Svipdag spake:

21. "Now answer me, Fjolsvith, | the question I ask,
For now the truth would I know:
What grows from the seed | of the tree so great,
That fire nor iron shall fell?"

Fjolsvith spake:

22. "Women, sick | with child, shall seek
Its fruit to the flames to bear;
Then out shall come | what within was hid,
And so is it mighty with men."

Svipdag spake:

23. "Now answer me, Fjolsvith, | the question I ask,
For now the truth would I know:
What cock is he | on the highest bough,
That glitters all with gold?"

Fjolsvith spake:

24. "Vithofnir his name, | and now he shines
Like lightning on Mimameith's limbs;
And great is the trouble | with which he grieves
Both Surt and Sinmora."

Svipdag spake:

25. "Now answer me, Fjolsvith, | the question I ask,
For now the truth would I know:
What weapon can send | Vithofnir to seek
The house of Hel below?"

[22. Gering suggests that two stanzas have been lost between stanzas 15 and 16, but the giant's answer fits the question quite well enough. The fruit of Yggdrasil, when cooked, is here assumed to have the power of assuring safe childbirth.

24. Vithofnir ("Tree-Snake"): apparently identical with either the cock Gollinkambi (cf. Voluspo, 43) or Fjalar (cf. Voluspo, 42), the former of which wakes the gods to battle, and the latter the giants. Surt: the giant mentioned in Voluspo, 52, as ruler of the fire-world; here used to represent the giants in general, who are constantly in terror of the cock's eternal watchfulness. Sinmora: presumably Surt's wife, the giantess who possesses the weapon by which alone the cock Vithofnir may be slain]

 



Vindkaldr kvađ:

21. "Segđu mér ţat, Fjölsviđr, er ek ţik fregna mun
ok ek vilja vita:
Hvat af móđi verđr ţess ins mćra viđar,
er hann flćr-rat eld né járn?"

Fjölsviđr kvađ:

22. "Út af hans aldni skal á eld bera
fyr kelisjúkar konur;
útar hverfa ţats ţćr innar skyli,
sá er hann međ mönnum mjötuđr."

Vindkaldr kvađ:

23. "Segđu mér ţat, Fjölsviđr, er ek ţik fregna mun
ok ek vilja vita:
Hvat sá hani heitir, er sitr í inum háva viđi,
allr hann viđ gull glóir?"

Fjölsviđr kvađ:

24. "Víđópnir hann heitir, en hann stendr veđrglasir
á meiđs kvistum Míma;
einum ekka ţryngr hann örófsaman
Surtr Sinmöru."

Vindkaldr kvađ:

25. "Segđu mér ţat, Fjölsviđr, er ek ţik fregna mun
ok ek vilja vita:
hvárt sé vápna nökkut, ţat er knegi Viđópnir fyrir
hníga á Heljar sjöt?"







 


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