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【书籍搬运】Sovngarde: A Reexamination 再探松加德

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Sovngarde:_A_Reexamination

作者:贝莱蒂特·贾斯塔

翻译:花溪流萤

死亡。是每个人都要面对的终极命运。我们是否还有其他归宿?

只需向你身边的诺德人询问他眼中(理想的)人生终点,你肯定会被引入这样一则血腥故事——白骨嶙峋,内脏遍地,空气中交织着勇者豪气以及令人心碎的悲壮。即便战死疆场,诺德战士也普遍认为是死得其所,新的证据显示,裹尸沙场的勇士,灵魂可获永生,(随之而来的是)喝不空的蜂蜜酒与无尽的力与技的较量。但为了深入探究诺德人死后永生的可能性,我们必须先重新审视神奇光环笼罩下的战士最终归宿—松嘉德。

回溯神秘纪元至今的古诺德文献,结合代代相传的口头传说,一处规模宏大,满载荣耀,入口隐不可见的圣地浮出水面。松嘉德,传说之地,由希奥神为那些在战场中证明自己英勇的诺德人建造。坐落其间的勇者大厅中,时间本身并无意义。生与死的界限在跨越松嘉德门阶时便不复存在,存在于当中的生命体,生活于自娱自乐,不痛不痒的状态,经历着诺德人最深恶痛绝的—无聊。

松嘉德入口以何种方式隐匿,学术界争论颇多,部分人认为希奥神所建造的这一宏伟大厅只是传说,因为并无证据显示确有诺德人目睹过松嘉德的神奇后返回并讲述自己的故事。但这并不能熄灭其余人的探索热情。不少诺德人穷毕生之力找寻松嘉德的谜之入口。大多人无功而返,只得垂头丧气,心情沉痛的打道回府。他们再无可能享受到酒壶中永不枯竭的蜂蜜酒,以及无穷无尽的战斗竞赛的乐趣。

这里,一些人可能会问,松嘉德的入口是不是只有死者方可见到?一切答案存在于最近赛瑞迪尔某处诺德亡者住宅中发掘的一系列羊皮卷记载之中。起初这些卷轴被当作系列情书,后来才知悉其乃四指费尔加与一位诺德亡灵战士伟岸罗尔夫的通信媒介。卷轴显示,罗尔夫毕生都在找寻松嘉德入口,但并未如愿。返回天际省故乡途中更是遭遇一帮巨人伏击,罗尔夫勇敢反抗,但最终不敌被杀。巨人随后将他的头颅拧下当球耍,神奇的是,这一切都被自己飘然而上的魂灵看在眼中,魂灵最终飞上蓝天,在哪里,他最终抵达了松嘉德壮丽的大厅。

罗尔夫不敢相信自己竟有如此好运,一直浑浑噩噩直到数年前才搞清死亡是通向松嘉德的大门这一真相。随后希奥神亲口证实了这点,希奥神以兄弟之礼迎接伟岸罗尔夫,递给他一只烤羊腿并赐予他一位清秀美少女。松嘉德,希奥神对他说,为所有光荣战死的诺德勇士敞开大门。

是时候让诺德人了解真相了。永生就在哪里,凡人毋须耗费终生光阴盲目追求虚无缥缈的镜花水月。最终,所有英勇的诺德人均可进入松嘉德。肢解,断头,挖心只不过是获得通向希奥神奇妙大厅机会所付出的微小代价(壮哉,此真为死得其所也)。

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Sovngarde, a Reexamination
by Bereditte Jastal
Speculation regarding Sovngarde, the Nordic Hall of Valor


Death. It is something we all face. Or do we?
Just ask the nearest Nord what he thinks of the end of life, and you'll likely be treated to a horrific story of blood, bone and viscera, of courageous deeds and heartbreaking sorrow. Carnage notwithstanding, there may be even more to death than the average Nord warrior realizes. New evidence suggests a life beyond the battlefield, where a valiant Nord may live forever, downing mead and engaging in contests of strength and skill. But in order to fully understand the possibility of a Nord's eternal life after death, one must first reexamine the legends surrounding that most wondrous of warrior's retreats -- Sovngarde.
According to the ancient writings and oral traditions of the Nords, going back as far as the Late Merethic Era, there exists a place so magnificent, so honored, that the entrance lies hidden from view. Sovngarde, it is called, built by the god Shor to honor those Nords who have proven their mettle in war. Within this “Hall of Valor” time as we know it has no meaning. The concepts of life and death are left on the doorstep, and those within exist in a sort of self-contained euphoria, free of pain, suffering and the worst malady a Nord could suffer -- boredom.
But just how well hidden the entrance to Sovngarde is has been a matter of much scholarly debate, and there are those who believe Shor's great hall is just a myth, for there are no actual accounts from Nords who have experienced the wonders of Sovngarde then returned to tell the tale. Not that this has stopped anyone from looking. Some Nords spend a lifetime searching for the mysterious hidden entrance to Sovngarde. Most return home sad and broken, their hearts heavy with failure. They'll never know the pleasure of a mead flagon that never empties, or a wrestling tournament without end.
What, some may ask, does the entrance to Sovngarde have to do with death? Everything, according to a series of ancient parchments recently discovered in the attic of a deceased Nord's home inCyrodiil. What at first seemed to be a series of love letters was later found to be a correspondence between one Felga Four-Fingers, a medium of some note, and the ghost of a Nord warrior named Rolf the Large. According to the parchments, Rolf had spent his entire life searching for the entrance to Sovngarde, without success. He was returning home to his village of Skyrim when he was waylaid by a band of giants. Rolf fought bravely, but was quickly killed, and the giants proceeded to play catch with his head. Amazingly, all of this was seen by Rolf in ghostly form as he drifted away from the scene, soaring upwards into the heavens, where he finally arrived… in the magnificent hall of Sovngarde!
Rolf could not believe his good fortune, and his foolishness for not having realized the truth so many years before. For death was the entrance to Sovngarde. So he was told by Shor himself, who greeted Rolf the Large as a brother, and personally handed him a leg of roast mutton and the hand of a comely wench. Sovngarde, Shor told him, can be entered by any Nord who dies valiantly in honorable combat.
It is time for Nords to learn the truth. Eternal life can be theirs, without the need to spend an entire mortal life in vain pursuit of something completely unattainable. In the end, all valiant Nords can enter Sovngarde. Dismemberment, decapitation or evisceration seems a small price to pay for the chance to spend an eternity in Shor's wondrous hall.

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