Poetic Edda/Fjölsvinnsmál

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Fjölsvinnsmál

1. Outside the yard
he saw up there coming
the high wight forth:
«What’s in this flickering
that stand before the yard,
with cowls around the fire?

2. Of what art thou in quest,
what dost thou seek here,
or what, wretch, desirest thou to know?
Along the humid ways
haste thee back hence,
here, wretch! Is no place for thee.»

3. COMING MAN:
«What manikin is this
that stand before the yard,
and no hospitality offers?
Void of honest fame,
prattler! Hast thou lived:
hence thyself home!»

4. FJOLSVINN:
«Fjolsvinn is my name;
wise I am of mind,
though of food not prodigal.
Within these courts
thou shalt never come:
so now, wretch! Take thyself off.»

5. COMING MAN:
«Augna, the eye's delight,
one wishes again to possess;
pleasant it is to be seen.
These wajls, methinks,
shine around golden halls,
here I could happily live.»

6. FJOLSVINN:
«Tell me, youth;
of whom thou art born,
or of what kin hast sprung.»
COMING MAN:
«Windcold I am called,
Springcold was my father named,
his sire was Fullcold.

7. Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
who here holds sway,
and has power over these lands
and costly halls?»

8. FJOLSVINN:
«Menglad is her name,
her mother her begat
with Svavrthorin's son.
She here holds sway,
and has power over these lands
and costly halls.»

9. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what the gate is called,
than which among the gods
mortals never saw a greater artifice?»

10. FJOLSVINN:
«Trymgjoll it is called,
and Solblinde's three sons
constructed it:
a fetter fastens,
every wayfarer,
who lifts it from its opening.»

11. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what that structure is called,
than which among the gods
never saw a greater artifice?»

12. FJOLSVINN:
«Gaststropne it is called,
and I constructed it
of Leirbrimi's limbs.
I have so supported it,
that it will ever stand
while the world lasts.»

13. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what those dogs are called,
that violently barks
more loudly than I ever heard?»

14. FJOLSVINN:
«Givr the one is called,
the other Gjere,
if thou that wouldst know.
Eleven watches
they will keep,
until the powers perish.»

15. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether any man can enter
while those fierce
assailants sleep?»

16. FJOLSVINN:
«Alternate sleep was,
strictly to them enjoined,
since to the watch they were appointed.
One sleeps by night,
by day the other,
so that no wight can enter if he comes.»

17. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether there is any food
that men can get,
such that they can run in while they eat?»

18. FJOLSVINN:
«Two repasts lie
in Vedovne's wings,
if thou that wouldst know:
that is alone such food
as men can give them,
and run in while they eat.»

19. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what that tree is called
that with its branches
spreads itself over every land?»

20. FJOLSVINN:
«Mimatree it is called;
but few men know
from what roots it springs:
it by that will fall
which fewest know.
Nor fire nor iron will harm it.»

21. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
to what the virtue is
of that famed tree applied,
which nor fire nor iron will harm?»

22. FJOLSVINN:
«Its fruit shall
on the fire be laid,
for labouring women;
out then will pass
what would in remain:
so is it a creator of mankind.»

23. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what the cock is called
that sits in that lofty tree,
and all-glittering is with gold?»

24. FJOLSVINN:
«Vedovne he is called;
in the clear air he stands,
in the boughs of Mime's tree:
afflictions only brings,
together indissoluble,
the swart Sinmara.»

25. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether there be any weapon,
before which Vedovne
may fall to Hel's abode?»

26. FJOLSVINN:
«Levatein the twig is named,
and Lopt plucked it,
down by the gate of Death.
In an iron chest
it lies with Sinmara,
with nine locks secured.»

27. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether he will alive return,
who seeks after,
and will take, that rod?»

28. FJOLSVINN:
«He will return
who seeks after,
and will take,
the rod, if he bears
that which few possess
to the dame of the glassy clay.»

29. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether there is any treasure,
that mortals can obtain,
at which the pale maiden will rejoice?»

30. FJOLSVINN:
«The bright sickle
that lies in Vedovne's wings,
thou in a bag shalt bear,
and to Sinmara give,
before she will think fit
to lend an arm for conflict.»

31. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what this hall is called,
which is girt round
with a curious flickering flame?»

32. FJOLSVINN:
«Lyr it is called,
and it will long tremble
as on a lance's point.
This sumptuous house shall,
for ages hence,
be but from hearsay known.»

33. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
which of the esir's sons
has that constructed,
which within the court I saw?»

34. FJOLSVINN:
«Une and Ire,
Bare and Ore,
Var and Vegdrasil,
Dore and Uri,
Delling and Atvard,
Lidskjalf, Loki.»

35. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
what that mount is called,
on which I see
a splendid maiden stand?»

36. FJOLSVINN:
«Lyvjaberg 'tis called,
and long has it a solace been
to the bowed-down and sorrowful:
each woman becomes healthy,
although a year's disease she have,
if she can but ascend it.»

37. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
how those maids are called,
who sit at Menglad's knees
in harmony together?»

38. FJOLSVINN:
«Liv the first is called,
the second is Livtrasa,
the third Tjodvarta,
Bjart and Blid,
Blidr, Frid,
Eir and Aurboda.»

39. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether they protect
those who offer to them,
if it should, be needful?»

40. FJOLSVINN:
«Every summer in which
men offer to them,
at the holy place,
no pestilence so great
shall come to the sons of men,
but they will free each from peril.»

41. WINDCOLD:
«Tell me, Fjolsvinn!
That which I will ask thee,
and I desire to know:
whether there is any man
that may in Menglad's
soft arms sleep?»

42. FJOLSVINN:
«There is no man
who may in Menglad's
soft arms sleep,
save only Svipdag;
to him the sun-bright maid
is for wife betrothed.»

43. WINDCOLD:
«Set the doors open!
Let the gate stand wide;
here thou mayest Svipdag see;
but yet go' learn
if Menglad will
accept my love.»

44. FJOLSVINN:
«Hear, Menglad!
A man is hither come:
go and behold the stranger;
the dogs rejoice;
the house has itself opened.
I think it must be Svipdag.»

45. MENGLAD:
«Fierce ravens shall,
on the high gallows,
tear out thy eyes,
if thou art lying,
that hither from afar is come
the youth unto my halls.

46. Whence art thou come?
Whence hast thou journeyed?
How do thy kindred call thee?
Of thy kin and name
I must have a token,
if I was betrothed to thee.»

47. SVIPDAG:
«Svipdag I am named,
Sunbright was my father named;
thence the winds
on the cold ways drove me.
Urd's decree may no one gainsay,
however lightly ut tered.»

48. MENGLAD:
«Welcome thou art:
my will I have obtained;
greeting a kiss shall follow.
A sight unlooked-for
glad dens most person
is when one the other loves.

49. Long have I sat
on Lyvjaberg,
day and night expecting thee.
Now that is come to pass
which I have hoped, that thou,
dear youth, again to my halls art come.

50. Longing I have undergone
for thy love;
and thou,
for my affection.
Now it is certain,
that we shall pass our lives together.»