Fenris, the Wolf_ A Tragedy
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Title: Fenris, the Wolf
Author: Percy MacKaye
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FENRIS, THE WOLF
FENRIS, THE WOLF
AUTHOR OF “THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS”
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., Ltd.
All rights reserved
By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1905.
J. S. Cushing & Co.—Berwick & Smith Co.
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.
CRITIC AND FRIEND
The invocation of Ingimund to Odin, on page 38, is adaptedfrom Fragments of a Spell Song, preserved as an insertion in the GreatPlay of the Wolsungs, and to be found, both original and translation,in the Corpus Poeticum Boreale of Vigfusson and Powell, Oxford, 1883.
For dramatic reasons, various liberties have been taken by the writerwith those elements of this play which are drawn from Scandinavianmythology. For example, according to mythology, the Fenris-wolf isthe offspring, not of Odin, but of Loki; the wolf and Baldur are notbrothers; no mention is made of the wolf’s Pack. Moreover, in the OldIcelandic utterances of the Pack—for purposes of sound merely—apreterite form has twice been used for a present tense, as in Ulfrsofnathi, “the wolf sleepeth.”
Where authenticity, however, has harmonised with the dramatic idea,it has equally been the writer’s aim.
Cornish, N.H., March, 1905.
- Of the Prologue
- FENRIS’S PACK
- Of the Play
- INGIMUND, Priest of Odin
- EGIL, a Hunter
- ARFI, a Dwarf, his brother
- YORUL, liegeman of Egil
- ROLF, liegeman of Egil
- ERIC, liegeman of Egil
- WULDOR, liegeman of Arfi
- A LITTLE BOY
- THORDIS, daughter of Ingimund and priestess of Odin’s temple
- FRIDA, one of her Virgins
- A LITTLE GIRL
- Folk, Priests, Virgins, Children
|THE||PROLOGUE.||The crater of a volcano; dawn.|
|Scene I.||The rune-stone of Odin, outside a tribal temple; morning.|
|Scene II.||Egil’s lodge in the forest; toward twilight.|
|Scene I.||A prison chamber; day.|
|Scene II.||The same; night.|
|ACT||THIRD.||A forest glade; the pool of Freyja; early morning.|
|ACT||FOURTH.||The rune-stone again; sunset.|
Time and Place
The Age of Northern Mythology; Iceland. The incidents of
the play are conceived as taking place within the cycle
of a year.
Foreground—a frozen crater
At back, a cavern. Overhanging this, at left and back,
snow-crusted cliffs, partly bared by the winds, stand
out against the stars.
On one of these, Odin seated; on his shoulders,
two ravens. Beneath him, in the crater and
cavern, half-discernible, Fenris and his Pack.