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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda: an electronic edition (Edd.)

ed. Haraldur Bernharðsson;

not in Skj

prose works

Frá Völundi (Frá Völ) - 2

Frá Völundi

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0b — [not skaldic]

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Níðuðr hét konungr íSvíþjóð. Hann átti tvá sonu ok eina dóttur; hon hét Böðvildr. Bræðr vóru þrír, synir Finna konungs. Hét einn Slagfiðr, annarr Egill, þriði Völundr. Þeir skriðu ok veiddu dýr. Þeir kvómu íÚlfdali ok gerðu sér þar hús. Þar er vatn er heitir Úlfsjár. Snemma of morgin fundu þeir ávatns ströndu konur þrjár ok spunnu lín. Þar vóru hjá þeim álftar hamir þeira; það vóru valkyrjur. Þar vóru tvær dætr Hlöðvés konungs, Hlaðguðr svanhvít ok Hervör alvitr; in þriðja var Ölrún Kjárs dóttir af Vallandi. Þeir höfðu þær heim til skála með sér. Fekk Egill Ölrúnar en Slagfiðr Svanhvítrar en Völundr Alvitrar. Þau bjoggu sjau vetr. Þá flugu þær að vitja víga ok kvómu eigi aftr. Þá skreið Egill að leita Ölrúnar en Slagfiðr leitaði Svanhvítrar en Völundr sat í Úlfdölum. Hann var hagastr maðr, svá að menn viti, ífornum sögum. Níðuðr konungr lét hann höndum taka svá sem hér er um kveðið:

(Nidud was the name of a king among the Swedish people. He had two sons and one daughter. She was called Bodvild. There were three brothers, sons of the Lappish king. One was called Slagfid, the second Egil, the third Volund. They went on skis and hunted wild animals. They came to Wolfdale and there built themselves a house. There is a lake there called Wolf-lake. Early in the morning, they found three women on the lake-shore, and they were spinning linen. Near them were their swan’s garments; they were valkyries.* There were two daughters of King Hlodver—Hladgud the swan-white, and Hervor, the strange creature—the third was Olrun, the daughter of Kiar of Valland. They took them home to the hall with them. Egil took Olrun, and Slagfid Swanwhite [i.e. Hladgud], and Volund Strange-Creature [i.e. Hervor]. They lived together seven winters. Then the women flew off to go to battles and did not come back. Then Egil skied off to look for Olrun, and Slagfid went looking for Swanwhite, and Volund sat in Wolfdales. He was the most skilful of men, that men know of, in the ancient stories. King Nidud had him seized, as is told of here:)

editions: Skj Not in Skj;

sources

GKS 2365 4° (R) 18r, 4 - 18r, 18 (Edda)  image  image  
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