Varg Vikernes "Vargsmål II"

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No matter how hard Vikernes tries to stop his first book of “Speeches” being read, explaining it with his youth impulsiveness and inexperience, but it has to be read before the so-called second part.
Still, this work can’t be really called the sequel of the first book. It’s independent despite from time to time refers to the publication debut. It consists of the bunch of articles and other literary works of Varg. They will seem not interconnected for those who don’t know anything about the author as a person. The main topics remain the same, but 10 years later they contain less evil remarks towards Jews. One can see how Varg sees and understands Scandinavian mythology and it’s sense for him. As well as his runic perception and interpretation. History, myths, runes comprise the first part of the book. Perhaps, one can tentatively single out three parts of it: pagan, “Burzum-black-metal” and just about «Lords of Chaos».
The most of the book is dedicated to the first part. It’s about native gods and the purpose of religion that is still important to Vikernes. But now he makes more cold-blooded conclusion (kind of contradictive to his views): paganism is for the initiated. “It didn’t fail as a religion but just lost its official status because it’s not the religion of masses”.
Here comes the “national” idea again. And the most surprising thing here is that Varg finally sets aside categoricity and explains why he possesses practical and positive attitude to nazism while Belarusian people don’t. Yes, he mentions Belarusian.
Here’s the analysis of the famous Tolkien’s trilogy (in particular why Varg doesn’t like gnomes and why he’s watchful with Finns) and the version of Christianity’s expansion to Norway. Following the religious topic, the brutal Norwegian shows restrained care about humans’ actions towards nature (both our own and environment). “Soul of the modern human is dead. One has lost practically everything. One walks on Earth like the creature with no roots. He lost respect to nature, motherland and kin, but achieved nothing”. If we analyze the language used in “Vargsmål II” it’s kind of more diverse than in the first book. The fact of chewing over the plot and a huge amount of “because” where things are more than obvious are irritating. But still, the story from the first person that took part in the events is at least interesting. Here Varg demonstrates sarcasm and self-irony in his remarks. Vikerness shift from history of Bursum and stories of the time of Euronimous to the history of black metal. He was impartial and severe here again: the period of three years (1991-93) was the time of real BM. All the rest is shit, ladies, and gentlemen. “New bands made black metal a part of the modern world instead of opposing it”. He claims that BM appeared as a protest against modern death metal and venal death metal scene”. That was smth. new for me: neither searching for new sound, nor experiments, but protest.
What concerns “Lords of Chaos”, it contains tons of refutations, mocks and indignation towards the poor authors: “Theories of Moynihan and Sodermind are so stupid like comparing a war veteran and a serial killer just because they killed some people”. Gradually he ruins all their arguments. His conclusion was great: “Alas, this book is aimed at creating a myth around my personality and veil my name with mystery. If it was their aim – they accomplished it”. The final chord was his advise not to read “Lords of the chaos”. Challenge accepted.


Text: Nat Nazgul



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