Chapter 83 - Steinarr laid in wait for Ţorstein.

Thorgeir Blund was there at the Thing, Egil's sister's son; he had given Thorstein much help in this suit. He begged father and son to give him some land out there on the Moors. Hitherto he had dwelt south of White-river below Blunds-water. Egil received the request well, and persuaded Thorstein to let him come thither. So they settled Thorgeir at Anabrekka, but Steinar moved house beyond Long-river and settled down at Leiru-brook. But Egil rode home southwards to Ness, father and son parting on friendly terms.

There was a man with Thorstein named Iri, fleet of foot and keen of sight above others; he was a foreigner, a freedman of Thorstein's, but he still had the care of his flocks, and especially to gather the wethers up to the fell in spring, and in autumn down to the fold. Now, after flitting days, Thorstein bade gather the wethers that had been left behind in spring, meaning to have them driven to the fell. Iri was there in the sheepfold, but Thorstein and his house-carles rode up to the fell, being eight in all. Thorstein was having a fence made across Grisar-tongue, between Long-water and Cleave-river; at which many of his men were employed in the spring. After inspecting his house-carles' work here, Thorstein rode homewards. Now as he came over against the Thing-field, Iri came running to meet them, and said that he wished to speak to Thorstein alone. Thorstein bade his companions ride on while they spoke together. Iri said he had gone up to Einkunnir that day, and looked to the sheep. 'But I saw,' said he, 'in the wood above the winter road the gleam of twelve spears and some shields.' Then Thorstein said in a loud voice, so that his companions could hear: 'Why can he be in such a hurry to see me that I may not ride on my way home? However Aulvald will think it strange that I refuse him the visit if he is sick.' Iri then ran up to the fell as fast as he could. Thorstein said to his companions: 'I think we must lengthen our way, for we must first ride south to Aulvaldstead. Aulvald send me word I am to go to him. And he will think it no more than a fair return for the ox that he gave me last autumn that I should go and see him, if he deems the matter important.' Whereupon Thorstein with his company rode south by the moor above Stangar-holt, and so on south to Gufa-river, and down along the river by the riding-path. And when they came down below the lake, they saw south of the river man cattle and a man with them. He was a house-carle of Aulvald's. Thorstein asked whether all was well there. He said that all was well, and that Aulvald was in the copse cutting wood. 'Then tell him,' said Thorstein, 'if he has an urgent errand with me, to come to Borg, for I will now ride home.' And so he did. It was afterwards learnt that Steinar, with eleven more, had lain in ambush at Einkunnir that same day. Thorstein made as though he had heard nought of it, and things remained quiet.



 



83. kafli - Steinarr sat fyrir Ţorsteini.

Ţorgeirr blundr var ţar á ţinginu, systrsonr Egils, ok hafđi mikit liđ veitt Ţorsteini í ţessum málum. Hann bađ ţá feđga gefa sér land nökkut út ţar á Mýrunum. Hann bjó áđr fyrir sunnan Hvítá fyrir neđan Blundsvatn. Egill tók vel á ţví ok fýsti Ţorstein, at hann léti hann ţangat fara. Ţeir settu Ţorgeir niđr at Ánabrekku, en Steinarr fćrđi bústađ sinn út yfir Langá ok settist niđr at Leirulćk. En Egill reiđ heim suđr á Nes, ok skilđust ţeir međ blíđskap feđgar.

Mađr sá var međ Ţorsteini, er íri hét, hverjum manni fóthvatari ok allra manna skyggnastr. Hann var útlendr ok lausingi Ţorsteins, en ţó hafđi hann fjárgćzlur ok ţćr mest at safna geldfé upp til fjalls á várum, en á haust ofan til réttar. En nú eflir fardaga lét Ţorsteinn safna geldfé ţví, er eftir hafđi verit um várit, ok ćtlađi at láta reka ţat til fjalls. íri var ţá í fjárréttinum, en Ţorsteinn ok húskarlar hans reiđ upp til fjalls, ok váru ţeir átta saman.

Ţorsteinn lét gera garđ um ţvera Grísartungu milli Langavatns ok Gljúfrár. Lét hann ţar at vera marga menn um várit. Ok er Ţorsteinn hafđi litit yfir verk húskarla sinna, ţá reiđ hann heim, ok er hann kom gegnt ţingstöđ, ţá kom íri ţar hlaupandi í mót ţeim ok sagđi, at hann vill mćla viđ Ţorstein einmćli. Ţorsteinn mćlti, at förunautar hans skyldi ríđa fyrir, međan ţeir talađi.

íri segir Ţorsteini, at hann hefđi farit upp á Einkunnir um daginn ok sét til sauđa, - "en ek sá," segir hann, "í skóginum fyrir ofan vetrgötu, at skinu viđ tólf spjót ok skildir nökkurir."

Ţorsteinn segir hátt, svá at förunautar hans heyrđu svá beint: "Hví mun honum svá annt at hitta mik, at ek mega eigi ríđa heim leiđar minnar, en ţó mun Ölvaldi ţykkja ósannligt, at ek synja honum máls, ef hann er sjúkr."

íri hljóp ţá, sem mest mátti hann til fjalls upp.

Ţorsteinn segir förunautum sínum: "Lengja ćtla ek nú leiđina, ef vér skulum fyrst ríđa suđr til Ölvaldsstađa. Ölvaldr sendi mér orđ, at ek skylda finna hann. Mun honum ţó eigi miklu ţykkja launađr uxinn, er hann gaf mér í fyrra haust, at ek hitta hann, ef honum ţykkir máli skipta."

Síđan riđu ţeir Ţorsteinn suđr um mýrar fyrir ofan Stangarholt ok svá suđr til Gufuár ok ofan međ ánni reiđgötur. Ok er hann kom niđr frá Vatni, ţá sá ţeir fyrir sunnan ána naut mörg ok mann hjá. Var ţar húskarl Ölvalds. Spurđi Ţorsteinn, hvernig ţar vćri heilt. Hann sagđi, at ţar var vel heilt ok Ölvaldr var í skógi at viđarhöggvi.

"Ţá skaltu," segir Ţorsteinn, "segja honum, ef hann á viđ mik skylt erendi, at hann komi til Borgar, en ek mun nú ríđa heim." Ok svá gerđi hann.

En ţat spurđist ţó síđan, at Steinarr Sjónason hafđi ţenna sama dag setit upp viđ Einkunnir međ tólfta mann. Ţorsteinn lét sem hann hefđi ekki spurt, ok var ţat kyrrt síđan.

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