Alvíssmál

English translation based on Benjamin Thorpe's work



1. Alvis spoke:
"Now shall the bride my benches adorn,
And homeward haste forthwith;
Eager for wedlock to all shall I seem,
Nor at home shall they rob me of rest."

2. Thor spoke:
"What,
pray,
art thou? Why so pale round the nose? By the dead hast thou lain of late? To a giant like dost thou look,
methinks;
Thou wast not born for the bride."

3. Alvis spoke:
"Alvis am I,
and under the earth My home 'neath the rocks I have;
With the wagon-guider a word do I seek,
Let the gods their bond not break."

4. Thor spoke:
"Break it shall I,
for over the bride Her father has foremost right;
At home was I not when the promise thou hadst,
And I give her alone of the gods."

5. Alvis spoke:
"What hero claims such right to hold O'er the bride that shines so bright? Not many will know thee,
thou wandering man! Who was bought with rings to bear thee?"

6. Thor spoke:
"Vingthor,
the wanderer wide,
am I,
And I am Sithgrani's son;
Against my will shalt thou get the maid,
And win the marriage word."

7. Alvis spoke:
"Thy good-will now shall I quickly get,
And win the marriage word;
I long to have,
and I would not lack,
This snow-white maid for mine."

8. Thor spoke:
"The love of the maid I may not keep thee From winning,
thou guest so wise,
If of every world thou canst tell me all That now I wish to know.

9. "Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the earth,
that lies before all,
In each and every world?"

10. Alvis spoke:
"Earth to men,
Field to the gods it is,
The Ways is it called by the Wanes;
Ever Green by the giants,
The Grower' by elves,
The Moist by the holy ones high."

11. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the heaven,
beheld of the high one,
In each and every world?"

12. Alvis spoke:
"Heaven men call it,
The Height the gods,
The Wanes The Weaver of Winds;
Giants The Up-World,
elves The Fair-Roof,
The dwarfs The Dripping Hall."

13. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men.:
What call they the moon,
that men behold,
In each and every world?"

14. Alvis spoke:
"Moon with men,
Flame the gods among,
The Wheel in the house of hell;
The Goer the giants,
The Gleamer the dwarfs,
The elves The Teller of Time."

15. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the sun,
that all men see,
In each and every world?"

16. Alvis spoke:
"Men call it Sun,
gods Orb of the Sun,
The Deceiver of Dvalin the dwarfs;
The giants The Ever-Bright,
elves Fair Wheel,
All-Glowing the sons of the gods."

17. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the clouds,
that keep the rains,
In each and every world?"

18. Alvis spoke:
"Clouds men name them,
Rain-Hope gods call them,
The Wanes call them Kites of the Wind;
Water-Hope giants,
Weather-Might elves,
The Helmet of Secrets in hell."

19. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the wind,
that widest fares,
In each and every world?"

20. Alvis spoke:
"Wind do men call it,
the gods The Waverer,
The Neigher the holy ones high;
The Wailer the giants,
Roaring Wender the elves,
In hell The Blustering Blast."

21. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the calm,
that quiet lies,
In each and every world?"

22. Alvis spoke:
"Calm men call it,
The Quiet the gods,
The Wanes The Hush of the Winds;
The Sultry the giants,
elves Day's Stillness,
The dwarfs The Shelter of Day.

23. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the sea,
whereon men sail,
In each and every world?"

24. Alvis spoke:
"Sea men call it,
gods The Smooth-Lying,
The Wave is it called by the Wanes;
Eel-Home the giants,
Drink-Stuff the elves,
For the dwarfs its name is The Deep.

25. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the fire,
that flames for men,
In each of all the worlds?"

26. Alvis spoke:
"Fire men call it,
and Flame the gods,
By the Wanes is it Wildfire called;
The Biter by giants,
The Burner by dwarfs,
The Swift in the house of hell."

27. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the wood,
that grows for mankind,
In each and every world?"

28. Alvis spoke:
"Men call it The Wood,
gods The Mane of the Field,
Seaweed of Hills in hell;
Flame-Food the giants,
Fair-Limbed the elves,
The Wand is it called by the Wanes."

29. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the night,
the daughter of Nor,
In each and every world?"

30. Alvis spoke:
"Night men call it,
Darkness gods name it,
The Hood the holy ones high;
The giants The Lightless,
the elves Sleep's joy" The dwarfs The Weaver of Dreams."

31. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the seed,
that is sown by men,
In each and every world?"

32. Alvis spoke:
"Men call it Grain,
and Corn the gods,
Growth in the world of the Wanes;
The Eaten by giants,
Drink-Stuff by elves,
In hell 'The Slender Stem.'

33. Thor spoke:
"Answer me,
Alvis! thou knowest all,
Dwarf,
of the doom of men:
What call they the ale,
that is quaffed of men,
In each and every world?"

34. Alvis spoke:
"Ale among men,
Beer the gods among,
In the world of the Wanes The Foaming;
Bright Draught with giants,
Mead with dwellers in hell,
The Feast-Draught with Suttung's sons."

35. Thor spoke:
"In a single breast I never have seen More wealth of wisdom old;
But with treacherous wiles must I now betray thee:
The day has caught thee,
dwarf! (Now the sun shines here in the hall.)"

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