Nine days and nights Hermod rode through the earth in darkness so thick that his horse could not see where to step.
Then forth stepped Hermod the Nimble, the brother of Baldur.
She asked Hermod his name and family, and told him that on the former day there had ridden over the bridge five bands of dead men.
Go back to your own dwelling, and send for Hermod, our swift messenger.
Hermod, the quick or nimble, resembles Mercury not only in his marvellous celerity of motion.
So saying she strode away, leaving Hermod and Baldur together.
She hobbled into her cave, and as Hermod followed a crow fluttered out.
But he is called Hermod, the Nimble, Odins swain, who undertook this journey.
Then Hermod told his name and whence he came, and asked eagerly if Balder had already crossed that bridge.
"I will," cried Hermod, before any one else had time to open his lips.