6. Then Herborg spake, | the queen of the Huns:
"I have a greater | grief to tell;
My seven sons | in the southern land,
And my husband, fell | in fight all eight.

7. Father and mother | and brothers four
Amid the waves | the wind once smote,
And the seas crashed through | the sides of the ship.

8. "The bodies all | with my own hands then
I decked for the grave, | and the dead I buried;
A half-year brought me | this to bear;
And no one came | to comfort me.

9. "Then bound I was, | and taken in war,
A sorrow yet | in the same half-year;
They bade me deck | and bind the shoes
Of the wife of the monarch | every morn.

10. "In jealous rage | her wrath she spake,
And beat me oft | with heavy blows;
Never a better | lord I knew,
And never a woman | worse I found."

[6. Herborg: neither she nor her sorrows are elsewhere mentioned, nor is it clear what a "queen of the Huns" is doing in Gunnar's home, but the word "Hun" has little definiteness of meaning in the poems, and is frequently applied to Sigurth himself (cf. note on stanza 24). Herborg appears from stanza 11 to have been the foster-mother of Gollrond, Guthrun's sister. Lines 5-7 may be interpolations, or may form a separate stanza.

7. Lines 1 and 2 stand in reversed order in the manuscript; I have followed Gering's conjectural transposition. To conform to the ON from stanzas 7 to 24 have been renumbered in the Bellows translation at stanza 24 another renumbering occurs.

10. Herborg implies that the queen's jealousy was not altogether misplaced.]

 



6. Ţá kvađ ţat Herborg, Húnalands dróttning:
"Hefi ek harđara harm at segja;
mínir sjau synir sunnan lands,
verr inn átti, í val fellu.

7. Fađir ok móđir, fjórir brćđr,
ţau á vági vindr of lék,
barđi bára viđ borđţili.

8. Sjalf skylda ek göfga,
sjalf skylda ek götva,
sjalf skylda ek höndla
hrör ţeira;
ţat ek allt of beiđ ein misseri,
svá at mér mađr engi munar leitađi.

9. Ţá varđ ek hafta ok hernuma
sams misseris síđan verđa;
skylda ek skreyta ok skúa binda
hersis kván hverjan morgin.

10. Hon ćgđi mér af afbrýđi
ok hörđum mik höggum keyrđi;
fann ek húsguma hvergi in betra,
en húsfreyju hvergi verri."







 


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