The Northern Way

Fiölsvinnsmál

The Lay of Fiölsvith.

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Vindkald
26. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether there be any weapon,
before which Vidofnir may
fall to Hel´s abode?
27. Hævatein the twig is named,
and Lopt plucked it,
down by the gate of Death.
In an iron chest it lies
with Sinmoera,
and is with nine strong locks secured.

Vindkald
28. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether he will alive return,
who seeks after,
and will take, that rod?

Fiölsvith
29. 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.

Vindkald
30. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether there is any treasure,
that mortals can obtain,
at which the pale giantess will rejoice?

Fiölsvith
31. The bright sickle
that lies in Vidofnir´s wings,
thou in a bag shalt bear,
and to Sinmoera give,
before she will think fit
to lend an arm for conflict.

Vindkald
32. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
what this hall is called,
which is girt round
with a curious flickering flame?

Fiölsvith
33. Hyr 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.

Vindkald
34. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
which of the Æsir´s sons
has that constructed,
which within the court I saw?

Fiölsvith
35. Uni and Iri,
Bari and Ori,
Var and Vegdrasil,
Dorri and Uri,
Delling and Atvard,
Lidskialf, Loki.

Vindkald
36. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
what that mount is called
on which I see
a splendid maiden stand?

Fiölsvith
37. Hyfiaberg ´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.

Vindkald
38. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
how those maids are called,
who sit at Menglöd´s knees
in harmony together?

Fiölsvith
39. Hlif the first is called,
the second is Hlifthursa,
the third Thiodvarta,
Biört and Blid,
Blidr, Frid,
Eir and Örboda.

Vindkald
40. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether they protect
those who offer to them,
if it should, be needful?

Fiölsvith
41. 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.

Vindkald
42. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether there is any man
that may in Menglöd´s
soft arms sleep?

Fiölsvith
43. There is no man
who may in Menglöd´s
soft arms sleep,
save only Svipdag;
to him the sun-bright maid
is for wife betrothed.

Vindkald
44. Set the doors open!
Let the gate stand wide;
here thou mayest Svipdag see;
but yet go learn
if Menglöd will
accept my love.

Fiölsvith
45. Hear, Menglöd!
A man is hither come:
go and behold the stranger;
the dogs rejoice;
the house is opened.
I think it must be Svipdag.

Menglöd
46. 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.

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

Svipdag
48. Svipdag I am named,
Solbiart was my father named;
thence the winds on the cold ways drove me.
Urd’s decree
may no one gainsay,
however lightly uttered.

Menglöd
49. Welcome thou art:
my will I have obtained;
greeting a kiss shall follow.
A sight unlooked-for
gladdens most persons,
when one the other loves.

50. Long have I sat
on my loved hill,
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.

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

 

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