HRAFNAGALDUR INS
Forspjallslj

01 ODIN'S RAVEN-CHANT
1 Alfur orkar, Allfather works,
2 lfar skilja, elves understand,
3 vanir vitu, vanir know,
4 vsa nornir, norns reveal,
5 elur vija, vija gives birth,
6 aldir bera, men endure,
7 reyja ursar, thurses wait,
8 r valkyrjur. valkyries yearn.
02
1 tlun sir The sir suspected
2 illa gtu, an evil scheme,
3 veur villtu wights confounded
4 vttar rnum; the weather with magic;
5 hrris skyldi Urur was appointed
6 Urur geyma, hrrir's keeper,
7 mttk at verja powerful to protect it
8 mestum orra. from the mightiest winter.
03
1 Hverfur v Hugur, Hugur then disappears
2 himna leitar, seeking the heavens,
3 grunar guma men's ruin is suspected,
4 grand ef dvelur; if he's delayed;
5 tti er rins rinn's thought
6 unga draumur, is an opressive dream,
7 Dins dulu Dinn's dream
8 draumur tti. was thought enigmatic.
04
1 Dugir me dvergum The dwarves' powers
2 dvna, heimar dwindle, the worlds
3 niur a Ginnungs sink down
4 nii skkva; towards Ginnung's abyss;
5 oft Alsviur Often Alsviur
6 ofan fellir, fells from above,
7 oft of fllnum often he gathers
8 aftur safnar. the fallen again.
05
1 Stendur va Earth and Sun
2 strind n rull, cannot stand firm;
3 lofti me lvi malignant winds
4 linnir ei straumi; do not cease;
5 mrum dylst hidden in the glorious
6 Mmis brunni well of Mmir
7 vissa vera; lies all knowledge;
8 viti enn, ea hva? know ye yet, or what?
06
1 Dvelur dlum Dwells in dales
2 ds forvitin, the curious ds,
3 Yggdrasils fr from Yggdrasill's
4 aski hnigin; ash descended;
5 lfa ttar of elven kin,
6 Iunni htu, Iunn was her name,
7 valds eldri youngest of vald's
8 yngsta barna. elder children.
07
1 Eiri illa Ill she endured
2 ofankomu, the fall from above,
3 hrbams undir under the hoar-tree's
4 haldin meii; trunk confined;
5 kunni sst disliked staying
6 a kundar Nrva, at Nrvi's daughter's,
7 vn a vrri used to better
8 vistum heima. abodes back home.
08
1 Sj sigtvar The divinities see
2 syrgja Naumu Nauma grieving
3 viggjar a vum; in the wolf's home;
4 vargsbelg seldu, given a wolf-skin,
5 lt frast, she clad herself therein,
6 lyndi breytti, changed disposition,
7 lk a lvsi, delighted in guile,
8 litum skipti. shifted her shape.
09
1 Valdi Virir Virir selected
2 vr Bifrastar Bifrst's guardian
3 Gjallar sunnu to inquire of
4 gtt a frtta, the bearer of Gjll's sun,
5 heims hvvetna whatever she knew
6 hvert er vissi; of the world's affairs;
7 Bragi og Loftur Bragi and Loftur
8 bru kviu. bore witness.
10
1 Galdur glu, Sorcery they sang,
2 gndum riu, wolves they rode,
3 Rgnir og Reginn Rgnir and Reginn,
4 a ranni heimis; against the world's house;
5 hlustar inn inn listens
6 Hliskjlfu ; in Hliskjlf;
7 leit braut vera watched the travellers'
8 langa vegu. distant journey.
11
1 Fr enn vitri The wise one asked
2 veiga selju the server of mead,
3 banda burur scion of gods
4 og brauta sinnar; and his road-companions,
5 hlrnis, heljar, if she knew the origin,
6 heims ef vissi duration, and end
7 rt, fi, of heaven, of hel,
8 aldurtila. of the world.
12
1 N mun mlti, Her mind she spoke not,
2 n ml kntti nor was Gefjun able
3 Gefjun greia, to utter a word,
4 n glaum hjaldi; nor express any joy;
5 tr af tndust tears trickled,
6 trgum hjarnar, from the skull's shields,
7 eljunfaldin the mighty one
8 endurrja. was bereft of power.
13
1 Eins kemur austan As from the East,
2 r livgum out of livgar,
3 orn af akri comes a thorn from the field
4 urs hrmkalda, of the rime-cold giant,
5 hveim drepur drttir with which Dinn
6 Dinn allar smites all men
7 mran of Migar of glorious Midgard
8 me ntt hverri. every night.
14
1 Dofna dir, Actions are numbed,
2 detta hendur, the arms slump,
3 svfur of svimi a swoon hovers over
4 sver ss hvta; the white god's sword;
5 rennir rvit stupor dispels
6 rgjar glyggvi, the wind of the giantess,
7 sefa sveiflum the mind's workings
8 skn gjrvallri. of all mankind.
15
1 Jamt tti Jrunn Thus the gods perceived
2 jlnum komin, the state of Jrunn,
3 sollin stum, swollen with sorrow,
4 svars er ei gtu; when no answer came forth;
5 sttu v meir they grew more persistent
6 a syn var fyrir, as response was denied,
7 mun miur but all their words
8 mlgi dugi. were to no avail.
16
1 Fr frumkvull Went forth the leader
2 fregnar brauta, of the expedition,
3 hirir a Herjans guardian of Herjan's
4 horni Gjallar; Gjallarhorn;
5 Nlar nefa chose as companion
6 nam til fylgis, the kinsman of Nl,
7 greppur Grmnis Grmnir's poet
8 grund varveitti. guarded the ground.
17
1 Vinglf tku Arrived at Vinglf
2 Viars egnar, Viar's thains,
3 Fornjts sefum by Fornjt's sons
4 fluttir bir; both transported;
5 iar ganga, they walk within,
6 si kveja greet the sir
7 Yggjar egar forthwith at Yggur's
8 vi lteiti. merry ale-feast:
18
1 Heilan Hangat, "Hale be, Hangatr,
2 heppnastan sa, happiest of sir,
3 virt ndvegis may you preside over
4 valda bu; the mead at the high-seat!"
5 sla a sumbli "Sit, gods, in delight
6 sitja da, at the drinking-feast;
7 me Yggjungi may you, with Yggjungur,
8 yndi halda. enjoy eternal bliss!"
19
1 Bekkjarsett Seated on benches
2 a Blverks ri at Blverk's bidding
3 sjt Shrmni the tribe of gods
4 saddist rakna; were with Shrmnir sated;
5 Skgul a skutlum Skgul, at the tables,
6 skaptker Hnikars with horns meted out
7 mat af mii Mmir's mead
8 Mmis hornum. from Hnikar's vat.
20
1 Margs of frgu Much was asked
2 mlt yfir during the banquet
3 Heimdall h go, of Heimdallur by the gods,
4 hrgar Loka, of Loki by the goddesses,
5 spr ea spakml whether the woman had spoken
6 sprund ef kenndi, prophecies or wisdom;
7 undorn of fram, all day they asked
8 unz nam hma. until twilight approached.
21
1 Illa ltu Badly, they deemed,
2 ori hafa had gone amiss
3 erindisleysu their futile errand
4 ofltilfrga; of little glory;
5 vant a vla it would prove hard
6 vera myndi, to find the ploy needed
7 svo af svanna to get an answer
8 svars of gti. from the woman.
22
1 Ansar mi, mi answers,
2 allir hlddu: all listened:
3 "Ntt skal nema "Night is the time
4 nra til; for new advice;
5 hugsi til myrgins think until morning
6 hver sem orkar each that is able
7 r til leggja to provide counsel
8 rausnar sum!" for the sir's benefit!".
23
1 Rann me rstum Ran along the eddies
2 Rindar mur of Rindur's plains
3 furlarur the wolf's tired
4 fenris valla; food supply;
5 gengu fr gildi the gods left
6 goin, kvddu the feast and saluted
7 Hropt og Frigg, Hroptur and Frigg,
8 sem Hrmfaxa fr. as Hrmfaxi ascended.
24
1 Drum settan Delling's son
2 Dellings mgur urged on his horse,
3 j fram keyri well adorned
4 jarknasteinum; with precious stones;
5 mars of Manheim the horse's mane glows
6 mn af glar, above Man-world,
7 dr leik Dvalins the steed in his chariot
8 drsull rei. drew Dvalin's playmate.
25
1 Jrmungrundar At Jrmungrund's
2 jdyr nyrra northern border,
3 und rt yztu under the outermost root
4 aalollar of the noble tree,
5 gengu til rekkju went to their couches
6 ggjur og ursar, giantesses and giants,
7 nir, dvergar dead men, dwarves,
8 og dkklfar. and dark-elves.
26
1 Risu raknar, The gods arose,
2 rann lfrull, lfrull ran,
3 norur a Niflheim njla advanced
4 njla stti; north towards Niflheimur;
5 upp nam rgjll lfrn's son
6 lfrnar niur, lifted up rgjll,
7 hornytvaldur the mighty hornblower
8 Himinbjarga. in Himinbjrg.

 

 

 

 


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