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Sigurdhr fared home to Hjalprekr Then Reginn egged Sigurdhr on to do battle with Fafnir Sigurdhr and Reginn fared up on Gnita Heath and found there Fafnirs track where he crept to the water Then Sigurdhr readied a great pit in the way and Sigurdhr went therein But when Fafnir crept from the gold he spat poison and that fell from above onto Sigurdhrs head But when Fafnir crept over the pit then Sigurdhr laid sword into his heart Fafnir shuddered and beat with head and tail Sigurdhr leapt out of the pit and they saw each other Fafnir said 1 Youth o youth of whom were you born youth that you reddened the keen blade from Fafnir Sigurdhr concealed his name because that was the belief in old times that the words of a doomed man could be mighty if he ill-wished his foe by name He said 2 I am called the Stately Animal and I have gone I have no father as the sons of men do 3 If you had no father as the sons of men do do you know of what wonder you were born Volsunga saga adds And though you do not say your name to me on my bane-day you know that you lie now 4 I say to you that my forefatheres have never been unknown Sigmundr hight my father I hight Sigurdhr who have battled against you with weapons 5 Who whetted you and why did you let yourself be whetted thou gleaming-eyed youth you had a bold father what is born within shows itself soon 6 My soul whetted me my hand helped me 7 I know that if you had been able to grow up before your friends breasts man would see you fierce in battle now you are fettered and battle-taken - 8 You brandish this at me now Fafnir because you see me far I am not fettered though I was
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