Chapter 79 - Of Ţorsteinn Egilsson and his children.

Thorstein Egil's son when he grew up was a most handsome man, white-haired, bright-faced. Tall he was and strong, yet not so much so as his father. Thorstein was wise, gentle, quite of temper, calm above other men. Egil loved him little; nor was Thorstein affectionate with his father; but Asgerdr and Thorstein loved each other dearly. Egil was now beginning to age much.

One summer Thorstein rode to the Thing, but Egil sat at home. Before Thorstein left home he and Asgerdr managed to take from Egil's chest without his knowledge the silken robe given him by Arinbjorn, and Thorstein took it to the Thing. But when he wore it at the Thing it trailed behind him, and became soiled at the hem as they were going to the hill of laws. And when he came home, Asgerdr put the robe in the chest where it was before. Long after, when Egil opened his chest, he found that the robe was spoilt, and questioned Asgerdr how that had come about. She told him the truth. Then Egil sang:

'Him who from me inherits I hold no worthy heir. A son deceives me living, Deceit I call his deed. Well might he, wave-horse-rider, Wait but awhile, till me Sea-skimming shipmen cover With shroud of piled stones.'

Thorstein married Jofridr, daughter of Gunnar son of Hlif: her mother was Helga daughter of Olaf Feilan, sister of Thord Gellir. Jofridr had before been wife of Thorod the son of Tongue-Odd.

Soon after this Asgerdr died. After her death Egil gave up his housekeeping to Thorstein, and went south to Moss-fell to Grim, his son-in-law, for he loved Thordis his step-daughter most of all who were then living. One summer a ship came out and put into Loam Bay, steered by a man named Thormod. He was a Norwegian, a house-carle of Thorstein Thora's son. He was to take with him a shield, which Thorstein had sent to Egil Skallagrimsson: it was a valuable treasure. Thormod brought Egil the shield, and he received it with thanks. In the following winter Egil composed a poem about the gift of the shield: it is called Buckler-poem, and this is the beginning:

      'List to the stream of lay
      From long-haired Odin flowing,
      Thane of a king, and bid
      Thy folk due silence keep.
      For thee, sea-raven's ruler,
      Rained from the eagle's beak
      Full oft shall shower of song
      In Horda's shore be heard.'

Thorstein Egil's son dwelt at Borg. He had two illegitimate sons, Hrifla and Hrafn. But after his marriage he and Jofridr had ten children. Helga the fair was their daughter, she about whom quarrelled Skald-Hrafn and Gunnlaug Wormstongue. Grim was their eldest son, the second Skuli, the third Thorgeir, the fourth Kollsvein, the fifth Hjorleif, the sixth Hall, the seventh Egil, the eighth Thord. The other daughter was Thora, who was married to Thormod Kleppjarn's son. From Thorstein's children sprang a large progeny, and many great men. They are called Myra-men, all those that sprang from Skallagrim.

 



79. kafli - Af Ţorsteini Egilssyni ok börnum hans.

Ţorsteinn, sonr Egils, ţá er hann óx upp, var allra manna fríđastr sýnum, hvítr á hár ok bjartr álitum. Hann var mikill ok sterkr ok ţó ekki eftir ţví sem fađir hans. Ţorsteinn var vitr mađr ok kyrrlátr, hógvćrr, stilltr manna bezt. Egill unni honum lítit. Ţorsteinn var ok ekki viđ hann ástúđigr, en ţau Ásgerđr ok Ţorsteinn unnust mikit. Egill tók ţá at eldast mjök.

Ţat var eitthvert sumar, er Ţorsteinn reiđ til alţingis, en Egill sat ţá heima. En áđr Ţorsteinn fćri heiman, stilltu ţau Ásgerđr um ok tóku ór kistu Egils silkislćđur, Arinbjarnarnauta, ok hafđi Ţorsteinn til ţings. Ok er hann hafđi á ţinginu, ţá váru honum dragsíđar ok urđu saurgar neđan, ţá er ţeir váru í Lögbergsgöngu. Ok er hann kom heim, ţá hirđí Ásgerđr slćđurnar, ţar sem áđr váru. En mjök miklu síđar, ţá er Egill lauk upp kistu sína, ţá fann hann, at spillt var slćđunum, ok leitađi ţá máls um viđ Ásgerđi, hverju ţat gegndi. Hon sagđi ţá it sanna til. Ţá kvađ Egill:

      Áttkak erfinytja
      arfa mér til ţarfan.
      Mik hefr sonr of svikvinn,
      svik telk í ţví, kvikvan.
      Vel mátti ţess vatna
      viggríđandi bíđa,
      es hafskíđa hlćđi
      hljótendr of mik grjóti.

Ţorsteinn fekk Jófríđar, dóttur Gunnars Hlífarsonar. Móđir hennar var Helga, dóttir Óláfs feilans, systir Ţórđar gellis. Jófríđi hafđi átt fyrr Ţóroddr, sonr Tungu-Odds.

Litlu eftir ţetta andađist Ásgerđr. Eftir ţat brá Egill búi ok seldi í hendr Ţorsteini, en Egill fór suđr til Mosfells til Gríms, mágs síns, ţví at hann unni mest Ţórdísi, stjúpdóttur sinni, ţeira manna, er ţá váru á lífi.

Ţat var eitt sumar, at skip kom út í Leiruvági, ok stýrđi sá mađr, er Ţormóđr hét. Hann var norrćnn ok húskarl Ţorsteins Ţórusonar. Hann hafđi međ at fara skjöld, er Ţorsteinn hafđi sent Agli Skalla-Grímssyni, ok var ţat ágćtagripr. Ţormóđr fćrđi Agli skjöldinn, en hann tók viđ ţakksamliga. Eftir um vetrinn orti Egill drápu um skjaldargjöfina, er kölluđ er Berudrápa, ok er ţetta upphaf at:

      Heyri fúrs á forsa
      fallhadds vinar stalla,
      hyggi, ţegn, til ţagnar
      ţínn lýđr, konungs, mína.
      Oft skal arnar kjafta
      örđ góđ of tröđ Hörđa,
      hrafnstýrandi hrćra
      hregna, mín of fregnask.

Ţorsteinn Egilsson bjó at Borg. Hann átti tvá laungetna sonu, Hriflu ok Hrafn, en síđan hann kvángađist, áttu ţau Jófríđr tíu börn. Helga in fagra var ţeira dóttir, er ţeir deildu um Skáld-Hrafn ok Gunnlaugr ormstunga. Grímr var ellstr sona ţeira, annarr Skúli, ţriđi Ţorgeirr, fjórđi Kollsveinn, fimmti Hjörleifr, sétti Halli, sjaundi Egill, átti Ţórđr. Ţóra hét dóttir ţeira, er átti Ţormóđr Kleppjárnsson. Frá börnum Ţorsteins er komin kynslóđ mikil ok margt stórmenni. Ţat er kallat Mýramannakyn, allt ţat, er frá Skalla-Grími er komit.

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