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Wolves of Hyrkania (Aujum Unplugged)

by Draugablíkk

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Draugablíkk’s ‘Wolves of Hyrkania’ is a concept EP available in two versions; ‘Aujum Unplugged” and “Gothunni Metal Cut”. The compositions have been inspired by the tales and history of the Goths and the Huns — the former hailing from Scandinavia and the latter from the Eurasian steppe — who fought each other as the Huns invaded the Gothic lands of Aujum just north of the Black Sea some 1600 years ago. The epic poem Beowulf also inspired a small yet significant part.

Draugablíkk’s three-track EP ‘Wolves of Hyrkania’ takes place in the 200s-500s AD. The soundscape combines ancient war tones of the Eurasian steppe with Norse instrumentation to portray the legacy of the Goths and the Huns.

The first war between the Goths and the Huns is mentioned in Roman sources and Old Norse literature, like the Icelandic poem Hlǫðsqviða (known in English as “The Battle of the Goths and Huns”.) The clash divided the Goths into two groups; one joined forces with the Huns to become warriors of the Gothunni (misspelled in historical records as Greuthungi, also known as the Ostrogoths), while the others became foederati (“men-at-arms”) of the Roman Empire and evolved into the Visigoths (who settled in Spain a few centuries later to create the Visigothic Kingdom.)

Interestingly, a verse in ‘Hlǫðsqviða’ describes the rulers of the Goths and the Huns. Although the poem is mythologized folklore and not a historical text, Hlǫðsqviða suggests that Hulmul of the Gothic royal dynasty known as the Amalings ruled over the Huns a full two centuries before the Gothic-Hunnic war started around 375 AD.

Whether the above is true or not, we may never find out for sure — we have, however, noticed that others have recently noticed the same “discovery”.

Of old they said Hulmul
of Huns was the ruler,
Gizur the Gautigoths,
of Gothorum Angantyr,
Valdar the Danes ruled,
and the Valir Kjár,
Alrek the valiant
the Enskri people

Old Norse to English translation by Amajarl.

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releases June 4, 2021

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Draugablíkk is a Russo-Nordic neofolk act that combines Scandinavian folk, mythology, and Eastern musical traditions like ancient throat-singing. ᛟ 🎵

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