Sunday, 19 June 2016
Helgi And Yrsa
Should that not read: "...that she was his child"? Yrsa had borne Helgi's son, Hrolf, while Helgi was there. The news that he returns to now is not that she is pregnant again but that he has inadvertently married his own daughter - the reverse of Oedipus.
There is a belief that the Aesir would smite Denmark if one of its joint kings knowingly continued an incestuous marriage and, since this narrative is a fantasy based on a saga, the belief is probably correct.
Queen Olof had kept her daughter alive only because:
"'It may come in useful, somehow, someday...'" (p. 61)
- and the unwanted daughter has become a means of vengeance against Helgi.
Yrsa leaves with Olof. Helgi goes into a decline. Does the conflict between him and Olof continue? I do not remember. What a family! I am glad to have spent this afternoon with my daughter, her husband, his two sons from a previous marriage and four of their children.