Songs from the heart of nature,
inspiration from the depth of the soul.
Runahild is a soul whose love for nature gives birth to her artistic expression through music and photography. She lives of the land on an organic mountain farm in Western Norway, following the rhythm of the northern seasons.
Runahild created her first one-woman project Eliwagar in 2006. She has composed and released several albums of heathen folk/folk rock music during its 10 years of existence. In 2016, she decided to end Eliwagar and release her music as Runahild, a name she has been using as her artist name since 2005. This decision was mainly influenced by a shift of inspiration, from dreaming herself in a far distant past to expressing personal spiritual experiences that shapes her life and journey in this lifetime. She now defines her music as "ethereal folk".
Some of her compositions are based on old folk instruments (lyre, zither, langeleik...etc), some on a drum rhythm, sometimes it originates from free singing and sometimes a melody played on a keyboard. There is no limit to which type of instruments are being used on the records (acoustic, ancient or electronic), as long as the quality of the sound is inspiring. Some songs and elements of Runahild's work are based on improvised recordings to channel and express raw energies, atmosphere and emotions; creating a soundscape that gives her albums a natural feel.
She is much inspired by the drum and song circles she is a part of, when everyone within the circle harmonises to one an other with free-songs from the heart on ecstatic rhythms. The rising flow of energy transcends the soul and opens up to visions, like an inner/outer landscape inviting to wander within the ethereal realm.