...Then goes Bqðvarr on his journey to Hleiðargarðs.
He comes to the king's residence.
Bqðvarr leads his horse immediately into a stable next to the king's best
horses and asks no-one about it; then he went in the hall and there
were a few men.
He sits down away from them, and when he has sat there a little while hears
some rummaging about further out in the corner some place.
Bqðvarr looks there and sees that man's hand come up out of big pile of bones,
which there was very black.
Bqðvarr goes there and asks who there was in the pile of bones.
Then to him was answered, and rather timidly, "Hqttr am I called, good fellow."
"Why are you," asks Bqðvarr, "or what are you doing?"
Hqttr answers, "I am making a shield for myself, good fellow."
Bqðvarr says, "Wretched are you in respect to shields!"
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Bqðvarr grabs at him and pulls him up out of the bone-pile.
Hqttr cried out at this loudly and said:
"Now you want to kill me!, Do not do this, so as I have now made myself protected,
but you have now broken to pieces my shield, and had I now made
her so high from outside of me, that she has protected me against
all your blows, so no blows have landed on me for a long time,
but not so was she all the same prepared as I intended she should be."
Bqðvarr said: "You will not get the shield made any longer."
Hqttr said, "Shall you now kill me, good fellow?"
Bqðvarr told him not to behave loudly, took him up then and carried him out
from the hall and to a certain lake which there was in proximity,
and gave little to this attention.
He washed him thoroughly all over.
Then went Bqðvarr to that place which he had previously taken,
and places after him Hqtt and sets him there next to him.
But he is so frightened that he trembles on his leg and joint,(knee)
but nevertheless thinks that he understands that this man wants to
After that evening draws on and the men drift towards the hall and Hrolf's
warriors that Hqttr was placed on the bench up and seems to them that
man have made himself sufficiently bold, who this has undertaken.
A bad look has Hqttr, when he sees his acquaintances, because he has alone bad
from them experienced; he wants to live very much and go back into
his bone-pile, but Bqðvarr holds him, so that he gets not away,
because he felt not equally exposed before their blows, if he
were able there to come.
Courtiers maintain now the same custom, and throw at first small bones over
across the floor to Bqðvarr and Hattar.
Bqðvarr acts as though he sees this not. Hqttr is so afraid that he takes
not food nor drink, and seems to him at every moment as though he
will be hit.
And now speaks Hqttr to Bqðvars:
"Good fellow, now comes toward us big knuckle-bone, and will this intend to
us to (do) harm."
Bqðvarr told him to desist from speaking (to be quiet). He set to hold lofann
and take so to knuckle-bone and had the legbone with it. Bqðvarr sent
after knuckle-bone and set on that man at once to throw, and by rights
straight in his face with such hard force that he was killed (be killed).
Someone is afflicted then great otta fear king's men (courtiers).
Comes now this to King Hrolf and his men up in the hideout(castle/fortress),
that man who is fearsome is coming to (arrived in) the hall and has
killed one of his henchmen, and will they get to kill this man. The king
asks whether the henchman had been innocently struck.
"it was close to that(practically)" they said.(said them)
From that comes King Hrolf's the whole truth about this. King Hrolf said
that by no means was it urgently unecessary to kill this man.
Have taken up a bad habit, throwing bones at innocent men. on me it is dishonor,
and on you is it shame, to bring such a thing. Have I repeatedly root
(emphasized)all over this before, and (has no one here given me any
attention)have you here that no one attention give, and think I that this
man will not be of very small importance or power, which you have now
attacked; and summon him to me, so that I may know who he is.
Bqðvarr went before the king and declared himself pleasantly.
The king asked him his name (for his name).
"Hott's friend called am I by your henchmen(retainers), but Bqðvarr am I named."
The King said, "what kind of compensation will you offer me for my retainer(henchman)?"
Bqðvarr answers,"to this happened him, as he obtained."
The King said, "Will you be my man and occupy his seat?"
Bqðvarr answers, "not refuse to be your man(person), and will not be
part from each other so buit, with Hqttr, and both placed closer to you,
either and(but)these it has sit(than this man), otherwise we both go from
The king said, "I see no honor in him, but no withholding and value do I place on
Bqðvarr went now to this space which pleased him, but not willing him that
occupied his space have before. He pulled up a certain place three men,
and then set he and Hqttr there down and further out(closer to he king)
in the hall than they had been assigned. Somewhat thought the people
hard to deal with in relation to Bqðvarr, and they were greatly
worried by him.
And then it came close to Yule(yuletime), the men in that place became
uneasy/gloomy. Bqðvarr asked Hqtt what this meant; he said to him that
a beast have come there two winters in succession, large and horrible.
And it has wings on its back and fly (fljuga)generally. Two autumns it has now
here, to this place visited and gone(done) great damage. On it pierce
not weapons(weapons do not pierce it), and the king's champions come
not here(the king's champions do not come here/return here/come back),
those which are greatest of all."
Bqðvarr said, "This hall is not so well manned that I think(as I thought), if
one wild beast(animal) shall here lay waste realm and livestock
Hqttr said, "That it no wild beast(animal), rather(instead) it that greatest
Now comes Yule-eve. Then speaks the king:
Now I desire that that all men be calm and quiet tonight, and I forbid any of
my men to go in any danger in connection with the animal, and livestock
will go after because I will not lose my men.
They all promised about this, to do after the king had asked.
Bqðvarr stole away in the night; he let Hottr go with him, and he went that
unwillingly, and declared himself steered to death. Bqðvarr said better
will (it)turn out. They left away from the hall, and had to be forced
by Bqðvarr carried Hottr, so frightened was he.
Now see that animal, and it next shouted Hqttr as loud as him can and express
animal would swallow him. Bqðvarr asked the bitch these to be silent
and threw him down on the moss, and there, in that place lay him and
not all together unafraid, and not thorir him either to approach. Now
goes Bqðvarr to meet the animal; that happens to him, in sword is
hard in his scabbard, he is wanting to move it. Bqðvarr urged now his
hard(stuck) sword and there is movement in the scabbard, and now he
managed to draw a sword from out of the scabbard, and bone immediately
underneath shoulder animal(beast) and so hard at immediately it stuck in
its heart, and fell the animal(beast)to the ground dead down. After that
he goes(will) to where Hqttr lays. Bqðvarr picks up and strikes his to
where animal(beast) lays down. Hqttr shakes violently. Bqðvarr says:
"Now you shall drink (the)blood of the animal(beast)."
He is for a long time reluctant, but even so thorir(did?) he indeed nothing else.
Bqðvarr let(forced) him drink two large mouthfuls; he made him and eat a
bit of animal's heart. After that took Bqðvarr to his and not expect there
with for a long time. Bqðvarr said:
"Exceedingly are now strong have become, and not expect that I you be afraid of from
now on and not you."
"Well am then become, Hqttr friend," says Bqðvarr. "Let us now go up to it and raise
up the animal(beast) so um(meaningless adverbial particle) that men think
that it must be quick(alive).
They did now so. After that come them home and keep quiet, and think not any men what
they have to be busy with.
The King asks in the morning what they knew to the animal(beast), whether it has in
any way to that place visited in the night. To him was said that livestock
all was safe in pen(fold) and unhurt. The king made his men find out whether
any could be seen signs of that had home come. Watchmen did so and came
quickly after and said to the king that the beast was going there and somewhat
at great speed that castle. The king made his henchmen(retainers) be now
valiant and be of use now which to the extent that he has mind to, and be
of monster this; and so was done, asthe king made, in their preparations
oneself to this. The king looked at the beast(animal) and said then:
"No one is I movement in the beast(animal), but who will now take reward for and
approaching to meet it?"
Bqðvarr said, "It is exceptionally bold man cure for curiousity. Hqttr friend, clear
yourself of slander in which men give as one's opinion(say about you), as
though not any valour or valour will there be. Farþu now and kill the
beast. You can see that no one else is very eager."
"Yes," said Hqttr, "I shall undertake to(do) this."
The king said, "I did not know where from this boldness is in you coming, Hqttr, and
large begin about you changed in short period of time."
Hqttr said, "Give to me the sword 'Goldenhilted', that you hold on to, and I shall
cause to fall the beast(animal)or be killed."