Alvíssmál – The Ballad of Alvis

Thor spake:

21. “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?”

Alvis spake:

22. ” 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.

Thor spake:

23. “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?”

Alvis spake:

24. ” 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.

Thor spake:

25. “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?”

22. Hush, etc.: the manuscript, by inserting an additional letter, makes the word practically identical with that translated “Kite” in stanza 18. Most editors have agreed as to the emendation.

24. Drink-Stuff: Gering translates the word thus; I doubt it, but can suggest nothing better.

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