Chapter 43 - Of Aulvir and Egil.

There was a man named Aulvir, a house-carle of Thorir's, who was manager and bailiff over his estate. He had the getting in of debts, and was treasurer. Aulvir was past his youth, but was still quite a hale man. It so happened that Aulvir had to leave home to get in some rents of Thorir's that had stood over from the spring. He had a row-boat, on board which went twelve of Thorir's house-carles. Just then Egil began to recover, and rose from his bed. He thought it was dull work at home when everybody was gone away. So he spoke with Aulvir, and said he would like to go with him. But Aulvir thought one good comrade would not overload them, as there was enough ship-room. So Egil prepared to go. He had his weapons, sword, halberd, and buckler.

They went their way when they were ready. They had the wind blowing hard against them, and sharp gale and troublesome; but they pursued their journey vigorously, taking to their oars. And their progress was such, that on the evening of a day they came to Atla-isle, and there put in to land. In this island, not far up from the shore, was a large farm belonging to king Eric. The overlooker thereof was a man named Bard. He was called Bard of Atla-isle, and was a good business man and worker; not of high birth, but much prized by the king and Gunnhilda.

Aulvir and his men drew up their ship beyond flood-tide mark. They then went to the farm buildings, and found Bard outside, and told him of their journey, and withal that they would fain be there for the night. Bard saw that they were very wet, and led them to a fire-hall that stood apart from the other buildings. There he had a large fire made for them, at which their clothes were dried. When they had put them on again, Bard came in. 'Now will we,' said he, 'set you a table here. I know you will be glad to sleep; you are weary from your wetting.'

Aulvir liked that well. Soon the table was set, and food given them, bread and butter and large bowls of curds set forth. Bard said: 'Right sorry am I that there is no ale in the house, that I might receive you as I would; you will have to make out with what there is.'

Aulvir and his folk were very thirsty, and drank up the curds. Then Bard had oat-drink brought in, and they drank that. 'I should like,' said Bard, 'to give you better drink if I had any.'

There was no lack of straw in the room. Then he bade them lie down to sleep.

 



43. kafli - Af ferurn lvis ok Egils.

lvir ht mar. Hann var hskarl ris ok var forstjri ok ramar fyrir bi hans. Hafi hann skuldaheimtur ok var fhirir. lvir var af skualdri ok mar inn hressasti.

Sv bar til, at lvir tti heimanfer at heimta landskyldir ris, r er eftir hfu stait um vrit. Hafi hann rrarferju, ok vru ar tlf hskarlar ris. tk Egill at hressast, ok reis hann upp. Honum tti gerast daufligt heima, er ala manna var brott farin. Kom hann at mli vi lvi ok sagi, at hann vildi fara me honum. En lvi tti eigi gum lismanni ofaukit, v at skipkostr var rinn. Rst Egill til ferar eirar. Egill hafi vpn sn, sver ok kesju ok buklara. Fara eir ferar sinnar, er eir vru bnir, ok fengu verablk haran, hvss ver ok hagst, en eir sttu ferina knliga, tku rrarleii.

Sv bar til fer eira, at eir kmu aftan dags til Atleyjar ok lgu ar at landi, en ar var eyjunni skammt upp b mikit, er tti Eirkr konungr. En ar r fyrir mar s, er Brr ht. Hann var kallar Atleyjar-Brr ok var sslumar mikill ok starfsmar gr. Ekki var hann kynstrr mar, en krr mjk Eirki konungi ok Gunnhildi drttningu.

eir lvir drgu upp skip sitt r flarmli, gengu san til bjar ok hittu Br ti ok sgu honum um fer sna, sv at, at eir vildu ar vera um nttina. Brr s, at eir vru vtir mjk, ok fylgi hann eim til eldahss nkkurs. Var at brott fr rum hsum. Hann lt gera eld mikinn fyrir eim, ok vru ar urrku kli eira.

En er eir hfu tekit kli sn, kom Brr ar. "N munum vr," segir hann, "hr setja yr bor. Ek veit, at yr mun vera ttt at sofa. r eru menn mir af vsi."

lvi lkai at vel. San var sett bor ok gefinn eim matr, brau ok smjr, ok settir fram skyraskar strir.

Brr sagi: "Harmr er at n mikill, er l er ekki inni, at er ek mega yr fagna sem ek vilda. Veri r n at bjargast vi slkt, sem til er."

eir lvir vru yrstir mjk ok supu skyrit. San lt Brr bera inn afr, ok drukku eir at.

"Fss mynda ek," kva Brr, "at gefa yr betra drykk, ef til vri."

Hlm skorti ar eigi inni. Ba hann ar nir leggjast til svefns.

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