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First Song for the Midwinter Sacrifice
In Swedish: Två dikter till midvinterblotet - Första sången


Now the nights of need are long;
darkness envelops the settlements in Midgard.
Trolls and giants trample the road,
wights walk free in the world.

Now the nights of need are long;
winds are blowing coldly and cruelly.
The procession of spirits is hastening--
Odin's hunt--on the winds of Yule.

Now the nights of need are long;
the winds of the winter sky rage.
Thor fights bravely against giants,
defends the children of Embla eagerly.

Now the nights of need are long;
ice glimmers on every field.
The boar-god comes to farmsteads;
Freyr sees frost-hardened earth on the path.

Soon the nights of need will be short;
a guardian tree keeps watch alone.
Spirits of kin--Alfar, Disir--
receive their gift from the farmstead people.

Soon the nights of need will be short;
the farmstead people are celebrating the sacrifice.
Many gods are honored with memory-toasts:
Æsir, Vanir without number.

Soon the nights of need will be short;
the fire's glow shines from the farmstead,
and divine guests are welcomed joyfully.
Tradition and memory seldom fail.

© Ingeborg S. Nordèn

Ingeborg´s Norse Heathen Pages       Mirror Site on OoCities.com

Image "Night Sun": © Juergen Eilts, used by permission.
 

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