Chapter 58 - Death of Skallagrim.

There was a man named Thorgeir. He had to wife Thordis Yngvar's daughter, Egil's mother's sister. Thorgeir dwelt on Swan-ness at Lambstead. He had come out to Iceland with Yngvar. He was wealthy and much honoured of men. Thorgeir and his wife had a son Thord, who was dwelling at Lambstead after his father, when Egil now came back to Iceland.

It chanced in the autumn, shortly before winter, that Thord rode in to Borg to find Egil his kinsman; and he bade him to a banquet. He had ale brewed out at his home. Egil promised to go, and a day was fixed about a week thence. So when the time came, Egil prepared to go, and with him Asgerdr his wife; they were a company of ten or twelve in all.

But just when Egil was ready, Skallagrim went out with him, and embracing him before he mounted said: 'You are late, methinks, Egil, in paying to me that money which king Athelstan sent me. What do you mean to do with that money?'

Egil answered, 'Are you very short of money, father? I did not know it. I shall at once let you have silver, when I know you need it; but I know that you still have in your keeping one or two chests full of silver.'

'I suppose,' said Skallagrim, 'you think that we have made our division of the movable property. You must now be content if I do what I like with that money I have in keeping.'

Egil answered: 'You cannot think you need to ask any leave from me in this; for you will choose to have it your own way, whatever I may say.'

Then Egil rode away till he came to Lambstead, where he was made heartily welcome; he was to be there three nights. That same evening that Egil left home, Skallagrim had a horse saddled. He then rode out just when others were going to bed. When he went away, he bore before him on his knees a very large chest; but under his arm he carried a brazen kettle. It has been since held for certain that he let down one or both into Krum's bog-hole, and dropped a large stone slab atop of them. Skallagrim came home about midnight, and then went to his place and lay down in his clothes. But in the morning, when it was light and people were dressed, there sat Skallagrim forward on the seat's edge, already dead, and so stiff that they could not straighten him nor move him, though they tried all they could.

Then a man was put on horseback, who galloped off as hard as he might to Lambstead. At once he sought Egil, and told him these tidings. Then Egil took his weapons and clothes and rode home, reaching Borg by eventide. And at once on dismounting he went in, and to the passage that was round the hall, with doors leading from the passage to the seats inside. Egil went on to the chief seat, and took Skallagrim by the shoulders, and forced him backwards, and laid him down in the seat, and rendered then the services to the dead. Then Egil bade them take digging tools and break open the wall on the south side. When this was done, then Egil supported the head and others the feet of Skallagrim; and so they bore him athwart the house out through the breach in the wall just made. Then they bore him immediately down to Nausta-ness. There for the night a tent was set over the body; but in the morning with flood-tide Skallagrim was put on a boat and rowed out to Digra-ness. There Egil had a mound raised on the point of the ness. Therein was laid Skallagrim, with his horse, his weapons, and his smithy tools. It is not told that any valuables were laid in the mound beside him.

Egil took the heritage, lands and chattels. Thenceforward he ruled the house. With Egil there was Thordis, daughter of Thorolf and Asgerdr.

 



58. kafli - Andlt Skalla-Grms.

orgeirr ht mar. Hann tti rdsi Yngvarsdttur, systur Beru, mur Egils. orgeirr bj inn fr lftanesi Lambastum. Hann hafi komit t me Yngvari. Hann var auigr ok virr vel af mnnum. Sonr eira orgeirs var rr, er bj Lambastum eftir fur sinn enna tma, er Egill kom til slands.

at var um haustit nkkuru fyrir vetr, at rr rei inn til Borgar at hitta Egil, frnda sinn, ok bau honum heim til veizlu. Hafi hann ltit heita mungt t ar. Egill ht ferinni, ok var kveit vikustef nkkut. Ok er sv var liit, bjst Egill til ferar ok me honum sgerr, kona hans. Vru au saman tu ea tlf.

Ok er Egill var binn, gekk Skalla-Grmr t me honum ok hvarf til hans, r Egill steig bak, ok mlti: "Seint ykkir mr , Egill, hafa greitt f at, er Aalsteinn konungr sendi mr, ea hvernig tlar , at fara skyli f at?"

Egill segir: "Er r n fftt mjk, fair? Ek vissa at eigi. egar skal ek lta ik hafa silfr, er ek veit, er arft, en ek veit, at munt enn hafa at varveita eina kistu ea tvr, fullar af silfri."

"Sv ykkir mr," segir Skalla-Grmr, "sem munir ykkjast skipt hafa lausaf me okkr. Muntu lta r vel hugna, at ek gera slkt, er mr lkar, af v, er ek varveiti."

Egill segir: " munt engis lofs ykkjast urfa at bija mik um etta, v at munt ra vilja, hvat sem ek mli."

San rei Egill brott, ar til er hann kom Lambastai. Var ar tekit vi honum vel ok feginsamliga. Skyldi hann ar sitja rjr ntr.

at sama kveld, er Egill hafi heiman farit, lt Skalla-Grmr sla sr hest. Rei hann heiman, er arir menn fru at sofa. Hann reiddi knjm sr kistu vel mikla, en hann hafi handarkrika sr eirketil, er hann fr brott. Hafa menn at san fyrir satt, at hann hafi ltit fara annat hvrt ea bi Krumskeldu ok ltit ar fara ofan hellustein mikinn.

Skalla-Grmr kom heim um minttisskei ok gekk til rms sns ok lagist nir klum snum. En um morgininn, er lsti ok menn klddust, sat Skalla-Grmr fram stokk ok var andar ok sv stirr, at menn fengu hvergi rtt hann n hafit, ok var alls vi leitat.

var hesti skotit undir einn mann. Hleypi s sem kafligast, til ess er hann kom Lambastai. Gekk hann egar fund Egils ok segir honum essi tendi. tk Egill vpn sn ok kli ok rei heim til Borgar um kveldit, ok egar hann hafi af baki stigit, gekk hann inn ok skot, er var um eldahsit, en dyrr vru fram r skotinu at setum innanverum. Gekk Egill fram setit ok tk herar Skalla-Grmi ok kneiki hann aftr bak, lagi hann nir setit ok veitti honum nbjargir. ba Egill taka graftl ok brjta vegginn fyrir sunnan. Ok er at var gert, tk Egill undir hfahlut Skalla-Grmi, en arir tku ftahlutinn. Bru eir hann um vert hsit ok sv t gegnum vegginn, ar er r var brotinn. Bru eir hann hrinni ofan Naustanes. Var ar tjaldat yfir um nttina. En um morgininn at fli var lagr Skalla-Grmr skip ok rit me hann t til Digraness. Lt Egill ar gera haug framanveru nesinu. Var ar lagr Skalla-Grmr ok hestr hans ok vpn hans ok smartl. Ekki er ess getit, at lausaf vri lagt haug hj honum.

Egill tk ar vi arfi, lndum ok lausum aurum. R hann fyrir bi. ar var me Agli rds, dttir rlfs ok sgerar.


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