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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mhkv 9III/4 — Éljúðnir ‘Éljúðnir’

Friggjar þótti svipr at syni;
sá var taldr ór miklu kyni;
Hermóðr vildi auka aldr;
Éljúðnir vann sólginn Baldr.
Ǫll grétu þau eptir hann;
aukit var þeim hlátrar bann;
heyrinkunn er frá hánum saga;
hvat þarf ek of slíkt at jaga.

Þótti svipr at syni Friggjar; sá var taldr ór miklu kyni; Hermóðr vildi auka aldr; Éljúðnir vann Baldr sólginn. Þau ǫll grétu eptir hann; bann hlátrar var þeim aukit; saga frá hánum er heyrinkunn; hvat þarf ek at jaga of slíkt.

It seemed a sudden loss concerning the son of Frigg <goddess> [= Baldr]; he was reckoned from a great family; Hermóðr wanted to extend his life; Éljúðnir <hall of Hel> had swallowed up Baldr. They all wept for him; their ban of laughter [SORROW] grew; the tale about him is very well known; why do I need to harp on it.


[4] Éljúðnir ‘Éljúðnir <hall of Hel>’: Lit. ‘rain-damp’ (the first element of the cpd is él- ‘storm, rain’; cf. AEW: Éljúðnir). Hel’s residence, a name recorded elsewhere only in Gylf  (SnE 2005, 27). 



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