Voluspa::Part VII The End Approaches

36.
From the east there pours through poisoned vales
With swords and daggers the river Slith

37.
Northward a hall in Nithavellir
Of gold there rose for Sindri’s race;
And in Okolnir another stood,
Where the giant Brimir his beer-hall had.

38.
A hall I saw, far from the sun,
On Nastrond it stands, and the doors face north;
Venom drops through the smoke-vent down,
For around the walls do serpents wind.

39.
I saw there wading through rivers wild
Treacherous men and murderers too,
And workers of ill with the wives of men;
There Nithhogg sucked the blood of the slain,
And the wolf tore men; would you know yet more?

40.
The giantess old in Ironwood sat,
In the east, and bore the brood of Fenrir;
Among these one in monster’s guise
Was soon to steal the sun from the sky.

41.
There feeds he full on the flesh of the dead,
And the home of the gods he reddens with gore;
Dark grows the sun, and in summer soon
Come mighty storms: would you know yet more?

Previous