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
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 - Andlát Skalla-Gríms.
Þorgeirr hét maðr. Hann átti Þórdísi Yngvarsdóttur, systur Beru, móður Egils. Þorgeirr bjó inn frá Álftanesi á Lambastöðum. Hann hafði
komit út með Yngvari. Hann var auðigr ok virðr vel af mönnum. Sonr þeira Þorgeirs var Þórðr, er bjó á Lambastöðum eftir föður sinn í þenna tíma, er Egill
kom til Íslands.
Þat var þá um haustit nökkuru fyrir vetr, at Þórðr reið inn til Borgar at hitta Egil, frænda sinn, ok bauð honum heim til veizlu. Hafði
hann látit heita mungát út þar. Egill hét ferðinni, ok var kveðit á vikustef nökkut. Ok er svá var liðit, bjóst Egill til ferðar ok með honum Ásgerðr,
kona hans. Váru þau saman tíu eða tólf.
Ok er Egill var búinn, þá gekk Skalla-Grímr út með honum ok hvarf til hans, áðr Egill steig á bak, ok mælti: "Seint þykkir mér þú, Egill,
hafa greitt fé þat, er Aðalsteinn konungr sendi mér, eða hvernig ætlar þú, at fara skyli fé þat?"
Egill segir: "Er þér nú féfátt mjök, faðir? Ek vissa þat eigi. Þegar skal ek láta þik hafa silfr, er ek veit, er þú þarft, en ek veit, at
þú munt enn hafa at varðveita eina kistu eða tvær, fullar af silfri."
"Svá þykkir mér," segir Skalla-Grímr, "sem þú munir þykkjast skipt hafa lausafé með okkr. Muntu láta þér vel hugna, at ek gera slíkt, er
mér líkar, af því, er ek varðveiti."
Egill segir: "Þú munt engis lofs þykkjast þurfa at biðja mik um þetta, því at þú munt ráða vilja, hvat sem ek mæli."
Síðan reið Egill í brott, þar til er hann kom á Lambastaði. Var þar tekit við honum vel ok feginsamliga. Skyldi hann þar sitja þrjár nætr.
Þat sama kveld, er Egill hafði heiman farit, lét Skalla-Grímr söðla sér hest. Reið hann þá heiman, er aðrir menn fóru at sofa. Hann reiddi
í knjám sér kistu vel mikla, en hann hafði í handarkrika sér eirketil, er hann fór í brott. Hafa menn þat síðan fyrir satt, at hann hafi látit fara annat
hvárt eða bæði í Krumskeldu ok látit þar fara á ofan hellustein mikinn.
Skalla-Grímr kom heim um miðnættisskeið ok gekk þá til rúms síns ok lagðist niðr í klæðum sínum. En um morgininn, er lýsti ok menn klæddust,
þá sat Skalla-Grímr fram á stokk ok var þá andaðr ok svá stirðr, at menn fengu hvergi rétt hann né hafit, ok var alls við leitat.
Þá var hesti skotit undir einn mann. Hleypði sá sem ákafligast, til þess er hann kom á Lambastaði. Gekk hann þegar á fund Egils ok segir
honum þessi tíðendi. Þá tók Egill vápn sín ok klæði ok reið heim til Borgar um kveldit, ok þegar hann hafði af baki stigit, gekk hann inn ok í skot, er var
um eldahúsit, en dyrr váru fram ór skotinu at setum innanverðum. Gekk Egill fram í setit ok tók í herðar Skalla-Grími ok kneikði hann aftr á bak, lagði hann
niðr í setit ok veitti honum þá nábjargir. Þá bað Egill taka graftól ok brjóta vegginn fyrir sunnan. Ok er þat var gert, þá tók Egill undir höfðahlut
Skalla-Grími, en aðrir tóku fótahlutinn. Báru þeir hann um þvert húsit ok svá út í gegnum vegginn, þar er áðr var brotinn. Báru þeir hann þá í hríðinni ofan
í Naustanes. Var þar tjaldat yfir um nóttina. En um morgininn at flóði var lagðr Skalla-Grímr í skip ok róit með hann út til Digraness. Lét Egill þar gera
haug á framanverðu nesinu. Var þar í lagðr Skalla-Grímr ok hestr hans ok vápn hans ok smíðartól. Ekki er þess getit, at lausafé væri lagt í haug hjá honum.
Egill tók þar við arfi, löndum ok lausum aurum. Réð hann þá fyrir búi. Þar var með Agli Þórdís, dóttir Þórólfs ok Ásgerðar.