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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

Grípisspá (Gríp) - 56

Grípisspá

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Sigmundr Völsungs sonr var konungr áFrakklandi. Sinfjötli var elztr hans sona, annarr Helgi, þriði Hámundr. Borghildr, kona Sigmundar, átti bróður er hét... en Sinfjötli, stjúpsonr hennar, ok... báðu einnar konu báðir ok fyr þá sök drap Sinfjötli hann. En er hann kom heim þá bað Borghildr hann fara ábrot en Sigmundr bauð henni fébætr ok það varð hon að þiggja. En að erfinu bar Borghildr öl. Hon tók eitr mikið, horn fullt, ok bar Sinfjötla. En er hann sá íhornið skilði hann að eitr var í ok mælti til Sigmundar: Gjöróttr er drykkrinn, ái! Sigmundr tók hornið ok drakk af. Svá er sagt að Sigmundr var harðgörr að hvárki mátti hánum eitr granda útan né innan. Enallir synir hans stóðusk eitr áhörund útan. Borghildr bar annað horn Sinfjötla ok bað drekka ok fór allt sem fyrr. Ok enn ið þriðja sinn bar hon hánum hornið ok þó ámælisorð með ef hann drykki eigi af. Hann mælti enn sem fyrr við Sigmund. Hann sagði: Láttu grön síaþá, sonr! Sinfjötli drakk ok varð þegar dauðr. Sigmundr bar hann langar leiðir ífangi sér ok kom að firði einum mjóvum ok löngum ok var þar skip eitt lítið ok maðr einn á. Hann bauð Sigmundi far of fjörðinn. En er Sigmundr bar líkið út áskipið þá var bátrinn hlaðinn. Karl mælti að Sigmundr skyldi fara fyr inn á fjörðinn. Karl hratt út skipinu ok hvarf þegar. Sigmundr konungr dvalðiz lengi íDanmörkíríki Borghildar síðan er hann fekk hennar. Fór Sigmundr þá suðr íFrakkland til þess ríkis er hann átti þar. Þá fekk hann Hjördísar, dóttur Eylima konungs. Þeira sonr var Sigurðr. Sigmundr konungr fell íorrustu fyr Hundings sonum. En Hjördís giftiz þá Álfi, syni Hjálpreks konungs. Óx Sigurðr þar upp íbarnæsku. Sigmundr ok allir synir hans vóru langt um fram alla menn aðra um afl okvöxt ok hug ok alla atgervi. Sigurðr var þá allra framarstr ok hann kalla allir menn ífornfræðum um alla menn fram ok göfgastan herkonunga.

(Sigmund, son of Volsung, was king in the land of the Franks. Sinfiotli was his eldest son, the second was Helgi, the third Hamund. Borghild, Sigmund’s wife, had a brother called [?].* And Sinfiotli, her stepson, and [?] were both wooing the same woman, and for that reason Sinfiotli killed him. And when he came home, then Borghild told him to go away, but Sigmund offered her compensation, and she had to accept that. But at the funeral feast Borghild was carrying the ale around. She took poison, a great, full horn of it, and gave it to Sinfiotli. But when he looked in the horn, he realized that there was poison in it and he said to Sigmund, ‘This drink is cloudy, Dad!’ Sigmund took the horn and drank it up. It is said that Sigmund had such a mighty constitution that no poison could harm him, neither outside nor inside; and all his sons could withstand poison on their skin. Borghild brought another horn to Sinfiotli and told him to drink, and everything happened as before. And the third time she brought him a horn and offered him taunting words if he did not drink it up. He spoke to Sigmund as before. He said, ‘Let your moustache strain it, son!’ Sinfiotli drank it and died immediately. Sigmund carried him in his arms for a long way, and came to a long, narrow fjord, and there was a little ship and a single man on it. He offered to take Sigmund over the fiord. But when Sigmund put the corpse in the ship, it was fully loaded. The man said that Sigmund would have to walk in along the fiord and he pushed out the boat and disappeared.*
Sigmund lived in Denmark, Borghild’s kingdom, for a long time after he married her. Then he went south to the land of the Franks, to the kingdom he had there. Then he married Hiordis, daughter of King Eylimi. Sigurd was their son. Sigmund was killed in battle by the sons of Hunding and then Hiordis married Alf, son of King Hialprek. Sigurd lived with them as a child and grew up there.
Sigmund and all his sons surpassed all men in strength and size and courage and all accomplishments. Sigurd, however, was the most remarkable of all, and in the old traditions everyone says he was the greatest of all men and the most redoubtable of war-leaders.
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editions: Skj Not in Skj;

sources

GKS 2365 4° (R) 26v, 20 - 27r, 16 (Edda)  image  image  
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