration from Africa and Asia...
Andrew Cummings (Aberdeen, Scotland): As you know, there have been a lot of stories and rumours about you in the media. Would you ever consider writing an autobiography in order to dispel all the myths about you?
I did, but I found out that it was too personal and private and I don't care to share any more with the rest of the world than I already do through burzum.org. Not now anyhow.
Andrey (Latvia): If there was no Norway, where would you like to live? (or where do you think you might live then).
Denmark, I guess, or Sweden. But my wife is French and all of Scandinavia will soon (relatively speaking) be covered by glaciers, so I guess France it is. The countryside in France is still white as snow, so it is a very comfortable place to live; no crime, honest people and nature everywhere.
Andrzej (Poland): In your interview from 2005 you said that if you grow too old you will commit suicide by hanging yourself on a tree like Odin and the pagan initiates did. Do you still consider suicide as a way to terminate your life?
Yes, but I don't think this is very dramatic or special. This was a custom for many thousands of years in Europe, and it is done to make sure you don't slow down the tribe or become a problem to them in any other way. Death is not a problem. Only dishonour is a problem.
Anthony (Kelowna, Canada): It is clear that you (understandably) have a strong contempt for modern society. Judging by this, and your decision to reside on a farm in a rural area, I thought that you may be attempting a transition to a fully self-sufficient lifestyle. Does this degree of independence interest you? It must be quite a challenge learning all of the necessary skills for rural living after being locked away for 16 years.
Well, in theory it interests me, but I am a hopeless farmer. I would rather have nature take back what has been cultivated by the farmers, and then live in harmony with nature, and harvest what nature has to give without us having to "cultivate" anything. In my garden I have bushes carrying berries and fruit trees, but nothing else. I don't mow the lawn, but let animals grass there instead.
Theory and practice are two different things. Dreams and reality too. I would like it if we could live like European hunter-gatherers did in the past, but Alas! we cannot...
Arcangelo (Italy): Do you believe in friendship? If no, what are values that you believe? The misanthropy is a value for you?
I believe in family. Contempt for the weak is a value for me, and most men are weak, but I hail the strong, and some men are strong.
Arturo Prieto (Madrid, Spain): What is the object that you used to make the intro from "Fallen" and "Belus"?
On "Belus" a hammer striking an anvil. On "Fallen" a (Nordica) water boiler boiling water in slow motion.
Bjørn (Norway): I am curious about your views on Julius Evola, and the "Traditional (re?)teachings". A couple of years ago I read a statement from you in an interview saying that Evola was one of your favourite authors. I have noticed that in the recent years you have had an somewhat "atheistic" approach. Do you have any belief in a higher principle? Do you believe that all the secrets are to be found in our very blood? I personally consider the new wave of (simplistic) atheism a degeneracy. Just as Christianity was (and is?), atheism has become the easy way out.
Although I appreciated Evola's books I do find them too oriental-oriented, so to speak. Yes, I have beliefs in higher principles, some of them stemming from the age of the bear cult of Stone Age Europe, and I am not an atheist the way you and others seem to think. I am a bit tired of semantics, but it often boils down to that; different understandings of the same terms.
There is no atheism, by the way. Everyone believe in something as if it was a religion to them, be it deities, or principles or the evolution or whatever.
Brenner (Brazil): Do you plan to write and publish a book with tales and stories in the future?
Perhaps in context with the RPG, but I am a lousy writer. Most of my imagination was cut into bits and pieces and burnt to ashes by the school system.
Chance Edington (Bedford, Indiana, USA): I have not been able to purchase a copy of your book "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia" but intend to. Could describe the research that went into the making of the book and the different sources that were used in the writing process and what inspired you or was your main motivation for writing it?
Well, I read just about everything there was to read about the subject, in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English and some books in German too, and save the information that "elf" actually translates as "white" from Emil Birkeli's "Fedrekult i Norge" and information about the evolution of traditions into religion in Sir James Frazer's "The Golden Bough" (talked about in the first few pages of my book as well) there was very little relevant information in any of these books. However, the two above mentioned books gave me a new perspective and enabled me to approach the subject from a different angle, and I did. The real sources for my book are the dictionaries and the original Norse (Old Norwegian) texts recorded by the Norwegian Snorri Sturlason on Iceland (a Norwegian colony at the time), as well as old Norwegian songs and folklore. I also saw everything in context with archaeology and pre-history.
My motivation for writing "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia"? Well, all the other books about this were utter rubbish, and I figured that if "you want a good book about the subject you probably have to write it yourself"... :-) If you want something done properly you better do it yourself.
Christoffer Frylmark (Sweden): Some people (including me) were really curious how your voice would sound like after all this time, I can hear some similarity if you listen to "Filosofem". How come you changed your vocals from your desperate high pitches screams to a more raspy singing? Did it come natural or was it something you changed by yourself?
The voice is the same; the technique used when singing is different. I never liked the pitched screams, and used them only because I didn't know how to do it differently. Now I do, so...
Claudio D. (Italy): Today, what is your opinion on Darkthrone? Fenriz is still your friend? What do you think of Nocturno Culto?
Sorry, but I have only met Nocturno Culto twice, and I have never talked to him, so I don't know him; Fenris I see as a friend, but a friend from a past I have left a long time ago. Darkthrone? I am not a fan of any type of punk or rock music, but.. I wish them well.
Cory Hollett (USA): What are your thoughts on space exploration? And have you ever had inspirations from discoveries made from it?
Well, as long as they fantasize about "dark matter", to explain away the holes in their own faulty theories and hypotheses, I pay no attention to what the astronomers do or say.
Anyway, I have to say I am perfectly happy about living here on Earth, being bound to this planet and prevented to leave it by Earth's gravity and space radiation and perhaps my mind is too.
"My journey to the stars" is metaphorical.
Dev (London, UK): Which album of yours did you have the most fun recording and why?
Recording is never fun. The only fun part is to be done with it. If I could I would record on my home computer instead, never even having to leave my home to do it. That would have been nice.
Dimitris Varsamis (Greece): Have you ever thought about changing your project's name, Burzum?
Yes, but my manager talked me out of it in 2008. Maybe I will change the name in the future. Time shall tell.
Dipak Pawar (India): Are there any unreleased songs of the 1991-1996 era?
Well, there were a few, but I lost the tapes ages ago. Or rather; the prison system "lost" my tapes for me. So they are now gone forever. I originally recorded the "Darkness" ("alias "Dunkelheit") track for the "Hvis Lyset tar oss" (HLto) album, but I wasn't happy with the recording, so it wasn't used until I re-recorded it for "Filosofem", and then I re-recorded the "Key to the Gate" track when I recorded "HLto", but it turned out even worse than the original recording, and finally there were one or two tracks recorded for "HLto" that I simply didn't use because they weren't good enough.
Djordje Petrovic (Serbia): What is your opinion about the geopolitical situation on Balkans? How would you comment on the fact that entire "western" propaganda labeled Serbian people as the "bad guys", while on the other hand it gave whole heart support to Balkans Muslims, from Bosnia to Kosovo, and recently Macedonia as well?
Let us just say that I made plans to run away from prison in 1999 to join the Serbian forces and to fight against the despicable NATO criminals and their Albanian-Turkish Muslim thugs, but my plans were ruined by the fact that the prison system suddenly and without any warnings sent me to another prison a few days earlier than planned.
The geopolitical situation on the Balkans? In short; Yugoslavia didn't kneel and bend over before the kosher rulers of the USA (or is it the "JewSA"?) after the CCCP fell, so the USA, using their tools; the (terrorist organization) CIA and later also NATO ("North Atlantic Terror Organisation" I gather), took its revenge. Today feeble puppet presidents bend over to the USA all over down there, and all the South Slavic peoples suffer from it.
Dmitriy Martens (Penza, Russia): Hello, Varg, would you like to visit Russia? If so, what cities and locations visited would be?
Sure, a trip to Russia would be nice. I would like to visit old towns like Veliky Novgorod, Pskov, Moskva and perhaps also Sankt Petersburg (although it is not a very old town).
Drew Neish (Ottawa, Canada): From what I've read, Hinduism appears to be a very peaceful and nature-friendly religion - what are your opinions on the Hindu system of beliefs?
To some extent I am negative, because it is so alien to me, but I am also rather positive, because Hinduism is probably the only Pagan religion still being widely popular (in India, anyway). Hinduism is partly European, because it is based on the religion of the Aryans (a European tribe [probably from what we today know as Latvia/Lithuania] invading the Indus Valley some thousand years ago).
Eduard (Northfleet, GB): According to your opinion European nations are descendants of kin Jarl and Karl. Our languages have one root, as well as we have one background. But what about Finish, Estonian, Hungarian nations, their languages are from Finno-Ugric language group including also Sami, but they mainly have blond hair and blue eyes. Sami people look like Asians. So what's your opinion about Finish, Estonian and Hungarian peoples, who are they and what background they have?
The Samis are (hybridized) Asians, originally from Western Siberia, and they speak a European language because they were probably enslaved by the Finns (and brought to Europe by them) in the past and they had forgotten their own language when they re-gained their freedom.
You logic is faulty, though. Race and language are different topics. Using your logic the Negroes in the USA are Europeans too, because they speak (some sort of dumbed down) English, a European language. Also, take the French Nobility as an example; it was and still is Frankish (from the Scandinavian tribe known to us as the Franks), meaning they are still ethnically speaking Scandinavians, but they speak a Latin language (French), so.... are they "Latin" then?
The Finns, Estonians and Hungarians are as European as the rest of us. And the Basques too. Languages are learnt and forgotten, and matter little in this context.
Eduardo Hasselmann (Brasilia, Brazil): Do you play bass guitar on Burzum albums with your fingers or using a pick?
Pick. Always a pick. I only play with my fingers sometimes when I play acoustic guitar.
Edward Severin (Norway, Oslo): What is your attitude to the philosophical reflection Michel Montaigne? Close to you his thoughts?
Nope, not at all. I find his books boring. They are too kosher for me, so to speak. And so was Michel Montaigne himself, I may add.
Eugene (Belarus): Varg, what kind of music do you think is good and conducive to intellectual and spiritual development, and what you would not recommend listening to.
Well, I guess we could say that if the music makes you think, dream and carry you away to different worlds it is good and conducive to intellectual and spiritual development.
What not to listen to? Whatever the mass media wants you to listen to.
Evan Yunker (Mukwonago, Wisconsin, USA): When you were in prison, lots of Mayhem/Euronymous fans were claiming on the Internet etc., that they would seek revenge upon you for murdering Euronymous. Has anyone threatened or tried to do harm to you since you have been released from prison?
No. I guess they either grew up or they realized that I didn't murder Euronymous. I just defended my life, like anyone of them would have wanted to do if in my shoes.
Fabio Rainelli (Italy): I have read your book concerning sorcery in ancient Scandinavia and, even if I'm Italian, I've always been very interested in ancient scaldic/pagan folklore, (as well as the ancient mythology from Mediterranean cultures). What do you think about Sturluson's Elder Edda? As it has been, for years, my unique source of information about Scandinavian mythology.
His books are invaluable, and I appreciate them a lot, but they are not the only books about Scandinavian mythology. Saxo Grammaticus as well wrote down myths, and our fairy tales and traditional songs also contain myths.
Froz (Tambov, Russia): Many children in Russia are baptized at birth. In the same Christian churches. I think it's wrong. Everyone must should decide which religion to choose. I would like to hear your opinion on this situation.
Well, be happy you are born in Russia. I the USA they even circumcise about 80% of all males born. In other words not just Jews and Muslims... most Christian men in the USA are circumcised! You can ignore a baptism, but growing your foreskin back is rather hard... and being taken for a Jew might not be very fun either. Especially not in the future...
Ah, whether you are baptised or not you can choose your own religion. It is just water and some nonsense words by a brainwashed clown in a silly dress.
Gaëtan Rasse (France): Don't you really want to play live one day with Burzum?
No, and I have to say I find it hard to understand why anybody would want me to.
Georgiy (Moscow, Russia): Joseph Stalin, who is blamed today by media all over the world, considered by many Russians (not only by communists but by a large part of nationalists also) as a greatest statesman in Russian history. What is your attitude to this historical personality?
My attitude is highly negative. He (married to a Jewess himself) and his Jewish henchmen destroyed most of Russia, culturally, economically and even ethnically. Russia is still struggling to rebuild what was ruined by his reign.
Gleb Ribchenko (Grodno, Belarus): What do you think of historical reconstruction of the early Middle Ages, and historical reconstruction in general? By the way, you once were engaged in historical reconstruction? I saw some photos on which you are embodied in the youth, dressed in a chain armor.
It is all Romanticism and Nostalgia to me, and I guess that is at least some times good things. We escape to better times for some time, to draw fresh air, and to regain the strength to live in a filthy, destructive and "unnatural" modern world.
Gustavo de Castro (Brazil): How do you deal with coloured immigrants in your everyday life?
There are none where I live. When I encounter them I either ignore them or (if they have a shop or offer a service) boycott them and take my business elsewhere.
Ignas Petrauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania): Do You have any interest in modern technology (like smartphones) or scientific accomplishments (large Hadron Collider and so on)?
Not really. I have nothing against scientific accomplishments per se, but I find meaning in other things or ideas myself. There is no point in looking forward when you don't know where you are going, and you can only know where you are going if you know from whence you come. I prefer a primitive arrow being shot at a target to a golden, fancy and advanced rocket being fired aimlessly into the air.
Igor (Belarus, Minsk): In A Burzum Story: Part III - The Lie-Propaganda You wrote: "I refused to participate in the rape of Mother Earth, and revolted against the modern world..." In interview 12.08.2004, by BG You said: "The three Scandinavian countries should simply become one, Scandinavia. Norway has oil and fish, Sweden has advanced technology, industry and science..." It seems You don't think that modern science is the rape of Mother Earth. Please, tell me why do You think so? Obviously You know that oil contaminates the oceans and rivers, animals die during the medical experiments, my country and our neighbors Ukraine and Russia seriously affected of Chernobyl Disaster 1986. All thanks to advanced science. And there were no such problems in paganism times. Maybe we are just hostages civilization?
We are hostages to civilization, but you should see what I write in context. Some times I speak about ideals, other times about dreams or reality. I have ideals and I dream, but at least some times I have to relate to reality.
Ideally we should live like they did in the Stone Age, like hunter-gatherers, but we are too many to live like that. We can dream, but... we also have to relate to the harsh reality.
Igor Lemeshev (Rostov-on-Don, Russia): What is the fate of the book "The Cult of Hel?" Will it be published?
Igor Maslennikov (Moscow, Russia): In one interview you mentioned you listen much to European folk music. Could you name a few folk recordings you like?
Sorry, but they are now nameless, forgotten and lost.
Ilja Avtonomov (Saint Petersburg, Russia): I am interested in making a band and play authentic Scandinavian folk music. But there are some problems: there is no literature about it here in Russia (or maybe I am not good in my searches). Anyway, as it was no notation in pagan Scandinavia (correct me if I made a mistake), I suppose there is no genuine music, which survived after Christian invasion. Do you know any sources, where these music can be find out? Or, maybe, you know some principles how Scandinavian music can be "reconstructed".
There were notations in the ancient world, notations are an old European invention, and if they knew it in Greece they knew it elsewhere in Europe too, even in Antiquity. The peoples of Europe traded and travelled much like we still do today. Trade equals cultural exchange, you know. You go there, you learn something new, you bring the new back home. Voilà.
We still have the traditional songs, some of them as old as history, but of course we cannot know whether or not the melodies have changed since then. Maybe they have. Maybe not.
We even have some songs that might in fact stem from the Stone Age, when they had a bear cult, like the famous Scandinavian song "Bjørnen sover" ("The Bear sleeps"). If you listen to this and ignore the instruments (and only listen to the lyrics) you might actually listen to real Pagan music...
Music in itself is a Pagan thing, by the way. Spells, you know...
Irene W. (USA): Are you afraid of communists, Mossad agents or others that don't like what you have to say?
Irving Giovanni Vargas (Durango, Mexico): Varg, when the time comes, how would you like to die? Or, how do you imagine your death?
Well, I have already died, but I came back, so... I don't have to imagine it. To be a real man you first have to die...
Israel Gazca (USA): What do you believe becomes of the spirit after death?
It probably vanishes in thin air, just like the information in your computer's RAM when you turn off the electricity.
Your honour or hamingja (Norse for "luck" [literal translation: "walk in the shape"], in the meaning "honour") can however live forever, in the memory of man. See www.mariecachet.com for more on this, possibly in the future.
Iván Muñoz (Chile, South America): Have you ever fallen in love with someone?
Yes. In ideas, girls, sites, trees and even songs.
Ivana (Croatia): Which superpower would you like to have?
A true Neanderthal brain.
Jack (USA): What do you think is the true esoteric history of man and his purpose. For example, was the Fireborn Nordic man genetically engineered by extra-dimensional serpent gods? Is our purpose to nourish the psychic light ignited by rituals aimed at exercising the R-complex? How do you feel about notions of a Demiurge or creator gods? Or is agnosticism the only logically answer because the evidence isn't clear enough to make any final decisions?
Is this your idea of "a" question?...
I can only advice you to read carefully the articles on www.mariecachet.com. They deal with the true history of man and his purpose.
James B. (Finland): You've said that every native European race was once blonde & blue eyed. Yet, Europe's oldest known natural mummy is said to be genetically closest to present day Sicilians, with brown hair & eyes. Why do think this is?
Because he (too) was a hybrid, a mix between true European (Neanderthal) and African (Homo sapiens) like the Sicilians are today. When the Ice Ages forced the Neanderthals to go south they mixed with Homo sapiens, and when the Ice Ages ended they returned to Europe, some of them hybridized, like the Ötzi character you refer to must have been.
The further South you go in Europe, the more hybridization you will find, because the closer you get to Africa. That's perfectly logical. That's why the least affected areas, Scandinavia, are the blondest...
Well, any marketplace in any town in Sweden today looks more like an average bazaar in North Africa or the Middle East, but that's another subject altogether...
Joao Pereira (Portugal): I know you are planning on releasing your role playing game in form of a book, but apart from that have you considered writing a fantasy novel?
As part of the RPG, yes, and I may add that I am not yet planning on releasing the RPG; I am still just working on it, and I might be doing that for many years still.
Joel Luumi (Finland): Since you are a man who appear to be very frustrated with this current world, could you tell me about your "ideal" world. What kind of nations, political parties, religions or other ideologies there should be? Or should there be anything at all?
The best for us would probably be to return to living like Stone Age hunter-gatherers, but personally I am more fascinated by Antiquity and the different European societies in Antiquity; Ancient Greece, Latium, Etruria, Gallia, Brittannia, Scandinavia, Illyria, Thracia, Dacia, Sarmatia, Scythia et cetera.
Jorge Montenegro (Chile, South America): Hi Varg, I want to know your opinion for the New Atheism movement.
Sorry, but this is the first time I hear the term...
Jorris Bigay (France): What do you think about Marine LePen's score in French elections?
Well, I am sure it would have been much better had not millions of Africans and Asians been allowed by left-wing politicians to vote in France, and had not Jews owned all the mass media in France, but it is still pretty good.
Josh Cook (Newfoundland and Labrador): Have you ever considered arranging any of the pieces from "Dauði Baldrs" or "Hliðskjálf" for orchestra or an orchestral ensemble of some sort? I think it would be amazing to witness, or be a part of (I am a pianist and trumpet player myself) a performance of any of those pieces.
Ah, well, I would never try to do something like that myself, I wouldn't even know how to do so, but I would be happy to see a professional do it.
Kashiem Sharief Streetman (USA): Emotionally, what were your feelings towards the death of Quorthon (founder of Bathory)?
None whatsoever. I never had any type of relationship to him personally.
Kathryn (USA): I've read the biography on your site, but I was curious about your younger years. Can you tell me what your childhood life was like? How did your family influence the person you are today?
Sorry, but I don't discuss such topics in public. Respect my privacy.
Kel'Thuz (Poland): What do you think of libertarianism (philosophy of liberty) and would you consider it a potent ideological force against the encroachments of a global totalitarian-egalitarian despotism?
No. You know, "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions", and when you give too much freedom to modern man (a wretched, hybridized, domesticated, sub-human creature) it will always end with "Hell on Earth".
Despotism is not necessarily a bad thing. Pretty much all great architecture and art in general has been ordered by different despots. Not by "democratic" governments. What we need to crush the Zionist attempts to take over the world is extreme, totalitarian, nationalist, anti-Jewish, Pagan/European movements. We need despots, but our own despots; from our own peoples. Democracy is a hoax anyhow, so we might as well replace it with despotism.
Ken Chadwick (Toronto, Canada): In a previous interview you mentioned you were building a wall around your property, how is it coming along? Was it a challenging project?
Well, I said I was planning the construction of a wall around my property... Right now I focus on the foundations for my house instead. That is more important. It is not really challanging to build just about anything. You need no experts to do so. Just do it yourself. Google it if you have no idea on how to do it yourself.
Max (Krasnoyarsk, Russia): Do you plan to translate the book "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia" into other languages?
No. I only know English and Norwegian well enough anyhow, and Norwegian is a waste of my time and energy.
Max (Russia): How many churches you have burned and how many will burn?
Milan (Pančevo, Serbia): In one of your previous interviews, you said that you would like to work as a sniper in Afghanistan/Iraq/Chechnya. Had you been free during the 90's, would you volunteer to fight with the Serbs in Bosnia and Kosovo?
Yes, I would have volunteered to fight with the Serbs. You had the moral right in both wars. In theory I could have joined you in Bosnia before 1993, but I was too young and ignorant to do so, and too busy living my own life to notice the rest of the world.
Nick (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA): What are your thoughts on the global seed vault in Spitsbergen? The fact that major funding comes from Bill Gates is unsettling. Also could you put a forum up on your website? That would be truly glorious.
Spitsbergen will probably be covered in ice soon, because we are going into a new Ice Age as we speak, so it is all a waste...
A forum is not a good idea. Too many spend too much time online spreading lies and nothing but lies, and they infest just about all forums, and they would surely infest a forum on burzum.org.
Nick Conley (USA): What are your plans after "Umskiptar"?
To not reveal all my concrete plans again... :-)
Nicole Micena (USA): Out of the entirety of history, which war is your favorite?
That was a strange way of seeing things. "Favourite war"?...
Ah well, I guess I have no favourite war, but any war fought by Europeans against non-Europeans would be a good war, and all wars fought by Europeans against other Europeans would be bad wars.
Now, I guess any war where I can participate myself is my favourite war. It reeks you know, that all the good wars are over, and our governments do all they can to make sure we all degenerate to death in peace, only to let the Jews take control of everything. So, where is my generation's chance to be war heroes? Are we supposed to only have the opportunity to die fighting for Jews against imaginary enemies in far away countries?
Ah, well, I can always look forward to the coming civil war and race war in Europe. Si vis pacem, para bellum!
Ondrej Novotny (Czech Republic): Do you plan to release some video interviews?
In fact I plan not to. I (in theory anyhow) intentionally give only written interviews, done via e-mail. There are some exceptions, but still.
Orazio Maria (Gnerre, Italia): What do you think about the geopolitical and metaphysical conception of Eurasia?
It is a Jewish concept created to lure us into their trap and to make us help them create a Zionist-controlled Earth. Arabs are no threat to us. Jews and in particular Zionists (of all races) are.
Paolo (Milan, Italy): The song "Once emperor" seems to be a prelude to "Fallen" sounds. What does this song mean to you?
Sorry, but I don't even remember having recorded a song by that name. I guess I have, if you say so, but I don't remember doing so. Perhaps this is one of the two "lost" tracks I rejected when recording music for "HLto"?
Patryk (Poland): Many people on Iceland and overall Scandinavia believe in elves, gnomes, trolls, sea monsters and many other supernatural beings. They say that they dwell in stones and mountains. Some claim to have ability to communicate with them. What are your views on this? Do you believe in existence of such things? Do you consider this kind of spiritual dimension to be true, or you only believe in material world?
Or perhaps many people in Poland believe that many people on Iceland and in Scandinavia believe in such creatures?
This is what I believe;
(Light) Elves = a word for the spirits of the dead, believed by many in the past (!) to dwell in the forest or the burial mounds themselves. Called "elves" ("white") because the dead were buried in white clothing or because they were believed (in the past!) to emanate from the burial mounds as white light. (Dark) Elves = a word describing the dark and rotting bodies of the dead, "living" underground (i.e. in the burial mound), with all their valuables and goods. They are also known as Dwarves.
Gnomes = a Greek word meaning "Earth-dweller", so I trust you really mean "House Goblin" or "Kobold" or something like that, all creatures from the Christian era, when the "Elves" were demonized by the Christians and turned into small and often ugly creatures living near or in the house.
Trolls = the name our forefathers gave to malevolent spirits, who they believed tried to possess the bodies of the dead and turn them into walking dead creatures drinking the blood of the living in the night. So they nailed the bodies of the dead to the ground with poles, to physically prevent them from leaving the graves. Troll translates as "sing", "trill", and refers to the spells cast by bad men. The Norwegian word "trolldom" ("sorcery") derives from this. A "trollmann" is the word for a (good or "evil") "sorcerer".
This too was "naturally" twisted in the Christian era, and mixed with the image of the Ettins ("giants", original meaning "the hungry"), so today a "troll" is instead an ugly and giant creature.
Sea monsters = actually exists, if you consider just how big a whale can get, or how large octopi you can find in the depths of the ocean.
Personally I am more worried by the many monsters walking around amongst us in our cities, though, known to most of us as "humans".
Per Gårdekil (Bohuslän, Sweden): I'm interested to know more about the "Sun Calendar" mentioned in "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia". I have tried to find info and pictures of this calendar with no result. If it's an archaeological find, then it must be archived somehow, and mentioned somewhere if it's famous. Perhaps it would even be in a museum. I'm would like to know if there are any sources to this calendar, so I can discover more about it? It concerns me since I live in Bohuslän, where it's supposed to have been discovered.
You know, I have encountered the same problems as you have. It is very strange, because I read about these rock carvings in a Norwegian newspaper (of all things) some time in 1995 I think, where they showed pictures and all, and after that I have found nothing about it. Not anywhere. As if the rock carvings and all traces of them disappeared overnight.
Many years later (after release from prison, naturally) I visited some archaeological sites in France, and talking to the guide I found out that the person who found the site accused the archaeologists digging there of destroying evidence whenever they found something they didn't like. By that he meant; that didn't support their hypotheses. I did some more research and found out that this is actually quite common. The archaeologists often systematically destroy evidence they find, because they cannot explain it or because it contradicts their own hypotheses. They also, if the evidence has already been secured, ignore all evidence not supporting their hypotheses. (You can actually read more about that too on www.mariecachet.com).
Unfortunately this is not only the case for archaeologists, but for all human beings... like I said earlier in this interview; modern man is a wretched, hybridized, domesticated, sub-human creature. There is very little honour left in man.
The rock carvings are there, trust me, but how to find them? I don't know. Maybe they will be unveiled to us some time in the future. We need a regime change in Sweden first. Vive la Revolution!
Peter (Germany): You stated that Christianity is 90% Paganism and thus more based on our European religion than on the Asian Judaism. So why is Christianity such a threat to you anyway? What can you appreciate about Christianity?
Christianity is a threat to Europe because it holds in it a respect for Jews as some sort of "God's Chosen people", it is international and it is controlled by Jews and Jew lackeys (such as the Satanic-looking current pope).
I don't appreciate anything about Christianity. It is a religion for sub-humans and cultivates the sub-human in man. *Spit*
What I can appreciate on the other hand is the Paganism found in Christianity, but I don't need Christianity to appreciate that.
Philipp S. Fricke (Germany): Are the whispered words "Worship me" in the track "Channeling the Power of Souls into a New God" an answer to Paradise Lost's whispered question "Where is your God now?" in the "Intro" to their "Lost Paradise" album?
No it isn't. It was meant as a provocative statement ending side A of the album, a spell telling you (jokingly) in your sleep (assuming you would have falling asleep by then, because of the transcendental music) to worship me. I flirted at the time with the idea that faith in something gave that something power, and that this power could be channeled and used by means of sorcery hinting to all Christians who believe in the power of their false god or bible that any such power would actually stem from their own faith rather than anything else.
Robin Goodfellow (British Columbia, Canada): I recently read your book "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia", and was very interested by how you drew many parallels from the book "The Golden Bough" by Sir James Frazer, and I am curious as to what other volumes you may have referenced in your work, or what other occult/magick books stand out as far as your beliefs in Scandinavian sorcery go? I was very impressed with your book, and further impressed you did all of the translating yourself.
Like I said earlier in this interview I learned something from Emil Birkeli's "Fedrekult i Norge", but other than that I have used only dictionaries and of course the original (untranslated) Norse sources. Of course the sum of everything I have read and learned over the years played a major role, but what made my book different from others was the fact that I didn't just look at one isolated topic to find the answers but instead tried to see everything archeology, mythology, fairy tales, traditions, rule lore et cetera as different aspects of the same.
Normally writers fail to use anything from the e. g. Bronze Age to explain fairy tales from the 17th century or to understand the mythology recorded in the 12th century, or to use Scandinavian mythology to explain Celtic stories, and so forth. They failed to respect the continuity of the European culture through the ages. I have done so and that was what made a difference I think. You also have to remember that our pre-historic forefathers were nomadic, meaning that e.g. the Norwegians living in Norway today aren't necessarily the descendants of the peoples living in Norway 7000 years ago. The tribes living there today might as well have lived in Greece or Ireland, in Russia or Spain at the time, and the tribes living in any of these countries might as well at that time have lived in Norway. They were all nomadic! They all mixed! They all had the same culture and religion! It was one big tribe! All pre-historic European culture belongs to and is common to all of us! We didn't settle down until agriculture, and even after that many of us remained nomadic for several thousand years.
Well, back to your question; there are some occultism-inspired books with clear links to Scandinavian symbolism and belief systems, but they are all from the Christian era and are heavily influenced by Judeo-Christianity, e. g. using runes to summon the "Devil", and so forth, so although I have read some of them I have never found them useful for anything and would not bother reading them to start with if I had known what a waste of my time they were.
With that said, I have to stress that I don't see SRAS as an occult or magic (and certainly not a magick) book. It is a book about our common European culture and religious history, using mostly Scandinavian mythology (because that is the mythology I know best) to prove my point.
I can add that many things left out in SRAS has been included in my RPG. E. g. the information about exactly which trees, symbols and animals the different deities are connected to, and when or where the deities were seen as home and most powerful and such didn't really serve a purpose in SRAS, but serves a purpose in the RPG.
Rus Kasumov (Russia): Have you ever heard about Russian lore and if it's "yes" what do you think about using Slavic ballads in your future works?
Yes, I have read some Slavic ballads, and was pleased to see that they are very much in accordance with the Scandinavian mythology/fairy tales, but for now I plan only to use texts in Norse (Old Norwegian/Old Danish/Old Swedish/Old Icelandic). I leave Russian for the Russians, German for the Germans, et cetera.
Skalder Franz (Franconia, Germany): Do you believe in the Holocaust?
Sorry, but your countrymen lost the war, and because of that I cannot answer that question truthfully without the risk of legal persecution. If you Germans manage to get rid of your USA-inserted government and system (comparable mainly to Karzai's government and system in Afghanistan and to Talabani's government and system in Iraq), where you are not even allowed to change your own constitution, and after more than 68 years of occupation regain your freedom, only then I will be able to answer your question.
Skylar Macdonald (Williams Lake BC, Canada): Will there be another book like "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia"?
Like I said there will be more and some new information in the RPG, whenever that may be released, but there are no plans for another book. The work of my wife (www.mariecachet.com) covers all the changes I would have made (because of her work...) anyhow.
Tobias Kühn (Germany): What do you think about the work of Blood Axis, the Band of Michael Moynihan, who you know from the book "Lords of Chaos" with which you are not very comfortable? Beside your opinion about that book, you must admit that the band musically and from its lyrical themes could be in your focus of interest and the quality of the work of this man cannot be doubted.
Well, I have only heard one of their (his?) albums and although some the music on that CD was good I see no point in listening to it. Why? Well, the good music is not even their (his?) own music. They (he?) just used samples of other music, like Negroes do in rap and/or hip hop, and then added some text on top of that. Sorry, but that is not my cup of tea, so to speak. I prefer the original classical music, and I detest music made from samples of others' music. If you cannot make your own music you better just do something else instead.
After I heard their/his (first?) CD some time in the 90ies, I never looked back. He is a liar and a parasite (using others' music and writing shit about others for his own benefit), so he has no sense of honour, and I ignore him and everything he does. He could write a "Hymn to Varg" for all I care; he will always be like a Jew and a Negro to me.
Vitaly Bychkov (Kamyshin, Russia): What do you think of date 21.12.2012? Whether there will be a regeneration of Earth or a doomsday?
Ah, well, we are entering a new Ice Age, but it is not like this is going to happen over night. It will not even be very dramatic. The Summers will be milder for a long time, and there will be less sunshine and because of that the glaciers will start to form or grow until they finally (in 1000 years?) cover all of Northern Europe, the Alps and the Carpathians.
And the Afro-Asians and mongrels in Europe will start to drop like flies, due to a lack of "sunshine vitamins". What a pity...
The fair, blonde and blue-eyed European man will thrive; this is what he was built for! This is his continent!
You know; Ice Age is the norm in Europe. The Ice Ages come and they go, but most of the time they stay.
Vytautas Rumskas (Lithuania): Does your family or friends influence your music, if yes then how?
No, I wouldn't say so.
W. Mortimer (USA): What films do you feel are important to society as an art form?
Films like "Stalker", by Andrej Tarkosky; deeper than the ocean itself, intelligent, artistic and beautiful (i.e. able to turn the terribly ugly into something fantastically beautiful) films. Films like that are very rare though...
William Wylie (Canada): On the track "Til Hel og tilbake igjen" from your 2011 album "Fallen", around the 04:36 time in the song, what sounds to me like an acoustic guitar starts playing, but it sounds like it was recorded possibly a long time ago, or maybe recorded with old equipment. Is either of these true? I did read the equipment list on your website for that album, and noticed the microphones that were used, but I did not find an acoustic guitar in the list.
You know, I would like to talk to you about exactly how I did this, but I think I will rather keep this technique a secret, or else it will just be stolen and used by others before I am able to perfect it. Let us call it a "professional secret"... or a "trick of the trade".
Oh, and yes, you are absolutely right; I did use an acoustic guitar for that, and must have forgotten to add it on the instrument list you refer to, and unfortunately I don't remember now. I am very good at remembering some things, but other things the things I have no interest in myself slip off my mind like water off a duck. I can write a book about mythology without notes, but try to send me to the shop without a shopping list to buy just three different items...
Varg Vikernes, June 2012
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