Poetic Edda/Hyndluljóð

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«Wake, maid of maids!
Wake, my friend!
Hyndla! Sister!
Who in Helli dwellest.
Now there is dark of darks;
we will both to
Valhall ride,
and to the holy fane.

2. Let us Herfather pray
into our minds to enter,
he gives and grants
gold to the deserving.
He gave to Hermod
a helm and corslet,
and from him Sigmund
a sword received.

3. Victory to his sons he gives,
but to some riches;
eloquence to the great,
and to men, wit;
fair wind he gives to traders,
but poesy to skallds;
valour he gives
to many a warrior.

4. She to Thor will offer,
she to him will pray,
that to thee he may
be well disposed;
although he bears ill will
to Jotun-maidens.

5. Now of thy wolves take
one from out the stall;
let him now
with my hog run.»
«Sluggish is thy hog
the god's way to tread;
I will not my noble
palfrey saddle.

6. False are thou, Freya!
Who temptest me:
by thy eyes thou showest it,
so fixed upon us;
while thou thy man
hast on the dead-road,
the young Ottar,
Innstein's son.»

«Dull art thou, Hyndla!
Methinks thou dreamest,
since thou sayest that my man
is on the dead-road with me;
there where my hog sparkles
which for me made
the two skilful dwarfs,
Dainn and Nabbi.

8. From the saddle we will talk:
let us sit,
and of princely
families discourse,
of those chieftains
who from the gods descend.

9. They have contested
for Vala's ore,
Ottar the young
and Angantyr.
A duty 'tis to act
so that the young prince
his paternal heritage may have,
after his kindred.

10. A palace to me he raised,
with stones constructed,
- now that stone
to crystal become -,
with the blood of oxen
he newly sprinkled it;
often Ottar trusted
the esir's maidens.

11. Now let us reckon
up the ancient families,
and the kin's
of exalted men:
Who are Skjoldungs?
Who are Skilvings?
Who are Audlings?
Who are Ynglings?
Who are free-born?
Who are high-born?
The choicest kin
of men in Midgard?»

«Thou, Ottar!
Art of Innstein born,
but Innstein was
from Alv the old,
Alv was from Ulv,
Ulv from Seafari,
but Seafari
from Svan the red.

13. Thy father had a mother,
for her necklaces famed,
she, I think, was named
Ledis the priestess;
Frodi her father was,
and her mother Friund:
all that stock
among the high-born.

14. Aali was of old'
of men the strongest,
Halfdan before him,
the highest of Skjoldungs;
famed were the battles
the hero fought,
to the corners of heaven
his deeds were carried.

15. By Eymund aided,
chief of men,
he Sigtrygg slew
with the cold steel.
He Almveig had to wife,
first of maidens.
They begat and had
eighteen sons.

16. From them the Skjoldungs,
from them the Skilvings,
from them the Audlings,
from them the Ynglings,
from them the free-born,
from them the high-born,
the choicest kin
of men in Midgard;
all these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

17. Hildigunn
her mother was,
of Suofu born
and Seaking.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!
This thou should know,
wilt thou even further?

18. Dag wedded Torah,
mother of warriors:
of that kin were born
the noble champions,
Fradmar, Gyrd,
and the Frekar both,
Ám and Iosurmar,
Alf the old.
This thou should know,
wilt thou even further?

19. Ketil their friend was named,
heir of Klyp;
he was maternal grandsire
of thy mother.
Then was Frodi
yet before Kari,
but the eldest
born was Alf.

20. Nanna was next,
Nokkvi's daughter;
her son was
thy father's kinsman,
ancient is that kinship,
and longer still.
I knew both
Brodd and Horvi.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

21. Isolf, Aasolf,
Aulmod's sons
and Skurhild
Skeckils's daughter;
thou shalt yet count
chieftains many.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

22. Gunnar bulwark,
Grim whittle,
ironshield Thori,
Wolf the gaper,
- - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - -.

23. [Hervard, Hjorvard,
Hrani, Angantyr]
Bui and Brami,
Barri and Reifnir,
Tind and Tyrving,
and two Hadding's.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

24. East in Bolm
born they was,
Arngrims sons
with Eyfuru:
ferocious berserks,
calamity of every kind,
by land and sea,
like fire they carried.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

25. I knew both
Brodd and Horvi,
they were in the court
of Rolf the old;
all descended
from Iormunreki,
son-in-law of Sigurd
- listen to my story -
the dread of nations,
him who Fáfnir slew.

26. He was a king,
from Volsung sprung,
and Hiordis
from Hraudungi;
but Eylimi
from the Audlings.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

27. Gunnar and Hogni,
sons of Gjuki;
and Gudrun likewise,
their sister.
Godtorm was not
of Gjuki's kin,
although he brother
was of them both.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

28. Harald war-tooth,
born of Hrereki
he was a son of Aud,
Aud the rich
was Ivar's daughter;
but Radbard
was Randve's father.
They were heroes
to the gods devoted.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

29. There were eleven
esir reckoned,
when Balder
on the pile was laid;
him Vala showed
himself worthy to' avenge,
his own brother:
he the slayer slew.
All these is thy kin,
Ottar homein!

30. Balder's father
was the heir of Bur:
Frey to wife had Gerd,
she was Gymis daughter,
from Jotuns sprung
and Aurboda;
Tjatsi also
was their relation,
that haughty Jotun;
Skadi was his daughter.

31. We tell thee much,
and remember more:
I admonish thee thus much to know,
wishest thou yet to go further?

32. Haki was not the worst
of Hvedna's sons,
and Hjorvard
was Hvedna's father;
Heid and Rosstjov
were of Rimni's kin.

33. All the volva's
are from Vidolv;
all the wizard's
from Vilmeid,
all the wizards
from Suarthofda;
all the Jotuns
come from Ymir.

34. We tell thee much,
and remember more:
I admonish thee thus much to know,
wishest thou yet to go further?

35. There was one born,
in times of old,
with wondrous might endowed,
of origin divine:
nine Jotun maids
gave birth
to the gracious god,
at the world's margin.

36. We tell thee much,
and remember more:
I admonish thee thus much to know,
wishest thou yet to go further?

37. Gjalp gave him birth,
Greip gave him birth,
Eistla gave him birth,
and Eyrgiafa;
Ulrun gave him birth,
and Angeya,
Imd and Atla,
and Iarnsaxa.

38. The people were many;
nourished with the strength of earth,
with the ice-cold sea,
and the pig's blood.

39. We tell thee much,
and remember more:
I admonish thee thus much to know,
wishest thou yet to go further?

40. Loki begat the wolf
with Angrbodu,
but Sleipni he begat
with Svadilfara:
one monster seemed
of all most deadly,
which from Byleistz's
brother sprang.

41. Loki eat the heart,
on fire from linden made,
found a half-burnt
was Lopt sired
with that wicked woman;
thence in the world
are all wicked one's come.

42. Ocean towers
with storms to heaven itself,
flows o'er the land;
the air is rent:
thence come snows
and rapid winds;
then it is decreed
that the rain should cease.

43. There was one born
greater than all,
the boy was nourished
with the strength of earth;
he was declared a ruler,
mightiest and richest,
allied by kinship
to all princes.

44. Then shall another come,
yet mightier,
although I dare
not his name declare.
Few may see
further forth
than when Odin
meets the wolf.»

45. FREYA:
«Bear thou the memory-cup
to my guest,
so that he may
all the words
repeat of this, discourse,
on the third morn,
when he and Angantyr
reckon up the kin's.»

«Go thou quickly hence,
I long to sleep;
more of my wondrous
power thou gettest not from me.
Thou runnest,
out at nights,
as among goats
Heidrun runs.

47. Always thou hast run
after Odi, ever longing;
many a one has stolen
under thy girdle.
Thou runnest, my hot friend,
out at nights,
as among goats
Heidrun runs.»

48. FREYA:
«Fire I strike over thee,
dweller of the wood!
So that thou goest not
ever away from hence.
- - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - -.»

«Fire I see burning,
and the earth blazing;
many will have
their lives to save.
Bear thou the cup
to Ottar's hand,
the mead with venom mingled,
in an evil hour!»

50. FREYA:
«Thy malediction
shall be powerless;
although thou, Jotun-maid!
Dost evil threaten.
He shall drink
delicious draughts.
All the gods I pray
to favour Ottar.»