Othin spake:
21. "Mad art thou, Loki, | and little of wit,
The wrath of Gefjun to rouse;
For the fate that is set | for all she sees,
Even as I, methinks."

Loki spake:
22. "Be silent, Othin! | not justly thou settest
The fate of the fight among men;
Oft gavst thou to him | who deserved not the gift,
To the baser, the battle's prize."

Othin spake:
23. "Though I gave to him | who deserved not the gift,
To the baser, the battle's prize;
Winters eight | wast thou under the earth,
Milking the cows as a maid,
(Ay, and babes didst thou bear;
Unmanly thy soul must seem.)"

Loki spake:
24. "They say that with spells | in Samsey once
Like witches with charms didst thou work;
And in witch's guise | among men didst thou go;
Unmanly thy soul must seem."

Frigg spake:
25. "Of the deeds ye two | of old have done
Ye should make no speech among men;
Whate'er ye have done | in days gone by,
Old tales should ne'er be told."

[21. Snorri quotes line 1; cf. note on stanza 29.

23. There is no other reference to Loki's having spent eight years underground, or to his cow-milking. On one occasion, however, he did bear offspring. A giant had undertaken to build the gods a fortress, his reward being Freyja and the sun and moon, provided the work was done by a given time. His sole helper was his horse, Svathilfari. The work being nearly done, and the gods fearing to lose Freyja and the sun and moon, Loki {footnote p. 160} turned himself into a mare, and so effectually distracted Svathilfari from his task that shortly afterwards Loki gave birth to Othin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. In such contests of abuse a man was not infrequently taunted with having borne children; cf. Helgakvitha Hundingsbana I, 39-45. One or two of the last three lines may be spurious.

24. Samsey: perhaps the Danish island of Samsö. Othin was the god of magic, but there is no other reference to his ever having disguised himself as a witch.

25. Frigg: Othin's wife; cf. note to introductory prose.]


Óđinn kvađ:
21. "Ćrr ertu, Loki, ok örviti,
er ţú fćr ţér Gefjun at gremi,
ţví at aldar örlög
hygg ek, at hon öll of viti
jafngörla sem ek."

Loki kvađ:
22. "Ţegi ţú, Óđinn, ţú kunnir aldregi
deila víg međ verum;
oft ţú gaft, ţeim er ţú gefa skyldir-a,
inum slćvurum sigr."

Óđinn kvađ:
23. "Veiztu, ef ek gaf, ţeim er ek gefa né skylda,
inum slćvurum, sigr, átta vetr
vartu fyr jörđ neđan, kýr mólkandi ok kona,
ok hefr ţú ţar börn borit, ok hugđa ek ţat args ađal."

Loki kvađ:
24. "En ţik síđa kóđu Sámseyu í,
ok draptu á vétt sem völur;
vitka líki fórtu verţjóđ yfir,
ok hugđa ek ţat args ađal."

Frigg kvađ:
25. "Örlögum ykkrum skyliđ aldregi
segja seggjum frá, hvat it ćsir tveir
drýgđuđ í árdaga;
firrisk ć forn rök firar."


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