136 SVIPDAG DISAPPEARS
The gods sent Svipdag a final warning, and urged him to obey the decree of the Rulers of the Universe.
He disregarded their bidding.
His fleet sailed forth over the Eystrasalt, but mid-way it became
apparent that Svipdag had disappeared.
The Gods' wrath had forced
him to regret his hybris, so that he jumped off board into the ocean's
There he was transformed into a hideous monster.
Humbled and desparate he dived unto the bottomless abyss of the ocean, in order to dwell there forever, hidden from the eyes of Gods and men.
The Gods kept his fate secret from Freyja.
His son Asmund took over the
leadership of his armies.