Two Norse Lays: I. The Home Bringing of the Hammer, Translated from the Old Norse with Explanatory Notes. II. The Awakening of the Gods

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W. Peace, 1872 - 48 pages
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Page 3 - In fact, these old Norse songs have a truth in them, an inward perennial truth and greatness, — as, indeed, all must have that can very long preserve itself by tradition alone. It is a greatness not of mere body and gigantic bulk, but a rude greatness of soil.
Page 29 - Mjolnir, which both the Frost and Mountain Giants know to their cost when they see it hurled against them in the air; and no wonder, for it has split many a skull of their fathers and kindred. The second rare thing he possesses is 'called the belt of strength or prowess (Megingjardir).
Page 29 - ... air ; and no wonder, for it has split many a skull of their fathers and kindred. The second rare thing he possesses is called the belt of strength or prowess (Megingjardir). When he girds it about him his divine might is doubly augmented ; the third, also very precious, being his iron gauntlets, which he is obliged to put on whenever he would lay hold of the handle of his mallet. There is no one so wise as to be able to relate all Thor's marvellous exploits, yet I could tell thee so many myself...
Page 33 - ... as children do their father. Frigga is his wife. She foresees the destinies of men, but never reveals what is to come. For thus it is said that Odin himself told Loki, " Senseless Loki, why wilt thou pry into futurity? Frigga alone knoweth the destinies of all, though she telleth them never.
Page 33 - He hath formed," added Jafnhar, "heaven and earth, and the air, and all things thereunto belonging." * And what is more, " continued Thridi, " he hath made man, and given him a soul which shall live and never perish though the body shall have moldered away, or have been burned to ashes.
Page 30 - Loki is handsome and well made, but of a very fickle mood, and most evil disposition. He surpasses all beings in those arts called Cunning and Perfidy. Many a time has he exposed the gods to very great perils, and often extricated them again by his artifices "
Page 32 - He requires less sleep than a bird, and sees by night, as well as by day, a hundred miles around him. So acute is his ear that no sound escapes him, for he can even hear the grass growing on the earth, and the wool on a sheep's back.
Page 30 - Siguna, his wife, stands by him and receives the drops as they fall in a cup, which she empties as often as it is filled. But while she is doing this, venom falls upon Loki, which makes him howl with horror, and twist his body about so violently that the whole earth shakes, and this produces what men call earthquakes. There will Loki lie until Ragnarok." [GG]. OF RAONAROK, OR THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, AND THE CONFLAGRATION OF THE UNIVERSE. 51. " I have not heard before of Ragnarok...
Page 31 - ... and a daughter called Freyja, both of them beauteous and mighty. Frey is one of the most celebrated- of the gods. He presides over rain and sunshine, and all the fruits of the earth, and should be invoked in order to obtain good harvests, and also for peace.
Page 29 - The mightiest of them,' replied Har, 'is Thor. He is called Asa-Thor and Auku-Thor, and is the strongest of gods and men. His realm is named Thrudvang, and his mansion Bilskirnir, in which are five hundred and forty halls. It is the largest house ever built. Thus it is called in the Grfmnismal : — " Five hundred halls And forty more, Methinketh, hath Bowed Bilskirnir. Of houses roofed There 's none I know My son's surpassing.

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