This piece is connected to the lays I have been posting recently, but unfortunately in “The Lay of Sigrdrífa” there is a part after Stanza 31, line 2 where eight pages are missing and I do not know whether or to what extent that may have affected “The Great Lacuna”. “The Lay of Sigrdrífa” itself was pieced together both from several paper manuscripts “of unknown source” and from the paraphrase of the Vǫlsunga saga.
(“Gunnar attempts vainly to ride through the wall of flames. Then Sigurth urges on his steed Grani…”)
The flickering flames upflared to the skies,
the earth quivered with awful fire;
but few then dared of the fold-warders
to ride through the fire unflinchingly.
His Grani Sigurth with sword did urge:
the fire was quenched before the king,
the flames bated before the bold one,
the byrnie glistered, by Regin given.
(“On the morrow after their quarrel Guthrún endeavors to reconcile Brynhild and to convince her that her husband Gunnar is second to no one; but Brynhild answers that it was Sigurth who slew the dragon and that this weighs more heavily with her than all of Gunnar’s power…”)
“Will not ever after on earth be forgotten
how Sigurth slew the grim serpent;
but thy brother brooked in nowise
to ride through the fire unflinchingly.”
(“Brynhild rejects all attempts on the part of Sigurth to console her…”)
From the talk turned him the trusted thane,
the son of Sigmund, sorrowing greatly
at his sides so that his sark did rive,
of iron woven, on the atheling.