Gothmund spake:

41. "Under houses the stepson | of Siggeir lay,
Fain of the wolf's cry | out in the woods;
Evil came then all | to thy hands,
When thy brothers' | breasts thou didst redden,
Fame didst thou win | for foulest deeds.

Sinfjotli spake:

42. "In Bravoll wast thou | Grani's bride,
Golden-bitted | and ready to gallop;
I rode thee many | a mile, and down
Didst sink, thou giantess, | under the saddle."

Gothmund spake:

43. "A brainless fellow | didst seem to be,
When once for Gollnir | goats didst milk,
And another time | when as Imth's daughter
In rags thou wentest; | wilt longer wrangle?"

Sinfjotli spake:

44. "Sooner would I | at Frekastein
Feed the ravens | with flesh of thine
Than send your bitches | to seek their swill,
Or feed the swine; | may the fiends take you!"

Helgi spake:

45. "Better, Sinfjotli, | thee 'twould beseem
Battle to give | and eagles to gladden,
Than vain and empty | words to utter,
Though ring-breakers oft | in speech do wrangle.

[41. The phrase "under houses," which follows the manuscript, may be an error for "in wolf-caves." Line 3 (or 4) may be an interpolation. The manuscript indicates line 5 as the beginning of a new stanza. Siggeir: cf. stanza 38, note.

42. Several editions assign this stanza to Sinfjotli instead of to Gothmund. Bravoll ("Field of the Brow"): not elsewhere mentioned in the poems. Grani: Sigurth's horse (cf. Völundarkvitha, 16 and note); Gothmund means that Sinfjotli had turned into a mare, after the fashion of Loki (cf. Grimnismol, 44, note). The meaning of line 4 in the original is uncertain.

43. A few editions give this stanza to Gothmund. Gollnir: [fp. 304] possibly a giant. Imth: nothing is known of him or his daughter.

44. A few editions give this stanza to Sinfjotli. Frekastein: cf. Helgakvitha Hjorvarthssonar, 39 and note. A stanza may have been lost after stanza 44, parallel to stanza 25 of the second Helgi Hundingsbane lay.

45. Ring-breakers: cf. stanza 17 and note.]

 



Guđmundr kvađ:

41. Stjúpr vartu Siggeirs, látt und stöđum heima,
vargljóđum vanr á viđum úti;
kómu ţér ógögn öll at hendi,
ţá er brćđr ţínum brjóst raufađir;
gerđir ţik frćgjan af firinverkum."

Sinfjötli kvađ:

42. "Ţú vart brúđr Grana á Brávelli,
gullbitluđ vart gör til rásar;
hafđa ek ţér móđri marg skeiđ riđit
svangri und söđli, simul, forbergis."

Guđmundr kvađ:

43. "Sveinn ţóttir ţú siđlauss vera,
ţá er ţú Gullnis geitr molkađir,
en í annat sinn Imđar dóttir
tötrughypja.
Vill ţú tölu lengri?"

Sinfjötli kvađ:

44. "Fyrr vilda ek at Frekasteini
hrafna seđja á hrćum ţínum
en tíkr yđrar teygja at solli
eđa gefa göltum;
deili gröm viđ ţik."

Helgi kvađ:

45. "Vćri ykkr, Sinfjötli, Sćmra miklu
gunni at heyja ok glađa örnu,
en sé ónýtum orđum at bregđask,
ţótt hringbrotar heiftir deili.









 


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