Eir Lore
fromThe Poetic Edda
translated by Lee M. Hollander


Svipdagsmal

Svipdag said:

"Tell me, Fjolsvith, for I fain would know;
answer thou I ask:
what the mountain is hight which the maiden doth
dwell on, aloft and alone?

Fjolsvith said:

"'Tis Lyfja mount hight, and long has it been
for the sick and the halt a help:
for hale grows wholly, though hopeless she seems,
the woman who wins its hight."

Svipdag said:

"Tell me, Fjolsvith, for I fain would know;
answer thou I ask:
what the maids are hight before Mengloth's knees
that sit in sisterly wise?

Fjolsvith said:

"Hlif one is hight, Hlifthrasa another,
a third, Thjothvara;
eke Bjort and Bleik, Blith and Frith,
Eir and Aurbortha.



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