Chapter 77 - Of Ketil Gufa's thralls.

By the time that Egil came out to Iceland from this journey, the whole district was settled. All the original land-takers were dead, but their sons or sons' sons were living, and dwelt there in the district.

Ketil Gufa came to Iceland when the country was almost fully settled, and spent the first winter at Gufuskalar in Rosmhvalaness. Ketil had come from Ireland and brought a good number of Irish slaves with him. All the land in Rosmhvalaness had been claimed by then, so Ketil crossed over from there to the Nesses and spent the next winter at Gufuness, though he found no place to live there either. After that he travelled up to Borgafjord and spent the third winter there at a place since known as Gufuskalar. The river that runs into the sea where he kept his ship over winter is called the Gufu River.

At that time, Thord Lambason was living at Lambastead. He was married with a fully-grown son called Lambi, a tall lad, strong for his years. In the summer when people went to the Thing, Lambi decided to ride there too.

By this time Ketil Gufu had gone west to Breidafjord in search of a place to live. Then his slaves ran away, and one night they came to Thord's house at Lambastead, set fire to it, and burned Thord to death there with all his household. Then they broke open his store-house and carried goods and valuables outside, drove in some horses, loaded them with packs and went over to Alftaness.

That morning about sunrise Lambi came back home. He had seen the fire during the night. He had several men with him and rode off at once in search of the slaves, while people from the other farms came to join him. When the slaves saw they were being followed, they dropped their loot and tried to get away. Some ran west through Myrar, others down to the sea till they came to a fjord. Then Lambi and his men came up and killed the one named Kori there, and the place has been called Koraness ever since, but the slaves named Skorri, Thormod and Svart dived into the sea and started swimming away from the shore.

Lambi and his men began searching among the boats, then rowed after the slaves. At Skorra Isle they came on Skorri and killed him there, then rowed out to Thormod's Skerry where they killed Thormod, after whom the skerry takes its name, and so caught up with the other slaves at the places named after them.

After that, Lambi farmed at Lambastead. He was a good farmer, physically very powerful but no trouble-maker. Ketil Gufa travelled west across Breidafjord and made his home at Thorskafjord. Gufu Dale and Gufufjord are named after him. He married Yri, the daughter of Geirmund Hell-Skin and their son was Vali.

There was a man named Grim, son of Sverting; he dwelt at Moss-fell below the heath; rich was he and of good family; his sister was Rannveig whom Thorod, the priest in Olvos, had to wife; their son was Skapti the lawman. Grim was also afterwards lawman. He asked to wife Thordis daughter of Thorolf Egil's brother, and stepdaughter of Egil. Egil loved Thordis no whit less than his own children. She was a very beautiful woman. And since Egil knew that Grim was a wealthy man and the match was a good one, it was so settled, and Thordis was given to Grim. Then Egil paid over to her her father's heritage, and she went home with Grim, and the pair dwelt long at Moss-fell.

 



77. kafli - Af rlum Ketils gufu.

er etta var tenda, at Egill var t kominn r essi fer, var herait albyggt. Vru andair allir landnmamenn, en synir eira lifu ea sonarsynir, ok bjuggu eir herai.

Ketill gufa kom til slands, er land var mjk byggt. Hann var inn fyrsta vetr at Gufusklum Rosmhvalanesi. Ketill hafi komit vestan um haf af rlandi. Hann hafi me sr rla marga rska. Lnd vru ll bygg Rosmhvalanesi ann tma. Rst Ketill v aan brott ok inn Nes ok sat annan vetr Gufunesi ok fekk ar engan rstafa. San fr hann inn Borgarfjr ok sat ar inn rija vetr, er san er kallat at Gufusklum, en in Gufu, er ar fellr ofan, er hann hafi skip sitt um vetrinn.

rr Lambason bj Lambastum. Hann var kvngar ok tti son, er Lambi ht. Hann var vaxinn mar, mikill ok sterkr at jfnum aldri. Eftir um sumarit, er menn riu til ings, rei Lambi til ings. En Ketill gufa var farinn vestr Breiafjr at leita ar um bstai.

hljpu rlar hans brott. eir kmu fram um ntt at rar Lambastum ok bru ar eld at hsum ok brenndu ar inni r ok hjn hans ll, en brutu upp br hans ok bru t gripi ok vru. San rku eir heim hross ok klyfjuu ok fru san t til lftaness.

ann morgin um slarupprsarskei kom Lambi heim, ok hafi hann st eldinn um nttina. eir vru nkkurir menn saman. Hann rei egar at leita rlanna. Ra ar menn af bjum til. mts vi hann. Ok er rlarnir s eftirfr , stefndu eir undan, en ltu lausan rnsfeng sinn. Hljpu sumir Mrar t, en sumir t me sj, til ess at fjrr var fyrir eim. sttu eir Lambi eftir eim ok drpu ar ann, er Kri ht, - v heitir ar san Kranes, - en Skorri ok ormr ok Svartr gengu kaf ok summu fr landi. San leituu eir Lambi at skipum ok reru at leita eira ok fundu eir Skorra Skorraey ok drpu hann ar. reru eir t til ormsskers ok drpu ar orm. Er vi hann skerit kennt. eir hendu rlana enn fleiri, ar sem san eru rnefni vi kennd.

Lambi bj san at Lambastum ok var gildr bndi. Hann var rammr at afli. Engi var hann uppivslumar.

Ketill gufa fr san vestr Breiafjr ok stafest-ist orskafiri. Vi hann er kenndr Gufudalr ok Gufufjrr. Hann tti ri, dttur Geirmundar heljarskinns. Vli var sonr eira.

Grmr ht mar ok var Svertingsson. Hann bj at Mosfelli fyrir nean Heii. Hann var auigr ok ttstrr. Rannveig var systir hans sammra, er tti roddr goi lfusi. Var eira sonr Skafti lgsgu-mar. Grmr var ok lgsgumar san. Hann ba rdsar rlfsdttur, brurdttur Egils ok stjpdttur. Egill unni rdsi engum mun minna en snum brnum. Hon var in frasta kona. En fyrir v at Egill vissi, at Grmr var mar gfugr ok s rakostr var gr, var at at ri gert. Var rds gift Grmi. Leysti Egill af hendi furarf hennar. Fr hon til bs me Grmi, ok bjuggu au lengi at Mosfelli.






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