Thursday, 23 June 2016

Svipdag

Svipdag:

"...set up his swine-array..." (Hrolf Kraki's Saga, p. 131), taught by Odin to Hadding (see here);

laid down "...caltrops in the long grass." (ibid.);

said "'All men must dree their weirds.'" (p. 132);

saw his men slain in windrows and lost an eye in battle;

with help from his brothers, defeated the exiled berserkers who had led vikings against Svithjodh;

withdrew from the service of Adhils when he realized that the latter wanted him killed;

thus also did the right thing by Queen Yrsa who had endangered herself by supporting him;

went instead to serve the Danish King Hrolf.

At last we understand how Svipdag becomes part of Hrolf Kraki's Saga - and that is as far as I can take the story tonight.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    At first I was surprised by the bit you quoted from HROLF KRAKI'S SAGA about Svipdag using caltrops. I had thought that was a Medieval invention till i looked it up and found out it goes back to about 331 BC. So, I'm not surprised knowledge of caltrops spread from the Greeks and Romans to the barbarians.

    Sean

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