Chapter 26 - Of Guttorm.

There was a man named Guttorm, son of Sigurd Hart. He was mother's brother to king Harold; also he had been his foster-father, and ruler over his forces, for the king was a child when he first came to the throne. Guttorm had commanded the army in all battles which Harold had fought to bring the land under his sway. But when Harold became sole king of all Norway, and sat in peace, then he gave to his kinsman Guttorm Westfold and East-Agdir, and Hringariki, and all the land that had belonged to Halfdan Swarthy his father. Guttorm had two sons and two daughters. His sons were named Sigurd and Ragnar; his daughters Ragnhildr and Aslaug.

Guttorm fell sick, and when near his end sent to king Harold, bidding him see to his children and his province. Soon after this he died. On hearing of his death, the king summoned Hallvard Hardfarer and his brother, and told them to go on a message for him eastwards to Vik, he being then at Throndheim. They made great preparations for their journey, choosing them men and the best ship they could get; it was the very ship they had taken from Thorgils Yeller. But when they were ready, the king told them their errand: they were to go eastwards to Tunsberg, the market town where Guttorm had resided. 'Ye shall,' said the king, 'bring to me Guttorm's sons, but his daughters shall be fostered there till I bestow them in marriage. I will find men to take charge of the province and foster the maidens.'

So the brothers started with a fair wind, and came in the spring eastwards to Vik and to Tunsberg, and there declared their errand. They took the sons of Guttorm, and much movable property, and went their way back. The wind was then somewhat slack, and their voyage slower, but nothing happened till they sailed northwards over the Sogn-sea, having now a good wind and bright weather, and being in merry mood.



 



26. kafli - Fr sonum Guttorms hertoga.

Guttormr ht mar, sonr Sigurar hjartar. Hann var murbrir Haralds konungs. Hann var fstrfair konungs ok ramar fyrir landi hans, v at konungr var barns aldri, fyrst er hann kom til rkis. Guttormr var hertogi fyrir lii Haralds konungs, er hann vann land undir sik, ok var hann llum orrostum, eim er konungr tti, er hann gekk til lands Nregi. En er Haraldr var orinn einvaldskonungr yfir landi llu ok hann settist um kyrrt, gaf hann Guttormi, frnda snum, Vestrfold ok Austr-Agir ok Hringarki ok land at allt, er tt hafi Hlfdan svarti, fair hans. Guttormr tti sonu tv ok dtr tvr. Synir hans htu Sigurr ok Ragnarr, en dtr hans Ragnhildr ok slaug.

Guttormr tk stt. En er at honum lei, sendi hann menn fund Haralds konungs ok ba hann sj fyrir brnum snum ok fyrir rki snu. Litlu sar andaist hann.

En er konungr spuri andlt hans, lt hann kalla til sn Hallvar harfara ok brr, sagi, at eir skyldu fara sendifr hans austr Vk. Konungr var staddr rndheimi. eir brr bjuggust til ferar eirar sem vegligast, vlu sr li ok hfu skip at, er eir fengu bezt. eir hfu at skip, er tt hafi rlfr Kveld-lfsson ok eir hfu tekit af orgsli gjallanda. En er eir vru bnir ferar sinnar, sagi konungr eim erendi, at eir skyldu fara austr til Tnsbergs. ar var kaupstar. ar hafi Guttormr haft atsetu.

"Skulu it," sagi konungr, "fra mr sonu Guttorms, en dtr hans skulu ar upp fast, til ess er ek gifti r. Skal ek f menn til at varveita rkit ok veita meyjunum fstr."

En er eir brr vru bnir, fara eir lei sna, ok byrjai eim vel. Kmu eir um vrit Vk austr til Tnsbergs ok bru ar fram erendi sn. Taka eir Hallvarr vi sonum Guttorms ok miklu lausaf. Fara eir, er eir eru bnir, aftr lei. Byrjai eim nkkurum mun seinna, ok var ekki til tenda eira fer, fyrr en eir sigla norr um Sogns byr gan ok bjart ver ok vru allktir.

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