Chapter 68 - Arinbjrn pays Ljt's holdings over to Egil.

Egil after Yule-tide was taken with much sadness that he spake not a word. And when Arinbjorn perceived this he began to talk with Egil, and asked what this sadness meant. 'I wish,' said he, 'you would let me know whether you are sick, or anything ails you, that I may find a remedy.'

Egil said: 'Sickness of body I have none; but I have much anxiety about this, how I shall get that property which I won when I slew Ljot the Pale northwards in Mra. I am told that the king's stewards have taken up all that property, and claimed ownership thereof for the king. Now I would fain have your help in the recovery of this.'

Arinbjorn: 'I do not think your claim to the ownership of that property is against the law of the land; yet methinks the property is now come into strong keeping. The king's treasury hath a wide entrance, but a narrow exit. We have urged many arduous claims of money against powerful persons, but we were in more confidence with the king than now; for the friendship between me and king Hacon is shallow; yet must I act after the old saw: He must tend the oak who is to dwell beneath it.'

'Yet,' said Egil, 'my mind is that, if we have law to show, we should try. Maybe the king will grant us right in this, for I am told that the king is just, and keeps well to the laws which he has made here in the land. I am rather minded to go seek the king and try the matter with him.'

Arinbjorn said that he did not desire this. 'I think, Egil, that these things will be hard to reconcile, your eagerness and daring, and the king's temper and power. For I deem him to be no friend of yours, and for good reason as he thinks. I would rather that we let this matter drop, and did not take it up. But if you wish it, Egil, I will rather myself go to the king and moot the question.'

Egil said that he thanked him heartily, and would choose it to be so.

Hacon was then in Rogaland, but at times in Hordaland; there was no difficulty in finding him. And not long after this talk Arinbjorn made ready for his journey. It was then publicly known that he purposed to seek the king. He manned with his house-carles a twenty-oared galley that he had. Egil was to stay at home; Arinbjorn would not have him go. Arinbjorn started when ready, and his journey went well; he found king Hacon, and was well received.

And when he had been there a little while, he declared his errand before the king, and said that Egil Skallagrimsson was come there in the land, and thought he had a claim to all that property that had belonged to Ljot the Pale. 'We are told, O king, that Egil pleads but law in this; but your stewards have taken up the property, and claimed ownership for you. I would pray you, my lord, that Egil may get law herein.'

The king was slow to speak, but at length answered: 'I know not, Arinbjorn, why thou comest with such pleading for Egil. He came once before me, and I told him that I would not have him sojourn here in the land, for reasons which ye already know. Now Egil must not set up such claim before me ad he did before my brother Eric. And to thee, Arinbjorn, I have this to say, that thou mayest be here in the land only so long as thou preferrest not foreigners before me and my word; for I know that thy heart is with Harold son of Eric, thy foster-son; and this is thy best choice, to go to those brothers and be with them; for I strongly suspect that men like thee will be ill to trust to, if I and Eric's sons ever have to try conclusions.'

And when the king had so spoken, Arinbjorn saw that it would not do to plead this cause any further with him; so he prepared to return home. The king was rather sullen and gloomy towards Arinbjorn after he knew his errand; but Arinbjorn was not in the mood to humble himself before the king about this matter. And so they parted.

Arinbjorn went home and told Egil the issue of his errand. 'I will not,' said he, 'again plead such a cause to the king.'

Egil at this report frowned much; he thought he had lost much wealth, and wrongfully. A few days after, early one morning when Arinbjorn was in his chamber and few men were present, he had Egil called thither; and when he came, then Arinbjorn had a chest opened, and weighed out forty marks of silver, adding these words: 'This money I pay you, Egil, for those lands which belonged to Ljot the Pale. I deem it just that you should have this reward from me and my kinsman Fridgeir for saving his life from Ljot; for I know that you did this for love of me. I therefore am bound not to let you be cheated of your lawful right in this matter.'

Egil took the money, and thanked Arinbjorn. Then Egil again became quite cheerful.

 



68. kafli - Arinbjrn geldr Agli jarir Ljts.

Egill fekk glei mikla eftir jlin, sv at hann kva eigi or. Ok er Arinbjrn fann at, tk hann ru vi Egil ok spuri, hverju at gegndi, glei s, er hann hafi. "Vil ek," segir hann, "at ltir mik vita, hvrt ert sjkr ea berr annat til. Megum vr btr vinna."

Egill segir: "Engar hefi ek kvellisttir, en hyggjur hefi ek miklar um at, hversu ek skal n f v, er ek vann til, er ek fellda Ljt inn bleika norr Mri. Mr er sagt, at rmenn konungs hafi at f allt upp tekit ok kastat konungs eigu. N vil ek ar til hafa itt lisinni um essa fjrheimtu."

Arinbjrn segir: "Ekki tla ek at fjarri lands lgum, at eignaist f at, en ykkir mr n ft fastliga komit. Er konungsgarr rmr inngangs, en rngr brottfarar. Hafa oss orit margar torsttar fjrheimtur vi ofreflismennina, ok stum vr meira trausti vi konung en n er, v at vintta okkur Hkonar konungs stendr grunnt, at ek vera sv at gera sem fornkveit or er, at verr eik at fga, er undir skal ba."

"ar leikr minn hugr ," segir Egill, "ef vr hfum lg at mla, at vr freistim. M sv vera, at konungr unni oss hr af rtts, v at mr er sagt, at konungr s mar rttltr ok haldi vel lg au, er hann setr hr landi. Telst mr at helzt hug, at ek muna fara fund konungs ok freista essa mla vi hann."

Arinbjrn segir, at hann var ekki fss ess. "ykkir mr sem v muni hgt saman at koma, Egill, kappi nu ok dirf, en skaplyndi konungs ok rki hans, v at ek hygg hann vera engan vin inn, ok ykkja honum sakar til vera. Vil ek heidr, at vit ltim etta ml nir falla ok hefim eigi upp. En ef vill at, Egill, skal ek heldr fara fund konungs me essi mlaleitan."

Egill segir, at hann kynni ess mikla kk ok aufsu ok hann vill enna kost gjarna. Hkon var Rogalandi, en stundum Hralandi. Var ekki torstt at skja hans fund. Var at ok eigi miklu sar en ran hafi verit.

Arinbjrn bj fer sna. Var gert ljst fyrir mnnum, at hann tlai til konungs fundar. Skipai hann hskrlum snum tvtugsessu, er hann tti. Egill skyldi heima vera. Vildi Arinbjrn eigi, at hann fri. Fr Arinbjrn , er hann var binn, ok frst honum vel. Fann hann Hkon konung ok fekk ar gar vitkur.

Ok er hann hafi litla hr dvalizt ar, bar hann upp erendi sn vi konung ok segir, at Egill Skalla-Grmsson er ar kominn til lands ok hann ttist eiga f at allt, er tt hafi Ljtr inn bleiki. "Er oss sv sagt, konungr, at Egill muni lg mla um etta, en ft hafa tekit upp rmenn yrir ok kastat yvarri eigu. Vil ek yr ess bija, herra, at Egill ni ar af lgum."

Konungr svarar hans mli ok tk seint til ora: "Eigi veit ek, hv gengr me slku mli fyrir hnd Egils. Kom hann eitt sinn minn fund, ok saga ek honum, at ek ekki vilda hr landi vistir hans af eim skum, sem yr er r kunnigt. N arf Egill ekki at hefja upp slkt tilkall vi mik sem vi Eirk, brur minn. En r, Arinbjrn, er at at segja, at sv megir vera hr landi, at metir eigi meira tlenda menn en mik ea mn or, v at ek veit, at hugir nir standa ar til, er Haraldr er Eirksson, fstrson inn, ok er r s kostr beztr at fara til fundar vi brr ok vera me eim, v at mr er mikill grunr , at mr muni slkir menn illir tiltaks, ef at arf at reyna um skipti vr sona Eirks."

Ok er konungr tk essu mli sv vert, s Arinbjrn, at ekki myndi tj at leita eira mla vi hann. Bjst hann til heimferar. Konungr var heldr styggr ok blr til Arinbjarnar, san hann vissi erendi hans. Arinbjrn hafi ok ekki skaplyndi til at mjklta sik vi konung um etta ml. Skilust eir vi sv bit.

Fr Arinbjrn heim ok sagi Agli erendislok sn. "Mun ek eigi slkra mla oftar leita vi konung."

Egill var allfrnn vi essa sogu, ttist ar mikils fjr missa ok eigi at rttu.

Fm dgum sar var at snemma einn morgin, er Arinbjrn var herbergi snu, - var ar ekki margt manna, - lt hann kalla angat Egil, ok er hann kom ar, lt Arinbjrn lka upp kistu ok reiddi ar r fjra tigu marka silfrs ok mlti sv: "etta f geld ek r, Egill, fyrir jarir r, er Ljtr inn bleiki hafi tt. ykkir mr at sannligt, at hafir essi laun af okkr Frigeiri frndum fyrir at, er leystir lf hans af Ljti, en ek veit, at lzt mn at njta. Em ek v skyldr at lta ik eigi lgrning af v mli."

Egill tk vi fnu ok akkai Arinbirni. Gerist Egill enn einteiti.

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