As if the photographic similarities between Adolf Hitler and Varg Vikernes wouldn’t be enough, here’s another one.
The mastermind behind Burzum Kristian Larssøn Vikernes is a prominent pagan and legally changed his forename from Kristian to Varg in 1993 for obvious reasons, but he was also later known as Varg Kvisling Larssøn Vikernes (in fact he changed his name again in 2009, but his legal name today is not known to the public).
Apparently, the ‘Kvisling’ part is Varg Vikernes’ homage to Vidkun Quisling, the collaborationist leader who led a puppet government in Nazi-occupied Norway.
Vikernes admires Quisling for upholding Norway’s order while others ran away from the Germans during the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940. In his own words in this interview,
“They [the Norwegian government at the beginning of World War II] ran like chickens, leaving Norway, with absolutely NO authorities, and when Vidkun Quisling tried to bring order back, he was thanked with a bullet in his heart after the war.”
He respects Quisling so much that he once said that he would like to go to Quisling’s grave to pay him his particular homage. On the Lords of Chaos book, he explained:
It’s the fifty year anniversary of [Quisling's] execution on the 24th of October, 1995. I was trying to pay for a wreath, to lay a cross on his grave. It’s in Telemark. There will probably be a lot of people gathered there this year. I unfortunately cannot come.
But Vikernes’ relationship with Quisling goes beyond admiration and respect. Varg Vikernes claims that he has blood ties with Vidkun Quisling, which is a second reason for him to use the Quisling surname (even if he changed it into ‘Kvisling’).
“I have Quisling blood. Susanne Qisling, she’s born 1811 and died 1891, is one of my ancestors. One side of the family spelled their name without the “u,” Quisling actually means one who comes from a side branch of the King’s lineage. So it’s a noble birth, Quisling.”
As a curiosity I can add that my great-great-grandmother’s family name was Qisling (often spelled Quisling or Qvisling), that derives from Norse Kvíslingr and translates as “branch of Ingr”. Ingr (Proto-Norse InguR, Germanic Inguz) is a name of Freyr (and both “Freyr” and “Ingr” translates as “love”, but it also means “lord” and “chieftain”). Naturally I do not descend from the god Freyr, but from a priest impersonating the god Freyr. (My great-great-grandmother’s whole name was Susanne Malene Qisling, by the way. She was from Telemark in Norway and was born in 1811 and died in 1882).
“No, they’ve changed their names, all of them. ‘I’m considering changing my name back to Quisling.”
Vikernes’ pride for his relationship with Vidkun Quisling and the latter’s political movement, the Nasjonal Samling, emerged in an obvious way during one of Varg’s trials, when he repeatedly appeared dressed with looks resembling those of a member of Nasjonal Samling.
There are some striking similarities between Varg and Vidkun. Vidkun’s second wife was a foreigner (an Ukrainian) called Maria (Maria Vasiljevna Pasetsjnikova). Varg’s second wife is also a foreigner (a French), and she’s also called Maria (Maria Cachet).
Additionally, both Norwegians have had a special relationship with Russians. Quisling loved all things Russian, while Vikernes seems to have much support and appreciation from Russia as well.
Beyond these, there are some other similarities between Vidkun Jonsson Quisling and Varg Larsson Vikernes, as these pictures below show: