Chapter 45 - Flight of Egil.

Egil went in the night and sought the places where boats were. But wheresoever he came to the strand, men were always there before him. He went thus through the whole night, and found never a boat. But when day dawned, he was standing on a certain ness. He saw then another island, and between him and it lay a very wide sound. This was then his counsel: he took helmet, sword, and spear, breaking off the spear-shaft and casting it out into the sea; but the weapons he wrapped round in his cloak and made thereof a bundle which he bound on his back. Then he plunged into the water, nor stayed his swimming till he came to the island. It was called Sheppey; it was an island of no great size covered with brushwood. There were cattle on it, both sheep and oxen, belonging to Atla-isle. But when he came to the island, he wrung his clothes dry.

By this time it was broad daylight, and the sun was risen. King Eric had Atla-island well searched as soon as it was light; this took some time, the island being large, and Egil was not found. Then the king made them row to other islands and seek him. It was evening when twelve men rowed to Sheppey. They were to look for Egil, and had also to bring from thence some cattle for slaughter. Egil saw the boat coming to the island; he then lay down and hid himself in the brushwood before the boat came to land. They left three men behind with the boat; but nine went up, and they separated into three search parties, with three in each. But when a rise in the ground was between them and the boat, then Egil stood up (having before got his weapons ready), and made straight across for the sea, and then along the shore. They who guarded the boat were not aware of it till Egil was upon them. He at once smote one with a death-blow; but another took to his heels, and he had to leap up something of a bank. Egil followed him with a blow cutting off his foot. The third man leapt out into the boat, and pushed off with the pole. Egil drew the boat to him with the rope, and leapt out into it. Few blows were exchanged ere Egil slew him, and pushed him overboard. Then he took oars and rowed the boat away. He went all that night and the day after, nor stayed till he came to lord Thorir's.

As for Aulvir and his comrades, the king let them go in peace, as guiltless in this matter.

But the men who were in Sheppey were there for many nights, and killed cattle for food, and made a fire and cooked them, and piled a large fuel-heap on the side of the island looking towards Atla-isle, and set fire thereto, and let folk know their plight. When that was seen, men rowed out to them, and brought to land those who yet lived.

The king was by this time gone away; he went to another banquet.

But of Aulvir there is this to be told, that he reached home before Egil, and Thorolf and Thorir had come home even before that. Aulvir told the tidings, the slaying of Bard and the rest that had there befallen, but of Egil's goings since he knew nothing. Thorolf was much grieved hereat, as also was Arinbjorn; they thought that Egil would return nevermore. But the next morning Egil came home. Which when Thorolf knew, he rose up and went out to meet him, and asked in what way he had escaped, and what tidings had befallen in his journey. Then Egil recited this stave:

'From Norway king's keeping,
From craft of Gunnhilda,
So I freed me (nor flaunt I The feat overbold),
That three, whom but I wot not,
The warrior king's liege-men,
Lie dead, to the high hall
Of Hela downsped.'

Arinbjorn spoke well of this work, and said to his father that he would be bound to atone Egil with the king.

Thorir said, 'It will be the common verdict that Bard got his desert in being slain; yet hath Egil wrought too much after the way of his kin, in looking little before him and braving a king's wrath, which most men find a heavy burden. However, I will atone you, Egil, with the king for this time.'

Thorir went to find the king, but Arinbjorn remained at home and declared that one lot should befall them all. But when Thorir came to the king, he offered terms for Egil, his own bail, while the king should doom the fine. King Eric was very wroth, and it was hard to come to speech with him; he said that what his father had said would prove true - that family would never be trustworthy. He bade Thorir arrange it thus: 'Though I accept some atonement, Egil shall not be long harboured in my realm. But for the sake of thy intercession, Thorir, I will take a money fine for this man.' The king fixed such fine as he thought fit; Thorir paid it all and went home.


45. kafli - rir hersir nr stt fyrir Egil.

Egill fr n um nttina ok leitai ar til, er skipin vru, en hvar sem hann kom til strandar, var ar allt menn fyrir. Hann fr ntt alla ok fekk hvergi skip.

En er lsa tk, var hann staddr nesi nkkuru. Hann s ey eina, ok var ar sund milli ok furuliga langt. var at r hans, at hann tk hjlminn, sver ok spjt ok braut at af skafti ok skaut v s t, en vpnin vafi hann yfirhfn sinni ok geri sr af bagga ok batt bak sr. hljp hann sund ok ltti eigi fyrr en hann kom til eyjarinnar. Hon ht Sauey ok var ekki mikil ey ok hrstt. ar var fnar, naut ok sauir, ok l at til Atleyjar. En er hann kom til eyjarinnar, vatt hann kli sn. var dagr ljss ok sl farin.

Eirkr konungr lt rannsaka eyna, egar ljst var. at var seint, er eyin var mikil, ok fannst Egill eigi. Var farit skipi til annarra eyja at leita hans.

at var um kveldit, at tlf menn reru til Saueyjar at leita Egils, en vru margar eyjar nr. Hann s skipit, er fr til eyjarinnar, en nu gengu upp ok skiptu leitum. Egill hafi lagizt nir hrsit ok falst, r skipit kom at landi.

N gengu rr hverja leit, en rr gttu skips. Ok er leiti bar milli eira ok skipsins, st Egill upp ok gekk til skipsins. En eir, er skipsins gttu, fundu eigi fyrr en Egill var kominn at eim. Hann hj einn egar banahgg, en annarr tk rs, ok var ar at hlaupa brekku nkkura. Egill hj eftir honum ok af ftinn. En einn hljp skipit ok stakk vi forkinum, en Egill dr at sr festina ok hljp t skipit, ok skiptust eir eigi lengi hggum vi, r Egill drap hann ok rak hann tbyris. tk hann rar ok reri brott skipinu. Fr hann ntt alla ok daginn eftir ok ltti eigi fyrr en hann kom til ris hersis. En lvi ok frunauta hans lt konungr fara frii af essum skum.

En eir menn, er Sauey vru, vru eir ar margar ntr ok drpu f til matar sr, tku eld ok geru seyi. eir geru sv mikit, at sj mtti heim, lgu eld ok geru vita. En er at var st, var rit til eira. Konungr var brott. Fr hann til annarrar veizlu.

eir lvir kmu fyrr heim en Egill, ok vru eir rir ok rlfr nkomnir heim fr brullaupinu. lvir sagi tendi, drp Brar ok atburi, er ar hfu orit, en hann vissi ekki til fera Egils, ok var rlfr allktr ok sv Arinbjrn. tti eim sem hann myndi eigi aftr koma. En eftir um morgininn kom Egill heim. En er rlfr var ess vss, st hann upp ok gekk til fundar vi Egil ok spuri, me hverjum htti hann hefi undan komizt ok hvat til tenda hefi orit fr hans. kva Egill vsu:

      Sv hefk leystsk r Lista
      lvaraar gari,
      n fgak dul drjgan,
      dmildr ok Gunnhildar,
      at rifreynis jnar
      rr nakkvarir Hlakkar
      til hsalar Heljar
      helgengnir fr dvelja.

Arinbjrn lt vel yfir essum verkum, sagi fur sinn skyldan vera til at stta hann vi konung.

rir segir: "at mun vera ml manna, at Brr hefi verleika til ess, er hann var drepinn, en er Agli of mjk ttgengt at sjst of ltt fyrir at vera fyrir reii konungs, en at verr flestum mnnum ungbrt. En mun ek koma r stt vi konung at sinni."

rir fr fund konungs, en Arinbjrn var heima ok kva eitt skyldu yfir la alla. En er rir kom fund konungs, bau hann bo fyrir Egil, bau festu sna, en dm konungs. Eirkr konungr var inn reiasti, ok var hgt rum vi hann at koma.

Konungr mlti ok kva at mundu sannast, er fair hans hafi sagt, at seint myndi mega tryggja frndr, ba ri sv til haga, - "tt ek gera stt nkkura, at Egill s ekki langvistum mnu rki. En sakar n, rir, mun ek f taka fyrir menn essa."

Geri konungr fsek slka, sem honum sndist, en rir galt allt. Fr hann heim.

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