144 THE DEATH OF SVIPDAG
One day Hadding bathed in the ocean near the skerry Singasteinn,
fought a strange sea-monster and killed it.
Immediately a beautiful woman appeared to him, and revealed to him that
he had slain one of
the Vanir, and therefore had to pay compensation to Frey in order not to call upon himself the wrath of the Vanir.
Hadding at once realized that he had killed none other than Svipdag himself, and rejoiced in the finalization of revenge for his father.
Nevertheless he paid the
recompensation demanded, and thereby closed a vicious circle of ancient blood revenge, and strengthened his ties of friendship to all the descendants of Svipdag.