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原文:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Olaf_and_the_Dragon

奥拉夫与龙

作者:阿多纳托·里奥泰利

在诺德人的许多传说中,最生动有趣的一个就是独眼奥拉夫和怒米尼克斯的故事。

早在第一纪元,有一条叫怒米尼克斯的恐怖之龙,蹂躏了整个天际行省。这只令人害怕的巨龙毁灭村庄,焚烧城市,还猎杀数以万计的诺德人。仿佛泰姆瑞尔大陆里没有一个生物能阻挡它。

在天际的历史里,这还是一个麻烦不断的时期,因为各个城镇间展开了相当激烈的继位战争。领主们倘若齐心协力,有可能打败那条野兽,但他们彼此间的信任微乎其微。

一个叫奥拉夫的经验丰富的战士站了出来,承诺会击败这条野兽。在一些记载里,他是银流城的领主。在其他版本的这个传说里,奥拉夫向银流城的人民许诺,只要人民拥戴他成为领主,他会抓住这条野兽。

不管怎样,奥拉夫和几个他最信赖的勇士一起进行冒险,寻找那条野兽,终于在安托尔山顶的藏身处找到了怒米尼克斯。毫无疑问,这将是一次壮丽的战斗。

一开始,奥拉夫举着他的斧头和盾牌向巨龙冲去。其他一些传说则说挥刀的奥拉夫和舞爪的大野兽鏖战好几天,但两者势均力敌,所以任何一方都在争夺先机。

大多数记载认为奥拉夫后来很沮丧,也许是因为他的武器对龙完全不起作用;然后他把武器扔到了一边。在他体内燃起的愤怒给予了他一种声音,奥拉夫释放出一股可怕地怒吼。

又一次,故事有了分歧。大多数记载认为奥拉夫自己并不知道龙语的力量,但其他记载显示他拥有这份天赐之物很久了,但想要在第一次与龙的对抗中测试其威力。

几乎该传说的所有版本都有差异,然而,皆在下面发生的事上异口同声。

使用龙语的可怕力量,怒米尼克斯和奥拉夫在安托尔山顶进行史诗般的怒吼对决。传说他们的话语是如此雄浑——粉碎巨石、撕裂天空。

最终,怒米尼克斯轰然倒下,因各种各样的伤痕和完全耗尽了力气。不知为什么 – 这个细节几乎在每一份记载里都特别显眼 – 奥拉夫负责用全部的方法把龙运到银流城。

银流城的人民对奥拉夫扣下龙留下了非常深刻的印象。他们建造了一块巨大的带有囚房的石头,放到宫殿的后方,将其命名为“龙临宫”。这个巨大的囚房成为了怒米尼克斯的牢狱,直到他死去。

奥拉夫自己最后成为天际行省的至尊王,从而结束了继位战争。想必是因为,他实现与人民结缔下的伟大契约,让所有人都承认他是领导者,他还为这片大地又一次带来和平。

作为一名天际的旅者,我觉得这个传说既迷人又有趣。它是诺德人最著名的传说之一,人们很容易理解为什么会这么著名。这是一个超越了英雄主义的传说,一个富有谋略、受人尊敬诺德人去和一个真正令人胆寒的敌人战斗,并使用了使敌人屈服的怒吼,最终取得胜利。要想让这个传说更富有诺德色彩,只可能是让奥拉夫在斗酒中战胜怒米尼克斯了。

这个传说不是没有人怀疑,比如,生活在奥拉夫统治下的吟游诗人斯瓦尼尔,写出一份头韵体诗句,公开的质疑奥拉夫传说。被激怒的至尊王把这位叛逆的吟游诗人扔到监狱里,并销毁了这份诗句的所有文本。

少数古代吟游诗人的文字可能会给出答案。其书卷说,怒米尼克斯非常粗鲁和暴躁,因为他已经很老了。在那些记载里,在飞离安托尔山顶并死于和平时期前,那条龙在用其最后的岁月威胁着村庄。

当奥拉夫找到怒米尼克斯时,那条龙已经太弱了,弱得不能自保。奥拉夫和他的人轻而易举的抓住了龙,但决定在占据优势的情况下,编造出一个英雄般的故事。值得注意的是,所有见证怒吼对决的勇士,在奥拉夫成为至尊王后的统治期间里都成了富裕的领导人。

不过,也有可能是斯瓦尼尔对奥拉夫抱有不满,企图用诽谤的诗句破坏至尊王的声誉。唉,我们到底还是没法知道真相。

本书即将结束,亲爱的读者,在此有个善意的提醒:一个好的史学家必须保持公正,并考虑到记载者各方的立场。时间可以篡改我们记载的史实,你要是能拿到最原始的材料,就更好了!

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Olaf and the Dragon
by Adonato Leotelli
A historian ponders the legend of Olaf One-Eye and Numinex


One of the more colorful legends in Nord folklore is the tale of Olaf One-Eye and Numinex.
Long ago in the First Age, a fearsome dragon named Numinex ravaged the whole of Skyrim. The dreadful drake wiped out entire villages, burned cities and killed countless Nords. It seemed that no power in Tamriel could stop the monster.
This was a troubled time in Skyrim's history, for a bitter war of succession raged between theholds. The Jarls might have been able to conquesr [sic] the beast if they had worked together, but trust was in desperately short supply.
A skillful warrior named Olaf came forward and promised to defeat the beast. In some accounts, he is the Jarl of Whiterun. In other versions of the legend, Olaf promises the people of Whiterun that he will capture the monster if they will name him Jarl.
At any rate, Olaf ventures forth with a handful of his most trusted warriors and seeks the beast out, eventually finding Numinex in his lair atop Mount Athor [sic]. Needless to say, it's an epic battle.
First, Olaf comes at the dragon with his axe and his shield. Some variants of the legend say that Olaf and the beast battled with blade and claw for days, but were too evenly matched for either to gain an advantage.
Most accounts hold that Olaf, perhaps frustrated that his weapons are completely ineffectual against the dragon, finally casts them aside. Giving voice to the rage that has been building within him, Olaf unleashes a terrible shout.
Here again, the stories diverge. Many accounts hold that Olaf did not realize he possessed the power of Dragon-speech, while others suggest that he had long possessed this gift, but wished to test himself against the dragon in martial combat first.
Virtually all variations of the legend, however, agree on what happened next.
Using the awesome powers of the Dragon language, Numinex and Olaf engage in an epic shouting duel atop Mount Athor. So forceful are their words, they are said to shatter the stone and split the sky.
Finally, Numinex collapses from a combination of injury and sheer exhaustion. Somehow - and this detail is conspicuously absent in virtually every account - Olaf manages to convey the dragon all the way back to the capital city of Whiterun.
The people of Whiterun are suitably impressed with Olaf's hostage. They build a huge stone holding cell at the rear of the palace, which they rename "Dragonsreach". This enormous cell serves as Numinex's prison until his death.
Olaf himself eventually becomes the High King of Skyrim, putting an end to the war of succession. Presumably, his great deed made him the only leader upon whom all the people could agree, and so the land once again has peace.
As a visitor to Skyrim, I find this tale both fascinating and highly entertaining. It is one the most celebrated legends of the Nords, and one can easily understand why. It's a story of surpassing heroism, in which a resourceful and worthy Nord does battle with a truly terrifying adversary and emerges victorious by yelling him into submission. The only way in which this could have been even more of a Nordic tale would be if Olaf beat Numinex in a drinking contest.
The legend is not without its doubters, however. The bard Svaknir, who lived during Olaf's reign, wrote and performed an alliterative verse that challenged Olaf's version of events. Enraged, the High King threw the rebellious bard in prison and destroyed all written copies of the verse.
How I would love to lay hands on a copy of that verse! I admit, I am immensely curious to know what assertions Svaknir made about how Olaf really defeated Numinex.
There are a few ancient bard texts that provide one possible answer. These tomes suggest that Numinex was particularly foul-tempered because he was extremely old. In these accounts, the dragon spends his final years terrorizing the country side before flying off to the top of Mount Athor to die in peace.
When Olaf finds Numinex, the dragon is too weak to defend himself. Olaf and his men capture the beast without effort, but decide to take advantage of the situation by fabricating a heroic tale. It is worth noting that all of Olaf's warriors who were said to witness the shout duel went on to become wealthy leaders during Olaf's reign as High King.
However, it is equally likely that Svaknir had some grudge against Olaf, and his scandalous verse was an attempt to damage the High King's reputation. Alas, we will never know.
I leave you now, good reader, with this gentle reminder: A good historian must remain impartial, and consider all points of view. Time has a way of distorting our record of events, so the closer you can get to the original sources, the better!

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