Groa spake:

6. "Then first I will chant thee | the charm oft-tried,
That Rani taught to Rind;
From the shoulder whate'er | mislikes thee shake,
For helper thyself shalt thou have.

7. "Then next I will chant thee, | if needs thou must travel,
And wander a purposeless way:
The bolts of Urth | shall on every side
Be thy guards on the road thou goest.

8. "Then third I will chant thee, | if threatening streams
The danger of death shall bring:
Yet to Hel shall turn | both Horn and Ruth,
And before thee the waters shall fail.

9. "Then fourth I will chant thee, | if come thy foes
On the gallows-way against thee:
Into thine hands | shall their hearts be given,
And peace shall the warriors wish.

10. "Then fifth I will chant thee, | if fetters perchance
Shall bind thy bending limbs:
O'er thy thighs do I chant | a loosening-charm,
And the lock is burst from the limbs,
And the fetters fall from the feet.

[6. For this catalogue of charms (stanzas 6-14) cf. the Ljothatal (Hovamol, 147-165). Rani and Rind: the manuscripts, have these words in inverse relation; I have followed Neckel's emendation. Rind was the giantess who became the mother of Vali, Othin's son, the one-night-old avenger of Baldr (cf. Voluspo, 33-34, and Baldrs Draumar, 11 and note). Rani is presumably Othin, who, according to a skaldic poem, won Rind by magic.

7. Urth: one of the three Norns, or Fates; Cf. Voluspo, 20.

8. Horn and Ruth: these two rivers, here used merely to symbolize all dangerous streams, are not included in the catalogue of rivers given in Grimnismol, 27-29, for which reason some editors have changed the names to Hron and Hrith.

10. This stanza is a close parallel to Hovamol, 150, and the fifth line may well be an interpolation from line 4 of that stanza.]

 



Gróa kvađ:

6. "Ţann gel ek ţér fyrstan,
- ţann kveđa fjölnýtan, ţann gól Rindi Rani, -
at ţú of öxl skjótir, ţví er ţér atalt ţykkir;
sjalfr leiđ ţú sjalfan ţik.

7. Ţann gel ek ţér annan, ef ţú árna skalt
viljalauss á vegum, Urđar lokur
haldi ţér öllum megum, er ţú á sinnum sér.

8. Ţann gel ek ţér inn ţriđja, ef ţér ţjóđáar
falla at fjörlotum, Horn ok Ruđr
snúisk til heljar međan, en ţverri ć fyr ţér.

9. Ţann gel ek ţér inn fjórđa, ef ţik fjándr standa
görvir á galgvegi, hugr ţeim hverfi
til handa ţér, ok snúisk ţeim til sátta sefi.

10. Ţann gel ek ţér inn fimmta, ef ţér fjöturr verđr
borinn at boglimum, leysigaldr lćt ek
ţér fyr legg of kveđinn, ok stökkr ţá láss af limum,
en af fótum fjöturr.











 


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