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Terje Bakken


1994-2001 Windir - vocals, all instruments (as Valfar)  
2001-2004 Windir - vocals (as Valfar)  

Personal information

Also known as: Valfar
Born on: 03.09.1978
Died on: 15.01.2004

Terje "Valfar" Bakken (born September 3, 1978, dead approximately January 15, 2004 at Reppastølen, Sogndal valley, Norway) was the lead singer and founder of the Norwegian Black/Folk Metal band Windir. Windir was started as a one-man project, but it was expanded into a full band with the release of their 3rd album, 1184. Valfar originally sang his lyrics in Sognamål, a dialect of Norwegian, but eventually switched to English in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience.

Valfar released two demos, "Sognariket", and "Det gamle riket".

On January 17, 2004, Valfar went out on a walk towards his family's cabin at Fagereggi, but he never arrived. Three days later, authorities found his body at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. Valfar had been caught in a snow storm and suffered death from hypothermia.

He was buried at Stedje church in Sogndal on 27 January 2004