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There are lyrics of a song that I'd love to understand better:
"I Riden Så" (Ye Ride So Carefully) by the Finnish band Gjallarhorn

My questions are:

  1. How is the singer related to Silibrant and his daughter / their two dead boys?
  2. "I shall give my father my gray steed" -> why does she want to give "death" to her father?
  3. What are the "small gloves"?
  4. What are the "seven golden rings"?
  5. "One child they took to Freya's baptism" What does that mean? was he sacrificed in some pagan ritual?
  6. "The other they took to the hall of Valhalla" That could mean he fell in battle I guess?

I understand some small things. http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=295 says:

The song is full of old Pagan symbols: the grove was a natural temple to the Pagans. The grey horse is a metaphor for death. There is talk about riding (from the grove) to the Church, and to baptise Freyia. The transition between the old and the new religion was slow and often confusing, and left its mark.

The actors are:

  • Silibrant
  • "There he saw his daughter" -> Silibrants daughter
  • "O, woe is me, woe is me" -> the singer ("That I have never worn since I was a bride" ->female, married)
  • "I see my daughter coming to me" -> the singers daughter
  • "I shall give my father" -> the singers father
  • some more that I feel I understand

Lyrics:

O, Silibrant went up to the high loft
All under the green linden tree
There he saw his daughter going to the grove
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her

O, woe is me, woe is me, what do I behold
All under the green linden tree
I see my daughter coming to me
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her

O, Silibrant spread out his cloak so blue
All under the green linden tree
And upon it she did bear two bold baby boys
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her

I shall give my father my gray steed
All under the green linden tree
So he can ride to the church upon it
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her

I shall give my sister my seven golden rings
All under the green linden tree
That I have never worn since I was a bride
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her

I shall give my brother my small gloves
All under the green linden tree
That he shall take with him wherever he goeth
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her

One child they took to Freya's baptism
All under the green linden tree
The other they took to the hall of Valhalla
Ye ride so carefully through the grove with her
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It's sung by fictive observers, the story teller so you will. Silibrand is just the father's name and he finds his daughter going into the woods to give birth. So he helps her laying his cloak on the ground that she may lay more comfortable. Sadly both boys die and they give their souls to the Gods. Afterwards the mother is going to die too while the father carries her on the horse home. Before she shuts her eyes forever, she tells her father how she wants her belongings to divide. It's rather sad...but it sounds beautiful.

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To me it sounds like Silibrand's daughter fled her marriage. Women would have ordinarily given birth at their husbands' homes, but she returned to her father's home at her peril. Also, her gold rings had not been used since wedding, which, to my mind, signals unhappiness.

I like the interpretation that she was dying and giving out her possessions: the gray horse, her bands and her gloves. I think the children survived the birth, though. She is said to have given birth to strong boys, warriors. Perhaps they were slain later in life since they both were assigned to deities of the warrior death: Freya of Folkvangr and Odin of Valhalla.

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