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Rerir and his wife were unable to have children until the goddess Frigg, the wife of Odin sends them a giantess named Hljod in the shape of a crow to deliver an apple of fertility to the couple. Shortly after, Rerir’s wife becomes pregnant but he becomes ill and dies. His wife remains pregnant for six years, until she realizes she will not live much longer and commands that the child be delivered with a Caesarian, an operation that in those days cost the life of the mother. When the child, Völsung, was delivered he was already well grown and he “kissed his mother before she died.” 
- Byock, Jesse L. (Trans.) (1990). The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-23285-2
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