Chapter 6 - Thorolf resolves to serve the king.

Thorolf Kveldulf's son and Eyvind Lambi came home from sea-roving in the autumn. Thorolf went to his father, and father and son had some talk together. Thorolf asked what had been the errand of the men whom Harold sent thither. Kveldulf said the king had sent them with this message, that Kveldulf or else one of his sons should become his man.

'How answeredst thou?' said Thorolf.

'I spake what was in my mind, that I would never take service with king Harold; and ye two will both do the same, if I may counsel: this I think will be the end, that we shall reap ruin from that king.'

'That,' said Thorolf, 'is quite contrary to what my mind tells me, for I think I shall get from him much advancement. And on this I am resolved, to seek the king, and become his man; and this I have learnt for true, that his guard is made up of none but valiant men. To join their company, if they will have me, seems to me most desirable; these men are in far better case than all others in the land. And 'tis told me of the king that he is most generous in money gifts to his men, and not slow to give them promotion and to grant rule to such as he deems meet for it. Whereas I hear this about all that turn their backs upon him and pay him not homage with friendship, that they all become men of nought, some flee abroad, some are made hirelings. It seems wonderful to me, father, in a man so wise and ambitious as thou art, that thou wouldst not thankfully take the dignity which the king offered thee. But if thou thinkest that thou hast prophetic foresight of this, that we shall get misfortune from this king, and that he will be our enemy, then why didst thou not go to battle against him with that king in whose service thou wert before? Now, methinks it is most unreasonable neither to be his friend nor his enemy.'

'It went,' said Kveldulf, 'just as my mind foreboded, that they marched not to victory who went northwards to fight with Harold Shockhead in Mra; and equally true will this be, that Harold will work much scathe on my kin. But thou, Thorolf, wilt take thine own counsel in thine own business; nor do I fear, though thou enter into the company of Harold's guards, that thou wilt not be thought capable and equal to the foremost in all proofs of manhood. Only beware of this, keep within bounds, nor rival thy betters; thou wilt not, I am sure, yield to others overmuch.'

But when Thorolf made him ready to go, Kveldulf accompanied him down to the ship and embraced him, with wishes for his happy journey and their next merry meeting.


 



6. kafli - Virur rlfs ok Kveld-lfs.

rlfr Kveld-lfsson ok Eyvindr lambi kmu um haustit heim r vking. Fr rlfr til fur sns.

Taka eir fegar tal sn milli. Spyrr rlfr eftir, hvat verit hefir erendum eira manna, er Haraldr sendi angat. Kveld-lfr sagi, at konungr hafi til ess or sent, at Kveld-lfr skyldi gerast mar hans ea sonr hans annarr hvrr.

"Hvernig svarair ?" kva rlfr.

"Ek saga sv, sem mr var hug, at ek mynda aldri ganga hnd Haraldi konungi ok sv myndi it gera bir, ef ek skylda ra. tla ek, at r lykir muni vera, at vr munim aldrtila hljta af eim konungi."

" verr allmjk annan veg," sagi rlfr, "en mr segir hugr um, v at ek tla mik skulu af honum hljta inn mesta frama, ok til ess emek fastrinn at fara fund konungs ok gerast hans mar, ok at hefi ek sannspurt, at hir hans er skipu afreksmnnum einum. ykkir mr at allfsiligt at koma eira sveit, ef eir vilja vi mr taka. Eru eir menn haldnir miklu betr en allir arir essu landi. Er mr sv fr sagt konungi, at hann s inn mildasti af fgjfum vi menn sna ok eigi sr ess rr at gefa eim framgang ok veita rki eim, er honum ykkja til ess fallnir. En mr spyrst ann veg til um alla , er bakverpast vilja vi honum ok ast eigi hann me vinttu, sem allir veri ekki at manna, stkkva sumir af landi brott, en sumir gerast leigumenn. ykkir mr at undarligt, fair, um sv vitran mann sem ert ok metnaargjarnan, er vildir eigi me kkum taka vegsem , er konungr bau r. En ef ykkist vera forspr um at, at vr munim hljta af konungi essum farna ok hann muni vilja vera vrr vinr, hv frtu eigi til orrostu mti honum me konungi eim, er ert r handgenginn? N ykkir mr at smiligast at vera hvrki vinr hans n vinr."

"Eftir gekk at," kva Kveld-lfr, "er mr bau hugr um, at eir myndi engir sigrfr fara, er brust vi Harald lfu norr Mri. En slkt sama mun at vera satt, at Haraldr mun vera at miklum skaa mnum frndum. En , rlfr, munt ra vilja athfnum num. Ekki ttumst ek at, tt komir sveit me hirmnnum Haralds, at eigi ykkir hlutgengr ea jafn inum fremstum llum mannraunum. Varast at, at eigi tlir hf fyrir r ea keppist vi r meiri menn. En eigi muntu fyrir vgja at heldr."

En er rlfr bjst brott, leiddi Kveld-lfr hann ofan til skips, hvarf til hans ok ba hann vel fara ok ba heila hittast.

 


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