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Elder Edda Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Death of Sinfiotli Summary

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The Death of Sinfiotli Summary

This tale is told entirely in prose and relates the events surrounding Sinfiotli's death. Sinfiotli and another man woo the same woman, and Sinfiotli kills the other man. It happens that the other lover was Borghild's brother and Borghild is Sinfiotli's stepmother. Borghild tells her stepson to go away but Sinfiotli's father, Sigmund, offers payment for the man's death. At the funeral feast Borghild poisons Sinfiotli's ale but when he looks in the cup he realizes that the cloudy drink is poisoned. Sinfiotli shows the cup to Sigmund, who is immune to poison, and he drinks the ale. A second time Borghild brings Sinfiotli a poisoned cup and again Sigmund drinks it down. The third time Borghild brings a poisoned drink she taunts her stepson and Sigmund tells Sinfiotli to let his mustache strain the ale. Sinfiotli drinks and dies immediately...

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