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Þrymskviða

Hamarsheimt

1. Wroth was Wingthor
when he awoke,
and his hammer
was missing.
His beard he shook,
his forehead struck;
the son of Jord
begins to fumble.

2. And first of all
these words he uttered:
«Hear now, Loki!
What I now say,
which no one knows
any where on earth,
nor in heaven above;
the As's hammer is stolen!»

3. They went to the fair
Freya's dwelling,
and he these words
first of all said:
«Wilt thou, Freya,
thy feathers me lend,
that my hammer
I may find?»

4. FREYA:
«That I may give thee
although of gold it were,
and trust it to thee
although of silver it were.»

5. Plew then Loki
- the plumage rattled -
until he came beyond
the esir's dwelling,
and came within
the Jotun's land.

6. On a mound sat Trym,
the rimetroll's lord,
for his grey-hounds
plaiting gold bands
and his horses'
manes smoothing.

7. TRYM:
«How goes it with the esir?
How goes it with the elfs?
Why art thou come alone
to Jotunhome?»
LOKI:
«Ill it goes with the esir,
ill it goes with the elfs.
Hast thou Lorride's
hammer hidden?»

8. TRYM:
«I have Lorride's
hammer hidden
eight rasts
be neath the earth;
it shall no man
get again,
unless he bring me
Freya to wife.»

9. Flew then Loki
- the plumage rattled -
until he came beyond
the Jotun's dwellings,
and came within
the esir's courts;
there he met Thor,
in the middle court,
who these words
first of all uttered:

10. «Hast thou had success
as well as labour?
Tell me from the air
the long tidings.
Oft of him who sits
are the tales defective,
and he who lies down
utters false hood.»

11. LOKI:
«I have had labour
and success:
Trym has thy hammer,
the rimetroll's lord.
It shall no man
get again,
unless he bring him
Freya to wife.»

12. They went the fair
Freya to find;
and he those words
first of all said:
«Bind thee, Freya,
in bridal raiment,
we two must drive
to Jotunhome.»

13. Wroth then was Freya,
and with anger chafed,
all the esir's hall
beneath her trembled:
in shivers walks
the famed maiden:
«Know me to be
of women lewdest,
if with thee I drive
to Jotunhome.»

14. Straightway went
the esir all to council,
and the femas all
to hold converse;
and delibe-rated
the mighty gods,
how they Lorride's
hammer might get back.

15. Then said Heimdall,
of esir brightest
- he well foresaw,
like other vanir -
Let us clothe Thor
with bridal raiment,
let him have
he famed necklace.

16. «Let by his side
keys jingle,
and woman's weeds
fall round his knees,
but on his breast
place precious stones,
and a neat coif
set on his head.»

17. Then said Thor,
the mighty As:
«Me the esir will
call womanish,
if I let myself be
clad in bridal raiment.»

18. Then spake Loki,
Lauvey's son:
«Do thou, Thor!
Refrain from suchlike words:
forthwith the Jotuns
will Asgard inhabit,
unless thy hammer
thou gettest back.»

19. Then they clad
Thor in bridal raiment,
and with the
noble necklace,
let by his side
keys jingle,
and woman's weeds
fall round his knees;
and on his breast
placed precious stones,
and a neat coif
set on his head.

20. Then said Loki,
Lauvey's son:
«I will with thee
as a servant go:
we two will drive
to Jotunhome.»

21. Straightway were the goats
homeward driven,
hurried to the traces;
they had fast to run.
The rocks were shivered,
the earth was in a blaze;
Odin's son drove
to Jotunhome.

22. Then said Trym,
the rimetroll's lord:
«Rise up, Jotuns!
And the benches deck,
now they bring me
Freya to wife,
Njord's daughter,
from Noatun.

23. Hither to our court
let bring gold-horned cows,
all-black oxen,
for the Jotuns' joy.
Treasures I have many,
necklaces many,
Freya alone
seemed to me wanting.»

24. In the evening
they early came,
and for the Jotuns
beer was brought forth.
Thor alone an ox devoured,
salmons eight,
and all the sweetmeats
women should have.
Siv's consort
drank three salds of mead.

25. Then said Trym,
the rimetroll's prince:
«Where hast thou seen
brides eat more voraciously?
I neyer saw
brides feed more amply,
nor a maiden
drink more mead.»

26. Sat the all-crafty
serving-maid close by,
who words fitting found
against the Jotun's speech:
«Freya has nothing eaten
for eight nights,
so eager was she
for Jotunhome.»

27. Under her veil
he stooped desirous
to salute her,
but sprang back along the hall.
«Why are so piercing
Freya's looks?
Methinks that fire burns
from her eyes.»

28. Sat the all-crafty
serving-maid close by,
who words fitting found
against the Jotun's speech:
«Freya for eight nights
has not slept,
so eager was she
for Jotunhome.»

29. In came the Jotun's
luckless sister,
for a bridegift
she dared to ask:
«Give me from thy hands
the ruddy rings,
if thou wouldst
gain my love,
my love
and favour all.»

30. Then said Trym,
the rimetroll's lord:
«Bring the hammer in,
the bride to consecrate;
lay Mjollni
on the maiden's knee;
unite us each with other
by the hand of Várar.»

31. Laughed Lorride's soul
in his breast,
when the fierce-hearted
his hammer recognized.
He first slew Trym,
the rimetroll's lord,
and the Jotun's kin
all crushed;

32. He slew the Jotun's
aged sister,
her who a bride-gift
had demanded;
shell she got
instead of skillings,
a hammer's stroke
for many rings.
So got Odin's son
his hammer back.