Chapter 50 - Of Athelstan king of the English.
Alfred the Great ruled England, being of his family the first supreme king over England. That was in the days of Harold Fairhair, king of
Norway. After Alfred, Edward his son was king in England. He was father of Athelstan the Victorious, who was foster-father of Hacon the Good. It was at this
time of our story that Athelstan took the kingdom after his father. There were several brothers sons of Edward.
But when Athelstan had taken the kingdom, then those chieftains who had before lost their power to his forefathers rose in rebellion; now
they thought was the easiest time to claim back their own, when a young king ruled the realm. These were Britons, Scots, and Irish. King Athelstan therefore
gathered him an army, and gave pay to all such as wished to enrich themselves, both foreigners and natives.
The brothers Thorolf and Egil were standing southwards along Saxony and Flanders, when they heard that the king of England wanted men, and
that there was in his service hope of much gain. So they resolved to take their force thither. And they went on that autumn till they came to king Athelstan.
He received them well; he saw plainly that such followers would be a great help. Full soon did the English king decide to ask them to join him, to take pay
there, and become defenders of his land. They so agreed between them that they became king Athelstan's men.
England was thoroughly Christian in faith, and had long been so, when these things happened. King Athelstan was a good Christian; he was
called Athelstan the Faithful. The king asked Thorolf and his brother to consent to take the first signing with the cross, for this was then a common custom
both with merchants and those who took soldiers' pay in Christian armies, since those who were 'prime-signed' (as 'twas termed) could hold all intercourse
with Christians and heathens alike, while retaining the faith which was most to their mind. Thorolf and Egil did this at the king's request, and both let
themselves be prime-signed. They had three hundred men with them who took the king's pay.
50. kafli - Frá Ađalsteini konungi.
Elfráđr inn ríki réđ fyrir Englandi. Hann var fyrstr einvaldskonungr yfir Englandi sinna kynsmanna. Ţat var á dögum Haralds ins hárfagra
Nóregskonungs. Eftir hann var konungr í Englandi sonr hans, Játvarđr. Hann var fađir Ađalsteins ins sigrsćla, fóstra Hákonar ins góđa. í ţenna tíma tók
Ađalsteinn konungdóm í Englandi eftir föđur sinn. Ţeir váru fleiri brćđr, synir Játvarđs.
En er Ađalsteinn hafđi tekit konungdóm, ţá hófust upp til ófriđar ţeir höfđingjar, er áđr höfđu látit ríki sín fyrir ţeim langfeđgum, ţótti nú sem dćlst
myndi til at kalla, er ungr konungr réđ fyrir ríki. Váru ţat bćđi Bretar ok Skotar ok Írar. En Ađalsteinn konungr safnađi herliđi at sér ok gaf mála ţeim
mönnum öllum, er ţat vildu hafa til féfangs sér, bćđi útlenzkum ok innlenzkum.
Ţeir brćđr, Ţórólfr ok Egill, heldu suđr fyrir Saxland ok Flćmingjaland. Ţá spurđu ţeir, at Englandskonungr ţóttist liđs ţurfa ok ţar var ván féfangs mikils.
Gera ţeir ţá ţat ráđ at halda ţangat liđi sínu. Fóru ţeir ţá um haustit, til ţess er ţeir kómu á fund Ađalsteins konungs. Tók hann vel viđ ţeim ok leizt své
á, at liđsemđ mikil myndi vera at fylgđ ţeira. Verđr ţat brátt í rćđum Englandskonungs, at hann býđr ţeim til sín at taka ţar mála ok gerast landvarnarmenn
hans. Semja ţeir ţat sín í milli, at ţeir gerast menn Ađalsteins.
England var kristit ok hafđi lengi verit, ţá er ţetta var tíđenda. Ađalsteinn konungr var vel kristinn. Hann var kallađr Ađalsteinn inn trúfasti. Konungr bađ
Ţórólf ok ţá brćđr, at ţeir skyldi láta prímsignast, ţví at ţat var ţá mikill siđr bćđi međ kaupmönnum ok ţeim mönnum, er á mála gengu međ kristnum mönnum,
ţví at ţeir menn, er prímsignađir váru, höfđu allt samneyti viđ kristna menn ok svá heiđna, en höfđu ţat at átrúnađi, er ţeim var skapfelldast. Ţeir Ţórólfr
ok Egill gerđu ţat eftir bćn konungs ok létu prímsignast báđir. Ţeir höfđu ţar ţrjú hundruđ sinna manna, ţeira er mála tóku af konungi.