Chapter 31 - Of Skallagrim's children.

Skallagrim and Bera had a great many children, but at first they all died. Then they had a son, who was sprinkled with water and named Thorolf. As a child he soon grew to be tall and was fair of countenance. It was the talk of all that he would be just such another as Thorolf Kveldulf's son, after whom he was named. Thorolf was far beyond children of his own age in strength. And as he grew to manhood he became doughty in most accomplishments then in vogue among those who were well trained. Thorolf was of a right cheery mood. Early did he come to such full strength as to be deemed fit for warlike service with other men. He was soon a favourite with all, and his father and mother loved him well. Skallagrim and his wife had two daughters; one was named Sunn, the other Thorunn. They also were of great promise as they grew up. Then Skallagrim and his wife had yet another son. He was sprinkled with water and named, and his name was Egil. But as he grew up it was soon seen that he would be ill-favoured, like his father, with black hair. When but three years old he was as tall and strong as other boys of six or seven. He was soon talkative and word-wise. Somewhat ill to manage was he when at play with other lads.

That spring, Yngvar went to Borg, his errand being to bid Skallagrim to a feast at his house, he also named for the party his daughter Bera and Thorolf her son, and any others that Skallagrim liked to bring. Skallagrim promised to come. Yngvar then went home, prepared for the banquet, and had ale brewed. But when the set time came that Skallagrim and Bera should go to the feast, Thorolf made him ready to go with them, as also some house-carles, so that they were fifteen in all. Egil told his father that he wished to go.

'I am,' said he, 'as much akin to Yngvar as is Thorolf.'

'You shall not go,' said Skallagrim, 'for you know not how to behave yourself in company where there is much drinking, you who are not good to deal with though you be sober.'

Then Skallagrim mounted his horse and rode away, but Egil was ill content with his lot.

He went out of the yard, and found a draught horse of Skallagrim's, got on its back and rode after Skallagrim's party. No easy way had he over the moor, for he did not know the road; but he kept his eyes on the riders before him when copse or wood were not in the way. And this is to tell of his journey, that late in the evening he came to Swan-ness, when men sat there a-drinking. He went into the room, but when Yngvar saw Egil he received him joyfully, and asked why he had come so late. Egil told of his words with Skallagrim. Yngvar made Egil sit by him, they two sat opposite Skallagrim and Thorolf. For merriment over their ale they fell to reciting staves. Then Egil recited a stave:

      'Hasting I came to the hearth fire
      Of Yngvar, right fain so to find him,
      Him who on heroes bestoweth
      Gold that the heather-worm guardeth.
      Thou, of the snake's shining treasure
      Always a generous giver,
      Wilt not than me of three winters
      Doughtier song-smith discover.'

Yngvar praised this stave, and thanked Egil much therefor, but on the morrow he brought to Egil as reward for the poem three sea-snail shells and a duck's egg. And next day at the drinking Egil recited another stave about his poem's reward:

      'The wielder of keen-biting wound-fowl
      Gave unto Egil the talker
      Three silent dogs of the surf-swell,
      Meet for the praise in his poem.
      He, the skilled guide of the sea-horse,
      Knowing to please with a present,
      Gave as fourth gift to young Egil
      Round egg, the brook-bird's bed-bolster.'

Egil's poetry won him thanks from many men. No more tidings were there of that journey. Egil went home with Skallagrim.



 



31. kafli - Hr segir af brnum Skalla-Grms.

Skalla-Grmr ok au Bera ttu brn mjk mrg, ok var at fyrst, at ll nduust. gtu au son, ok var vatni ausinn ok ht rlfr. En er hann fddist upp, var hann snemma mikill vexti ok inn vnsti snum. Var at allra manna ml, at hann myndi vera inn lkasti rlfi Kveld-lfssyni, er hann var eftir heitinn. rlfr var langt um fram jafnaldra sna at afli. En er hann x upp gerist hann rttamar um flesta hluti, er var mnnum ttt at fremja, eim er vel vru at sr gervir. rlfr var gleimar mikill. Snemma var hann sv fullkominn at afli, at hann tti vel lifrr me rum mnnum. Var hann brtt vinsll af alu. Unni honum ok vel fair ok mir.

au Skalla-Grmr ttu dtr tvr. Ht nnur Sunn, en nnur runn. Vru r ok efniligar uppvexti.

Enn ttu au Skalla-Grmr son. Var s vatni ausinn ok nafn gefit ok kallar Egill. En er hann x upp, mtti brtt sj honum, at hann myndi vera mjk ljtr ok lkr fer snum, svartr hr. En er hann var rvetr, var hann mikill ok sterkr sv sem eir sveinar arir, er vru sex vetra ea sjau. Hann var brtt mlugr ok orvss. Heldr var hann illr vireignar, er hann var leikum me rum ungmennum.

at vr fr Yngvarr til Borgar, ok var at at erendum, at hann bau Skalla-Grmi til bos t angat til sn ok nefndi til eirar ferar Beru, dttur sna, ok rlf, son hennar, ok menn ara, er au Skalla-Grmr vildu, at fri. Skalla-Grmr ht fr sinni. Fr Yngvarr heim ok bj til veizlunnar ok lt l heita.

En er at eiri stefnu kemr, er Skalla-Grmr skyldi til bosins fara ok au Bera, bjst rlfr til ferar me eim ok hskarlar, sv at au vru fimmtn saman.

Egill rddi um vi fur sinn, at hann vildi fara. " ek ar slkt kynni sem rlfr," segir hann.

"Ekki skaltu fara," segir Skalla-Grmr, "v at kannt ekki fyrir r at vera fjlmenni, ar er drykkjur eru miklar, er ykkir ekki gr viskiptis, at sr drukkinn."

Steig Skalla-Grmr hest sinn ok rei brott, en Egill uni illa vi sinn hlut. Hann gekk r gari ok hitti eykhest einn, er Skalla-Grmr tti, fr bak ok rei eftir eim Skalla-Grmi. Honum var greifrt um mrarnar, v at hann kunni enga lei, en hann s mjk oft rei eira Skalla-Grms, er eigi bar fyrir holt ea skga. Er at at segja fr hans fer, at s um kveldit kom hann lftanes, er menn stu ar at drykkju. Gekk hann inn stofu. En er Yngvarr s Egil, tk hann vi honum feginsamliga ok spuri, hv hann hefi sv s komit. Egill sagi, hvat eir Skalla-Grmr hfu vi mlzt. Yngvarr setti Egil hj sr. Stu eir gagnvert eim Skalla-Grmi ok rlfi.

var ar haft lteiti, at menn kvu vsur. kva Egill vsu:

      Kominn emk enn til arna
      Yngvars, ess's be lyngva,
      hann vask fss at finna,
      frnvengjar gefr drengjum.
      Mun eigi , gir,
      rvetran mr betra,
      ljsundinna landa
      linns, ar smi finna.

Yngvarr helt upp vsu eiri ok akkai vel Agli vsuna. En um daginn eftir fri Yngvarr Agli at skldskaparlaunum kfunga rj ok andaregg. En um daginn eftir vi drykkju kva Egill vsu ara um bragarlaun:

      Sgla gaf sglum
      srgagls ra Agli
      herimeir vi hrri
      hagr brimrtar gagra,
      ok bekkiurs blakka
      borvallar gaf fjora
      kennimeir, ss kunni,
      krbe, Egil gleja.

Vel lagi Egill kk skldskap sinn vi marga menn. Ekki var fleira til tenda fer eira. Fr Egill heim me Skalla-Grmi.

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