The king awoke, and said, "Why did you waken me, Fin, and did not allow me to enjoy my dream?"
Fin: "Thou must not be dreaming; but rather thou shouldst be awake, and preparing thyself against the host which is coming down upon us; or, dost thou not see that the whole bonde-crowd is coming?"
The king replies, "They are not yet so near to us, and it would have been better to have let me sleep."
Then said Fin, "What was the dream, sire, of which the loss appears to thee so great that thou wouldst rather have been left to waken of thyself?"
Now the king told his dream, -- that he seemed to see a high ladder, upon which he went so high in the air that heaven was open: for so high reached the ladder. "And when you awoke me, I was come to the highest step towards heaven."
Fin replies, "This dream does not appear to me so good as it does to thee. I think it means that thou art fey (1); unless it be the mere want of sleep that has worked upon thee."
ENDNOTES: (1) Fey means doomed to die.
227. OF ARNLJOT GELLINE'S BAPTISM.