Chapter 67 - Egil's last journey abroad.

Egil heard tidings from east over the seas that Eric Bloodaxe had fallen in the west while freebooting; but Gunnhilda and her sons and Eric's had gone to Denmark, and all those that had followed Eric to England had left that country. This, too, he heard, that Arinbjorn was now come to Norway. He had taken again the grants and possessions that he had before, and had gotten great favour with the king. Then Egil thought it desirable again to go to Norway. Besides this came the tidings that king Athelstan was dead. His brother Edmund now ruled England.

So Egil made ready his ship, and got him a crew. Aunund Sjoni was among them, son of Ani of Anabrekka. Aunund was tall, and the strongest of those men who were then in the country-side; nay, some doubted whether he were not shape-strong. Aunund had often been on voyages from land to land. He was somewhat older than Egil; there had long been friendship between the two.

And when Egil was ready he put out to sea, and their voyage sped well; they came to Mid-Norway. And when they sighted land, they steered for the Firths. They soon got tidings from land, and it was told them that Arinbjorn was at home on his estate.

Egil put his ship into the haven nearest to Arinbjorn's house; then went he to seek Arinbjorn, and a most joyful meeting was theirs. Arinbjorn offered quarters to Egil and such of his men as he liked to bring. This Egil accepted, and had his ship set up on rollers; but his crew found them quarters. Egil and eleven with him went to Arinbjorn's. Egil had caused to be made a long ship's sail, elaborately worked; this he gave to Arinbjorn, and yet other gifts of value. Egil was there for the winter, treated with much honour.

In the winter Egil went southwards to Sogn to collect his land-rents, staying there some time. After that he came north again to the Firths. Arinbjorn held a great Yule-feast, to which he bade his friends and the neighbouring landowners. There was there much company and good cheer. Arinbjorn gave Egil as a Yule-gift a trailing robe made of silk, and richly broidered with gold, studded with gold buttons in front all down to the hem. Arinbjorn had had the robe made to fit Egil's stature. Arinbjorn gave also to Egil at Yule a complete suit newly made; it was cut of English cloth of many colours. Friendly gifts of many kinds gave Arinbjorn at Yule to those who were his guests, for Arinbjorn was beyond all men open-handed and noble.

Then Egil composed a stave:

      'Warrior gave to poet
      Silken robe gold-glistering:
      Never shall I find me
      Friend of better faith.
      Arinbjorn untiring
      Earneth well his honours:
      For his like the ages
      Long may look in vain.'

 



67. kafli - Utanfer Egils in sasta.

Egill spuri au tendi austan um haf, at Eirkr blx hefi fallit vestrvking, en Gunnhildr ok synir eira vru farin til Danmerkr sur ok brottu var af Englandi at li, er eim Eirki hafi angat fylgt. Arinbjrn var kominn til Nregs. Hafi hann fengit veizlur snar ok eignir r, er hann hafi tt, ok var kominn krleika mikla vi konung. tti Agli enn fsiligt gerast at fara til Nregs. at fylgi ok tendasgu, at Aalsteinn konungr var andar. R fyrir Englandi brir hans, Jtmundr.

Egill bj skip sitt ok r hseta til. nundr sjni rst ar til, sonr na fr nabrekku. nundr var mikill ok eira manna sterkastr, er vru ar sveit. Eigi var um at einmlt, at hann vri eigi hamrammr. nundr hafi oft verit frum landa milli. Hann var nkkuru ellri en Egill. Me eim hafi lengi verit vingott.

Ok er Egill var binn, lt hann haf, ok greiddist eira fer vel, kmu at mijum Nregi. Ok er eir s land, stefndu eir inn Fjru. Ok er eir fengu tendi af landi, var eim sagt, at Arinbjrn var heima at bum snum. Heldr Egill angat skipi snu hfn sem nst b Arinbjarnar.

San fr Egill at finna Arinbjrn, ok var ar fagnafundr mikill me eim. Bau Arinbjrn Agli angat til vistar ok fruneyti hans, v er hann vildi, at angat fri. Egill ekkist at ok lt ra skipi snu til hlunns, en hsetar vistuust. Egill fr til Arinbjarnar ok eir tlf saman. Egill hafi ltit gera langskipssegl mjk vandat. Segl at gaf hann Arinbirni ok enn fleiri gjafar, r er sendiligar vru. Var Egill ar um vetrinn gu yfirlti. Egill fr um vetrinn sur Sogn at landskyldum snum, dvalist ar mjk lengi. San fr hann norr Fjru.

Arinbjrn hafi jlabo mikit, bau til sn vinum snum ok herasbndum. Var ar fjlmenni mikit ok veizla g. Hann gaf Agli at jlagjf slur, gervar af silki ok gullsaumaar mjk, settar fyrir allt gullknppum gegnum nir. Arinbjrn hafi ltit gera kli at vi vxt Egils. Arinbjrn gaf Agli alklna nskorinn at jlum. Vru ar skorin ensk kli me mrgum litum. Arinbjrn gaf margs konar vingjafar um jlin eim mnnum, er hann hfu heimstt, v at Arinbjrn var allra manna rvastr ok mestr skrungr. orti Egill vsu:

      Sjalfri lt slur
      silki drengr of fengit
      gollknappaar greppi.
      Getk aldri vin betra.
      Arinbjrn hefr rnat
      eirarlaust ea meira,
      s mun seggr of fask
      slkr, oddvita rki.





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