Another Kalevala snippet? Why yes indeed.

Over wave the winds were rushing
On the cliffs-tops they were raving,
On the rocks the waves were breaking
And white foam were flinging upwards
And to spray the waters breaking,
And to foam the surf was crashing;
For the winds awoke in vengeance,
Traitors, but to treason faithful
Like hounds leapt, let loose from leashes
Or like hunting hawks were driving
After fleet prey were they speeding
After hare the hounds were chasing,
On the sparrow were they plunging.
On the shore and in the waters
Under sky the sea was rising
And its head was lifting higher:
Nine great waves had risen wrathful—
Mighty children of the Sea—
Ad the ninth of them rose highest,
And the last of them was greatest:
Jarnsaxa, Ninth-Begotten,
Iron-Bearer of the Sea.
Iron brought she from the oceans,
From the deepest ocean carried
From the far abyss recovered,
From the deep-delved caverns brought it;
Iron cast she to the shores.
On the sandy shores she set it;
On the broken shores she brought it
To the peoples gave she Iron:
Gave to warlike kindreds sword-blades;
To the feuding kindreds, arrows,
And the best of them were heroes
And the worst of them were wolves.
Fell swords made and cast them heedless
For the strongest hand to seize them—
Black swords called to black hearts going—
Made for Elfe, thrice-drowned, the slayer,
Shining spear with heavy handle;
Many heroes gave their helpmeet–
Iron arms and burnished armor—
Many more received their bane,
If the bright swords met a greater
Or the black swords’ might was broken:
In the wolf’s-feast, served as poison
And the ravens got their gain;
And the iron shards, well-reddened,
Washed away to join the sea.
Iron gave she, open-handed,
Jarnsaxa, Ocean’s Daughter,
Ninth-Begotten of the Sea,
With her sisters was she coming
And to land was going quickly.
Under sky the sea was rising
And their heads were lifting higher:
Nine tall waves from the depths mounting
Tall white waves, on the shore falling
High-foamed waves o’er the ships lifting.


Author: leighbrackettsland

Student. Reader. Watcher. Dabbler.

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