You will find a fair woman
She is called Brynhild, Budli's daughter
Heimer fosters the hard - minded maiden.
You will be deprived of all delight
By the fair woman Heimer fosters
You will be robbed of sleep and rest
care for nothing more except that maiden.
The strongest oaths you two will share
but few of your vows will you fulfill
when you have Gjuki's guest one night
You will forget Heimir's foster daughter.
You will come by evil counsel
Grimhild's treachery to your grief
She will give you Gudrun her daughter
the bright haired maiden will be your bride.
Grimhild will work her wiles on you
She will want Brynhild to the bride
of Gunnar, her son, the Gothic king
Gladly you will promise to go and win her.
Solemn oaths you three will swear
To that, Sigurd, Gunnar, and Hogni
Then as you travel you will be transformed
to look like Gunnar, Gripir does not lie.
You will have Gunnar's face, and Gunnar'e voice
But keep your own words and wisdom
Thus to Brynhild you will be betrothed
For as Gunnar you will win the warrior - maid.
Lord of warriors you will lie in bed
With that maiden as if she were your mother
So will Sigurd's name stand high
As long as the world lives to remember.
Together you will drink at the double wedding
Of Sigurd and Gunnar in Gjuki's hall
You will have returned then to your real forms
Each of you had always his own mind.
You will remember the oaths you swore
Yet keep silent and live with Gudrun
But Brynhild unhappy with her husband
Will vow to work her own revenge.
She will give her husband, Gjuki's heir
reason to think that he was wronged
Tricked that time when Gunnar trusted
The warrior pledged to win his bride.
In her rage and heavy sorrow
She will turn against you to take revenge
But to her you did no harm
Although your guile won Gunnar his wife.
Grief will harrow Gudrun's heart
Her brothers shall decide that you shall die
Joy will leave her life forever
for all this Grimhild bears the guilt.
Let this at least console you Sigurd
You will be fortunate in your fame
In all the world no man more worthy
Ever will be seen beneath the sky.
Sigurd then bids farewell to his uncle and thanks him for his prophecy. This poem tells the life of Sigurd fairly straight foward but leaves out how Brynhild finds out about the " switch - deception " that Sigurd used to win the heart of Brynhild for Gunnar. Incredibly Brynhild finds out while she and Gudrun are bathing in a stream. Brynhild moves out farther into the stream, not wanting to be in Gudrun's dirty water, and Gudrun questions why she did this . Brynhild tells Gudrun that because she married the man who rode through the flames to win her heart that she was the queen with higher status. Gudrun becomes furious and tells her that Gunnar could not ride Grani through the flames, but in disguise Sigurd was the man who performed this daring act. Since Gudrun married Sigurd, she felt that she had the higher status and deserved the cleaner water. This of course made Brynhild furious, and placed revenge in her heart for this betrayal, and led to the murder of Sigurd.
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