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The Story of Alvis

Alvis was a dark elf. Nobody liked the dark elves. They were greedy people, and very unfriendly. But Alvis did not think this. 'A dark elf is as good as any other man,' he said to the other dark elves. 'Or a god!'

The other elves laughed at him. 'We're greedy people,' they said. 'And unfriendly. We like being greedy and unfriendly!' They all laughed more.

'That's true,' said Alvis. 'But I'll show you that even if I am a dark elf, I can marry the daughter of a god!'

'The daughter of a god!' said the other elves. 'Who?'

'I'm going to marry Thor's daughter, Thrud,' he said. 'You're going to marry Thrud!' said the dark elves. 'That's impossible! How can you do that?'

'I'll show you!' said Alvis. He waited until it was dark (because dark elves only go out at night), crossed the Bifrost bridge and went up into Asgard. As soon as he was in Asgard, a big man stopped him.

'Where are you going?' the man asked him. 'We don't like dark elves here in Asgard.'

Alvis was not worried, or afraid. He thought that this man couldn't be a god. This man was very big and strong, that was true. But he had a big, red beard and did not look very intelligent. He looked like a farmer.

'I'm going to meet Thor,' said Alvis.

'Oh really?' said the man. 'And why do you want to meet Thor?' he asked.

'I'm going to marry his daughter, Thrud,' said Alvis. 'I've come up here so I can take her home with me.'

What Alvis did not know was that this farmer was really Thor himself. Usually, Thor was not very intelligent, and he became angry very quickly. But today, Thor did not become angry. This time, Thor decided to be intelligent like his father Odin. 'This little elf doesn't know who I am,' thought Thor. 'I can have some fun with him...'

'What's your name?' Thor asked the elf.

'My name is Alvis! I'm a dark elf!' he said.

'I thought so,' said Thor. 'People don't like dark elves. Dark elves are greedy and unfriendly.'

"'That's true,' said Alvis. 'But I'll show that we can marry the daughters of gods.'

'So you want to marry Thrud, daughter of Thor?' asked the god.

'That's right,' replied the elf.

'But you're not very handsome, are you?' asked Thor. 'You're a dark elf!'

'That's also true. But - as a dark elf - I'm very good at making swords and axes, and jewellery!' said Alvis.

'That's true,' replied Thor.

'And I have a house in a cave!' said the elf.

'A house in a cave!' said Thor. 'Do you think a father will be happy if he knows his daughter has a house in a cave?'

'It's a very nice cave,' said the elf.

'A father should always decide who his daughter marries,' said Thor.

'That's true,' said Alvis. 'That's why I am going to meet Thor right now. What's your name, by the way?'

'Ha!' said Thor. He wanted to be angry, but he stopped himself. Instead he laughed. 'My name is Thor!' he shouted. 'That's right - I am Thor!'

'Oh,' said Alvis. He was very surprised. He did not think this fat man with a big beard looked like Thor at all. 'I thought you were a farmer,' he said.

Thor stopped himself from becoming angry again. 'A farmer!' he thought. 'This stupid elf thought I was a farmer! I'll show him.' He remembered that he wanted to be intelligent this time.

'I'm happy that I met you,' said Alvis. 'Now it's easy for me. I want to marry your daughter Thrud!'

'It's not that easy,' said Thor. 'Listen, here's what we'll do. I'll ask you some questions, and if you can answer them, you can marry my daughter. Yes?'

'Yes!' said Alvis. Alvis thought Thor was not very intelligent. It would be easy to answer his questions.

'I want to know if you're an intelligent man,' said Thor, 'So here's my first question for you.'

'Go on!' said Alvis.

'What is it that we live in?' asked Thor.

Alvis thought the answer might be 'a house'. But then he thought that he lived in a cave, not a house, and Thor lived in a great hall, not a house.

'No,' he thought. 'It's something more than a house.' So he said, 'It has many names. Some people call it Earth, or the world. We live in all of Yggdrasil, I in Svartalfheim, and you in Asgard.'

'That's true,' said Thor. 'Very good. Now, what is it that covers us all?'

Alvis had to think about this one. He thought about the roof of his cave and Thor's great hall, but it was not that. 'It's the roof of the world,' he said. 'The sky! The sky goes all around us, and covers every one of us.'

'A good answer,' said Thor. 'Now for my next question: what is the night sun?'

Alvis had to think hard about this one. 'There's no sun at night,' he thought to himself. 'And I've never seen the sun, because the sun kills dark elves. The only thing I know is... of course!' He looked at Thor and said, 'What makes light in the night? The moon!'

'Well done,' said Thor. 'And what is the name for the fire that bums in the sky?'

This was an easy one. 'I've never seen it,' said Alvis, 'But I know that men call it the sun!'

'Yes,' said Thor, still thinking carefully. 'What can make water fly?'

This was a difficult one. Alvis had to think hard.

'Come on!' said Thor. 'Hurry up! I can't wait all night for your answer.'

'I know!' said Alvis. 'The clouds! The clouds hold water in the sky, and then it rains...'

'Good answer,' said Thor. 'Here's another question. What moves through every country, everyone knows it, but no one ever sees it?'

This was a difficult question. Alvis knew some of the gods could become invisible. But when a god was invisible, not everyone knew that. Rivers moved through every country, but people could see rivers. Then he understood. 'I know!' he said, 'The wind!'

'A good answer,' said Thor. 'Here's another question - what is the water that nobody can drink?'

This was easy. 'The sea!' said Alvis.

'True,' said Thor. It was becoming difficult for Thor to think of more questions, but he waited. He needed to wait. 'Very well,' he said after some time. 'What is the thing we all have in our homes which helps us, but is so dangerous it can kill us?'

At first, Alvis was going to say 'a sword', but then he thought that not everyone has a sword in their homes. He thought for a long time before he knew the answer. 'Fire!' he said.

'Right again,' said Thor. 'I can see that you're intelligent... for an elf!' Thor looked up. The night was coming to an end. 'What is the dark that helps men and gods sleep?' he asked.

'Easy!' thought Alvis. 'The night!' he said.

Thor laughed. 'Yes,' he said, 'And what is its opposite?'

Only then did Alvis understand the trick Thor was playing on him. He looked up. The night was ending, and the sun was coming up. 'Oh no,' he thought. 'I can't see the sun. If I see the sun I will die!'

Thor laughed again. 'Go on Alvis! Do you know the name for it?'

'Oh yes,' said Alvis, 'but it's too late for me now... now that I've seen - the day!'

As Alvis said the word, the sun came up into Asgard, and when Alvis saw it he became a stone.

Some people say that if you go to the place where Thor met the dark elf Alvis, you can still see a small stone there, a stone still waiting to marry the god's daughter. He will wait for a long time. For once, Thor was clever!

- THE END -



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The Story of Alvis Die Geschichte von Alvis

Alvis was a dark elf. Alvis war ein Dunkelelf. Nobody liked the dark elves. Niemand mochte die Dunkelelfen. They were greedy people, and very unfriendly. Sie waren gierige Leute und sehr unfreundlich. But Alvis did not think this. Aber Alvis dachte nicht daran. 'A dark elf is as good as any other man,' he said to the other dark elves. »Ein Dunkelelfe ist so gut wie jeder andere«, sagte er zu den anderen Dunkelelfen. 'Or a god!' ‚Oder ein Gott!'

The other elves laughed at him. Die anderen Elfen lachten ihn aus. 'We're greedy people,' they said. „Wir sind gierige Leute“, sagten sie. 'And unfriendly. „Und unfreundlich. We like being greedy and unfriendly!' Wir mögen es, gierig und unfreundlich zu sein!' They all laughed more. Sie lachten alle mehr.

'That's true,' said Alvis. »Das stimmt«, sagte Alvis. 'But I'll show you that even if I am a dark elf, I can marry the daughter of a god!' „Aber ich zeige dir, dass ich selbst als Dunkelelf die Tochter eines Gottes heiraten kann!“

'The daughter of a god!' ‚Die Tochter eines Gottes!' said the other elves. sagten die anderen Elfen. 'Who?' 'Wer?'

'I'm going to marry Thor's daughter, Thrud,' he said. »Ich werde Thors Tochter Thrud heiraten«, sagte er. 'You're going to marry Thrud!' ‚Du wirst Thrud heiraten!' said the dark elves. sagten die Dunkelelfen. 'That's impossible! 'Das ist unmöglich! How can you do that?' Wie kannst du das tun?'

'I'll show you!' 'Ich werde Ihnen zeigen!' said Alvis. sagte Alvis. He waited until it was dark (because dark elves only go out at night), crossed the Bifrost bridge and went up into Asgard. Er wartete, bis es dunkel war (denn Dunkelelfen gehen nur nachts hinaus), überquerte die Bifrost-Brücke und ging hinauf nach Asgard. As soon as he was in Asgard, a big man stopped him. Sobald er in Asgard war, hielt ihn ein großer Mann auf.

'Where are you going?' 'Wo gehst du hin?' the man asked him. fragte ihn der Mann. 'We don't like dark elves here in Asgard.' ‚Wir mögen hier in Asgard keine Dunkelelfen.'

Alvis was not worried, or afraid. Alvis war nicht besorgt oder ängstlich. He thought that this man couldn't be a god. Er dachte, dass dieser Mann kein Gott sein könne. This man was very big and strong, that was true. Dieser Mann war sehr groß und stark, das stimmte. But he had a big, red beard and did not look very intelligent. Aber er hatte einen großen, roten Bart und sah nicht sehr intelligent aus. He looked like a farmer. Er sah aus wie ein Bauer.

'I'm going to meet Thor,' said Alvis. »Ich werde mich mit Thor treffen«, sagte Alvis.

'Oh really?' 'Ach, tatsächlich?' said the man. sagte der Mann. 'And why do you want to meet Thor?' ‚Und warum willst du Thor treffen?' he asked. er hat gefragt.

'I'm going to marry his daughter, Thrud,' said Alvis. »Ich werde seine Tochter Thrud heiraten«, sagte Alvis. 'I've come up here so I can take her home with me.' „Ich bin hergekommen, damit ich sie mit nach Hause nehmen kann.“

What Alvis did not know was that this farmer was really Thor himself. Was Alvis nicht wusste, war, dass dieser Bauer wirklich Thor selbst war. Usually, Thor was not very intelligent, and he became angry very quickly. Normalerweise war Thor nicht sehr intelligent und er wurde sehr schnell wütend. But today, Thor did not become angry. Aber heute wurde Thor nicht wütend. This time, Thor decided to be intelligent like his father Odin. Diesmal beschloss Thor, intelligent zu sein wie sein Vater Odin. 'This little elf doesn't know who I am,' thought Thor. ‚Dieser kleine Elf weiß nicht, wer ich bin', dachte Thor. 'I can have some fun with him...' 'Ich kann ein bisschen Spaß mit ihm haben...'

'What's your name?' 'Wie heißen Sie?' Thor asked the elf. fragte Thor den Elf.

'My name is Alvis! „Mein Name ist Alvis! I'm a dark elf!' Ich bin ein Dunkelelf!' he said. er sagte.

'I thought so,' said Thor. »Das dachte ich mir«, sagte Thor. 'People don't like dark elves. „Die Leute mögen keine Dunkelelfen. Dark elves are greedy and unfriendly.' Dunkelelfen sind gierig und unfreundlich.“

"'That's true,' said Alvis. „‚Das stimmt‘, sagte Alvis. 'But I'll show that we can marry the daughters of gods.' "Aber ich werde zeigen, dass wir die Töchter der Götter heiraten können."

'So you want to marry Thrud, daughter of Thor?' ‚Also willst du Thrud, die Tochter von Thor, heiraten?' asked the god. fragte der Gott.

'That's right,' replied the elf. „Das stimmt“, erwiderte der Elf.

'But you're not very handsome, are you?' „Aber du bist nicht sehr hübsch, oder?“ asked Thor. fragte Thor. 'You're a dark elf!' ‚Du bist ein Dunkelelf!'

'That's also true. „Das stimmt auch. But - as a dark elf - I'm very good at making swords and axes, and jewellery!' Aber – als Dunkelelfe – bin ich sehr gut darin, Schwerter und Äxte und Schmuck herzustellen!' said Alvis. sagte Alvis.

'That's true,' replied Thor. „Das stimmt“, erwiderte Thor.

'And I have a house in a cave!' 'Und ich habe ein Haus in einer Höhle!' said the elf.

'A house in a cave!' said Thor. 'Do you think a father will be happy if he knows his daughter has a house in a cave?'

'It's a very nice cave,' said the elf. „Es ist eine sehr schöne Höhle,“ sagte der Elf.

'A father should always decide who his daughter marries,' said Thor. „Ein Vater sollte immer entscheiden, wen seine Tochter heiratet“, sagte Thor.

'That's true,' said Alvis. »Das stimmt«, sagte Alvis. 'That's why I am going to meet Thor right now. „Deshalb treffe ich mich jetzt gleich mit Thor. What's your name, by the way?' Wie heißt du eigentlich?'

'Ha!' 'Ha!' said Thor. sagte Thor. He wanted to be angry, but he stopped himself. Er wollte wütend sein, aber er hielt sich zurück. Instead he laughed. Stattdessen lachte er. 'My name is Thor!' 'Mein Name ist Thor!' he shouted. er schrie. 'That's right - I am Thor!' 'Das ist richtig - ich bin Thor!'

'Oh,' said Alvis. »Oh«, sagte Alvis. He was very surprised. Er war sehr überrascht. He did not think this fat man with a big beard looked like Thor at all. 'I thought you were a farmer,' he said. »Ich dachte, Sie wären Bauer«, sagte er.

Thor stopped himself from becoming angry again. Thor hielt sich davon ab, wieder wütend zu werden. 'A farmer!' 'Ein Bauer!' he thought. er dachte. 'This stupid elf thought I was a farmer! „Dieser dumme Elf dachte, ich wäre ein Bauer! I'll show him.' Ich werde es ihm zeigen.“ He remembered that he wanted to be intelligent this time. Er erinnerte sich, dass er diesmal intelligent sein wollte.

'I'm happy that I met you,' said Alvis. „Ich freue mich, dass ich dich kennengelernt habe“, sagte Alvis. 'Now it's easy for me. „Jetzt ist es einfach für mich. I want to marry your daughter Thrud!' Ich will deine Tochter Thrud heiraten!'

'It's not that easy,' said Thor. »So einfach ist das nicht«, sagte Thor. 'Listen, here's what we'll do. »Hören Sie, wir werden Folgendes tun. I'll ask you some questions, and if you can answer them, you can marry my daughter. Ich werde Ihnen einige Fragen stellen, und wenn Sie sie beantworten können, können Sie meine Tochter heiraten. Yes?' Ja?'

'Yes!' said Alvis. sagte Alvis. Alvis thought Thor was not very intelligent. Alvis hielt Thor für nicht sehr intelligent. It would be easy to answer his questions. Es wäre einfach, seine Fragen zu beantworten.

'I want to know if you're an intelligent man,' said Thor, 'So here's my first question for you.' "Ich möchte wissen, ob Sie ein intelligenter Mann sind", sagte Thor, "also hier ist meine erste Frage an Sie."

'Go on!' 'Mach weiter!' said Alvis.

'What is it that we live in?' ‚Wo leben wir?' asked Thor. fragte Thor.

Alvis thought the answer might be 'a house'. Alvis dachte, die Antwort könnte „ein Haus“ sein. But then he thought that he lived in a cave, not a house, and Thor lived in a great hall, not a house. Aber dann dachte er, dass er in einer Höhle lebte, nicht in einem Haus, und Thor lebte in einer großen Halle, nicht in einem Haus.

'No,' he thought. 'Nein', dachte er. 'It's something more than a house.' "Es ist etwas mehr als ein Haus." So he said, 'It has many names. Also sagte er: „Es hat viele Namen. Some people call it Earth, or the world. Manche Leute nennen es Erde oder die Welt. We live in all of Yggdrasil, I in Svartalfheim, and you in Asgard.' Wir leben in ganz Yggdrasil, ich in Svartalfheim und du in Asgard.“

'That's true,' said Thor. „Das stimmt“, sagte Thor. 'Very good. 'Sehr gut. Now, what is it that covers us all?' Nun, was bedeckt uns alle?'

Alvis had to think about this one. Alvis musste darüber nachdenken. He thought about the roof of his cave and Thor's great hall, but it was not that. Er dachte an das Dach seiner Höhle und Thors große Halle, aber das war es nicht. 'It's the roof of the world,' he said. „Es ist das Dach der Welt“, sagte er. 'The sky! 'Der Himmel! The sky goes all around us, and covers every one of us.' Der Himmel geht um uns herum und bedeckt jeden von uns.'

'A good answer,' said Thor. »Eine gute Antwort«, sagte Thor. 'Now for my next question: what is the night sun?' "Nun zu meiner nächsten Frage: Was ist die Nachtsonne?"

Alvis had to think hard about this one. Alvis musste ernsthaft darüber nachdenken. 'There's no sun at night,' he thought to himself. ‚Nachts scheint keine Sonne‘, dachte er bei sich. 'And I've never seen the sun, because the sun kills dark elves. „Und ich habe die Sonne nie gesehen, denn die Sonne tötet Dunkelelfen. The only thing I know is... of course!' Das einzige, was ich weiß, ist ... natürlich!' He looked at Thor and said, 'What makes light in the night? Er sah Thor an und sagte: „Was macht Licht in der Nacht? The moon!' Der Mond!'

'Well done,' said Thor. „Gut gemacht“, sagte Thor. 'And what is the name for the fire that bums in the sky?' „Und wie heißt das Feuer, das am Himmel brennt?“

This was an easy one. Das war einfach. 'I've never seen it,' said Alvis, 'But I know that men call it the sun!' „Ich habe sie noch nie gesehen“, sagte Alvis, „aber ich weiß, dass die Männer sie die Sonne nennen!“

'Yes,' said Thor, still thinking carefully. „Ja“, sagte Thor, der immer noch sorgfältig nachdachte. 'What can make water fly?' "Was kann Wasser zum Fliegen bringen?"

This was a difficult one. Das war schwierig. Alvis had to think hard. Alvis musste angestrengt nachdenken.

'Come on!' 'Komm schon!' said Thor. 'Hurry up! 'Beeil dich! I can't wait all night for your answer.' Ich kann nicht die ganze Nacht auf deine Antwort warten.'

'I know!' 'Ich weiss!' said Alvis. 'The clouds! 'Die Wolken! The clouds hold water in the sky, and then it rains...' Die Wolken halten Wasser am Himmel, und dann regnet es ...'

'Good answer,' said Thor. »Gute Antwort«, sagte Thor. 'Here's another question. „Hier ist noch eine Frage. What moves through every country, everyone knows it, but no one ever sees it?' Was sich durch jedes Land bewegt, jeder weiß es, aber niemand sieht es je?'

This was a difficult question. Das war eine schwierige Frage. Alvis knew some of the gods could become invisible. Alvis wusste, dass einige der Götter unsichtbar werden konnten. But when a god was invisible, not everyone knew that. Aber wenn ein Gott unsichtbar war, wusste das nicht jeder. Rivers moved through every country, but people could see rivers. Flüsse flossen durch jedes Land, aber die Menschen konnten Flüsse sehen. Then he understood. Dann verstand er. 'I know!' 'Ich weiss!' he said, 'The wind!' er sagte: ‚Der Wind!'

'A good answer,' said Thor. »Eine gute Antwort«, sagte Thor. 'Here's another question - what is the water that nobody can drink?' "Hier ist eine andere Frage - was ist das Wasser, das niemand trinken kann?"

This was easy. Das war einfach. 'The sea!' 'Das Meer!' said Alvis.

'True,' said Thor. „Stimmt“, sagte Thor. It was becoming difficult for Thor to think of more questions, but he waited. Es wurde für Thor schwierig, weitere Fragen zu finden, aber er wartete. He needed to wait. Er musste warten. 'Very well,' he said after some time. »Sehr gut«, sagte er nach einiger Zeit. 'What is the thing we all have in our homes which helps us, but is so dangerous it can kill us?' „Was ist das Ding, das wir alle in unseren Häusern haben, das uns hilft, aber so gefährlich ist, dass es uns töten kann?“

At first, Alvis was going to say 'a sword', but then he thought that not everyone has a sword in their homes. Zuerst wollte Alvis „ein Schwert“ sagen, aber dann dachte er, dass nicht jeder ein Schwert in seinem Haus hat. He thought for a long time before he knew the answer. Er dachte lange nach, bevor er die Antwort wusste. 'Fire!' 'Feuer!' he said.

'Right again,' said Thor. »Wieder richtig«, sagte Thor. 'I can see that you're intelligent... for an elf!' "Ich sehe, dass du intelligent bist... für einen Elf!" Thor looked up. Thor sah auf. The night was coming to an end. Die Nacht neigte sich dem Ende zu. 'What is the dark that helps men and gods sleep?' „Was ist die Dunkelheit, die Menschen und Göttern beim Schlafen hilft?“ he asked. er hat gefragt.

'Easy!' 'Einfach!' thought Alvis. dachte Alvis. 'The night!' he said. er sagte.

Thor laughed. Thor lachte. 'Yes,' he said, 'And what is its opposite?' 'Ja', sagte er, 'und was ist sein Gegenteil?'

Only then did Alvis understand the trick Thor was playing on him. Erst da verstand Alvis den Streich, den Thor ihm spielte. He looked up. Er schaute auf. The night was ending, and the sun was coming up. Die Nacht ging zu Ende und die Sonne ging auf. 'Oh no,' he thought. 'Oh nein', dachte er. 'I can't see the sun. „Ich kann die Sonne nicht sehen. If I see the sun I will die!' Wenn ich die Sonne sehe, werde ich sterben!'

Thor laughed again. Thor lachte wieder. 'Go on Alvis! „Los Alvis! Do you know the name for it?' Kennst du den Namen dafür?'

'Oh yes,' said Alvis, 'but it's too late for me now... now that I've seen - the day!' "Oh ja", sagte Alvis, "aber jetzt ist es zu spät für mich ... jetzt, wo ich gesehen habe - der Tag!"

As Alvis said the word, the sun came up into Asgard, and when Alvis saw it he became a stone. Als Alvis das Wort sagte, ging die Sonne in Asgard auf, und als Alvis sie sah, wurde er zu einem Stein.

Some people say that if you go to the place where Thor met the dark elf Alvis, you can still see a small stone there, a stone still waiting to marry the god's daughter. Manche Leute sagen, wenn man zu dem Ort geht, an dem Thor den Dunkelelfen Alvis getroffen hat, kann man dort immer noch einen kleinen Stein sehen, einen Stein, der immer noch darauf wartet, die Tochter des Gottes zu heiraten. He will wait for a long time. Er wird lange warten. For once, Thor was clever! Ausnahmsweise war Thor schlau!

- THE END - - DAS ENDE -

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