The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson eBook

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48.  Sidhoett, Sidskegg Sigfoedr, Hnikud, Alfodr, Valfoedr, Atrid and Farmatyr; by one name I never have been called, since among men I have gone.

49.  Grimnir I am called at Geirroed’s, and at Asmund’s Jalk and Kialar, when a sledge I drew; Thror at the public meetings, Vidur in battles, Oski and Omi, Jafnhar and Biflindi, Gondlir and Harbard with the gods.

50.  Svidur and Svidrir I was at Soekkmimir’s called, and beguiled that ancient Joetun, when of Midvitnir’s renowned son I was the sole destroyer.

51.  Drunken art thou, Geirroed, thou hast drunk too much, thou art greatly by mead beguiled.  Much didst thou lose, when thou wast of my help bereft, of all the Einheriar’s and Odin’s favour.

52.  Many things I told thee, but thou hast few remembered:  thy friends mislead thee.  My friend’s sword lying I see, with blood all dripping.

53.  The fallen by the sword Ygg shall now have; thy life is now run out:  Wroth with thee are the Disir:  Odin thou now shalt see:  draw near to me if thou canst.

54.  Odin I now am named, Ygg I was called before, before that, Thund, Vakr and Skilfing, Vafudr and Hroptatyr, with the gods, Gaut and Jalk, Ofnir and Svafnir, all which I believe to be names of me alone.

King Geirroed was sitting with his sword lying across his knees, half drawn from the scabbard, but on finding that it was Odin, he rose for the purpose of removing him from the fires, when the sword slipt from his hand with the hilt downwards; and the king having stumbled, the sword pierced him through and killed him.  Odin then vanished, and Agnar was king for a long time after.


[Footnote 12:  What in this strophe is said of Ullr has apparently reference to a lost myth.  It would seem that, through the intervention of the kettles, the AEsir were unable to see Odin’s unpleasant position between the two fires.]

[Footnote 13:  My version of this strophe is not in accordance with those of other interpreters.  Odin raises his countenance to heaven, in full confidence that when seen help will forthwith be afforded him.  Under the name of Oegir, Gierrod is generally understood:  I rather think the meaning to be, that all the AEsir who [sit at] Oegir’s compotation will forthwith come to his aid.]


1.  Together were the AEsir all in council, and the Asyniur all in conference, and they consulted, the mighty gods, why Baldr had oppressive dreams.

2. [To that god his slumber was most afflicting; his auspicious dreams seemed departed.  They the Joetuns questioned, wise seers of the future, whether this might not forebode calamity?

3.  The responses said that to death destined was Ullr’s kinsman, of all the dearest:  that caused grief to Frigg and Svafnir, and to the other powers—­On a course they resolved: 

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