Chapter 61 - Egil's life is given him.

King Eric sate upright while Egil recited the poem, and looked keenly at him. And when the song of praise was ended, then spake the king: 'Right well was the poem recited; and now, Arinbjorn, I have resolved about the cause between me and Egil, how it shall go. Thou hast pleaded Egil's cause with great eagerness, since thou offerest to risk a conflict with me. Now shall I for thy sake do what thou hast asked, letting Egil go from my land safe and unhurt. But thou, Egil, so order thy going that, after leaving my presence and this hall, thou never come before my eyes, nor my sons' eyes, nor be ever in the way of myself or my people. But I give thee now thy head this time for this reason, that thou camest freely into my power. I will do no dastardly deed on thee; yet know thou this for sure, that this is no reconciliation with me or my sons or any of our kin who wish to wreak their vengeance.'

Then sang Egil:

      'Loth am I in nowise,
      Though in features loathly,
      Helm-capt head in pardon
      From high king to take.
      Who can boast that ever
      Better gift he won him,
      From a lordly sovereign's
      Noble-minded son?'

Arinbjorn thanked the king with many fair words for the honour and friendship that he had shown him. Then they two, Arinbjorn and Egil, went back to Arinbjorn's house. After that Arinbjorn bade horses be made ready for his people. He rode away with Egil, and a hundred fully armed men with him. Arinbjorn rode with that force till they came to king Athelstan, where they were well received. The king asked Egil to remain with him, and inquired how it had gone between him and king Eric. Whereupon Egil sang:

      'Egil his eyes black-browed
      From Eric, raven's friend,
      Welcomed. Wise help therein
      Wife's loyal kin lent.
      My head, throne of helmet,
      An heritage noble,
      As erst, from rough rainstorm
      To rescue I knew.'

But at the parting of Arinbjorn and Egil, Egil gave Arinbjorn those two gold rings that king Athelstan had given him, whereof each weighed a mark. And Arinbjorn gave Egil the sword called Dragvandill. This had been given to Arinbjorn by Thorolf Skallagrimsson; but before that Skallagrim had received it from Thorolf his brother; but to Thorolf the sword was given by Grim Shaggy-skin, son of Kettle Hing. Kettle Hing had owned the sword and used it in his single combats, and no sword was there more biting. Egil and Arinbjorn parted with much affection. Arinbjorn went home to king Eric at York; but Egil's comrades and shipmates had good peace there, and disposed of their cargo under Arinbjorn's protection. But as winter wore on they moved south to England and joined Egil.

 



61. kafli - Lfgjf Egils.

Eirkr konungr sat upprttr, mean Egill kva kvit, ok hvessti augun hann. Ok er lokit var drpunni, mlti konungr:

"Bezta er kvit fram flutt, en n hefi ek hugsat, Arinbjrn, um ml vrt Egils, hvar koma skal. hefir flutt ml Egils me kafa miklum, er br at etja vandrum vi mik. N skal at gera fyrir nar sakar, sem hefir beit, at Egill skal fara fr mnum fundi heill ok sakar. En , Egill, htta sv ferum num, at san, er kemr fr mnum fundi af essi stofu, kom aldregi augsn mr ok sonum mnum ok ver aldri fyrir mr n mnu lii. En ek gef r n hfu itt at sinni. Fyrir sk, er gekkt mitt vald, vil ek eigi gera ningsverk r, en vita skaltu at til sanns, at etta er engi stt vi mik n sonu mna ok enga frndr vra, sem rttar vilja reka."

kva Egill:

      Erumka leitt,
      tt ljtr si,
      hjalma klett
      af hilmi iggja.
      Hvars ss gat
      af gfuglyndum
      ri gjf
      allvalds syni?

Arinbjrn akkai konungi me fgrum orum sm ok vinttu, er konungr hefir veitt honum. ganga eir Arinbjrn ok Egill heim gar Arinbjarnar. San lt Arinbjrn ba reiskjta lii snu. Rei hann brott me Agli ok hundra manna alvpnara me honum. Arinbjrn rei me li at, til ess er eir kmu til Aalsteins konungs, ok fengu ar gar vitkur. Bau konungr Agli me sr at vera ok spuri, hvernig farit hafi me eim Eirki konungi.

kva Egill:

      Svartbrnum lt sjnum
      sannsparr Hugins varra,
      hugr tjum mjk mga,
      mgnur Egil fagna.
      Arfstli knk la
      ttgfguum hattar
      fyr regnaar regni
      ra n sem an.

En at skilnai eira Arinbjarnar ok Egils gaf Egill Arinbirni gullhringa tv, er Aalsteinn konungr gaf honum, ok st mrk hvrr, en Arinbjrn gaf Agli sver at, er Dragvandill ht. at hafi gefit Arinbirni rlfr Skalla-Grmsson, en r hafi Skalla-Grmr egit af rlfi, brur snum, en rlfi gaf sverit Grmr loinkinni, sonr Ketils hngs. at sver hafi tt Ketill hngr ok haft hlmgngum, ok var at allra svera bitrast. Skilust eir me krleik inum mesta. Fr Arinbjrn heim Jrvk til Eirks konungs, en frunautar Egils ok skipverjar hans hfu ar fri gan ok vru varningi snum trausti Arinbjarnar. En er lei vetrinn, fluttust eir sur til Englands ok fru fund Egils.

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