Fridthjof's Saga

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S.C. Griggs, 1876 - 213 pages
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Page 210 - ... warriors that were to perish in battle. There were genii and spirits, who mingled in every mortal event. Infernal agents there were in abundance, and Lok, the personification of the evil principle, was the head of them all. Lok is described as beautiful in form, but depraved in mind, the calumniator of the gods, the grand contriver of deceit and fraud, the reproach of gods and men, whom the deities, in consequence of his malignity, had been constrained to shut up in a cavern. The goddess Hela,...
Page 205 - E'en as the stars escort the moon in heaven's vault. Whilst tears suffused her soft and lovely eyes, she fell Into her brother's arms, but deeply moved he led His cherished sister unto Frithiof s faithful breast, And o'er the altar of the god she gave her hand Unto her childhood's friend, the darling of her heart.
Page 143 - On thy ship pitch no tent ; in no house shalt thou sleep : in the hall who our friends ever knew ? On his shield sleeps the Viking, his sword in his hand, and for tent has yon heaven the blue.
Page 144 - If a merchant sail by, you must shelter his ship, but the weak will not tribute withhold; You are king of the waves, he a slave to his gains; and your steel is as good as his gold. " Let your goods be divided by lot or by dice, how it falls you may never complain ; But the sea-king himself takes no part in the lots, — he considers the honor his gain.
Page 84 - Farewell till then ; be true, forget me not, And take, in memory of our childhood's love, My arm-ring here, a beauteous Volund-work, With heaven's wonders graven in the gold; The best of wonders is a faithful heart.
Page 144 - ... considers the honor his gain." Thousands of years of the use of the milder forms of alcohol, by civilizations that have not only mastered the world, but furnished it with its most cherished ornaments, show that total abstinence is a forlorn solution of the liquor question; as the Viking's Code reads: "Wine is all-father's drink, and the cup is allowed if you only can use it with sense"; and productivity and the fundamental law of the persistence of the human race upon the earth is the other side...
Page 15 - All men will surely perish with all they prize, But one thing know I, Fridthjof, which never dies, — * And that is reputation ! therefore, ever The noble action strive for, the good endeavor.
Page 174 - ... is come. He therefore gives over to Frithiof both his kingdom and his daughter Ingeborg and then resolves to end his life by "carving" his body. (Canto 20, stanza 11 — Holcomb's translation): "Then carved he rightly letters all glowing, — Death runes to Odin on arms and on chest ; (Stanza 12) : Bring for my drinking the horn with wine flowing ; Skoal to thy honor (hou, land of my birth I (Stanza 15): Eyelids close gently, — spirit so royal Flies with a sigh to the Allfather's breast.
Page 165 - Though no human eye behold thee, Odin sees and hears each word; Coward, wilt thou murder slumber ? Slay an old defenceless man ? Win what else, the crown of heroes is not won by such a plan.

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