Chapter 32 - Of the Ending of Brynhild.

And now none might know for what cause Brynhild must bewail with weeping for what she had prayed for with laughter: but she spake--

"Such a dream I had, Gunnar, as that my bed was acold, and that thou didst ride into the hands of thy foes: lo now, ill shall it go with thee and all thy kin, O ye breakers of oaths; for on the day thou slayedst him, dimly didst thou remember how thou didst blend thy blood with the blood of Sigurd, and with an ill reward hast thou rewarded him for all that he did well to thee; whereas he gave unto thee to be the mightiest of men; and well was it proven how fast he held to his oath sworn, when he came to me and laid betwixt us the sharp-edged sword that in venom had been made hard. All too soon did ye fall to working wrong against him and against me, whenas I abode at home with my father, and had all that I would, and had no will that any one of you should be any of mine, as ye rode into our garth, ye three kings together; but then Atli led me apart privily, and asked me if I would not have him who rode Grani; yea, a man nowise like unto you; but in those days I plighted myself to the son of King Sigmund and no other; and lo, now, no better shall ye fare for the death of me."

Then rose up Gunnar, and laid his arms about her neck, and besought her to live and have wealth from him; and all others in likewise letted her from dying; but she thrust them all from her, and said that it was not the part of any to let her in that which was her will.

Then Gunnar called to Hogni, and prayed him for counsel, and bade him go to her, and see if he might perchance soften her dreadful heart, saying withal, that now they had need enough on their hands in the slaking of her grief, till time might get over.

But Hogni answered, "Nay, let no man hinder her from dying; for no gain will she be to us, nor has she been gainsome since she came hither!

Now she bade bring forth much gold, and bade all those come thither who would have wealth: then she caught up a sword, and thrust it under her armpit, and sank aside upon the pillows, and said, "Come, take gold whoso will!"

But all held their peace, and she said, "Take the gold, and be glad thereof!"

And therewith she spake unto Gunnar, "Now for a little while will I tell of that which shall come to pass hereafter; for speedily shall ye be at one again with Gudrun by the rede of Grimhild the Wise-wife; and the daughter of Gudrun and Sigurd shall be called Swanhild, the fairest of all women born. Gudrun shall be given to Atli, yet not with her good will. Thou shalt be fain to get Oddrun, but that shall Atli forbid thee; but privily shall ye meet, and much shall she love thee. Atli shall bewray thee, and cast thee into a worm-close, and thereafter shall Atli and his Sons be slain, and Gudrun shall be their slayer; and afterwards shall the great waves bear her to the burg of King Jonakr, to whom she shall bear sons of great fame: Swanhild shall be sent from the land and given to King Jormunrek; and her shall bite the rede of Bikki, and therewithal is the kin of you clean gone; and more sorrow therewith for Gudrun.

"And now I pray thee, Gunnar, one last boon.--Let make a great bale on the plain meads for all of us; for me and for Sigurd, and for those who were slain with him, and let that be covered over with cloth dyed red by the folk of the Gauls,1 and burn me thereon on one side of the King of the Huns, and on the other those men of mine, two at the head and two at the feet, and two hawks withal; and even so is all shared equally; and lay there betwixt us a drawn sword, as in the other days when we twain stepped into one bed together; and then may we have the name of man and wife, nor shall the door swing to at the heel of him as I go behind him. Nor shall that be a niggard company if there follow him those five bond-women and eight bondmen, whom my father gave me, and those burn there withal who were slain with Sigurd.

"Now more yet would I say, but for my wounds, but my life-breath flits; the wounds open,--yet have I said sooth."

Now is the dead corpse of Sigurd arrayed in olden wise, and a mighty bale is raised, and when it was somewhat kindled, there was laid thereon the dead corpse of Sigurd Fafnir's-bane, and his son of three winters whom Brynhild had let slay, and Guttorm withal; and when the bale was all ablaze, thereunto was Brynhild borne out, when she had spoken with her bower-maidens, and bid them take the gold that she would give; and then died Brynhild, and was burned there by the side of Sigurd, and thus their life-days ended.

[1. The original has "raudu manna blodi", red-dyed in the blood of men; the Sagaman's original error in dealing with the word "Valaript" in the corresponding passage of the short lay of Sigurd.--Tr.

* The chapter numbering has been skewed by one, this is Chapter 31 in the Old Norse.]

 



32. Kaptuli

N ttist engi kunna at svara, at Brynhildr beiddi ess hljandi, er hn harmai me grti. mlti hn:

"at dreymdi mik, Gunnarr, at ek tta kalda sng, en rr hendr vinum num, ok ll tt yur mun illa fara, er r eru eirofa, ok mundir at glggt, er it blnduu bli saman, Sigurr ok , er rtt hann, ok hefir honum allt illu launat at, er hann geri vel til n ok lt ik fremstan vera, ok reyndi at, er hann kom til vr, hv hann helt sna eia, at hann lagi okkar milli it snarpeggjaa sver, at er eitri var hert. Ok snemma ru r til saka vi hann ok vi mik, er ek var heima me fer mnum, ok hafa ek allt at, er ek vilda, ok tlaa ek engan yarn minn skyldu vera, er r riu ar at gari rr konungar. San leiddi Atli mik tal ok spyrr, ef ek vilda ann eiga, er rii Grana. S var yr ekki lkr, ok htumst ek syni Sigmundar konungs ok engum rum, ok eigi mun yr farast, tt ek deyja."

reis Gunnarr upp ok lagi hendr um hls henni ok ba, at hn skyldi lifa ok iggja f, ok allir arir lttu hana at deyja. En hn hratt hverjum fr sr, er at henni kom, ok kva ekki tja mundu at letja hana ess, er hn tlai.

San ht Gunnarr Hgna ok spyrr hann ra ok ba hann til fara ok vita, ef hann fengi mkt skaplyndi hennar, ok kva n rna rf vera hndum, ef sefast mtti hennar harmr, ar til er fr lii.

Hgni svarar: "Leti engi mar hana at deyja, v at hun var oss aldri at gagni ok engum manni, san hn kom hingat."

N ba hn taka mikit gull ok ba ar koma alla , er f vildu iggja. San tk hn eitt sver ok lagi undir hnd sr ok hneig upp vi dnur ok mlti: "Taki hr n gull hverr, er iggja vill."

Allir gu. Brynhildr mlti: "iggi gullit ok njti vel."

Enn mlti Brynhildr til Gunnars: "N mun ek segja r litla stund at, er eptir mun ganga: Sttast munu it Gurn brtt me rum Grmhildar innar fjlkunngu. Dttir Gurnar ok Sigurar mun heita Svanhildr, er vnst mun fdd allra kvenna. Mun Gurn gefin Atla at snum vilja. Oddrnu muntu vilja eiga, en Atli mun at banna. munu it eiga launfundi, ok mun hn r unna. Atli mun ik svkja ok ormgar setja, ok san mun Atli drepinn ok synir hans. Gurn mun drepa. San munu hana strar brur bera til borgar Jnakrs konungs. ar mun hn fa gta sonu. Svanhildr mun r landi send ok gift Jrmunreki konungi. Hana munu bta Bikka r. Ok er farin ll tt yur, ok eru Gurnar harmar at meiri. N bi ek ik, Gunnarr, efstu bnar: Lt gera eitt bl mikit slttum velli llum oss, mr ok Siguri ok eim, sem drepnir vru me honum. Lt ar tjalda yfir af rauu mannabli ok brenna mr ar ara hnd enna inn hnska konung, en ara hnd honum mna menn, tv at hfi, tv at ftum, ok tv hauka. er at jafnai skipt. Lti ar milli okkar brugit sver sem fyrr, er vit stigum einn be ok htum hjna nafni. Ok eigi fellr honum hur hla, ef ek fylgi honum, ok er vr leisla ekki aumlig, ef honum fylgja fimm ambttir ok tta jnar, er fair minn gaf mr, ok ar brenna ok eir, er drepnir vru me Siguri.

Ok fleira munda ek mla, ef ek vra eigi sr, en n tr undin, en srit opnast, ok saga ek satt."

N er bit um lk Sigurar at fornum si ok gert mikit bl. Ok er at er mjk kynt, var ar lagt ofan lk Sigurar Ffnisbana ok sonar hans rvetrs, er Brynhildr lt drepa, ok Guttorms. Ok er blit var allt loganda, gekk Brynhildr ar t ok mlti vi skemmumeyjar snar, at r tki gull at, er hn vildi gefa eim. Ok eptir etta deyr Brynhildr ok brann ar me Siguri, ok lauk sv eira vi.














 


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