Odin's Capture of the Runes
(Verses 138 - 143)


138
Veit ec at ec hecc
vindga meiði a
netr allar nío,
geiri vndaþr
oc gefinn Oðni,
sialfr sialfom mer,
a þeim meiþi,
er mangi veit,
hvers hann af rótom renn.


I know that I hung
on a windy tree
nights all nine,
wounded with a spear
and given to Odin,
myself to myself,
on that tree
from which no man knows
from where its roots run.
 
   141
   Þa nam ec frovaz
   oc froþr vera
   oc vaxa oc vel hafaz;
   orð mer af orði
   orz leitaði,
   verc mer af verki
   vercs leitaþi.


Then fruitful I began to be
and wise as well,
to grow and to flourish;
word following word,
I found me words,
deed following deed,
I worked deeds.

139
Við hleifi mic seldo
ne viþ hornigi,
nysta ec niþr,
nam ec vp rvnar,
opandi nam,
fell ec aptr þaðan.


No bread did they give me
nor a drink from a horn,
down I looked,
I took up the runes,
screaming I grabbed them,
then I fell back from that place.

   142
   Rvnar mvnt þv finna
   oc raðna stafi,
   mioc stóra stafi,
   mioc stinna stafi,
   er fáþi fimbvlþvlr
   oc gorðo ginnregin
   oc reist hroptr ra/gna.


Hidden runes you will find
and the meaning of staves,
staves of great power,
staves of great might,
painted by the great singer
fashioned by great powers,
by the speaker of the gods carved.

140
Fimbvllióð nío
nam ec af enom fregia syni
Ba/lþorn Bestlo fa/dvr;
oc ec dryc of gat
ens dyra miaðar
a/sinn Oðreri.


Nine mighty spells
Took I from the famous son
of Bolthorn, the sire of Bestla,
I drank a measure
of the precious mead,
poured by Oðreri.
 
   143
   Oþinn meþ asom
   enn fyr alfom Dainn,
   Dvalinn oc dvergom fyr,
   Asvidr
   iotnom fyr,
   ec reist sialfr svmar.


Odin among the gods,
The elves graved by Dainn,
and Dvalinn of the dwarves graved,
Asvithr
for the giants graved
and I carved some for the sons of man.

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