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had children. King Atli invited to him Gunnarr and Hogni, and they came at his invitation. Yet before they departed from their land, they hid the gold, Fafnir's heritage, in the Rhine,and that gold has never since been found. Now King Atli had a host in readiness, and fought with Gunnarr and Hogni; and they were made captive. King Atli bade the heart be cut out of Hogni alive, and that was his end. Gunnarr he caused to be cast into a den of serpents. But a harp was brought secretly to Gunnarr, and he struck it with his toes, his hands being bound; he played the harp so that all the serpents fell asleep, saving only one adder, which glided over to him and gnawed into the cartilage of his breastbone so far that her head sank within the wound, and she clove to his liver till he died'. Gunnarr and Hogni were called Niflungs and Gjiikungs, for which reason gold is called Treasure, or Heritage, of the Niflungs.

["A little while after, Gudrun slew her two sons, and caused flagons to be made of their skulls, set with gold and silver. Then the funeral-feast was held for the Niflungs; and at this feast Gudrun had mead poured into the flagons for King Atli, and the mead was mixed with the blood of the boys. Moreover, she caused their hearts to be roasted and set before the king, that he might eat of them. And when he had eaten, then she herself told him what she had done, with many scathing words. There was no lack of strong drink there, so that most of the company had fallen asleep where they sat. That night she went to the king while he slept, and Hogni's son with her; they smote the king, and that was the death of him. Then they set fire to the hall, and burned the folk that were within. After that she went to the shore and leaped into the sea, desiring to make an end of herself; but she was tossed by the billows over the firth, and was borne to King Jonakr's land. And when he saw her, he took her to him and wedded her, and they had three sons, called Sorli, Hamdir, and Erpr: they were all raven-black of hair, like Gunnarr and Hogni and the other Niflungs. There Svanhildr, daughter of the youth Sigurdr, was reared, and of all women she was fairest. King Jormunrekkr the Mighty learned of her beauty, and sent his son Randver to woo her and bring her to be his wife. When Randver had come to the court of Jonakr, Svanhildr was given into his hands, and he should have brought her to King Jormunrekkr. But Earl Bikki said that it was a better thing for Randver towed Svandhildr, since he and she were both young, whereas Jormunrekkr was old. This counsel pleased the young folk well. Thereupon Bikki reported the matter to the king. Straightway, King Jormunrekkr commanded that his son be seized and led to the gallows. Then Randver took his hawk and plucked off its feathers, and bade that it be sent so to his father; after which he was hanged. But when King Jormunrekkr saw the hawk, suddenly it came home to him that even as the hawk was featherless and powerless to fly, so was his kingdom shorn of its might, since he was old and childless. Then King Jormunrekkr, riding out of the wood where he had been hunting, beheld Svanhildr as she sat washing her hair: they rode upon her and trod her to death under their horses' feet. "But when Gudrun learned of this, she urged on her sons to take vengeance for Svanhildr. When they were preparing for their journey, she gave them birnies and helmets so strong that iron could not bite into them. She laid these instructions upon them: that, when they were come to King Jormunrekkr, they should go up to him by night as he slept: Sorli and Hamdir should hew off his hands and feet, and Erpr his head. But when they were on their way, they asked Erpr what help they might expect from him, if they met King Jormunrekkr. Heanswered that he would render them such aid as the hand affords the foot. They said that that help which the foot received from the hand was altogether nothing. They were so wroth with their mother that she had sent them away with angry words, and they desired so eagerly to do what would seem worst to her, that they slew Erpr, because she loved him most of all. A little later, while Sorli was walking, one of his feet slipped, and he supported himself on his hand; and he said: 'Now the hand assists the foot indeed; it were better now that Erpr were living.' Now when they came to King Jormunrekkr by night, where he was sleeping, and hewed hands and feet off him, he awoke and called upon his men, and bade them arise. And then Hamdir spake, saying: 'The head had been off by now, if Erpr lived.' Then the henchmen rose up and attacked them, but could not overmaster them with weapons; and Jormunrekkr called out to them to beat them with stones, and it was done. There Sorli and Hamdir fell, and now all the house and offspring of Gjuki were dead. A daughter named Aslaug lived after young Sigurdr; she was reared with Heimir in Hlymdalir, and great houses are sprung from her. It is said that Sigmundr, Volsungr's son, was so strong that he could drink venom and receive no hurt; and Sinfjotli his son and Sigurdr were so hard-skinned that no venom from without could harm them: wherefore Bragi the Skald has sung thus:

When the wriggling Serpent

Of the Volsung's Drink hung writhing

On the hook of the Foeman
Of Hill-Giants' kindred.

Most skalds have made verses and divers short tales from these sagas. Bragi the Old wrote of the fall of Sorli and Hamdir in that song of praise which he composed on Ragnarr Lodbrok:

Once Jormunrekkr awakened
To an ill dream, 'mid the princes
Blood-stained, while swords were swirling:
A brawl burst in the dwelling
Of Randver's royal kinsman,
When the raven-swarthy
Brothers of Erpr took vengeance
For all the bitter sorrows.

The bloody dew of corpses,
O'er the king's couch streaming,
Fell on the floor where, severed,
Feet and hands blood-dripping
Were seen; in the ale-cups' fountain
He fell headlong, gore-blended:
On the Shield, Leaf of the Bushes
Of Leili's Land, 't is painted.

There stood the shielded swordsmen,

Steel biting not, surrounding

The king's couch; and the brethren

Hamdir and Sorli quickly

To the earth were beaten

By the prince's order,

To the Bride of Odin

With hard stones were battered.

The swirling weapons' Urger
Bade Gjuki's race be smitten
Sore, who from life were eager
To ravish Svanhildr's lover;
And all pay Jonakr's offspring
With the fair-piercing weapon,
The render of blue birnies,—
With bitter thrusts and edges.

I see the heroes' slaughter
On the fair shield-rim's surface;
Ragnarr gave me the Ship-Moon
With many tales marked on it.]

XLII. "Why is gold called Frodi's Meal? This is the tale thereof: One of Odin's sons, named Skjoldr,— from whom the Skjoldungs are come,—had his abode and ruled in the realm which now is called Denmark, but then was known as Gotland. Skjoldr's son, who ruled the land after him, was named Fridleifr. Fridleifr's son was Frodi: he succeeded to the kingdom after his father, in the time when Augustus Caesar imposed peace on all the world; at that time Christ was born. But because Frodi was mightiest of all kings in the Northern lands,the peace was called by his name wherever the Danish tongue was spoken; and men call it the Peace of Frodi. No man injured any other, even though he met face to face his father's slayer or his brother's, loose or bound. Neither was there any thief nor robber then, so that a gold ring lay long on Jalangr's Heath. King Frodi

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