Johnson's First-[Fifth] Reader Volume 4


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 Excerpt: ...mounted him, and, turning to Frigga, said, "I know of a dead Vala, Frigga, who, when she was alive, could tell what was going to happen; her grave lies on the east side of Helheim, and I am going there to awake her, and ask whether any terrible grief is really coming upon us." V&la--a prophetess. So saying, Odin shook the bridle in his hand, and the Eight-footed, with a bound, leapt forth, rushed like a whirlwind down the mountain of Asgard, and then dashed into a narrow defile between rocks. Sleipnir went on through the defile a long way, until he came to a place where the earth opened her mouth. There Odin rode in and down a broad, steep, slanting road which led him to the cavern Gnipa, and the mouth of the cavern Gnipa yawned upon Niflheim. Then thought Odin to himself, " My journey is already done." But just as Sleipnir was about to leap through the jaws of the pit, Garm, the voracious dog who was chained to the rock, sprang forward, and tried to fasten himself upon Odin. Three times Odin shook him off, and still Garm, as fierce as ever, went on with the fight. At last Sleipnir leapt, and Odin thrust just at the same moment; then horse and rider cleared the entrance, and turned eastward toward the dead Vala's grave, dripping blood along the road as they went; while the beaten Garm stood baying in the cavern's mouth. When Odin came to the grave he got off his horse, and stood with his face northward looking through barred enclosures into the city of Helheim itself. The servants of Hela were very busy there making prepa Sleip nir (Slipner). Asgard. Niflheim (Niflhim). He'la. Garm. Gnipa. Hgl'heim (HgMiim). rations for some new guest--hanging gilded couches with curtains of anguish and splendid misery upon the walls. Then Odin's heart...


Mrs H H Richardson
185.42 x 243.84 x 2.54mm | 136.08g
Publication date
20 May 2012
Publication City/Country
Miami Fl, United States
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white