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Varyags of Miklagaard

This song is by Amon Amarth and appears on the album Twilight of the Thunder God (2008).

Miklagaard has been our home
For twenty years or more
We've lent our axes, spears and swords
In service of the emperor

We are loyal warriors
That's the oath we gave
To protect the emperor
Even to a violent grave

Our loyality was always firm
We kept our given word
On these southern battlefields
Our northern war cries roared

Battles have been fought
Many gave their lives
But all who died by axe and sword
Were called to hall up high

Our time here
Is now at end
Can't help but reminisce
A cold spring day
So long ago
When we set out to sea

We
Set out from Svitjod's shores
With dreams of fame and gold
And
The work of weaving Norns
Was to us unknown

We were loyal warriors
That's the oath we gave
To protect the emperor
Even to the grave

It's time to take farewell
We have been disowned
From the sacred oath we gave
It's time to go back home

Our time here
Is now at end
Our memories will stay
Of Miklagaard
Our southern home
Until the end of days

We
Set out from Svitjod's shores
With honor and rewards
We return back home
We return back home
With honor and rewards
We return back home

Additional Info Edit

  • Miklagård was the Old Norse name for Byzantium/Istambul.
  • The Varyags or Varangianswere Viking who established themselves in Rus. Some of them came in contact with the Byzantines, and were hired as mercenaries. These mercenaries evolved into an elite unit for the defence of the Emperor: the Varangian Guard.