Tales of the Teutonic Lands
This book contains a collection of stories that have been passed down for centuries, all stemming from the lands of Germany, Scandinavia and northeastern Europe. The tales lend an insight into the pagan beliefs and general culture of the peoples who were converted to Christianity by forced means during the Northern Crusades.
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Andvari answered asked Atli bade Baldur betwixt blood brother Brynhild castle cried daughter dead Drangey drave Etzel eyes Fafnir fair father fear feast fell fierce fight fire Flosi flung friends Frithjof gave Gizur gold Grettir Grimhild Gudrun Gunnar Gunnlaug Hagan Hagen hall Hallgerda Hamdir hand Hartmuth Hauskuld heard heart Helga Helgi Herwig Hettel Hildeburg Hildegund Hogni horse Hreidmar Hugdietrich Iceland Illugi Ingebjorg King Gunther knew Kriemhild land Loki looked maidens mind naught never Nibelung night Njal Njal's Odin Ortwin Otkell pray queen Rafn Regin Rhineland ring rode Rudeger saying shalt shield ship Siegfried Siggeir Sigmund Signy Sigurd Sinfjotli sister Skarp-hedinn slain slay slew smote sons spake spear story straightway sword thee thine things Thorbiorn Thorir Thorstein thou art thou hast Thrain told took treasure Volsung Walter warriors Wherefore wife wilt Yarl Wate
Síđa 16 - Volsung the king! I let slay both my children, whom I deemed worthless for the revenging of our father, and I went into the wood to thee in a witch-wife's shape; and now behold, Sinfjotli is the son of thee and of me both! and therefore has he this so great hardihood and fierceness, in that he is the son both of Volsung's son and Volsung's daughter; and for this, and for naught else, have I so wrought, that...
Síđa 19 - In the night season Are all dead warriors Than in the daylight. But a little while lived Sigrun, because of her sorrow and trouble. But in old time folk trowed that men should be born again, though their troth be now deemed but an old wife's doting. And so, as folk say, Helgi and Sigrun were born again, and at that tide was he called Helgi the Scathe of Hadding, and she Kara the daughter of Halfdan ; and she was a Valkyria, even as is said in the Lay of Kara.
Síđa 45 - So Sigurd called the horse Grani, the best of all the horses of the world ; nor was the man he met other than Odin himself. Now yet again spake Regin to Sigurd, and said — " Not enough is thy wealth, and I grieve right sore that thou must needs run here and there like a churl's son ; but I can tell thee where there is much wealth for the winning, and great name and honour to be won in the getting of it.
Síđa 388 - Head. There their ship was dashed all to pieces, but the men's lives were saved. Then, too, a gale of wind came on them. Now they ask Kari what counsel was to be taken; but he said their best plan was to go to Swinefell and put Flosi's manhood to the proof.
Síđa 33 - Then he took up the word, and said — " Whoso draweth this sword from this stock, shall have the same as a gift from me, and shall find in good sooth that never bare he better sword in hand than is this.
Síđa 16 - Siggeir might get his bane at last; and all these things have I done that vengeance might fall on him, and that I too might not live long; and merrily now will I die with King Siggeir, though I was naught merry to wed him.
Síđa 10 - Nibelunge, because we have there no contemporaneous historical documents. Yet as the chief Herakles is represented as belonging to the royal family of Argos, there may have been a Herakles, perhaps the son of a king, called Amphitryo, whose descendants, after a temporary exile, reconquered that part of Greece which had formerly been under the sway of Herakles. The traditions of the miraculous birth, of many of his heroic adventures, and of his death, were as little based on historical facts as the...
Síđa 10 - Chimaera and similar monsters, we see the reflected image of the Delphian Apollo killing the worm, or of Zeus, the god of the brilliant sky, with whom Herakles shares in common the names of Ida3os, Olympics, and Pangenetor.
Síđa 9 - Fortunately, it is easier to answer these German than the old Greek euhemerists, for we find in contemporary history that Jornandes, who wrote his history at least twenty years before the death of the Austrasian Siegbert, knew already the daughter of the mythic Sigurd, Swanhild, who was born, according to the Edda...
Síđa 15 - ... smart as this." So the lad came to Sigmund, and Sigmund bade him knead their meal up, while he goes to fetch firing; so he gave him the meal-sack, and then went after the wood, and by then he came back had Sinfjotli made an end of his baking. Then asked Sigmund if he had found nothing in the meal. "I misdoubted me that there was something quick in the meal when I first fell to kneading of it, but I have kneaded it all up together, both the meal and that which was therein, whatsoever it was."...