Guttorm went into Sigurd's room twice but feared that he was not yet fully asleep. The third time however, he was sure and went silently up to Sigurd, and sunk his sword so far into Sigurd that it stuck into the bottom of the bed. Sigurd awoke from the wound and grabbed his sword, and threw it at Guttorm, who was fleeing after his cowardly act. The sword cleaved Gutorm clean in two, and repaid his treachery in kind.
Gudrun, who was lying next to Sigurd in bed, awoke from the commotion in a pool of blood. She started to scream in horror ! To alleve her wailing, Sigurd rose himself up, and told her not to weep, and to look after their son, because he was too young, and there was no one now to take care of him. The great warrior died in his wife's trembling arms.
Gudrun is not strong enough to defend their three year old son Sigmund, however, whom Brynhild had ordered killed.The last of the male Volsung line has been slain, and the curse of Andvari's gold has destroyed the mightiest of families. On the day of the funeral, Brynhild ordered that Sigurd's son Sigmund, Guttorm, and herself be placed on the funeral pyre next to the mighty Sigurd. She then opens her veins and her life flows out of her.
Gudrun herself has an interesting life after the death of Sigurd. She forgives her brothers, because of a magic drink that makes her forget what happened. She then marries Atli against her will, (supposedly Attila the Hun ), and has two sons by him. Atli then kills Gunnar and Hogni. Gunnar dies in a snake pit and Hogni has his still beating heart cut out. To revenge her brothers she kills her two sons by Atli, then kills Atli and burns down his hall. She then tries to drown herself, but is carried to a distant land, and is married to Jonakr, and has three sons
Svanhild, the daughter of Sigurd and Gudrun, marries Jormunrek, also known as Ermanaric, king of the Goths. King Jormunrek, believes the slanderous talk of Bikki, his counselor, that she had an affair with his son Randver, who he then hangs, killing off his only heir. He then has Svanhild trampled to death under his horses hoofs. Gudrun then gets her sons to attack King Jormunrek in his sleep, but they fail, are captured and stoned to death ! Now that is one hell of a soap opera !
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