Sunday, 19 June 2016
Adhils And Yrsa
Is "shakingly unshaken" contradictory? No. Adhils is not both shaking and unshaken but his unshakenness shakes Yrsa.
"He did not speak merrily, as Helgi would have done; rather it was like something he had put together and learned beforehand." (ibid.)
I have heard this criticism made of some men including myself.
"'The mightiest lord of the lot comes wooing you, yes, gives you a gift which could be the Brisingamen itself...'" (p. 86)
When Yrsa has become the Swedish Queen, Olof gloats, then:
"She lived only a few years further. A growth killed her." (p. 87)
Is the growth a karmic consequence of her malice? Or do the gods end her life because it has fulfilled its purpose?