Skjldr was a son of Odin from whom the Skjldungs are descended. He had his residence in and ruled the land that is now called Denmark, which was then called Gotland. Skjldr's son was called Frileifr, who ruled the land after him. Frileif's son was called Frodi. King Frodi succeeded to the kingdom of Denmark at the time when the emperor Augustus had proclaimed peace over all the world. At that time Christ was born. And as Frodi was the most powerful king in the North, the peace was attributed to him and called Frodi's peace, wherever the Danish tongue was spoken. No man injured another, though he might have before him his father's killer or his brother's killer, loose or bound. At that time there was also no thief or robber, so that a gold ring would lie long unmolested on Jalangr Heath.

When on a visit to king Fiolnir in Sweden, he bought two female slaves, whose names were Fenia and Menia, both of great strength and stature. At this time two millstones were found in Denmark so large that no one could drag them. These stones possessed the property of grinding whatever the grinder asked for. The quern, or mill, was named Grotti. Hengikjfr (Hangjaw) was the name of the man who gave it to King Frodi. Frodi set the two slaves to work at the quern and commanded them to grind gold, peace, and prosperity to Frodi; but he allowed them not a moment's rest nor even sleep longer than while the cuckoo was silent, or a song might be sung.

It is said that they then sang the song called Grottasongr, and ceased not before they had ground an army against Frodi, so that in the night a sea-king, named Mysing, came, slew Frodi, and carried off great booty. Such was the end of Frodi's peace. Mysing took Grotti, together with Fenia and Menia, and ordered them to grind salt. He ordered them to grind more. They ground only a little while before the ship sank in Fentland Firth.1

There is ever since a vortex where the sea falls into Grotti's eye; there the sea roars as it (Grotti) roars, and then it was that the sea first became salt.2

1. Now are come to the king's house
two prescient damsels, Fenia and Menia;
they are with Frodi, Fridleif's son,
the powerful maidens, in thraldom held.

2. To the mill they both were led,
and the grey stone to set a going ordered;
he to both forbade rest and solace,
before he heard the maidens' voice.

3. They made resound the clattering quern,
with their arms swung the light stones.
The maidens he commanded yet more to grind.

4. They sung and swung the whirling stone,
until Frodi's thralls nearly all slept.

Then said Menia

— to the meal'twas come—

5. "Riches we grind for Frodi,
all happiness we grind, wealth in abundance,
in gladness' mill.
On riches may he sit, on down may be sleep,
to joy may he wake:
then 'tis well ground!



[ 1. "in Fentland Firth" has been added for clarity.

2. This prose summary is taken from Skldskaparml, as Thorpe notes here referring to Rask's edition, p. 146.]

 



Skjldr ht sonr ins, er Skjldungar er fr komnir. Hann hafi atsetu ok r lndum, ar sem n er kllu Danmrk, en var kallat Gotland. Skjldr tti ann son, er Frileifr ht, er lndum r eftir hann. Sonr Frileifs ht Fri. Hann tk konungdm eftir fur sinn ann t, er gstus keisari lagi fri of heim allan. var Kristr borinn. En fyrir v at Fri var allra konunga rkastr Norrlndum, var honum kenndr fririnn um alla danska tungu, ok kalla Normenn at Frafri. Engi mar grandai rum, tt hann hitti fyrir sr furbana ea brurbana lausan ea bundinn. var ok engi jfr ea rnsmar, sv at gullhringr einn l Jalangrsheii lengi.

Fri konungr stti heimbo Svj til ess konungs, er Fjlnir er nefndr. keypti hann ambttir tvr, er htu Fenja ok Menja. r vru miklar ok sterkar.

ann tma fannst Danmrk kvernsteinar tveir sv miklir, at engi var sv sterkr, at dregit gti. En s nttra fylgi kvernunum, at at mlst kverninni, sem s mlti fyrir, er ml. S kvern ht Grtti. Hengikjftr er s nefndr, er Fra konungi gaf kvernina. Fri konungr lt leia ambttirnar til kvernarinnar ok ba r mala gull ok fri ok slu Fra. gaf hann eim eigi lengri hvld ea svefn en gaukrinn agi ea hlj mtti kvea. er sagt, at r kvi lj au, er kallat er Grttasngr. Ok r ltti kvinu, mlu r her at Fra, sv at eiri ntt kom ar s skonungr, er Msingr ht, og drap Fra, tk ar herfang mikit. lagist Frafrir.

Msingr hafi me sr Grtta ok sv Fenju ok Menju ok ba r mala salt. Hann ba r mala lengr. r mlu litla hr, r nir sukku skipin, ok var ar eftir svelgr hafinu, er srinn fellr kvernaraugat. var sr saltr.

1. N eru komnar til konungs hsa
framvsar tvr, Fenja ok Menja;
r ro at Fra Frileifssonar
mttkar meyjar at mani hafar.

2. r at lri leiddar vru
ok grjts gra gangs of beiddu;
ht hann hvrigri hvld n yni,
r hann heyri hljm ambtta.

3. r yt ulu gnhorfinnar:
"Leggjum lra, lttum steinum."
Ba hann enn meyjar, at r mala skyldu.

4. Sungu ok slungu snga-steini,
sv at Fra man flest sofnai;
kva at Menja, var til meldrs komin:

5. "Au mlum Fra, mlum alslan,
mlum fjl far feginslri;
siti hann aui, sofi hann dni,
vaki hann at vilja, er vel malit.










 


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