266. Sigmund' s Sword ( Gram )
One day came to Volsung' s feasting hall, as a beggar in disguise.
At Signy' s wedding Odin plunged into Barnstokk,( a living tree ),
The magic sword Gram, a gift for the one who could pull it free.
Mightily they tried to extract the blade, but every attempt failed,
None were strong enough to pull out the sword so deeply impaled.
Volsung's son was next, Sigmund walked confidently to the tree,
With great strength and determination, he pulled the sword free.
Sigmund loved the magnificent sword, thought it quite splendid,
But Odin saw that its wielder did not use it as he had intended.
Then after a short time of peace King Lyngi attacked his lands,
And Odin, during the battle, broke the sword in Sigmund' s hands.
Without his great sword Gram, with which to defend and to wield,
Sigmund was mortally wounded that day on the bloody battlefield.
He told his wife Hjordis she was pregnant, as he lay there dying,
And asked her to gather up Gram's pieces from where they were lying.
Hjordis had a son, Sigurd, who became strong when he grew older,
His great character and strength gave him the courage to act bolder.
The hero Sigurd asked Regin if he could make for him a great sword,
For he planned to kill Fafnir, and steal the dragon's golden reward.
Regin forged two swords, but neither lasted for a single stroke,
When Sigurd swung them, the blades quickly cracked and broke.
Sigurd challenged the blacksmith, wanted to test his skills at his trade,
He asked Regin to make from Gram's pieces, a new and better blade.
Regin stoked his fire, and onto the hot coals Gram' s pieces he threw,
The strong sword that he forged that day, split an anvil clean in two !
With Gram hanging at his side, Sigurd went after Fafnir we are told,
Then our hero Sigurd killed the great dragon, and took all of his gold.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.