Chapter 73 - Egil came to Álfr the bónde

Egil said to his comrades that he would go on his way and abide no longer. Thorfinn had a son named Helgi, a valiant man. Father and son offered Egil their company through the wood. They said they knew for a fact that Armod Beard had put six men into the wood to lie in wait for them, and it was likely that there would be more ambushed in the wood in case the first should fail. There were with Thorfinn four that offered to go. Then Egil sang a stave:

'If four with me follow,
Thou findest not six men
With us bloody sword-blows
To barter in fight.
And if he with eight go,
Undaunted in courage
On twelve black-browed Egil
The battle will dare.'

Thorfinn and his men decided to go into the wood with Egil: thus they were eight in all. And when they came where the ambush was set, they saw men there. But these house-carles of Armod who were in ambush, on seeing that the travellers were eight in number, thought they were overmatched, and hid them away in the wood. And when Egil's party came where the liers-in-wait had been, they saw that all was not peaceful. And now Egil said that Thorfinn and his men should go back, but they offered to go further. However Egil would not have it, and bade them go home; so they did so and turned back.

But Egil and his men went on forward, being now four. And as the day wore on they perceived that there were six men in the wood, and they were pretty sure that these also were house-carles of Armod. Up leapt the liers-in-wait and made at them, and they met their charge: and the encounter ended in Egil's slaying two and the rest running back into the wood.

Then Egil's company went on their way, and nothing more happened till they got out of the wood and found lodging near the wood with a landowner named Alf, who was called Alf the wealthy. He was an old man, wealthy in money, of a strange temper, so that he could keep but few in his household. A good reception Egil found there, and with him Alf was talkative. Egil asked many questions, and Alf told him what he asked. They spoke much about the earl and the king of Norway's messengers, who had before gone eastward to gather the tribute. Alf in his talk was no friend to the earl.

 



73. kafli - Egill kom til Alfs bónda.

Egill segir förunautum sínum, at hann vill fara ferđ sína ok bíđa eigi lengr. Ţorfinnr átti son, er Helgi hét. Hann var vaskligr mađr. Ţeir feđgar buđu Agli föruneyti sitt um skóginn. Sögđu ţeir, at ţeir vissi til sanns, at Ármóđr skegg hafđi gert menn sex á skóginn fyrir ţá, ok ţó líkara, at vera myndi fleiri sátirnar á skóginum, ef in fyrsta slyppi. Váru ţeir Ţorfinnr fjórir saman, er til ferđar buđust. Ţá kvađ Egill vísu:

      Veizt, ef ferk međ fjóra,
      fćrat sex, ţás víxli
      hlífa hneitiknífum
      hjaldrgođs viđ mik rođnum.
      En ef ek em međ átta,
      esat ţeir tolf, es skelfi
      at samtogi sverđa
      svartbrúnum mér hjarta.

Ţeir Ţorfinnr réđu ţessu, at ţeir fóru á skóginn međ Agli, ok váru ţeir ţá átta saman. Ok er ţeir kómu ţar, er sátin var fyrir, ţá sá ţeir ţar menn. En ţeir húskarlar Ármóđs, er ţar sátu, sá, at ţar fóru átta menn, ok ţótti ţeim sér ekki fćri til at ráđa, leyndust ţá í brott á skóginn. En er ţeir Egill kómu ţar, sem njósnarmenn höfđu verit, ţá sá ţeir, at eigi var allt fritt. Ţá mćlti Egill, at ţeir Ţorfinnr skyldi aftr fara, en ţeir buđu at fara lengra. Egill vildi ţat eigi ok bađ ţá fara heim, ok ţeir gerđu svá ok hurfu aftr, en ţeir Egill heldu fram ferđinni ok váru ţá fjórir saman.

Ok er á leiđ daginn, urđu ţeir Egill varir viđ, at ţar váru sex menn á skóginum, ok ţóttust vita, at ţar myndi vera húskarlar Ármóđs. Njósnarmenn hljópu upp ok réđu at ţeim, en ţeir í mót, ok varđ sá fundr ţeira, at Egill felldi tvá menn, en hinir, er eftir váru, hljópu ţá í skóginn.

Síđan fóru ţeir Egill sína leiđ, ok gerđist ţá ekki til tíđenda, áđr ţeir kómu af skóginum ok tóku gistingu viđ skóginn at bónda ţess, er Álfr hét ok var kallađr Álfr inn auđgi. Hann var mađr gamall ok auđigr at fé, mađr einrćnn, svá at hann mátti ekki hafa hjón međ sér nema fá ein. Góđar viđtökur hafđi Egill ţar, ok var Álfr viđ hann málreitinn. Spurđi Egill margra tíđenda, en Álfr sagđi slíkt, er hann spurđi. Ţeir rćddu flest um jarlinn ok um sendimenn Nóregskonungs, ţá er fyrr höfđu farit austr ţangat at heimta skatt. Álfr var engi vinr jarls í rćđum sínum.



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