Chapter 1 - Of Kveldulf and his sons.

There was a man named Ulf, son of Bjalf, and Hallbera, daughter of Ulf the fearless; she was sister of Hallbjorn Half-giant in Hrafnista, and he the father of Kettle Hing. Ulf was a man so tall and strong that none could match him, and in his youth he roved the seas as a freebooter. In fellowship with him was one Kari of Berdla, a man of renown for strength and daring; he was a Berserk. Ulf and he had one common purse, and were the dearest friends.

But when they gave up freebooting, Kari went to his estate at Berdla, being a man of great wealth. Three children had Kari, one son named Eyvind Lambi, another Aulvir Hnuf, and a daughter Salbjorg, who was a most beautiful woman of a noble spirit. Her did Ulf take to wife, and then he too went to his estates. Wealthy he was both in lands and chattels; he took baron's rank as his forefathers had done, and became a great man. It was told of Ulf that he was a great householder; it was his wont to rise up early, and then go round among his labourers or where his smiths were, and to overlook his stalk and fields, and at times he would talk with such as needed his counsel, and good counsel he could give in all things, for he was very wise. But everyday as evening drew on he became sullen, so that few could come to speak with him. He was an evening sleeper, and it was commonly said that he was very shape strong. He was called Kveldulf.

Kveldulf and his wife had two sons, the elder was named Thorolf, the younger Grim; these, when they grew up, were both tall men and strong, as was their father. But Thorolf was most comely as well as doughty, favoring his mother's kin; very cheery was he, liberal, impetuous in everything, a good trader, winning the hearts of all men. Grim was swarthy, ill-favoured, like his father both in face and mind; he became a good man of business; skilful was he in wood and iron, an excellent smith. In the winter he often went to the herring fishing, and with him many house-carles.

But when Thorolf was twenty years old, then he made him ready to go a harrying. Kveldulf gave him a long-ship, and Kari of Berdla's sons, Eyvind and Aulvir, resolved to go on that voyage, taking a large force and another long-ship; and they roved the seas in the summer, and got them wealth, and had a large booty to divide. For several summers they were out roving, but stayed at home in winter with their fathers. Thorolf brought home many costly things, and took them to his father and mother; thus they were well-to-do both for possessions and honour. Kveldulf was now well stricken in years, and his sons were grown men.

 



1. kafli - Af Kveld-lfi banda.

lfr ht mar, sonr Bjlfa ok Hallberu, dttur lfs ins arga. Hon var systir Hallbjarnar hlftrlls Hrafnistu, fur Ketils hngs. lfr var mar sv mikill ok sterkr, at eigi vru hans jafningjar. En er hann var unga aldri, l hann vkingu ok herjai. Me honum var flagsskap s mar, er kallar var Berlu-Kri, gfugr mar ok inn mesti afreksmar at afli ok ri. Hann var berserkr. eir lfr ttu einn sj bir, ok var me eim in krsta vintta.

En er eir rust r hernai, fr Kri til bs sns Berlu. Hann var mar strauigr. Kri tti rj brn. Ht sonr hans Eyvindr lambi, annarr lvir hnfa, dttir hans ht Salbjrg. Hon var kvenna vnst ok skrungr mikill. Hennar fekk lfr. Fr hann ok til ba sinna. lfr var mar auigr bi at lndum ok lausum aurum. Hann tk lends manns rtt, sv sem haft hfu langfegar hans, ok gerist mar rkr.

Sv er sagt, at lfr var bsslumar mikill. Var at sir hans at rsa upp rdegis ok ganga um sslur manna ea ar, er smiir vru, ok sj yfir fna sinn ok akra, en stundum var hann tali vi menn, er ra hans urftu. Kunni hann til alls g r at leggja, v at hann var forvitri. En dag hvern, er at kveldi lei, gerist hann styggr, sv at fir menn mttu orum vi hann koma. Var hann kveldsvfr. at var ml manna, at hann vri mjk hamrammr. Hann var kallar Kveld-lfr.

au Kveld-lfr ttu tv sonu. Ht inn ellri rlfr, en inn yngri Grmr. En er eir xu upp, vru eir bir menn miklir ok sterkir, sv sem fair eira var. Var rlfr manna vnstr ok gerviligastr. Hann var lkr murfrndum snum, gleimar mikill, rr ok kafamar mikill llu ok inn mesti kappsmar. Var hann vinsll af llum mnnum. Grmr var svartr mar ok ljtr, lkr fer snum bi yfirlits ok at skaplyndi. Gerist hann umsslumar mikill. Hann var hagr mar tr ok jrn ok gerist inn mesti smir. Hann fr ok oft um vetrum sldfiski me lagnarsktu ok me honum hskarlar margir.

En er rlfr var tvtugs aldri, bjst hann herna. Fekk Kveld-lfr honum langskip. Til eirar ferar rust synir Berlu-Kra, Eyvindr ok lvir, -eir hfu li mikit ok annat langskip, - ok fru um sumarit vking ok fluu sr fjr ok hfu hlutskipti mikit. at var nkkur sumur, er eir lgu vking, en vru heima um vetrum me ferum snum. Hafi rlfr heim marga drgripi ok fri fur snum ok mur. Var bi gott til fjr ok mannviringar. Kveld-lfr var mjk efra aldri, en synir hans vru rosknir.

 


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