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Elder Edda - Study Guide The Lay of Volund (Volundarkvida) Summary & Analysis

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A Swedish king named Nidud has two sons and a daughter named Bodvild. A Lappish king has three sons named Slagfid, Egil, and Volund. One day while the brothers are out hunting they come to Wolfdale and build a home near Wolf-lake. In the morning the brothers find three women on the shore spinning linen. The women are Valkyries and their swan garments allow them to fly lie nearby. Hladgud the swan-white and Hervor the strange are daughters of King Hlodver; and Olrun is the daughter of Kiar of Valland. The brothers take the women home to their hall: Egil takes Olrun, Slagfid takes Swanwhite, and Volund takes Hervor or Alvit. They all live together for seven years and then the women fly off to battle and do not return. Egil leaves to look for Olrun, Slagfid goes looking...

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