Friday, February 17, 2017

WELAND KNEW HARDSHIP DUE TO WORMS



Weland him by wurman      wraeces cunnade
--‘Deor’ ca. 950

I.
Suppose a viper-queen had been able
to manipulate snakes with her hair
still I have never heard tell
of such a demented scene as this
or so bland an instrument of torture

II.
No particle of this lore was lost on Weland
the crafty smith would change those runes
he forged a favorable thing for himself
restoring crookedness to roads
and houses, and swords, and thrones,
and caskets and poems

by means of worms
and curious cranial goblets.

III.


The poem does not explain how he was able to fly.