Giving a Voice to the Past: Einar Selvik of Wardruna

Just a few years ago, the idea of a folk band topping sales charts or playing sold-out concerts all over the world, would have sounded farfetched. But that’s exactly what Wardruna have done.

At the head of Wardruna is the multi-talented Einar Selvik who, in addition to writing most (if not all) of the music and lyrics, also plays several of the traditional Nordic instruments featured in the songs. For him Wardruna is not simply a band, but also something very deep and meaningful; to him. It is an expression of his own personal ethos, shaped by his belief in animism, calling into the question the way in which modern humans relate to nature.

Still, Einar is not here to preach. Quite the contrary. He is the first to reject dogmatism or any attempt at telling others what to do or how to think. That’s not what he wants to do with Wardruna. Instead, he seeks to give a voice to the past, to bring back some of the things we’ve forgotten and, hopefully, learn from them.

You can watch my interview with Einar Selvik in the video below, or in this link.


Kvitravn is out now on Sony Music. If you want to support the band, the best option is to buy it through their official store at

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