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

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 317 pages of information about The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson.

52.  How is it with the AEsir?  How with the Alfar?  All Joetunheim resounds; the AEsir are in council.  The dwarfs groan before their stony doors, the sages of the rocky walls.  Understand ye yet, or what?

53.  Then arises Hlin’s second grief, when Odin goes with the wolf to fight, and the bright slayer of Beli with Surt.  Then will Frigg’s beloved fall.

54.  Then comes the great victor-sire’s son, Vidar, to fight with the deadly beast.  He with his hands will make his sword pierce to the heart of the giant’s son:  then avenges he his father.

55.  Then comes the mighty son of Hlodyn:  (Odin’s son goes with the monster to fight); Midgard’s Veor in his rage will slay the worm.  Nine feet will go Fioergyn’s son, bowed by the serpent, who feared no foe.  All men will their homes forsake.

56.  The sun darkens, earth in ocean sinks, fall from heaven the bright stars, fire’s breath assails the all-nourishing tree, towering fire plays against heaven itself.

57.  She sees arise, a second time, earth from ocean, beauteously green, waterfalls descending; the eagle flying over, which in the fell captures fish.

58.  The AEsir meet on Ida’s plain, and of the mighty earth-encircler speak, and there to memory call their mighty deeds, and the supreme god’s ancient lore.

59.  There shall again the wondrous golden tables in the grass be found, which in days of old had possessed the ruler of the gods, and Fioelnir’s race.

60.  Unsown shall the fields bring forth, all evil be amended; Baldr shall come; Hoedr and Baldr, the heavenly gods, Hropt’s glorious dwellings shall inhabit.  Understand ye yet, or what?

61.  Then can Hoenir choose his lot, and the two brothers’ sons inhabit the spacious Vindheim.  Understand ye yet, or what?

62.  She a hall standing than the sun brighter, with gold bedecked, in Gimill:  there shall be righteous people dwell, and for evermore happiness enjoy.

64.  Then comes the mighty one to the great judgment, the powerful from above, who rules o’er all.  He shall dooms pronounce, and strifes allay, holy peace establish, which shall ever be.

65.  There comes the dark dragon flying from beneath the glistening serpent, from Nida-fels.  On his wings bears Nidhoegg, flying o’er the plain, a corpse.  Now she will descend.


[Footnote 5:  In the Rigsmal we are informed how Heimdall, under the name of Rig, became the progenitor of the three orders of mankind.]

[Footnote 6:  In the Germanic tongues, as in the Semitic, the sun is fem., the moon masc.]

[Footnote 7:  The Vala here speaks of herself in the third person.]

[Footnote 8:  His eye here understood to signify the sun.]

[Footnote 9:  A personification of gold.  With the introduction of gold was the end of the golden age.]

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