Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Folke Filbyter plants the seed from which grows the mighty Folkung tree. Returning homeward after long sea roving, he brings his ship to shore near a shield maiden’s grave ground in the land of Sveas and Goths. Dwarf Jorgrimme, a Finnish sorcerer, prophesies terror will darken the land, and Thor’s image will tremble.
Folke tramps inland for two nights, his sack of booty on his back. The third night he comes to Jorgrimme’s cave, where the sorcerer gives him drink from the horn Manegarm, treasure of the gods. Then the dwarf cuts the sack so that some of the gold falls out. Discovering the leak, Folke swears he sows the ground with riches he will also reap. There he builds his mighty hall, Folketuna.
Before long Folke has land and thralls but no sons. One morning his men find Jorgrimme’s daughter trapped in a wolf pit, and Folke takes her home to his bed. She has three sons—Ingemund, Hallsten, and Ingevald—but she gets no honor and crouches in the straw like the scurviest thrall. Ingevald stays by his father’s side. Ingemund and Hallsten go roving at sea.
Folke, wanting a good marriage for his son, speaks for Holmdis, Ulf Ulfsson’s daughter. Meanwhile old Jakob, a begging friar, preaches a new faith in the region. When Ingevald tumbles the dwarfs’ one-eyed god, his mother gives him sacred Manegarm, stolen from Jorgrimme’s burial cairn. Folke swears blood brotherhood with the king of outlaws and gets great riches....
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