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    Rígsþula Sva segia menn i fornum sogum, So men said in ancient stories, at einnhverr af ásum, that one of the Aesir, sa er Heimdallr het, who was called
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      Rígsþula


      Sva segia menn i fornum sogum,
      So men said in ancient stories,

      at einnhverr af ásum,
      that one of the Aesir,

      sa er Heimdallr het,
      who was called Heimdall,

      fór ferðar sinnar ok framm með siofarstrondu nockurri,
      was going on his way and as he went along a seashore,

      kom at einum húsaboe ok nefndiz Rigr.
      he came to a homestead, and he gave his name as Rig.

      Eptir þeirri sogu er kvæði þetta:
      This poem is about that story.
      1



      Ár kváðu ganga
      Long ago, they said, walked

      grænar brautir
      on green ways

      öflgan ok aldinn
      a powerful and aged

      ás kunnigan,
      knowledgable god,

      ramman ok röskvan
      mighty and ripe-grown

      Rig stíganda.
      Ríg, striding


      rammr, a. strong, of bodily strenngth, mighty and powerful
      röskr, acc. röskvan, a. vigorous, brave
      röskvast, v. refl. to ripen, of fruit, to grow up.
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      Gekk hann meirr at þat
      On he walked more then

      miðrar brautar,
      in the middle of the way.

      kom hann at húsi,
      He came to a house,

      hurð var á gætti;
      the door was ajar,

      inn nam at ganga,
      in he stepped.

      elldr var á gólfi,
      There was a fire on the floor,

      hión sátu þar
      man and wife sat there,

      hár at arni,
      grey-haired by the hearth,

      Ái ok Edda
      Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother

      alldinfallda.
      in her old fashioned head-dress.





      Rigr kunni þeim
      Rig was able

      ráð at segia,
      to offer advice to them

      Meirr settiz hann
      Moreover, he seated himself

      miðra fletia,
      in the middle of the bench,

      enn á hlið hvára
      and at either side of him

      hión salkynna.
      the couple of the household.


      4








      Þá tók Edda
      Then Great-grandmother took

      Økvinn hleif,
      a coarse loaf,

      þungan ok þykkan,
      heavy and thick,

      þrunginn sáðum;
      stuffed with grains.

      Bar hón meirr at þat
      More, she brought it then

      miðra skutla,
      in the middle of the plate.

      Soð var i bolla,
      Boiled meat was in the bowl,

      setti á bióð,
      she set that on the table.

      Reis hann upp þaðan,
      He got up from there,

      réðz at sofna.
      got ready to sleep.


      5





      Rigr kunni þeim
      Rig was able

      ráð at segia,
      to give them advice.

      Meirr lagðiz hann
      More, he laid

      miðrar rekkiu,
      in the middle of the bed,

      en á hlið hvára
      and at either side of him

      hión salkynna.
      the man and wife of the household.
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