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Of mercy bereft

And held as bond-maids;

Clay eats our foot-soles,

Cold chills us above;

We turn the Peace-Grinder:

'T is gloomy at Frodi's.

'Hands must rest,
The stone must halt;
Enough have I turned,
My toil ceases:
Now may the hands
Have no remission
Till Frodi hold
The meal ground fully.

'The hands should hold
The hard shafts,
The weapons gore-stained,—
Wake thou, Frodi!
Wake thou, Frodi,
If thou wouldst hearken
To the songs of us twain
And to ancient stories.

'Fire I see burning
East of the burg,
War-tidings waken,
A beacon of warning:
A host shall come
Hither, with swiftness,

And fire the dwellings
Above King Frodi.

'Thou shalt not hold
The stead of Hleidr,
The red gold rings
Nor the gods' holy altar;
We grasp the handle,
Maiden, more hardly,—
We were not warmer
In the wound-gore of corpses.

'My father's maid
Mightily ground
For she saw the feyness
Of men full many;
The sturdy posts
From the flour-box started,
Made staunch with iron.
Grind we yet swifter.

'Grind we yet swifter!
The son of Yrsa,
Halfdanr's kinsman,
Shall come with vengeance
On Frodi's head:
Him shall men call
Yrsa's son and brother.
We both know that.'

The maidens ground,
Their might they tested,

Young and fresh

In giant-frenzy:

The bin-poles trembled,

And burst the flour-box;

In sunder burst

The heavy boulder.

And the sturdy bride
Of Hill-Giants spake:
'We have ground, o Frodi!
Soon we cease from grinding;
The women have labored
O'er long at the grist.'

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I have heard that Frodi's hand-maids
Ground in the mill full gladly
The Serpent's Couch; with gold-meal
The king lets peace be broken:
The fair cheeks of my axe-head,
. Fitted with maple, show forth
Fenja's Grist; exalted
Is the skald with the good king's riches.

So sang Egill:

Glad are full many men
In Frodi's meal.]

XLIII. "Why is gold called Kraki's Seed? In Denmark there was a king called Hrolfr Kraki: he was most renowned of all ancient kings for munificence, valor, and graciousness. One evidence of his graciousness which is often brought into stories is this: A little lad and poor, Voggr by name, came into the hall of King Hrolfr. At that time the king was young, and of slender stature. Voggr came into his presence and looked up at him; and the king said:" What wouldst thou say, lad, for thou lookest at me?' Voggr answered: 'When I was at home, I heard say that Hrolfr the king at Hleidr was the greatest man in the northern lands; but now there sitteth in the high seat a little pole, and he is called King.' Then the king made answer: 'Thou, boy, hast given me a name,so that I shall be called Hrolfr the Pole (Kraki); and it is the custom that the giving of a name be accompanied by a gift. Now I see that with the name which thou has fastened on me, thou hast no gift such as would be acceptable to me, wherefore he that has wherewith to give shall give to the other.' And he took from his hand a gold ring and gave it to him. Then Voggr said:'Above all kings be thou most blessed of givers! Now I swear an oath that I shall be that man's slayer who slays thee.' Then spake the king, laughing loudly:'Voggr is pleased with a small thing.'

"Another example is the tale told concerning the valor of Hrolfr Kraki: That king whom men call Adils ruled over Uppsala; he had to wife Yrsa, mother of Hrolfr Kraki. He was at strife with the king who ruled over Norway, whose name was Ali; the two joined battle on the ice of the lake called Vaeni. King Adils sent an embassy to Hrolfr Kraki, his stepson, praying him to come to his aid, and promised wages to all his host so long as they should be away; King Hrolfr himself should have three precious gifts, whatsoever three he might choose from all Sweden.


King Hrolfr could not make the journey in person, owing to the strife in which he was engaged with the Saxons; but he sent to Adils his twelve berserks: Bodvar-Bjarki was there for one, and Hjalti the Stout-Hearted, Hvitserkr the Stern, Vottr Veseti, and the brethren Svipdagr and Beigudr. In that battle King Ali fell, and the great part of his host with him; and King Adils took from him in death the helm Battle-Swine and his horse Raven. Then the berserks of Hrolfr Kraki demanded for their hire three pounds of gold for each man of them; and in addition they required that they might bear to Hrolfr Kraki those gifts of price which they had chosen for him: which were the Helm Battle-Boar and the birnie Finn's Heritage,—on neither of which iron would take hold,—and the gold ring which was called Pig of the Swedes, which Adils' forefathers had had. But the king denied them all these things, nor did he so much as pay their hire: the berserks went away ill-pleased with their share, and told the state of things to Hrolfr Kraki.

"Straightway he began his journey to Uppsala; and when he had brought his ships into the river Fyri, he rode at once to Uppsala, and his twelve berserks with him, all without safe-conduct. Yrsa, his mother, welcomed him and led him to lodgings, but not to the-king's hall: fires were made there before them, and ale was given them to drink. Then men of King Adils came in and heaped firewood onto the fire, and made it so great that the clothes were burnt off Hrolfr and his men. And the fellows spake: * Is it true that Hrolfr Kraki and his berserks shun neither fire nor iron?' Then Hrolfr Kraki leapt up, and all they that were with him; and he said:

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