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''Written in Drottkvaett by [[Magnús hvalmagi]].''
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''Written in fornyrðislag, malahattr, ljóðaháttr, and modified galdralag by [[Magnús hvalmagi]].''
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I initially attempted to perform the lyrics of the song as they were, as a spoken word piece. That didn't work so well. Eventually, I revisited the project and converted the meaning of the lyrics into eddic verse. This one works far better. You can read more about my process [http://thedraughtsaredeep.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/on-working-from-what-you-know-and-a-new-poem/ here.]
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Ill the Aesir
 
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and the Elves fared -
 
-
their games yielded
 
-
a grim result:
 
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The brother of Thor
 
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by thrown sprig was
 
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pierced in the breast -
 
-
bane of Oðin’s
 
-
son sticking in
 
-
his stone of life.
 
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Then hied to Hel
 
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Hermoðr the Bold,
 
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to craft a deal
 
-
with the cairn-god:
 
-
return to life
 
-
the light-bringer;
 
-
the world would bleed
 
-
the water of eyes.
 
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All of the world
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Ill the Aesir<br>
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wept for Baldr.
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and the Elves fared -<br>
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the men and beasts,
+
their games yielded<br>
-
burning fires,
+
a grim result:<br>
-
trees and stones and
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The brother of Thor<br>
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the track of men -
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by thrown sprig was<br>
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wept as if brought
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pierced in the breast -<br>
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to warmth from frost.
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bane of Oðin’s<br>
 +
son sticking in <br>
 +
his stone of life.<br>
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All but for one
 
-
wept as the rest.
 
-
The Aesir found
 
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a frost giant -
 
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lone - in a cave;
 
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she was called "Tokk."
 
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Then spoke Tyr of
 
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the spear Gungnir:
 
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"You! Weep for Baldr,
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Then hied to Hel <br>
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as the world now does!
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Hermoðr the Bold,<br>
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You are the last one;
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to craft a deal<br>
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jotun-tears we need."
+
with the cairn-god:<br>
 +
return to life <br>
 +
the light-bringer;<br>
 +
the world would bleed <br>
 +
the water of eyes.<br>
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The giant sang -
 
-
joyless her voice:
 
-
"You come to me
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All of the world<br>
-
carrying grief in
+
wept for Baldr.<br>
-
your eyes - a sorrowful sight -
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the men and beasts,<br>
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asking a torrent
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burning fires,<br>
-
of tears to restore
+
trees and stones and<br>
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to life the light of Asgarðr.
+
the track of men -<br>
 +
wept as if brought<br>
 +
to warmth from frost.<br>
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You come to me
 
-
carrying grief in
 
-
your hearts - bitter the blood
 
-
but cold is mine -
 
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I mean to sleep
 
-
as long as the world weeps.
 
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You come to me
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All but for one<br>
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carrying grief on
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wept as the rest.<br>
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your tongues - words of woe;
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The Aesir found<br>
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no joy or pleasure
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a frost giant -<br>
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was poured for me
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lone - in a cave;<br>
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from the horn of Baldr’s bounty.
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she was called "Tokk."<br>
 +
Then spoke Tyr of<br>
 +
the spear Gungnir:<br>
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Tokk will water
 
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no weeds with sorrow.
 
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Go! Leave me alone!
 
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Go! Leave him to lie!
 
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Is blame my burden
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"You! Weep for Baldr,<br>
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to bear? Shame
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as the world now does!<br>
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makes no mark on my heart!
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You are the last one;<br>
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I was made glad -
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jotun-tears we need."<br>
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gleeful the tale
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of Loki’s clever craft!
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Foolish Hoðr
 
-
felled his twin
 
-
with a hurled errant arrow.
 
-
The truth was hidden -
 
-
his hand the willing
 
-
tool of the Aesir’s enemy!
 
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Leave me alone!
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The giant sang -<br>
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I long to be rid
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joyless her voice:<br>
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of moaning, mewling gods.
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Never have I wished
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well for Baldr -
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no sorrow I hold in my heart!
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Tokk will water
 
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the world with hate.
 
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Let Hel hold her hoard.
 
-
Let Surtr sear his soul.
 
-
You come to me
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"You come to me<br>
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but cannot behold
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carrying grief in<br>
-
the truth of Loki's lies.
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your eyes - a sorrowful sight -<br>
-
Hoðr is blind,
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asking a torrent<br>
-
but the high ones
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of tears to restore<br>
-
see the same as he!
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to life the light of Asgarðr.<br>
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You come to me
 
-
but cannot believe
 
-
the words I speak and spin.
 
-
Beloved of Aesir
 
-
loved no giants;
 
-
giants loved him less.
 
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You come to me
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You come to me<br>
-
but cannot remain -
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carrying grief in<br>
-
my speech I've spent on you.
+
your hearts - bitter the blood<br>
-
All these tears
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but cold is mine -<br>
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to Tokk are nothing!
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I mean to sleep<br>
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Go! and leave me alone!"
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as long as the world weeps.<br>
-
The Aesir knew
 
-
the name of Tokk;
 
-
Loki's final
 
-
falsehood was plain.
 
-
None but he could
 
-
know of malice
 
-
or spite enough
 
-
to spurn Baldr.
 
-
When tired of
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You come to me<br>
-
tricks and deceit,
+
carrying grief on<br>
-
the high hunted
+
your tongues - words of woe;<br>
-
the harm of truth.
+
no joy or pleasure<br>
-
Bound by his sons,
+
was poured for me<br>
-
burned by venom,
+
from the horn of Baldr’s bounty.<br>
-
Loki awaits
+
 
-
to lead the dead,
+
 
-
to damn the world -
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Tokk will water<br>
-
the doom of gods.
+
no weeds with sorrow.<br>
 +
Go! Leave me alone!<br>
 +
Go! Leave him to lie!<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Is blame my burden <br>
 +
to bear? Shame<br>
 +
makes no mark on my heart!<br>
 +
I was made glad -<br>
 +
gleeful the tale<br>
 +
of Loki’s clever craft!<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Foolish Hoðr<br>
 +
felled his twin<br>
 +
with a hurled errant arrow.<br>
 +
The truth was hidden -<br>
 +
his hand the willing<br>
 +
tool of the Aesir’s enemy!<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Leave me alone!<br>
 +
I long to be rid<br>
 +
of moaning, mewling gods.<br>
 +
Never have I wished<br>
 +
well for Baldr -<br>
 +
no sorrow I hold in my heart!<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Tokk will water<br>
 +
the world with hate.<br>
 +
Let Hel hold her hoard.<br>
 +
Let Surtr sear his soul.<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
You come to me<br>
 +
but cannot behold<br>
 +
the truth of Loki's lies.<br>
 +
Hoðr is blind,<br>
 +
but the high ones<br>
 +
see the same as he!<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
You come to me<br>
 +
but cannot believe<br>
 +
the words I speak and spin.<br>
 +
Beloved of Aesir<br>
 +
loved no giants;<br>
 +
giants loved him less.<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
You come to me<br>
 +
but cannot remain -<br>
 +
my speech I've spent on you.<br>
 +
All these tears<br>
 +
to Tokk are nothing!<br>
 +
Go! and leave me alone!"<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
The Aesir knew<br>
 +
the name of Tokk;<br>
 +
Loki's final <br>
 +
falsehood was plain.<br>
 +
None but he could<br>
 +
know of malice<br>
 +
or spite enough<br>
 +
to spurn Baldr.<br>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
When tired of<br>
 +
tricks and deceit,<br>
 +
the high hunted<br>
 +
the harm of truth.<br>
 +
Bound by his sons,<br>
 +
burned by venom,<br>
 +
Loki awaits<br>
 +
to lead the dead,<br>
 +
to damn the world -<br>
 +
the doom of gods.<br>
 +
 
 +
© Peter Olsen

Current revision

Written in fornyrðislag, malahattr, ljóðaháttr, and modified galdralag by Magnús hvalmagi.

I initially attempted to perform the lyrics of the song as they were, as a spoken word piece. That didn't work so well. Eventually, I revisited the project and converted the meaning of the lyrics into eddic verse. This one works far better. You can read more about my process here.


Ill the Aesir
and the Elves fared -
their games yielded
a grim result:
The brother of Thor
by thrown sprig was
pierced in the breast -
bane of Oðin’s
son sticking in
his stone of life.


Then hied to Hel
Hermoðr the Bold,
to craft a deal
with the cairn-god:
return to life
the light-bringer;
the world would bleed
the water of eyes.


All of the world
wept for Baldr.
the men and beasts,
burning fires,
trees and stones and
the track of men -
wept as if brought
to warmth from frost.


All but for one
wept as the rest.
The Aesir found
a frost giant -
lone - in a cave;
she was called "Tokk."
Then spoke Tyr of
the spear Gungnir:


"You! Weep for Baldr,
as the world now does!
You are the last one;
jotun-tears we need."


The giant sang -
joyless her voice:


"You come to me
carrying grief in
your eyes - a sorrowful sight -
asking a torrent
of tears to restore
to life the light of Asgarðr.


You come to me
carrying grief in
your hearts - bitter the blood
but cold is mine -
I mean to sleep
as long as the world weeps.


You come to me
carrying grief on
your tongues - words of woe;
no joy or pleasure
was poured for me
from the horn of Baldr’s bounty.


Tokk will water
no weeds with sorrow.
Go! Leave me alone!
Go! Leave him to lie!


Is blame my burden
to bear? Shame
makes no mark on my heart!
I was made glad -
gleeful the tale
of Loki’s clever craft!


Foolish Hoðr
felled his twin
with a hurled errant arrow.
The truth was hidden -
his hand the willing
tool of the Aesir’s enemy!


Leave me alone!
I long to be rid
of moaning, mewling gods.
Never have I wished
well for Baldr -
no sorrow I hold in my heart!


Tokk will water
the world with hate.
Let Hel hold her hoard.
Let Surtr sear his soul.


You come to me
but cannot behold
the truth of Loki's lies.
Hoðr is blind,
but the high ones
see the same as he!


You come to me
but cannot believe
the words I speak and spin.
Beloved of Aesir
loved no giants;
giants loved him less.


You come to me
but cannot remain -
my speech I've spent on you.
All these tears
to Tokk are nothing!
Go! and leave me alone!"


The Aesir knew
the name of Tokk;
Loki's final
falsehood was plain.
None but he could
know of malice
or spite enough
to spurn Baldr.


When tired of
tricks and deceit,
the high hunted
the harm of truth.
Bound by his sons,
burned by venom,
Loki awaits
to lead the dead,
to damn the world -
the doom of gods.

© Peter Olsen

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