Chapter 72 - Egil came to orfinn the bnde

Egil rose up in the morning as soon as it was day. He and his made them ready, and when ready went at once to the house to seek Armod. And when they came to the apartments where slept Armod and his wife and daughter, then Egil burst open the door and approached Armod's bed. He then drew his sword, but with the other hand grasped the beard of Armod, and forced him forward to the edge of the bed. But Armod's wife and daughter leapt up and prayed Egil not to slay Armod. Egil said he would spare him for their sakes; 'For,' said he, 'this is but meet; yet has he deserved to die.'

      The gold-bangled blabber-mouth
      Gets this plea-benefit:
      He may stir up strife
      But he doesn't scare me.
      You perhaps hoped the poet
      Would praise you more highly?
      Well, it's time to trudge off
      And take to our travels.

After this Egil cut off his beard close to his chin, and gouged out an eye with his finger so that it hung out over his cheek. Then he went out to his companions.

They went on their way and came a day-meal-time to the house of Thorfinn. He dwelt by Eida-wood. Of him they craved a day-meal and to bait their horses. Thorfinn granted this, and Egil with his men went into the hall. Egil asked if Thorfinn had seen anything of the rest of his party.

'We appointed,' he said, 'to meet here.'

Thorfinn said: 'Here passed six men together a little before day; and they were well armed.'

Then said a house-carle: 'I was driving a sledge in the night to fetch wood, and I came upon six men on the road; they were house-carles of Armod; but that was long before day. Now I am not sure whether these will be the same as the six of whom you spoke.'

Thorfinn said that the six men whom he had met had passed after the house-carle came back with the load of wood.

While they sat at meat Egil saw that a woman lay sick on the das at the ends of the hall. He asked who was that woman in such sad case. Thorfinn said she was named Helga, and was his daughter; she had long been ill; her complaint was a pining sickness; she got no sleep at night, and was as one possessed.

'Has anything,' asked Egil, 'been tried for her ailment?'

'Runes have been graven,' said Thorfinn; 'a landowner's son hard by did this; and she is since much worse than before. But can you, Egil, do anything for such ailments?'

Egil said: 'Maybe no harm will be done by my taking it in hand.'

And when Egil had finished his meal, he went where the woman lay and spoke with her. Then he bade them lift her from her place and lay clean clothes under her, and they did so. Next he searched the bed in which she had lain, and there he found a piece of whalebone whereon were runes. Egil read them, then cut the runes and scraped them off into the fire. He burned the whole piece of whalebone, and had the bed-clothes that she had used hung out to air. Then Egil sang:

      'Runes none should grave ever
      Who knows not to read them;
      Of dark spell full many
      The meaning may miss.
      Ten spell-words writ wrongly
      On whale-bone were graven:
      Whence to leek-tending maiden,
      Long sorrow and pain.'

Egil then graved runes, and laid them under the bolster of the bed where the woman lay. She seemed as if she waked out of sleep, and said she now felt well, but she was weak. But her father and mother were overjoyed. And Thorfinn offered to Egil all the furtherance that he might think needful.


 



72. kafli - Egill kom til orfinns bnda.

Egill st upp um morgininn, egar er dagai. Bjuggust eir frunautar ok fru egar, er eir vru bnir, aftr til bjarins ok leita rms. Ok er eir kmu til skemmubrs ess, er rmr svaf ok kona hans ok dttir, hratt Egill upp hurinni ok gekk til rekkjunnar rms. Hann br sveri, en annarri hendi greip hann skegg rms ok hnykki honum stokk fram, en kona rms ok dttir hljpu upp ok bu Egil, at hann drpi eigi rm.

Egill segir, at hann skyldi at gera fyrir eira sakar, - "v at at er makligt, en hefi hann verleika til, at ek drpa hann." kva Egill:

      Ntr illsgull tir
      armlinns konu sinnar,
      oss's vi gnar hvessi
      ttalaust, ok dttur.
      eygi munt vi enna
      ykkjask verr fyr drykkju
      grepp, skulum veg vappa
      vtt, svgru hlta.

San snei Egill af honum skeggit vi hkuna. San krki hann fingrinum augat, sv at ti l kinninni. Eftir at gekk Egill brott ok til frunauta sinna.

Fara eir lei sna, koma at dagverarmli til bjar orfinns. Hann bj vi Eiaskg. eir Egill krfu dagverar ok ja hestum snum. orfinnr bndi lt heimult skyldu at. Ganga eir Egill inn stofu.

Egill spuri, ef orfinnr hefi varr orit frunauta hans. "Hfum vr hr mlt mt me oss."

orfinnr segir sv: "Fru hr sex menn saman nkkuru fyrir dag ok vru vpnair mjk."

mlti hskarl orfinns: "Ek k ntt eftir vii, ok fann ek sex menn lei, ok vru at hskarlar rms, ok var at miklu fyrir dag. N veit ek eigi, hvrt eir munu allir einir ok inir sex menn, er sagir fr."

orfinnr segir, at eir menn, er hann hafi hitt, hfu sar farit en hskarlinn kom heim me viarhlassit.

Ok er eir Egill stu ok mtuust, s Egill, at kona sjk l verpallinum. Egill spuri orfinn, hver kona s vri, er ar var sv ungliga haldin.

orfinnr segir, at hon ht Helga ok var dttir hans, - "hefir hon haft langan vanmtt," - ok at var krm mikil. Fekk hon enga ntt svefn ok var sem hamstoli vri.

"Hefir nkkurs verit leitat," segir Egill, "um mein hennar?"

orfinnr segir: "Ristnar hafa verit rnar, ok er s einn bndason hean skammt brott, er at geri, ok er san miklu verr en r, ea kanntu, Egill, nkkut gera at slkum meinum?"

Egill segir: "Vera kann, at ekki spillist vi, at ek koma til."

Ok er Egill var mettr, gekk hann ar til, er konan l, ok rddi vi hana. Hann ba hefja hana r rminu ok leggja undir hana hrein kli, ok n var sv gert. San rannsakai hann rmit, er hon hafi hvlt , ok ar f ann hann tlkn, ok vru ar rnarnar. Egill las r, ok san telgi hann af rnarnar ok skf r eld nir. Hann brenndi tlknit allt ok lt bera vind kli au, er hon hafi haft r. kva Egill:

      Skalat mar rnar rsta,
      nema ra vel kunni.
      at verr mrgum manni,
      es of myrkvan staf villisk.
      Sk telgu talkni
      tu launstafi ristna.
      at hefr lauka lindi
      langs ofrtrega fengit.

Egill reist rnar ok lagi undir hgendit hvluna, ar er hon hvldi. Henni tti sem hon vaknai r svefni ok sagi, at hon var heil, en var hon mttltil, en fair hennar ok mir uru strum fegin. Bau orfinnr, at Egill skyldi ar hafa allan forbeina, ann er hann ttist urfa.

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