Icelandic Legends, 第 2 巻

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397 ページ - Hermddr was in a certain desert island, which he named to her ; but she could not get thither unless she flayed the soles of her feet and made shoes for herself out of the skin; and these shoes, when made, would be of such a nature that they would take her through the air, or over the water, as she liked.
608 ページ - An old woman, having privily eaten a whole tub of butter intended for use in winter, her husband was surprised to find the tub empty, and asked her if she knew how it had happened. Just then the old wife saw a big fly which had got into the open barrel, and she said, "Ah, there comes the wretched thief! Look here — this hateful fly has doubtless eaten all our butter from the tub.
10 ページ - And he let it not rest at chidings alone, but went to the clay birds and broke them all, to the great grief of the children. Now, when Christ saw this, He waved His hands over all the birds He had fashioned, and they became forthwith alive, and soared up into the heavens. And these birds are the golden plovers whose note "deerrin" sounds like to the Iceland word "dyrdhin...
609 ページ - Make haste, while it sits on the nose ! " — which since has passed into a common saying. The old woman lifted up the hammer with all her might, and thumped it on the old man's nose, and broke his skull so well that he was dead on the spot; but the fly escaped with unbroken skull. It is unscathed yet. But the old woman is still wailing over her carl.1 The incident seems to be of Buddhist origin, being found in two different forms in the ' Jatakas,
609 ページ - This, the old man thought, must be true, and ran off for the big 'Bibliotheque Universelle des Romans.' hammer with which he used to beat his dried fish, and would break the skull of the fly. He shut the door of the cottage, that the fly should not get out, and now chased the fly all over the place, knocking and beating at it, but never hitting save his own furniture and household chattels, which he broke to pieces. At last the old man, being tired, sat down in fury and despair. But then the fly...
10 ページ - Once on a Sabbath, Christ, in company with other Jewish children, amused Himself in fashioning birds out of clay. " After that the children had amused themselves awhile herewith, one of the Sadducees chanced to come up to them. He was very old and very zealous, and he rebuked the children for spending their Sabbath in so profane an em ployment.
10 ページ - And he let it not rest at chiding alone, but went to the clay birds and broke them all, to the great grief of the children. •' Now, when Christ saw this, He waved His hands over all the birds He had. fashioned, and they became forthwith alive, and soared up into the heavens. " And these birds are the golden plovers, whose note ' decrrin ' sounds like to the Iceland word ' dyrdhin.' namely, ' glory ': for these birds sing praise to their Lord, for in that He mercifully saved them from the merciless...
71 ページ - ... managed to get to the next farm, worn out with fatigue, and nearly frozen to death. The farmer, who had, the year before, been scoffed at and abused by the people from Holar, remembered how they had dealt with him, and, instead of giving the man, needy as he was, a kind welcome, he said with a cold and mocking scorn to him, " Ah ! now the loads of the people of Holar are waxing somewhat light.
359 ページ - ... spoiling everything by her redes, whenever she had the chance. Once it happened that the queen spoke to the king and said, " Strange indeed it seems to me that you make no inquiry about your youngest son's running away : smaller faults have been often chastised than that. You must have heard that he has become king in one of the neighbouring kingdoms, and that it is a common tale that he is going to invade your dominions with a great army whenever he gets the wished-for opportunity, in order...
354 ページ - Now the cloth was unfolded and they all stepped on to it, and in one moment it was high in the air and in the next inside the town. When they were there they made all haste to reach the room of the princess, where everybody wore an air of deep sadness. They were told that the princess's every breath was her last. Then the youngest brother remembered his wonderful apple, and thought that it would never be more wanted to show its healing power than now. He therefore went straight into the bed-room...

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