Sigurth spake:

16. "The mail-coat is broken, | the maiden speaks,
The woman who | from sleep has wakened;
What says the maid | to Sigurth then
That happy fate | to the hero brings?"

Gripir spake:

17. "Runes to the warrior | will she tell,
All that men | may ever seek,
And teach thee to speak | in all men's tongues,
And life with health; | thou'rt happy, king!"

Sigurth spake:

18. "Now is it ended, | the knowledge is won,
And ready I am | forth thence to ride;
Forward look | and further tell:
What the life | that I shall lead?"

Gripir spake:

19. "Then to Heimir's | home thou comest,
And glad shalt be | the guest of the king;
Ended, Sigurth, | is all I see,
No further aught | of Gripir ask."

Sigurth spake:

20. "Sorrow brings me | the word thou sayest,
For, monarch, forward | further thou seest;
Sad the grief | for Sigurth thou knowest,
Yet nought to me, Gripir, | known wilt make."

[19. Heimir: the Volsungasaga says that Heimir was the husband of Brynhild's sister, Bekkhild. Brynhild's family connections involve a queer mixture of northern and southern legend. Heimir and Bekkhild are purely of northern invention; neither of them is mentioned in any of the earlier poems, though Brynhild speaks of her "foster-father" in Helreith Brynhildar. In the older Norse poems Brynhild is a sister of Atli (Attila), a relationship wholly foreign to the southern stories, and the father of this strangely assorted pair is Buthli, who in the Nibelungenlied is apparently Etzel's grandfather. Add to this her role of Valkyrie, and it is small wonder that the annotator himself was puzzled.]

 



Sigur­r kva­:

16. "Brotin er brynja, br˙­r mŠla tekr,
er vakna­i vÝf ˇr svefni.
Hvat mun snˇt at heldr vi­ Sigur­ mŠla,
■at er at farna­i fylki ver­i?"

GrÝpir kva­:

17. "Hon mun rÝkjum ■Úr r˙nar kenna,
allar ■Šr er aldir eignask vildu,
ok ß manns tungu mŠla hverja,
lÝf me­ lŠkning; lif­u heill, konungr."

Sigur­r kva­:

18. "N˙ er ■vÝ lokit, numin eru frŠ­i
ok em braut ■a­an b˙inn at rÝ­a,
lei­ at huga ok lengra seg:
Hvat mun meir vera minnar Švi?"

GrÝpir kva­:

19. "Ů˙ munt hitta Heimis bygg­ir
ok gla­r vera gestr ■jˇ­konungs;
farit er, Sigur­r, ■ats ek fyrir vissak,
skal-a fremr en svß fregna GrÝpi."

Sigur­r kva­:

20. "N˙ fŠr mÚr ekka or­ ■atstu mŠltir,
■vÝ at ■˙ fram of sÚr fylkir, lengra;
veiztu ofmikit angr Sigur­i,
■vÝ ■˙, GrÝpir, ■at gerr-a segja."






 


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