Monday, 24 September 2012
How They Connect
The picture, taken from Wikipedia, shows Helgi and Yrsa who marry not knowing that they are father and daughter. Thus, the title character of the Saga is born perhaps sooner than expected in Chapter II which, according to the family tree in the beginning of the book, still deals with Skjoldungs two generations prior to Hrolf.
For me at least, the close connection with Beowulf came as a surprise as did something else. Of Helgi, we are told:
"Himself he poured water upon the boy and named him Hrolf." (p. 74)
I had not known that Pagan naming ceremonies involved pouring water on the baby. I do not think that modern Pagans do this but will ask.