Hermod and Hadvor took but little notice of the Queen and her daughter, but, on the other hand, Hadvor and the Queen's maid, whose name was Olof, were very friendly, and Olof came often to visit Hadvor in her castle.
One time, when Olof was in the castle beside Hadvor, she asked the Princess if she knew where Hermod had gone to.
I shall tell you then,' said Olof, 'for I know all about it.
Hadvor now became still sadder than before at the thought of the marriage destined for her, and entreated Olof to think of some plan to save her.
I think,' said Olof, 'that your wooer will come up through the floor of the castle to you, and so you must be prepared when you hear the noise of his coming and the floor begins to open, and have at hand blazing pitch, and pour plenty of it into the opening.
First and foremost,' said Olof, 'you must get a wide cloak to wear over your other clothes, when you are put into the mound.
After they were both left there everything happened just as Olof had said.