Chapter 6 - Of how Signy sent the Children of her and Siggeir to Sigmund.
Now whenas Sigmund is loosed and the stocks are broken, he dwells in the woods and holds himself there; but Signy sends yet again to wot of the tidings,
whether Sigmund were alive or no; but when those who were sent came to him, he told them all as it had betid, and how things had gone betwixt him and the
wolf; so they went home and tell Signy the tidings; but she goes and finds her brother, and they take counsel in such wise as to make a house underground
in the wild-wood; and so things go on a while, Signy hiding him there, and sending him such things as he needed; but King Siggeir deemed that all the Volsungs
Now Siggeir had two sons by his wife, whereof it is told that when the eldest was ten winters old, Signy sends him to Sigmund, so that he might give him help,
if he would in any wise strive to avenge his father; so the youngling goes to the wood, and comes late in evening-tide to Sigmund's earth-house; and Sigmund
welcomed him in seemly fashion, and said that he should make ready their bread; "But I," said he, "will go seek firewood."
Therewith he gives the meal-bag into his hands while he himself went to fetch firing; but when he came back the youngling had done naught at the bread-making.
Then asks Sigmund if the bread be ready--
Says the youngling, "I durst not set hand to the meal sack, because somewhat quick lay in the meal."
Now Sigmund deemed he wotted that the lad was of no such heart as that he would be fain to have him for his fellow; and when he met his sister, Sigmund said
that he had come no nigher to the aid of a man though the youngling were with him.
Then said Signy, "Take him and kill him then; for why should such an one live longer?" and even so he did.
So this winter wears, and the next winter Signy sent her next son to Sigmund; and there is no need to make a long tale thereof, for in like wise went all
things, and he slew the child by the counsel of Signy.
Nú er Sigmundr lauss orðinn, en brotinn er stokkrinn, ok hefst Sigmundr þar nú við í skóginum. Enn sendir Signý at vita, hvat títt er eða hvárt
Sigmundr lifir. En er þeir koma, þá segir hann þeim allan atburð hvé farit hafði með þeim ok ylginni. Nú fara þeir heim ok segja Signýju, hvat títt er. Fór hún nú
ok hittir bróður sinn, ok taka þau þat ráð, at hann gerir þar jarðhús í skóginum, ok ferr nú því fram um hríð, at Signý leynir honum þar ok fær honum þat, er hann
þurfti at hafa. En Siggeirr konungr ætlar, at þeir sé allir dauðir Völsungar.
Siggeirr konungr átti tvá sonu við konu sinni, ok er frá því sagt, þá er inn ellri sonr hans er tíu vetra, at Signý sendir hann til móts við
Sigmund, at hann skyldi veita honum lið, ef hann vildi nokkut leita við at hefna föður síns. Nú ferr sveinninn til skógarins ok kemr síð um aptaninn til jarðhúss
Sigmundar, ok tekr hann við honum vel at hófi ok mælti, at hann skyldi gera til brauð þeira, "en ek mun sækja eldivið, -- ok selr í hönd honum einn mjölbelg, en
hann ferr sjálfr at sækja viðinn.
Ok er hann kemr aptr, þá hefir sveinninn ekki at gert um brauðgerðina. Nú spyrr Sigmundr, hvárt búit sé brauðit.
Hann segir: "Eigi þorða ek at taka mjölbelginn, fyrir því at þar lá nokkut kykt í í mjölinu."
Nú þykkist Sigmundr vita, at þessi sveinn mun eigi svá vel hugaðr, at hann vili hann með sér hafa. Nú er þau systkin finnast, segir Sigmundr, at
hann þótti ekki manni at nær, þótt sveinninn væri hjá honum.
Signý mælti: "Tak þú hann þá ok drep hann. Eigi þarf hann þá lengr at lifa." Ok svá gerði hann.
Nú líðr sjá vetr. Ok einum vetri síðar þá sendir Signý inn yngra son sinn á fund Sigmundar, ok þarf þar eigi sögu um at lengja, ok fór sem samt
sé, at hann drap þenna svein at ráði Signýjar.