Chapter 33 - Bjorn goes to Iceland.
A little before winter came a ship from the south out of the Orkneys, with the tidings that a long-ship had come in autumn to those islands.
Therein were messengers of king Harold, with this errand to earl Sigurd, that the king would have Bjorn Brynjolfsson slain wherever he might be found, and
the same message Harold sent to the Southern Isles and even to Dublin. Bjorn heard these tidings, and withal that he was outlawed in Norway. Forthwith on
reaching Shetland Bjorn had held his wedding with Thora, and through the winter they stayed at Moss-ey-town.
But in spring, as soon as ever the sea began to calm, Bjorn drew forth his ship, and made him ready with all speed. And when he was ready
and got a wind, he sailed out to the main. They had a strong breeze, and were but little time out ere they came to the south coast of Iceland. The wind was
blowing on the land; then it bore them westwards along the coast, and so out to sea. But when they got a shift of wind back again, then they sailed for the
land. There was not a single man on board who had been in Iceland before. They sailed into a wondrous large firth, the wind bearing them towards its western
shore. Land-wards nothing was seen but breakers and harbourless shore. Then they stood slant-wise across the wind as they might (but still eastwards), till a
firth lay over against them, into which they sailed, till all the skerries and the surf were passed. Then they put in by a ness. An island lay out opposite
this, and a deep sound was between them: there they made fast the ship. A bay ran up west of the ness, and above this bay stood a good-sized rocky hill.
Bjorn and some men with him got into a boat, Bjorn telling his comrades to beware of saying about their voyage aught that might work them
trouble. They rowed to the buildings, and found there men to speak to. First they asked where they had come to land. The men told them that this was named
Borgar-firth; that the buildings they saw were called Borg; that the goodman was Skallagrim.
Bjorn at once remembered about him, and he went to meet Skallagrim, and they talked together. Skallagrim asked who they were. Bjorn named
himself and his father, but Skallagrim knew Brynjolf well, so he offered to Bjorn such help as he needed. This Bjorn accepted thankfully. Then Skallagrim
asked what others there were in the ship, persons of rank. Bjorn said there was Thora, Hroald's daughter, sister of lord Thorir. Skallagrim was right glad
for that, and said that it was his bounden duty to give to the sister of Thorir his own foster-brother such help as she needed or he could supply; and he
bade her and Bjorn both to his house with all his shipmates. Bjorn accepted this. So the cargo was moved from the ship up to the homestead at Borg. There
they set up their booths; but the ship was drawn up into the brook hard by. And where Bjorn's party had their booths is still called Bjorn's home-field.
Bjorn and his shipmates all took up their abode with Skallagrim, who never had about him fewer than sixty stout fellows.
33. kafli - Björn þiggr vetrvist at Borg.
Litlu fyrir vetr kom skip til Hjaltlands sunnan ór Orkneyjum. Sögðu þeir þau tíðendi, at langskip hafði komit um haustit til eyjanna.
Váru þat sendimenn Haralds konungs með þeim erendum til Sigurðar jarls, at konungr vildi drepa láta Björn Brynjólfsson, hvar sem hann yrði áhendr, ok
slíkar orðsendingar gerði hann til Suðreyja, allt til Dyflinnar. Björn spurði þessi tíðendi ok þat með, at hann var útlægr gerr í Nóregi. En þegar er
hann hafði komit til Hjaltlands, gerði hann brúðlaup til Þóru. Sátu þau um vetrinn í Móseyjarborg.
En þegar um várit, er sjó tók at lægja, setti Björn fram skip sitt ok bjó sem ákafligast. En er hann var búinn ok byr gaf, sigldi hann í haf. Fengu þeir
veðr stór ok váru litla stund úti, kómu sunnan at Íslandi. Gekk þá veðr á land, ok bar þá vestr fyrir landit ok þá í haf út, en er þeim gaf byr aftr, þá
sigldu þeir at landinu. Engi var sá maðr þar innan borðs, er verit hafði fyrr á Íslandi.
Þeir sigldu inn á fjörð einn furðuliga mikinn, ok bar þá at inni vestri ströndinni, sá þar til lands inn ekki nema boða eina ok hafnleysur, beittu þá sem
þverast austr fyrir landit, allt til þess er fjörðr varð fyrir þeim, ok sigldu þeir inn eftir firðinum, til þess er lokit var skerjum öllum ok brimi. Þá
lögðu þeir at nesi einu. Lá þar ey fyrir útan, en sund djúpt í milli, festu þar skipit. Vík gekk upp fyrir vestan nesit, en upp af víkinni stóð borg mikil.
Björn gekk á bát einn ok menn með honum. Björn sagði förunautum sínum, at þeir skyldi varast at segja þat ekki frá ferðum sínum, er þeim stæði vandræði af
því. Þeir Björn reru til bæjarins ok hittu þar menn at máli. Spurðu þeir þess fyrst, hvar þeir váru at landi komnir. Menn sögðu, at þat hét at Borgarfirði,
en bær sá, er þar var, hét at Borg, en Skalla-Grímr bóndinn. Björn kannaðist brátt við hann ok gekk til móts við Skalla-Grím, ok töluðust þeir við. Spurði
Skalla-Grímr, hvat mönnum þeir væri. Björn nefndi sik ok föður sinn, en Skalla-Grími var allr kunnleiki á Brynjólfi ok bauð Birni allan forbeina sinn, þann
er hann þurfti. Björn tók því þakksamliga. Þá spurði Skalla-Grímr, hvat fleira væri þeira manna á skipi, er virðingamenn væri. Björn sagði, at þar var Þóra
Hróaldsdóttir, systir Þóris hersis. Skalla-Grímr varð við þat allglaðr ok sagði svá, at þat var skylt ok heimult um systur Þóris, fóstbróður síns, at hann
gerði slíkan forbeina, sem þurfti eða hann hefði föng til, ok bauð þeim Birni báðum til sín með alla skipverja sína. Björn þekkðist þat. Var þá fluttr farmr
af skipinu upp í tún at Borg. Settu þeir þar búðir sínar, en skipit var leitt upp í læk þann, er þar verðr, en þar er kallat Bjarnartöður, sem þeir Björn
Björn ok þeir skipverjar allir fóru til vistar með Skalla-Grími. Hann hafði aldri færi menn með sér en sex tigu vígra manna.