Chapter 23 - The slaying of Hildirida's sons.

There was a man named Kettle Hing, son of Thorkel earl of Naumdale, and of Hrafnilda daughter of Kettle Hing of Hrafnista. He was a man of wealth and renown; he had been a fast friend of Thorolf Kveldulf's son, and was his near kinsman. He had been out on that expedition when forces gathered in Halogaland with intent to join Thorolf, as has been written above. But when king Harold went south, and men knew of Thorolf's slaying, then they called a gathering.

Hing took with him sixty men, and turned to Torgar. Hildirida's sons were there, and few men with them. He went up to the farm, and made an attack on them; and there fell Hildirida's sons, and most of those who were there; and Hing and his company took all the wealth they could lay hands on. After that Hing took two ships of burden, the largest he could get, and put on board all the wealth belonging to him that he could carry; his wife and children also he took, and all the men that had been with him in the late work. And when they were ready and the wind blew fair, they sailed out to sea. A man named Baug, Hing's foster-brother, of good family and wealthy, steered the second ship.

A few winters before Ingjolf and Hjorleif had gone to settle in Iceland; their voyage was much talked about, and 'twas said there was good choice of land there. So Hing sailed west over the sea to seek Iceland. And when they saw land, they were approaching it from the south. But because the wind was boisterous, and the surf ran high on the shore, and there was no haven, they sailed on westwards along the sandy coast. And when the wind began to abate, and the surf to calm down, there before them was a wide river-mouth. Up this river they steered their ships, and lay close to the eastern shore thereof. That river is now called Thjors-river; its stream was then much narrower and deeper that it is now. They unloaded their ships, then searched the land eastward of the river, bringing their cattle after them. Hing remained for the first winter on the eastern bank of the outer Rang-river.

But in the spring he searched the land eastwards, and then took land between Thjors-river and Mark-fleet, from fell to firth, and made his home at Hofi by east Rang-river. Ingunn his wife bare a son in this spring after their first winter, and the boy was named Hrafn. And though the house there was pulled down, the place continued to be called Hrafn-toft.

Hing gave Baug land in Fleet-lithe, down from Mark-river to the river outside Breidabolstead; and he dwelt at Lithe-end. To his shipmates Hing gave land or sold it for a small price, and these first settlers are called land-takers. Hing had sons Storolf, Herjolf, Helgi, Vestar; they all had land. Hrafn was Hing's fifth son. He was the first law-man in Iceland; he dwelt at Hofi after his father, and was the most renowned of Hing's sons.





 



23. kafli - Drp Hildirarsona.

Ketill hngr ht mar, sonr orkels Naumdlajarls ok Hrafnhildar, dttur Ketils hngs r Hrafnistu. Hngr var gfugr mar ok gtr. Hann hafi verit inn mesti vinr rlfs Kveld-lfssonar ok frndi skyldr. Hann var thlaupi v, er lisafnar var Hlogalandi ok menn tluu til lis vi rlf, sv sem fyrr var ritat. En er Haraldr konungr fr noran ok menn uru ess varir, at rlfr var af lfi tekinn, rufu eir safnainn. Hngr hafi me sr sex tigu manna, ok sneri hann til Torga, en ar vru fyrir Hildirarsynir ok hfu ftt li. En er Hngr kom binn, veitti hann eim atgngu. Fellu ar Hildirarsynir ok eir menn flestir, er ar vru fyrir, en eir Hngr tku f allt, at er eir fengu.

Eftir at tk Hngr knrru tv, er hann fekk mesta, lt ar bera t f at allt, er hann tti ok hann mtti me komast. Hann hafi me sr konu sna ok brn, sv menn alla, er at eim verkum hfu verit me honum. Baugr ht mar, fstbrir Hngs, ttstrr mar ok auigr. Hann stri rum knerrinum. En er eir vru bnir ok byr gaf, sigldu eir haf t.

Fm vetrum r hfu eir Inglfr ok Hjrleifr farit at byggja sland, ok var mnnum alltrtt um fer. Sgu menn ar vera allga landkosti.

Hngr sigldi vestr haf ok leitai slands. En er eir uru vi land varir, vru eir fyrir sunnan at komnir. En fyrir v at ver var hvasst, en brim landit ok ekki hafnligt, sigldu eir vestr um landit fyrir sandana. En er verit tk minnka ok lgja brim, var fyrir eim rss mikill, ok heldu eir ar skipunum upp na ok lgu vi it eystra land. S heitir n jrs, fell miklu rngra ok var djpari en n er. eir ruddu skipin, tku ok knnuu landit fyrir austan na ok fluttu eftir sr bf sitt. Var Hngr inn fyrsta vetr fyrir tan Rang ina ytri. En um vrit kannai hann austr landit ok nam land milli jrsr ok Markarfljts milli fjalls ok fjru ok byggi at Hofi vi Rang ina eystri.

Ingunn, kona hans, fddi barn um vrit, er au hfu ar verit inn fyrsta vetr, ok ht sveinn s Hrafn. En er hs vru ar ofan tekin, var ar san kallat Hrafntftir.

Hngr gaf Baugi land Fljtshl ofan fr Merki til rinnar fyrir tan Breiablsta, ok bj hann at Hlarenda, ok fr Baugi er komin mikil kynsl eiri sveit. Hngr gaf land skipverjum snum, en seldi sumum vi litlu veri, ok eru eir landnmamenn kallair.

Strlfr ht sonr Hngs. Hann tti Hvlinn ok Strlfsvll. Hans sonr var Ormr inn sterki. Herjlfr ht annarr sonr Hngs. Hann tti land Fljtshl til mts vi Baug ok t til Hvlslkjar. Hann bj undir Brekkum. Sonr hans ht Sumarlii, fair Vetrlia sklds. Helgi var inn rii sonr Hngs. Hann bj Velli ok tti land til Rangr it efra ok ofan til mts vi brr sna. Vestarr ht inn fjri sonr Hngs. Hann tti land fyrir austan Rang, milli ok verr, ok inn nera hlut Strlfsvallar. Hann tti Meii, dttur Hildis r Hildisey. eira dttir var sn, er tti feigr grettir. Vestarr bj at Meiarhvli. Hrafn var inn fimmti Hngs sonr. Hann var fyrstr lgsgumar slandi. Hann bj at Hofi eftir fur sinn. rlaug var dttir Hrafns, er tti Jrundr goi. eira sonr var Valgarr at Hofi. Hrafn var gfgastr sona Hngs.

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