Old Norse - Hrólfs saga: slow version

The Saga of Hrolf kraki: Böðvarr encounters a strange man

Síðan fór Böðvarr leið sína til Hleiðargarðs.

Hann kemr til konungs atsetu.

Böðvarr leiðir þegar hest sinn á stall hjá konungs hestum hinum beztu ok spyrr øngvan at; gekk síðan inn í höll, ok var þar fátt manna.

Hann sezk útarliga, ok sem hann hefr setit þar nökkra hríð, heyrir hann þrausk nökkut útar í hornit í einhverjum stað.

Böðvarr lítr þangat ok sér, at mannshönd kemr upp ór mikilli beinahrúgu, er þar lá; höndin var svört mjök.

Böðvarr gengr þangat ok spyrr, hverr þar væri í beinahrúgunni.

Þá var honum svarat ok heldr óframliga

Anthony Faulkes (ed.), A New Introduction to Old Norse. Part II: Reader (London 2002), pp. 3–5.

Then Böðvarr went on his way to Hleiðargarðr.

He arrives at the king’s residence.

Böðvarr immediately leads his horse to a stable beside the best horses of the king and asks no-one about [it]; then he went into the hall and there were few people [there].

He sits down at the far end of the hall and when he has sat there for some time, he hears a certain rummaging noise further away in the corner in a particular place.

Böðvarr looks in that direction and sees that a man’s hand comes up out of a large bone-pile which was lying there; the hand was very black.

Böðvarr goes over there and asks who might be there in the bone-pile.

He was answered then, and rather timidly.


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