The Volsunga Saga

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Norrœna Society, 1906 - Sagas - 340 pages
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Page 67 - go we and drive them to the river which is called Busil-tarn." They did so, and drave the horses down into the deeps of the river, and all swam back to land but one horse ; and that horse Sigurd chose for himself ; grey he was of hue, and young of years, great of growth, and fair to look on, nor had any man yet crossed his back. Then spake the grey-beard, " From Sleipnir's kin is this horse come, and he must be nourished heedfully, for it will be the best of all horses ; " and therewithal he vanished...
Page 113 - ... of her sorrow be heard ; then great mourning and lamentation there was, so that folk heard it far and wide through that abode. Now Gudrun asked her bower-maidens why they sat so joyless and downcast. " What has come to you, that ye fare ye as witless women, or what unheard-of wonders have befallen you ? " Then answered a waiting lady, hight Swaflod, " An untimely, an evil day it is, and our hall is fulfilled of lamentation.
Page 104 - Now fare these folk wide over the world, and do many great deeds, and slay many kings' sons, and no man has ever done such works of prowess as did they ; then home they come again with much wealth won in war. Sigurd gave of the serpent's heart to Gudrun, and she ate thereof, and became greater-hearted, and wiser than ere before: and the son of these twain was called Sigmund. Now on a time went Grimhild to Gunnar her son, and spake — " Fair blooms the life and fortune of thee, but for one thing...
Page 78 - I am called a noble beast : neither father have I nor mother, and all alone have I fared hither." Said Fafnir, " Whereas thou hast neither father nor mother, of what wonder wert thou born then ? But now, though thou tellest me not thy name on this my deathday, yet thou knowest verily that thou liest unto me." He answered, " Sigurd am I called, and my father was Sigmund.
Page 141 - Some great storm will befall, whereas thou hadst a white bear in thy mind." "An erne methought came in," she says, "and swept adown the hall, and drenched me and all of us with blood. and ill shall that betoken, for methought it was the double of King Atli.
Page 111 - Sigurd, so that he had no more memory of my very name." "All wrong thou talkest; a lie without measure is this," quoth Gudrun. Brynhild answered, " Have thou joy of Sigurd according to the measure of the wiles wherewith ye have beguiled me ! unworthily have ye conspired against me ; may all things go with you as my heart hopes ! " Gudrun says, " More joy shall I have of him than thy wish would give unto me: but to no man's mind it came, that he had aforetime his pleasure of me; nay not once." " Evil...
Page 144 - I had it in my mind," said Atli, " to take the lives of you, and be lord of the gold, and reward you for that deed of shame, wherein ye beguiled the best of all your affinity ; but now shall I revenge him." Hogni answered, " Little will it avail to lie long brooding over that rede, leaving the work undone." And therewith they fell to hard fighting, at the first brunt with shot. But therewithal came the tidings to Gudrun, and when she heard thereof she grew exceeding wroth, and cast her mantle from...
Page 27 - As to the literary quality of this work we might say much, but we think we may well trust the reader of poetic insight to break through whatever entanglement of strange manners or unused element may at first trouble him, and to meet the nature and beauty with which it is filled : we cannot doubt that such a reader will be intensely touched by finding, amidst all its wildness and remoteness, such startling realism, such subtilty, such close sympathy with all the passions that may move himself to-day....
Page 41 - ... but at midnight, as they sat in the stocks, there came on them a she-wolf from out the wood ; old she was, and both great and evil of aspect ; and the first thing she did was to bite one of those brethren till he died, and then she ate him up withal, and went on her way. But the next morning Signy sent a man to the brethren, even one whom she most trusted, to wot of the tidings ; and when he came back he told her that one of them was dead, and great and grievous she deemed it, if they should...
Page 136 - Atli bids the Giukings to him. NOW tells the tale that on a night King Atli woke from sleep and spake to Gudrun — " Medreamed," said he, " that thou didst thrust me through with a sword." Then Gudrun areded the dream, and said that it betokened fire, whenas folk dreamed of iron. " It befalls of thy pride belike, in that thou deemest thyself the first of men." Atli said, " Moreover I dreamed that here waxed two sorb-tree saplings, and fain I was that they should have no scathe of me ; then these...

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