Chapter 67 - Egil's last journey abroad.
Egil heard tidings from east over the seas that Eric Bloodaxe had fallen in the west while freebooting; but Gunnhilda and her sons
and Eric's had gone to Denmark, and all those that had followed Eric to England had left that country. This, too, he heard, that Arinbjorn was now
come to Norway. He had taken again the grants and possessions that he had before, and had gotten great favour with the king. Then Egil thought it
desirable again to go to Norway. Besides this came the tidings that king Athelstan was dead. His brother Edmund now ruled England.
So Egil made ready his ship, and got him a crew. Aunund Sjoni was among them, son of Ani of Anabrekka. Aunund was tall, and the
strongest of those men who were then in the country-side; nay, some doubted whether he were not shape-strong. Aunund had often been on voyages from
land to land. He was somewhat older than Egil; there had long been friendship between the two.
And when Egil was ready he put out to sea, and their voyage sped well; they came to Mid-Norway. And when they sighted land, they steered
for the Firths. They soon got tidings from land, and it was told them that Arinbjorn was at home on his estate.
Egil put his ship into the haven nearest to Arinbjorn's house; then went he to seek Arinbjorn, and a most joyful meeting was theirs.
Arinbjorn offered quarters to Egil and such of his men as he liked to bring. This Egil accepted, and had his ship set up on rollers; but his crew found
them quarters. Egil and eleven with him went to Arinbjorn's. Egil had caused to be made a long ship's sail, elaborately worked; this he gave to
Arinbjorn, and yet other gifts of value. Egil was there for the winter, treated with much honour.
In the winter Egil went southwards to Sogn to collect his land-rents, staying there some time. After that he came north again to the
Firths. Arinbjorn held a great Yule-feast, to which he bade his friends and the neighbouring landowners. There was there much company and good cheer.
Arinbjorn gave Egil as a Yule-gift a trailing robe made of silk, and richly broidered with gold, studded with gold buttons in front all down to the hem.
Arinbjorn had had the robe made to fit Egil's stature. Arinbjorn gave also to Egil at Yule a complete suit newly made; it was cut of English cloth of many
colours. Friendly gifts of many kinds gave Arinbjorn at Yule to those who were his guests, for Arinbjorn was beyond all men open-handed and noble.
Then Egil composed a stave:
'Warrior gave to poet
Silken robe gold-glistering:
Never shall I find me
Friend of better faith.
Earneth well his honours:
For his like the ages
Long may look in vain.'
67. kafli - Utanferđ Egils in síđasta.
Egill spurđi ţau tíđendi austan um haf, at Eiríkr blóđöx hefđi fallit í vestrvíking, en Gunnhildr ok synir ţeira váru farin til Danmerkr
suđr ok brottu var af Englandi ţat liđ, er ţeim Eiríki hafđi ţangat fylgt. Arinbjörn var ţá kominn til Nóregs. Hafđi hann fengit veizlur sínar ok eignir
ţćr, er hann hafđi átt, ok var kominn í kćrleika mikla viđ konung. Ţótti Agli ţá enn fýsiligt gerast at fara til Nóregs. Ţat fylgđi ok tíđendasögu, at
Ađalsteinn konungr var andađr. Réđ ţá fyrir Englandi bróđir hans, Játmundr.
Egill bjó ţá skip sitt ok réđ háseta til. Önundr sjóni réđst ţar til, sonr Ána frá Ánabrekku. Önundr var mikill ok ţeira manna sterkastr,
er ţá váru ţar í sveit. Eigi var um ţat einmćlt, at hann vćri eigi hamrammr. Önundr hafđi oft verit í förum landa í milli. Hann var nökkuru ellri en Egill.
Međ ţeim hafđi lengi verit vingott.
Ok er Egill var búinn, lét hann í haf, ok greiddist ţeira ferđ vel, kómu at miđjum Nóregi. Ok er ţeir sá land, stefndu ţeir inn í Fjörđu.
Ok er ţeir fengu tíđendi af landi, var ţeim sagt, at Arinbjörn var heima at búum sínum. Heldr Egill ţangat skipi sínu í höfn sem nćst bć Arinbjarnar.
Síđan fór Egill at finna Arinbjörn, ok varđ ţar fagnafundr mikill međ ţeim. Bauđ Arinbjörn Agli ţangat til vistar ok föruneyti hans, ţví er
hann vildi, at ţangat fćri. Egill ţekkđist ţat ok lét ráđa skipi sínu til hlunns, en hásetar vistuđust. Egill fór til Arinbjarnar ok ţeir tólf saman. Egill
hafđi látit gera langskipssegl mjök vandat. Segl ţat gaf hann Arinbirni ok enn fleiri gjafar, ţćr er sendiligar váru. Var Egill ţar um vetrinn í góđu
yfirlćti. Egill fór um vetrinn suđr í Sogn at landskyldum sínum, dvalđist ţar mjök lengi. Síđan fór hann norđr í Fjörđu.
Arinbjörn hafđi jólabođ mikit, bauđ til sín vinum sínum ok herađsbóndum. Var ţar fjölmenni mikit ok veizla góđ. Hann gaf Agli at jólagjöf
slćđur, gervar af silki ok gullsaumađar mjök, settar fyrir allt gullknöppum í gegnum niđr. Arinbjörn hafđi látit gera klćđi ţat viđ vöxt Egils. Arinbjörn
gaf Agli alklćđnađ nýskorinn at jólum. Váru ţar skorin í ensk klćđi međ mörgum litum. Arinbjörn gaf margs konar vingjafar um jólin ţeim mönnum, er hann
höfđu heimsótt, ţví at Arinbjörn var allra manna örvastr ok mestr skörungr. Ţá orti Egill vísu: