Chapter 47 - Of the further harrying of Thorolf and Egil.

Harold Gormsson had then taken the kingdom in Denmark, his father Gorm being now dead. The land was then open to harrying; freebooters often lay off the Danish coast. Aki knew Denmark well both by sea and land. So Egil inquired of him diligently where the places were that promised good booty. But when they came to Eyrar-sound, then Aki said that up on land there was a large trading town named Lundr; there, he said, was hope of plunder, but 'twas likely that the townsmen would make resistance.

The question was put before the men whether they should go up or not. Opinions were much divided, some liking, some letting it; then the matter was referred to the leaders. Thorolf was rather for going up. Then Egil was asked what counsel he thought good. He recited a stave:

      'Wolf-battening warrior,
      Wield we high gleaming swords.
      In snake-fostering summer
      Such deeds well beseem.
      Lead up to Lundr:
      Let laggards be none!
      Spear-music ungentle
      By sunset shall sound.'

After that they made them ready to go up, and they came to the town. But when the townsmen were aware of the enemy's coming, they made against them. A wooden wall was round the town; they set men to guard this. A very fierce battle was there fought. Egil, with his following, charged fiercely on the gate nor spared himself. There was a great slaughter, the townsmen falling one upon another. It is said that Egil first entered the town, the others following. Then those of the town fled, and great was the slaughter. But Thorolf and his company plundered the town and took much wealth, and fired the buildings before they left. Then they went down to their ships.

 



47. kafli - Uppganga í Lundi.

Haraldr Gormsson hafđi ţá tekit viđ ríki í Danmörk, en Gormr, fađir hans, var ţá dauđr. Landit var ţá herskátt. Lágu víkingar mjök úti fyrir Danmörku. Áka var kunnigt í Danmörku bćđi á sjó ok landi, Spurđi Egill hann mjök eftir, hvar ţeir stađir vćri, er stór féföng myndi fyrir liggja.

En er ţeir kómu í Eyrarsund, ţá sagđi Áki, at ţar var á land upp kaupstađr mikill, er hét í Lundi, sagđi, at ţar var féván, en líkligt, at ţar myndi vera viđtaka, er bćjarmenn vćri. Ţat mál var upp borit fyrir liđsmenn, hvárt ţar skyldi ráđa til uppgöngu eđa eigi. Menn tóku ţar allmisjafnt á, fýstu sumir, en sumir löttu. Var ţví máli skotit til stýrimanna. Ţórólfr fýsti heldr uppgöngu. Ţá var rćtt viđ Egil, hvat honum ţótti ráđ. Hann kvađ vísu:

      Upp skulum órum sverđum,
      ulfs tannlituđr, glitra.
      Eigum dáđ at drýgja
      í dalmiskunn fiska.
      Leiti upp til Lundar
      lýđa hverr sem bráđast.
      Gerum ţar fyr setr sólar
      seiđ ófagran vigra.

Síđan bjuggust menn til uppgöngu ok fóru til kaupstađarins. En er bćjarmenn urđu varir viđ ófriđ, ţá stefndu ţeir í mót. Var ţar tréborg um stađinn. Settu ţeir ţar menn til at verja. Tókst ţar bardagi. Egill gengr fyrstr inn um borgina. Síđan flýđu bćjarmenn. Varđ ţar mannfall mikit. Rćntu ţeir kaupstađinn, en brenndu, áđr ţeir skilđust viđ, fóru síđan ofan til skipa sinna.




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