Sigurth went to Hjalpreks stud and chose for himself a horse, who
thereafter was called Grani. /see notes Gripisspo/ At that time Regin, the
son of Hreithmar, was come to Hjalpreks home; he was more ingenious
than all other men, and a dwarf in stature; he was wise, fierce and skilled
in magic. Regin undertook Sigurths bringing up and teaching, and loved
him much. He told Sigurth of his forefathers, and also of this: that once
Othin and Honir and Loki had come to Andvaris waterfall, and in the
fall were many fish. Andvari was a dwarf, who had dwelt long in the waterfall
in the shape of a pike, and there he got his food. Otr was the name
of a brother of ours, said Regin, who often went into the fall
in the shape of an otter; he had caught a salmon, and sat on the high bank
eating it with eyes shut. Loki threw a stone at him and killed him; the
gods thought they had great good luck, and stripped the skin off the otter.
That same evening they sought a nights lodging at Hreithmars
house, and showed their booty. Then we seized them, and told them, as ransom
for their lives, to fill the otter skin with gold, and completely cover
it outside as well with red gold. Then they sent Loki to get the gold; he
went to Ran and got her net, and went then to Andvaris fall and caste
the net in front of the pike, and the pike leaped into the net.
Then Loki said:
1. What is the fish that runs in the flood,
And itself from ill cannot save?
If thy head thou wouldst from Hel redeem,
Find me the waters flame.
2. Andvari am I, and Oin my father,
In many a fall have I fared;
An evil Norn in olden days
Doomed me in waters to dwell.
3. Andvari, say, if thou seekest still
To live in the land of men,
What payment is set for the sons of men
Who war with lying words?
4. A mighty payment the men must make
Who in Vathgelmirs waters wade;
On a long road lead the lying words
That one to another utters.
Loki saw all the gold that Andvari had. But when he had brought forth all the gold, he held back one ring, and Loki took this from him. The dwarf went into his rocky hole and said:
5. Now shall the gold that Gust once had
Bring their death to brothers twain,
And evil be for heroes eight;
Joy of my wealth shall no man win.
The gods gave Hreithmar the gold, and filled up the otter-skin, and stood it on its feet. Then the gods had to heap up gold and hide it. And when that was done, Hreithmar came forward and saw a single whisker, and bade them cover it. Then Othin brought out the ring Andvaranaut (Andvaris gem) and covered the hair. Then Loki said:
6. The gold is given, and great the price
Thou hast my head to save;
But fortune thy sons shall find not there,
The bane of ye both it is.
7. Gifts ye gave, but ye gave not kindly,
Gave not with hearts that were whole;
Your lives ere this should ye all have lost,
If sooner this fate I had seen.
8. Worse is this that methinks I see,
For a maid shall kinsmen clash;
Heroes unborn thereby shall be,
I deem, to hatred doomed.
9. The gold so red shall I rule, methinks,
So long as I shall live;
Nought of fear for thy threats I feel,
So get ye hence to your homes.
Fafnir and Regin asked Hreithmar for a share of the wealth that was paid for the slaying of their brother, Otr. This he refused, and Fafnir thrust his sword through the body of his father, Hreithmar, while he was sleeping. Hreithmar called to his daughters:
10. Lyngheith and Lofnheith, fled is my life,
And mighty is my need!
11. A daughter, woman with wolfs heart, bear,
If thou hast no son with hero brave;
If one weds the maid, for the need is mighty,
Their son for thy hurt may vengeance seek.
Then Hreithmar died, and Fafnir took all the gold. Thereupon Regin asked to have his inheritance from his father, but Fafnir refused this. Then Regin asked counsel of Lyngheith, his sister, how he should win his inheritance. She said:
12. In friendly wise the wealth shalt thou ask
Of thy brother, and better will;
Not seemly is it to seek with the sword
Fafnirs treasure to take.
All these happenings did Regin tell to Sigurth.
One day, when he came to Regins house, he was gladly welcomed. Regin said:
13. Hither the son of Sigmund is come,
The hero eager, here to our hall;
His courage is more than an ancient mans,
And battle I hope from the hardy wolf.
14. Here shall I forever the fearless prince,
Now Yngvis heir to us is come;
The noblest hero beneath the sun,
The threads of his fate all lands enfold.
Sigurth was there continually with Regin, who said to Sigurth that Fafnir lay at Gnitaheith, and was in the shape of a dragon. He had a fear-helm, of which all living creatures were terrified. Regin made Sigurth the sword which was called Gram; it was so sharp that when he thrust it down into the Rhine, and let a strand of wool drift against it with the stream, it cleft the strand asunder as if it were water. With this sword Sigurth cleft asunder Regins anvil. After that Regin egged Sigurth on to slay Fafnir, but he said:
15. Loud will the son of Hunding laugh,
Who low did Eylimi lay in death,
If the hero sooner seeks the red
Rings to find than his fathers vengeance.
King Hjalprek gave Sigurth a fleet for the avenging of his father. They ran into a great storm, and were off a certain headland. A man stood on the mountain, and said:
16. Who yonder rides on Raevils steeds
Oer towering waves and waters wild?
The sail-horses all with sweat are dripping
Nor can the sea-steeds the gale withstand.
17. On the sea-trees here are Sigurth and I,
The storm wind drives us on to our death;
The waves crash down on the forward deck,
And the roller-steeds sink; who seeks our names?
The man spake:
18. Hnikar I was when Volsung once
Gladdened the ravens and battle gave;
Call me the Man from the Mountain now,
Feng (Seizer) or Fjolnir; with you will I fare.
They sailed to the land, and the man went on board the ship, and the storm subsided. Sigurth spake:
19. Hnikar, say, for thou seest the fate
That to the gods and men is given;
What sign is fairest for him who fights,
And best for the swinging of swords?
20. Many the signs, if men but knew,
That are good for the swinging of swords;
It is well, methinks, if the warrior meets
A raven black on his road.
21. Another it is if out thou art come,
And art ready forth to fare,
To behold on the path before thy house
Two fighters greedy of fame.
22. Third it is well if a howling wolf
Thou hearest under the ash;
And fortune comes if thy foe thou seest
Ere thee the hero beholds.
23. A man shall fight not when he must face
The moons bright sister setting late;
Win he shall who well can see,
And wedge-like forms his men for the fray.
24. Foul is the sign if thy foot shall stumble
As thou goest forth to fight;
Goddesses baneful at both thy sides
Will that wounds thou shalt get.
25. Combed and washed shall the wise man go,
And a meal at morn shall take;
For unknown it is where at eve he may be;
It is ill thy luck to lose.
Sigurth had a great battle with Lyngvi, the son of Hunding, and his brothers; there Lyngvi fell, and his two brothers with him. After the battle Regin said:
26. Now the bloody eagle with biting sword
Is carved on the back of Sigmunds killer;
Few were more fierce in fight than his son,
Who reddened the earth and gladdened the ravens.
Sigurth went home to Hjalpreks house; thereupon Regin egged him on to fight with Fafnir.