Thursday, 23 June 2016
"...set up his swine-array..." (Hrolf Kraki's Saga, p. 131), taught by Odin to Hadding (see here);
laid down "...caltrops in the long grass." (ibid.);
said "'All men must dree their weirds.'" (p. 132);
saw his men slain in windrows and lost an eye in battle;
with help from his brothers, defeated the exiled berserkers who had led vikings against Svithjodh;
withdrew from the service of Adhils when he realized that the latter wanted him killed;
thus also did the right thing by Queen Yrsa who had endangered herself by supporting him;
went instead to serve the Danish King Hrolf.
At last we understand how Svipdag becomes part of Hrolf Kraki's Saga - and that is as far as I can take the story tonight.