REVENGE OF THE SPURNED SONS
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Visbur succeeded his father Vanland. He married the daughter of Aude the Rich, and gave her as her bride-gift three large farms,
and a gold ornament. They had two sons, Gisle and Ond; but
Visbur left her and took another wife, whereupon she went home to
her father with her two sons. Visbur had a son who was called
Domald, and his stepmother used witchcraft to give him ill-luck.
Now, when Visbur's sons were the one twelve and the other
thirteen years of age, they went to their father's place, and
desired to have their mother's dower; but he would not deliver it
to them. Then they said that the gold ornament should be the
death of the best man in all his race, and they returned home. Then they began again with enchantments and witchcraft, to try if
they could destroy their father.
The sorceress Hulda said that by witchcraft she could bring it about by this means, that a murderer of his own kin should never be wanting in the Yngling race; and they agreed to have it so. hereafter they collected men, came unexpectedly in the night on Visbur, and burned him in his house. So sings Thiodolf:
Have the fire-dogs' fierce tongues yelling
Lapt Visbur's blood on his own hearth?
Have the flames consumed the dwelling
Of the hero's soul on earth?
Madly ye acted, who set free
The forest foe, red fire, night thief,
Fell brother of the raging sea,Against your father and your chief.
Forniot was father of Loge, Ægir and Kara; or Fire, the Sea and the Wind; and hence fire is called by the skalds the brother of the sea. Loge is a word still retained in the northern parts of Scotland to signify fire. The "lowe," for the flame or blaze of fire, is indeed in general use in Scotland.
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