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THE POESY OF SKALDS"
I. A certain man was named iEgir^orjiler. He dwelt on the island which is. now called Hler's-isle,' and was deeply versed in black magic. He took his way to Asgard, but the /EsicJiad foreknowledge of his journey;..he was received withgood cheer, and yet many things were done by deceit, with eye-illusions. And at evening, when it was time for drinking, Odin had swords brought into the hall, so bright that light radiated from them: and other illumination was not used while they sat at drinking. Then the iEsir came in to their banquet, and in the high-seats sat them down those twelve jEsir who were appointed to be judges; these were their names: Thor, Njordr, Freyr, Tyr, Heimdallr, Bragi, Vidarr, Vali, Ullr, Hoenir, Forseti, Loki; and in like manner the Asynjur: Frigg, Freyja, Gefjun, Idunn, Gerdr,Sigyn, Fulla, Nanna. It seemed glorious to JEgir to look about him in the hall: the wainscottings there were all hung with fair shields; there was also stinging mead, copiously quaffed. The man seated next to iEgir was Bragi, and they took part together in drinking and in converse: Bragi told jEgir of many things which had come to pass among the iEsir.
He began the story at the point where three of the iEsir, Odin and Loki and Hoenir, departed from home and were wandering over mountains and wastes, and food was hard to find. But when they came down into a certain dale, they saw a herd of oxen, took one ox, and set about cooking it. Now when they thought that it must be cooked, they broke up the fire, and it was not cooked. After a while had passed, they having scattered the fire a second time, and it was not cooked, they took counsel together, asking each other what it might mean. Then they heard a voice speaking in the oak up above them, declaring that he who sat there confessed he had caused the lack of virtue in the fire. They looked thither, and there sat an eagle; and it was no small one. Then the eagle said: "If ye are willing to give me my fill of the ox, then it will cook in the fire." They assented to this. Then he let himself float down from the tree and alighted by the fire, and forthwith at the very first took unto himself the two hams of the ox, and both shoulders. Then Loki was angered, snatched up a great pole, brandished it with all his strength, and drove it at the eagle's body. The eagle plunged violently at the blow and flew up, so that the pole was fast to the eagle's back, and Loki's hands to the other end of the pole. The eagle flew at such a height that Loki's feet down below knocked against stones and rock-heaps and trees, and he thought his arms would be torn from his shoulders. He cried aloud, entreating the eagle urgently for peace; but the eagle declared that Loki should never be loosed, unless he would give him his oath to induce Idunn to come out of Asgard with her apples. Loki assented, and being straightway loosed, went to his companions; nor for that time are any more things reported concerning their journey, until they had come home.
1 Usually translated "Poetical Diction." 2 Now Lsess0.
But at the appointed time Loki lured Idunn out of Asgard into a certain wood, saying that he had found such apples as would seem to her of great virtue, and prayed that she would have her apples with her and compare them with these. Then Thjazi the giant came there in his eagle's plumage and took Idunn and flew away with her, off into Thrymheimr to his abode.
But the iEsir became straitened at the disappearance of Idunn,and speedily they became hoary and old. Then those jEsir took counsel together, and each asked the other what had last been known of Idunn; and the last that had been seen was that she had gone out of Asgard with Loki. Thereupon Loki was seized and brought to the Thing, and was threatened with death, or tortures; when he had become well frightened, he declared that he would seek after Idunn in Jotunheim, if Freyja would lend him the hawk's plumage which she possessed. And when he got the hawk's plumage, he flew north into Jotunheim, and came on a certain day to the home of Thjazi the giant. Thjazi had rowed out to sea, but Idunn was at home alone: Loki turned her into the shape of a nut and grasped her in his claws and flew his utmost.
Now when Thjazi came home and missed Idunn, he took his eagle's plumage and flew after Loki, making a mighty rush of sound with his wings in his flight. But when the iEsir saw how the hawk flew with the nut, and where the eagle was flying, they went out below Asgard and bore burdens of plane-shavings thither. As soon as the hawk flew into the citadel, he swooped down close by the castlewall; then the iEsir struck fire to the plane-shavings. But the eagle could not stop himself when he missed the hawk: the feathers of the eagle caught fire, and straightway his flight ceased. Then the iEsir were near at hand and slew Thjazi the giant within the Gate of the iEsir, and that slaying is exceeding famous.
Now Skadi, the daughter of the giant Thjazi, took helm and birnie and all weapons of war and proceeded to Asgard, to avenge her father. The iEsir, however, offered her reconciliation and atonement: the first article was that she should