Chapter 7 - Of Bjorgolf, Brynjolf, Bard, and Hildirida.
There was a man in Halogaland named Bjorgolf; he dwelt in Torgar. He was a baron, powerful and wealthy; in strength, stature, and kindred half
hill-giant. He had a son named Brynjolf, who was like his father. Bjorgolf was now old, and his wife was dead; and he had given over into his son's hands all
business, and found him a wife, Helga, daughter of Kettle Hćing of Hrafnista. Their son was named Bard; he soon grew to be tall and handsome, and became a
right doughty man.
One autumn there was a banquet where many men were gathered, Bjorgolf and his son being there the most honourable guests. In the evening they
were paired off by lot to drink together, as the old custom was. Now, there was at the banquet a man named Hogni, owner of a farm in Leka, a man of great
wealth, very handsome, shrewd, but of low family, who had made his own way. He had a most beautiful daughter, Hildirida by name; and it fell to her lot to sit
by Bjorgolf. They talked much together that evening, and the fair maiden charmed the old man. Shortly afterwards the banquet broke up.
That same autumn old Bjorgolf journeyed from home in a cutter of his own, with thirty men aboard. He came to Leka, and twenty of them went up
to the house, while ten guarded the ship. When they came to the farm, Hogni went out to meet him, and made him welcome, invited him and his comrades to lodge
there, which offer Bjorgolf accepted, and they entered the room. But when they had doffed their travelling clothes and donned mantles, then Hogni gave orders
to bring in a large bowl of beer; and Hildirida, the daughter of the house, bare ale to the guests.
Bjorgolf called to him Hogni the goodman, and said, 'My errand here is this: I will have your daughter to go home with me, and will even now
make with her a hasty wedding.'
Hogni saw no choice but to let all be as Bjorgolf would; so Bjorgolf bought her with an ounce of gold, and they became man and wife, and
Hildirida went home with Bjorgolf to Torgar. Brynjolf showed him ill-pleased at this business. Bjorgolf and Hildirida had two sons; one was named Harek, the
Soon after this Bjorgolf died; but no sooner was he buried than Brynjolf sent away Hildirida and her sons. She went to her father at Leka, and
there her sons were brought up. They were good-looking, small of stature, naturally shrewd, like their mother's kin. They were commonly called Hildirida's
sons. Brynjolf made little count of them, and did not let them inherit aught of their father's. Hildirida was Hogni's heiress, and she and her sons inherited
from him and dwelt in Leka, and had plenty of wealth. Bard, Brynjolf's son, and Hildirida's sons were about of an age.
Bjorgolf and his son Brynjolf had long held the office of going to the Finns, and collecting the Finns' tribute.
Northwards, in Halogaland is a firth called Vefsnir, and in the firth lies an island called Alost, a large island and a good, and in this a
farm called Sandness. There dwelt a man named Sigurd, the richest man thereabouts in the north; he was a baron, and wise of understanding. He had a daughter
named Sigridr; she was thought the best match in Halogaland, being his only child and sole heiress to her father. Bard Brynjolf's son journeyed from home with
a cutter and thirty men aboard northwards to Alost, and came to Sigurd at Sandness. There he declared his business, and asked Sigridr to wife. This offer was
well received and favourable answered, and so it came about that Bard was betrothed to the maiden. The marriage was to take place the next summer. Bard was
then to come north for the wedding.
7. kafli - Af Björgólfi ok Hildiríđi.
Björgólfr hét mađr á Hálogalandi. Hann bjó í Torgum. Hann var lendr mađr, ríkr ok auđigr, en hálfbergrisi at afli ok vexti ok kynferđ. Hann átti
son, er hét Brynjólfr. Hann var líkr feđr sínum. Björgólfr var ţá gamall ok önduđ kona hans, ok hafđi hann selt í hendr öll ráđ syni sínum ok leitat honum
kvánfangs. Brynjólfr átti Helgu, dóttur Ketils hćngs ór Hrafnistu. Bárđr er nefndr sonr ţeira. Hann var snemma mikill ok fríđr sýnum ok varđ inn mesti
Ţat var eitt haust, at ţar var gildi fjölmennt, ok váru ţeir Björgólfr feđgar í gildinu göfgastir menn. Ţar var hlutađr tvímenningr á öftnum,
sem siđvenja var til. En ţar at gildinu var sá mađr, er Högni hét. Hann átti bú í Leku. Hann var mađr stórauđigr, allra manna fríđastr sýnum, vitr mađr ok ćttsmár
ok hafđi hafizt af sjálfum sér. Hann átti dóttur allfríđa, er nefnd er Hildiríđr. Hon hlaut at sitja hjá Björgólfi. Töluđu ţau margt um kveldit. Leizt honum mćrin
fögr. Litlu síđar var slitit gildinu.
Ţat sama haust gerđi Björgólfr gamli heimanför sína ok hafđi skútu, er hann átti, ok á ţrjátigi menn. Hann kom fram í Leku, ok gengu ţeir heim til
húss tuttugu, en tíu gćttu skips. En er ţeir kómu á bćinn, ţá gekk Högni á mót honum ok fagnađi vel, bauđ honum ţar at vera međ sínu föruneyti, en hann ţekkđist
ţat, ok gengu ţeir inn í stufu. En er ţeir höfđu afklćđzt ok tekit upp yfirhafnir, ţá lét Högni bera inn skapker ok mungát. Hildiríđr bóndadóttir bar öl gestum.
Björgólfr kallar til sín Högna bónda ok segir honum, at - "erendi er ţat hingat, at ek vil, at dóttir ţín fari heim međ mér, ok mun ek nú gera til
En Högni sá engan annan sinn kost en láta allt svá vera sem Björgólfr vildi. Björgólfr keypti hana međ eyri gulls, ok gengu ţau í eina rekkju bćđi.
Fór Hildiríđr heim međ Björgólfi í Torgar. Brynjólfr lét illa yfir ţessi ráđagerđ.
Ţau Björgólfr ok Hildiríđr áttu tvá sonu. Hét annarr Hárekr, en annarr Hrćrekr. Síđan andast Björgólfr. En ţegar hann var út hafiđr, ţá lét
Brynjólfr Hildiríđi á brott fara međ sonu sína. Fór hon ţá í Leku til föđur síns, ok fćddust ţar upp synir Hildiríđar. Ţeir váru menn fríđir sýnum, litlir vexti,
vel viti bornir, líkir móđurfrćndum sínum. Ţeir váru kallađir Hildiríđarsynir. Lítils virđi Brynjólfr ţá ok lét ţá ekki hafa af föđurarfi ţeira. Hildiríđr var
erfingi Högna, ok tók hon ok synir hennar arf eftir hann ok bjuggu ţá í Leku ok höfđu auđ fjár. Ţeir váru mjök jafnaldrar, Bárđr Brynjólfsson ok Hildiríđarsynir.
Ţeir feđgar, Brynjólfr ok Björgólfr, höfđu lengi haft finnferđ ok finnskatt.
Norđr á Hálogalandi heitir fjörđr Vefsnir. Ţar liggr ey í firđinum ok heitir Álöst, mikil ey ok góđ. Í henni heitir bćr á Sandnesi. Ţar bjó mađr,
er Sigurđr hét. Hann var auđgastr norđr ţar. Hann var lendr mađr ok spakr at viti. Sigríđr hét dóttir hans ok ţótti kostr beztr á Hálogalandi. Hon var einberni
hans ok átti arf at taka eftir Sigurđ, föđur sinn.
Bárđr Brynjólfsson gerđi heimanferđ sína, hafđi skútu ok á ţrjá tigu manna. Hann fór norđr í Álöst ok kom á Sandnes til Sigurđar. Bárđr hefir uppi
orđ sín ok bađ Sigríđar. Ţví máli var vel svarat ok líkliga, ok kom svá, at Bárđi var heitit meyjunni. Ráđ ţau skyldu takast at öđru sumri. Skyldi ţá Bárđr sćkja
norđr ţangat ráđit.