Chapter 34 - Of Skallagrim and Bjorn.

It befell in autumn, when ships had come to Iceland from Norway, that this report came over, how Bjorn had run away with Thora without the consent of her kin, and for that the king had made him an outlaw from Norway. But when Skallagrim got to know this, he called Bjorn to him, and asked how it had been with his marriage; had it been made with the consent of his wife's kin.

'I never looked for this,' said he, 'in a son of Brynjolf, that I should not know the truth from him.'

Bjorn answered, 'Truth only told I to you, Grim, and you may not rebuke me for this, though I told you no further than you asked. But now I must own this, which is true, that you have heard truth about this match not being made with the agreement of Thorir, my wife's brother.'

Then spake Skallagrim in great wrath, 'How dared you come to meet me? Did you not know what friendship was between me and Thorir?'

Bjorn answered, 'I knew that between you two was foster-brotherhood and close friendship; but I sought your home because I was driven ashore here, and I knew it would avail naught to shun you. Now will it be for you to rule what my lot shall be, but I hope for good from you as I am of your household.'

Then came forward Thorolf Skallagrim's son, and added many a word, and begged his father not to lay this to Bjorn's charge after once receiving him. Several others spoke to the same end. And so it came that Skallagrim was appeased, and said that Thorolf should have his way here.

'Take you Bjorn,' said he, 'and deal with him as may best prove your manhood.'


34. kafli - vt Skalla-Grms vi Bjrn.

at var um haustit, er skip hfu komit til slands af Nregi, at s kvittr kom yfir, at Bjrn myndi hafa hlaupizt brott me ru ok ekki at ri frnda hennar ok konungr hafi gert hann tlaga fyrir at r Nregi.

En er Skalla-Grmr var ess varr, kallai hann Bjrn til sn ok spuri, hvernig farit vri um kvnfang hans, hvrt at hefi gert verit at ri frnda. "Var mr eigi ess vn," sagi hann, ,,um son Brynjlfs, at ek mynda eigi vita it sanna af r."

Bjrn sagi: "Satt eitt hefi ek r sagt, Grmr, en eigi mttu mla mr fyrir at, tt ek sega r eigi lengra en spurir. En skal n vi ganga v, er satt er, at hefir sannspurt, at ekki var etta r gert vi samykki ris, brur hennar."

mlti Skalla-Grmr, reir mjk: "Hv vartu sv djarfr, at frt minn fund, ea vissir eigi, hver vintta var me okkr ri?"

Bjrn segir: "Vissa ek," segir hann, "at me ykkr var fstbrralag ok vintta kr. En fyrir v stta ek ik heim, at mik hafi hr at landi borit ok ek vissa, at mr myndi ekki tja at forast ik. Mun n vera nu valdi, hverr minn hlutr skal vera, en gs vnti ek af, v at ek em heimamar inn."

San gekk fram rlfr, sonr Skalla-Grms, ok lagi til mrg or ok ba fur sinn, at hann gfi Birni etta eigi at sk, er hafi hann tekit vi Birni. Margir arir lgu ar or til.

Kom sv, at Grmr sefaist, sagi, at rlfr myndi ra, - "ok tak vi Birni, ok ef vill, ver til hans sv vel sem vill."

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