11. Of Sigmund's son | then next they sought
Hoard and rings, | the sons of Hunding;
They bade the prince | requital pay
For booty stolen | and father slain.

12. The prince let not | their prayers avail,
Nor gold for their dead | did the kinsmen get;
Waiting, he said, | was a mighty storm
Of lances gray | and Othin's grimness.

13. The warriors forth | to the battle went,
The field they chose | at Logafjoll;
Frothi's peace | midst foes they broke,
Through the isle went hungrily | Vithrir's hounds.

14. The king then sat, | when he had slain
Eyjolf and Alf, | 'neath the eagle-stone;
Hjorvarth and Hovarth, | Hunding's sons,
The kin of the spear-wielder, | all had he killed.

15. Then glittered light | from Logafjoll,
And from the light | the flashes leaped;
. . . . . . . . . .
High under helms | on heaven's field;
Their byrnies all | with blood were red,
And from their spears | the sparks flew forth.

[12. Storm, etc.: war.

13. Logafjoll ("Flame-Mountain"): a mythical name. Frothi: [fp. 295] a traditional king of Denmark, whose peaceful reign was so famous that "Frothi's peace" became a by-word for peace of any kind. Vithrir's hounds: wolves; Vithrir is Othin, and his hounds are the wolves Freki and Geri.

14. In this poem Helgi kills all the sons of Hunding, but in the poems of the Sigurth cycle, and the prose notes attached thereto, Sigmund and his father-in-law, Eylimi, are killed by Hunding's sons, on whom Sigurth subsequently takes vengeance (cf. Fra Dautha Sinfjotla and Reginsmol).

15. No gap indicated in the manuscript, but almost certainly something has been lost mentioning more specifically the coming of the Valkyries. The lightning which accompanies them suggests again their identification with the clouds (cf. Helgakvitha Hjorvarthssonar, 28). Some editions fill out the first line: "He saw there mighty maidens riding." The manuscript indicates line 4 as the beginning of a new stanza. Bellows decided to break Stanza 15 into two stanzas 15 & 16 they have been reassembled as one stanza for consistency.]

 



11. Kvöddu síđan Sigmundar bur
auđs ok hringa Hundings synir,
ţví at ţeir áttu jöfri at gjalda
fjárnám mikit ok föđur dauđa.

12. Lét-at buđlungr bótir uppi
né niđja in heldr nefgjöld fáa;
ván kvađ hann mundu veđrs ins mikla
grára geira ok gremi Óđins.

13. Fara hildingar hjörstefnu til,
ţeirar er lögđu at Logafjöllum;
sleit Fróđa friđ fjánda á milli;
fara Viđris grey valgjörn of ey.

14. Settisk vísi, ţá er vegit hafđi
Alf ok Eyjólf, und arasteini,
Hjörvarđ ok Hávarđ, Hundings sonu;
farit hafđi hann allri ćtt geirmímis.

15. Ţá brá ljóma af Logafjöllum,
en af ţeim ljómum leiftrir kómu,
-- -- --
hávar und hjalmum á Himinvanga,
brynjur váru ţeira blóđi stokknar,
en af geirum geislar stóđu.











 


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