Chapter 4 - Battle of king Harold and Audbjorn.

King Audbjorn went with his forces northwards to Mra; there he joined king Arnvid and Solvi Bandy-legs, and altogether they had a large host. King Harold also had come from the north with his forces, and the armies met inside Solskel. There was fought a great battle, with much slaughter in either host. Of the Mrian forces fell the kings Arnvid and Audbjorn, but Solvi escaped, and afterwards became a great sea-rover, and wrought much scathe on Harold's kingdom, and was nicknamed Bandy-legs. On Harold's side fell two earls, Asgaut and Asbjorn, and two sons of earl Hacon, Grjotgard and Herlaug, and many other great men. After this Harold subdued South Mra. Vemund Audbjorn's brother still retained the Firthfolk, being made king. It was now autumn, and king Harold was advised not to go south in autumn-tide. So he set earl Rognvald over North and South Mra and Raumsdale, and kept a numerous force about himself.

That same autumn the sons of Atli set on Aulvir Hnuf at his home, and would fain have slain him. They had such a force that Aulvir could not withstand them, but fled for his life. Going northwards to Mra, he there found Harold, and submitted to him, and went north with the king to Throndheim, and he became most friendly with him, and remained with him for a long time thereafter, and was made a skald.

In the winter following earl Rognvald went the inner way by the Eid-sea southwards to the Firths. Having news by spies of the movements of king Vemund, he came by night to Naust-dale, where Vemund was at a banquet, and, surrounding the house, burnt within it the king and ninety men. After that Karl of Berdla came to earl Rognvald with a long-ship fully manned, and they two went north to Mra. Rognvald took the ships that had belonged to Vemund and all the chattels he could get. Kari of Berdla then went north to king Harold at Throndheim, and became his man.

Next spring king Harold went southwards along the coast with a fleet, and subdued firths and fells, and arranged for men of his own to rule them. Earl Hroald he set over the Firthfolk. King Harold was very careful, when he had gotten new peoples under his power, about barons and rich landowners, and all those whom he suspected of being at all likely to raise rebellion. Every such man he treated in one of two ways: he either made him become his liege-man, or go abroad; or (as a third choice) suffer yet harder conditions, some even losing life or limb. Harold claimed as his own through every district all patrimonies, and all land tilled or untilled, likewise all seas and freshwater lakes. All landowners were to be his tenants, as also all that worked in the forest, salt-burners, hunters and fishers by land and sea, all these owed him duty. But many fled abroad from this tyranny, and much waste land was then colonized far and wide, both eastwards in Jamtaland and Helsingjaland, and also the West lands, the Southern isles, Dublin in Ireland, Caithness in Scotland, and Shetland. And in that time Iceland was found.




 



4. kafli - Fr ferum Haralds.

Aubjrn konungr fr me li sitt, at er honum fylgi, norr Mri ok hitti ar Arnvi konung ok Slva klofa, ok hfu eir allir saman her mikinn. Haraldr konungr var ok noran kominn me snu lii, ok var fundr eira fyrir innan Slskel. Var ar orrosta mikil ok mannfall mikit hvrratveggju lii. ar fellu r Haralds lii jarlar tveir, sgautr ok sbjrn, ok tveir synir Hkonar Hlaajarls, Grjtgarr ok Herlaugr, ok margt annat strmenni, en af lii Mra Arnvir konungr ok Aubjrn konungr. En Slvi klofi komst undan fltta ok var san vkingr mikill ok geri oft skaa mikinn rki Haralds konungs ok var kallar Slvi klofi. Eftir at lagi Haraldr konungr undir sik Sunnmri.

Vmundr, brir Aubjarnar konungs, helt Firafylki ok gerist ar konungr yfir. etta var s um haustit, ok geru menn at r me Haraldi konungi, at hann skyldi eigi fara sur um Sta haustdegi. setti Haraldr konungr Rgnvald jarl yfir Mri hvratveggju ok Raumsdal ok sneri norr aftr til rndheims ok hafi um sik mikit fjlmenni.

at sama haust veittu synir Atla heimfr at lvi hnfu ok vildu drepa hann. eir hfu li sv mikit, at lvir hafi enga vistu ok komst me hlaupi undan. Fr hann norr Mri ok hitti ar Harald konung, ok gekk lvir til handa honum ok fr norr til rndheims me konungi um haustit, ok komst hann ina mestu krleika vi konung ok var me honum lengi san ok gerist skld hans.

ann vetr fr Rgnvaldr jarl it ira um Eisj sur Fjru ok hafi njsnir af ferum Vmundar konungs ok kom um ntt, ar sem heitir Naustdalr, ok var Vmundr ar veizlu. Tk ar Rgnvaldr jarl hs eim ok brenndi konunginn inni me nu tigum manna. Eftir at kom Berlu-Kri til Rgnvalds jarls me langskip alskipat, ok fru eir bir norr Mri. Tk Rgnvaldr skip au, er tt hafi Vmundr konungr, ok allt at lausaf, er hann fekk. Berlu-Kri fr norr til rndheims fund Haralds konungs ok gerist hans mar.

Um vrit eftir fr Haraldr konungr sur me landi me skipaher ok lagi undir sik Fjru ok Fjalir ok skipai ar til rkis mnnum snum. Hann setti Hrald jarl yfir Firafylki.

Haraldr konungr var mjk gjrhugall, er hann hafi eignazt au fylki, er nkomin vru vald hans, um lenda menn ok rka bendr ok alla , er honum var grunr , at nkkurrar uppreistar var af vn, lt hann hvern gera annat hvrt, at gerast hans jnustumenn ea fara af landi brott, en at rija kosti sta afarkostum ea lta lfit, en sumir vru hamlair at hndum ea ftum. Haraldr konungr eignaist hverju fylki ul ll ok allt land, byggt ok byggt, ok jafnvel sjinn ok vtnin, ok skyldu allir bendr vera hans leiglendingar, sv eir, er mrkina ortu, ok saltkarlarnir ok allir veiimenn bi sj ok landi vru allir eir honum lskyldir.

En af essi jn flu margir menn af landi brott, ok byggust margar aunir va bi austr Jamtaland ok Helsingjaland ok Vestrlnd, Sureyjar, Dyflinnarski, rland, Normand Vallandi, Katanes Skotlandi, Orkneyjar ok Hjaltland, Freyjar. Ok ann tma fannst sland.

 


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