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My translation of Ulver - Bergtatt

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by Harp Heaven, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. Harp Heaven

    Harp Heaven Culture Vulture

    Jun 14, 2002
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    Okay, here`s my go at it. I did not have a Norwegian - English dictionary at my side, so all words et.c. was taken off the top of my head. If I get access to one in the imminent future, I`ll do some words I were unsure of. Enjoy...

    1. Chapter I: Lost in the Forest of Trolls

    They were expecting the return of the wench
    She was lost in the dark forest
    Carpets of snow had folded themselves
    On the path home - her only friend

    If she had only been able to
    Follow the path of the stars
    She would no longer be lost
    Among these dark pines

    The dark arms of the forest embraced the stranger
    Made her remember in the saddest confines of her mind
    That in the hall of the mountain king they thirst for the blood of christians

    [The Subterranean]

    "It closes in silently: A sorrowclad girl
    sits therein with hands folded
    She sends a prayer to the divine kingdom"

    Over her head
    It drips from a branch
    Drop by drop like the blood
    From the body of Jesus christ

    [The Girl]

    "Oh, alone in an eerie forest
    I feel tonight
    That noone thinks of me"

    2. Chapter II: The Sun Sets Behind the Hills

    Slowly she turns her head halfway
    Listening distantly to words being spoken
    Some place underground, about the plight of the heart

    [The Girl]
    "The sun sets behind the hills
    The shadows grow so long
    Nightfall comes soon
    Taking me prisoner"

    The tears followed her longing
    A longing for her own
    She wanted so dearly to have them in her embrace
    The sorrow set root in unspeakable torment

    She cries
    She fades
    She looks not at the nightly path

    She falls asleep on a bed of moss

    And everything falls silent
    And covers a tenebrous darkness
    The path of her dreams

    3. Chapter III: She Becomes Aware of the Grey Gaze

    She is being beheld from afar
    Eyes, many grey gazes
    As the moon glides silently

    [The Girl]

    "I notice cold eyes
    What do I perceive - I must be quick
    Before sorcery takes me with force"

    Eyes still behold her
    Looking curiously at her from a distance

    Norwegian night is freezing cold
    When sound like howling wolverine starts
    Thunder rolls
    (angst blossoms)

    The world is the snow
    - Silent

    The alleys she breathes
    Her heart throbs
    The blood freezes in her veins

    [The Subterranean]

    "The wellspring of Sorrow rests
    on the tornclad trees
    She is so beautiful
    Her dream fastens the hold of the sun"

    On these white cheeks
    On this mouth that smile has left
    The tears flow in rivers
    When the world is at rest

    4. Chapter IV: A Voice Tempts
    She awakes on shadowy paths
    In the dark green chamber of the woods
    Then, a voice whispers anew
    Among the canopy

    [The Voice]

    "Come, if you want! Come to the dark!
    My black eye shall win you!
    My soft hair shall bind you!"
    (These tempting, alluring words...)

    [The Girl]

    "Oh sweet voice, why do you wake
    my secret pain now
    in these silent woods?"

    [The Voice]

    "Wench, what do you expect to gain here?
    Follow me down to the valley
    How do you stop contemplating
    Our happiness, our peace at home?"

    [The Girl]
    "I do not understand - I feel so strange...
    Tell me...must I - must I?"

    5. Chapter V: Mountaintaken - Into the Mountainchambers
    The girl prayed for herself
    It could do nothing but help
    And with that, another girl they took
    Do with her what they wanted
    And not what they should

    There, where she saw the house of shadows
    So cold and perpetually blue

    The mountain took her
    To its hard granitecheeks
    Once again, blackest night ruled
    And now she is gone...

    She cries out with her last breath
    An elegy we will never forget
    -a petrified body
    ...the Moon is gone
    the stars are dim too

    Ho! It rains and it blows
    Because far north in the mountains
    Deep under the surface
    It plays...
  2. spaffe

    spaffe Geisterglut

    Feb 25, 2002
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    great work! i love this album but even tho i'm from sweden i find some of the lyrics pretty hard to interpret which has bothered me. thanks
  3. Erik

    Erik New Metal Member

    Oct 10, 2001
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    southernmost voyage
    Good work and all, but why would you want to do this when there is an official translation?

    U L V E R
    B E R G T A T T - E T E E V E N T Y R I 5 C A P I T L E R
    S P E L L B O U N D - A F O L K T A L E I N 5 P A R T S

    C A P I T E L I - I T R O L D S K O G F A R E N V I L D
    P A R T I - L E D A S T R A Y I N T H E F O R E S T D A R K E

    They awaited the Maiden's return
    Astray She was in the Forest darke
    -Her onlie Friende
    The homeward Path - Hidden by spreading Snow

    O could She but
    Follow the starrie Trails
    She would not be lost
    Amongst these Spruces darke

    Wooden arms embraced the foreign Guest
    Sad was their Song to her
    The Halls of the Mountaine Kinge
    Clamoure for Christian Bloode

    The Netherworlde:
    "Near at hande; a Maid in grieffe
    Handes joyn'd in Prayer
    A Litanie rises to the Heaven above"

    From Sprigges above
    Upon her Head
    Drop by drop as Bloode
    From the Bodie of Christe

    The Maiden:
    "Alas! Alone In Foreste deep
    Tonight, I feel and fear
    No one remembers Me"

    C A P I T E L I I - S O E L E N G A A E R B A G A A S E N E E D
    P A R T I I - B E T W I X T C R A G G E S A D E S C E N D I N G S U N N E

    Slowly, slowly She turns her Head
    Listening to distant words
    Spoken from somewhere Below, O'th'Heart's woe

    The Maiden:
    "Betwixt the cragges a descending Sunne
    The shadows grow O so long
    Soon the Night will come
    To binde and imprison Me"

    Downe her cheek a Teardrop fell
    of longinge for those back Home
    How She wished to hold&be held
    And out of Sorrow rose Her nameless Payne

    Shrunken in weepinge
    Lost in the Darke
    On these Midnighte paths

    Asleep She falls on a bed of Moss
    Silence falls upon the Trees
    Then, o'er the paths of her dreams,
    A dense Veil falls

    Now art Thou by many remembered!

    C A P I T E L I I I - G R A A B L I C K B L E V H U N V A E R
    P A R T I I I - S H E S E N S E S E Y N E O F G R E Y

    From afar She is watch'd
    By eyne that play in grey
    While above the Moone, silent, Glides

    The Maiden:
    "Cold eyne I sense
    What Creatures are near?
    Fast, far away from here I must flee
    Or by force their Magick will steal me away"

    Eyne hold her still
    Caress Her from afar

    Norwegian Nighte turns colde
    When howling Wolves do sing
    Thunder rolling (Fear rides in the air)

    A snowcladde Worlde
    -In silence
    Alone She is, and astray
    Throbbing fast, her Hearte
    Her Bloode turning to Ice

    The Netherworlde:
    Here lieth Sorrow's Source
    Between the thornecladde Trees
    So faire a virtuous Maide
    Her dreams invite the Dawn

    On these Damask'd cheeks
    On her Mouth bereft of Smile
    A torrent of Tears runs free
    While the Worlde sleeps

    C A P I T E L I V - E E N S T E M M E L O C K E R
    P A R T I V - A V O I C E B E C K O N S H E R

    Awaking on shadowie pathes
    In the deep green Glade
    When a whispering Voice She hears
    From deep inside the Woodland

    The Voice:
    "Come, if Thou wilt
    In Darkness come
    My Eye shall win Thee
    My Hair shall bind Thee"
    (Wordes tender and tempting...)

    The Maiden:
    "O sweet Voice, why
    Dost Thou bring back my Payne
    To this silent forest Glade?"

    The Voice:
    "Maide, what canst Thou wish to win?
    Come follow Me into my Home
    Bring to thy minde our Joy,
    Our Harmonie, our Bliss"

    The Maiden:
    "I can not comprehend - I feel so strange...
    Please speak... Must I, must I?"

    C A P I T E L V - B E R G T A T T - I N D I F J E L D K A M R E N E
    P A R T V - S P E L L B O U N D - I N T O T H E M O U N T A I N S

    The Maide begg'd for release
    Her Plea to no avail
    Again a Maiden vanished
    They used her as they pleas'd
    And did not use her kindlie

    To the Hall of Shadows
    So cold the Mountain's blue

    The Mountaine bade her welcome
    Embraced her harshlie and hard
    Again the worlde was Night
    And She forever lost

    Her dying breath a scream
    A long gone Era, not forgotten
    - A bodie once mortal, now Stone

    The Moone faded, gone!
    And dim be the Stars

    Cry! Rain and Storm!
    Far north in the Mountain wildes
    Below crest and cragge
    They play
  4. Harp Heaven

    Harp Heaven Culture Vulture

    Jun 14, 2002
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    Oh damn, I didn`t know there was one. Thanks for alerting me to it`s presence...
  5. HarmonyDies....

    HarmonyDies.... Semi-True

    Oct 14, 2001
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    Thanks alot. Both of you.

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