Chapter 8 - Of Bard and Thorolf.
King Harold had that summer sent word to the men of power that were in Halogaland, summoning to him such as had not come to him before.
Brynjolf resolved to go, and with him Bard his son; and in the autumn they went southwards to Throndheim, and there met the king. He received them most
gladly. Brynjolf was made a baron of the king's; the king also gave him large grants beside what he had before. He gave him withal the right of journey
to the Finns, with the king's business on the fells and the Finn traffic. Then Brynjolf went away home to his estate, but Bard remained, and was made one
of the king's guard.
Of all his guard the king most prized his skalds; they occupied the second high seat. Of these Audun Ill-skald sat innermost, being the oldest; he had been
skald to Halfdan Swarthy, king Harold's father. Next to him sat Thorbjorn Raven, then Aulvir Hnuf, and next to him was placed Bard; he was there by-named
Bard the White or Bard the Strong. He was in honour with everyone there, but between him and Aulvir Hnuf was a close friendship.
That same autumn came to king Harold Thorolf Kveldulf's son and Eyvind Lambi, Kari of Berdla's son, and they were well received. They brought thither a
swift twenty-benched long-ship well manned, which they had before used in sea-roving. They and their company were placed in the guest-hall; but when they
had waited there till they thought it a fit time to go before the king, Kari of Berdla and Aulvir Hnuf went in with them. They greeted the king. Then said
Aulvir Hnuf, 'Here is come Kveldulf's son, whom I told thee in the summer Kveldulf would send. His promise to thee will now stand fast; for here thou
canst see true tokens that he will be thy friend in all when he hath sent his son hither to take service with thee, a stalwart man as thou mayest see.
Now, this is the boon craved by Kveldulf and by us all, that thou receive Thorolf with honour and make him a great man with thee.'
The king answered his words well, promising that so he would do, 'If,' said he, 'Thorolf proves himself as accomplished in deed as he is right brave in
After this Thorolf was made of the king's household, and one of his guard.
But Kari of Berdla and his son Eyvind Lambi went back south in the ship which Thorolf had brought north, and so home to Kari's farm. Thorolf remained with
the king, who appointed him a seat between Aulvir Hnuf and Bard; and these three struck up a close friendship. And all men said of Thorolf and Bard that
they were a well-matched pair for comeliness, stature, strength, and all doughty deeds. And both were in high favour with the king.
But when winter was past and summer came, then Bard asked leave to go and see to the marriage promised to him the summer before. And when the king knew
that Bard's errand was urgent, he allowed him to go home. Then Bard asked Thorolf to go north with him, saying (as was true) that he would meet there many
of his kin, men of renown, whom he had not yet seen or known. Thorolf thought this desirable, so they got leave from the king for this; then they made
them ready, took a good ship and crew, and went their way.
When they came to Torgar, they sent word to Sigurd that Bard would now see to that marriage on which they had agreed the summer before. Sigurd said that he
would hold to all that they had arranged; so they fixed the wedding-day, and Bard with his party were to come north to Sandness. At the appointed time
Brynjolf and Bard set out, and with them many great men of their kin and connexions. And it was as Bard had said, that Thorolf met there many of his kinsmen
that he had not known before. They journeyed to Sandness, and there was held the most splendid feast. And when the feast was ended, Bard went home with his
wife, and remained at home through the summer, and Thorolf with him.
In the autumn they came south to the king, and were with him another winter. During that winter Brynjolf died; and when Bard learnt that the inheritance
there was open for him, he asked leave to go home. This the king granted, and before they parted Bard was made a baron, as his father had been, and held
of the king all those same grants that Brynjolf had held. Bard went home to his estate, and at once became a great chief; but Hildirida's sons got no more
of the heritage than before. Bard had a son by his wife; he was named Grim. Meanwhile Thorolf was with the king, and in great honour.
8. kafli - Þórólfr gerist konungsmaðr.
Haraldr konungr hafði þat sumar sent orð ríkismönnum þeim, er váru á Hálogalandi, ok stefndi til sín þeim, er áðr höfðu eigi verit á fund hans.
Var Brynjólfr ráðinn til þeirar ferðar ok með honum Bárðr, sonr hans. Fóru þeir um haustit suðr til Þrándheims ok hittu þar konung. Tók hann við þeim
allfeginsamliga. Gerðist þá Brynjólfr lendr maðr konungs. Fekk konungr honum veizlur miklar aðrar en áðr hafði hann haft. Hann fekk honum ok finnferð,
konungssýslu á fjalli ok finnkaup. Síðan fór Brynjólfr á brott ok heim til búa sinna, en Bárðr var eftir ok gerðist konungs hirðmaðr.
Af öllum hirðmönnum virði konungr mest skáld sín. Þeir skipuðu annat öndvegi. Þeira sat innast Auðunn illskælda. Hann var elztr þeira, ok hann hafði verit skáld
Hálfdanar svarta, föður Haralds konungs. Þar næst sat Þorbjörn hornklofi, en þar næst sat Ölvir hnúfa, en honum it næsta var skipat Bárði. Hann var þar kallaðr
Bárðr hvíti eða Bárðr sterki. Hann virðist þar vel hverjum manni. Með þeim Ölvi hnúfu var félagskapr mikill.
Þat sama haust kómu til Haralds konungs þeir Þórólfr Kveld-Úlfsson ok Eyvindr lambi, sonr Berðlu-Kára. Fengu þeir þar góðar viðtökur. Þeir höfðu þangat snekkju,
tvítugsessu, vel skipaða, er þeir höfðu áðr haft í víking. Þeim var skipat í gestaskála með sveit sína.
Þá er þeir höfðu þar dvalizt, til þess er þeim þótti tími til at ganga á fund konungs, gekk þar með þeim Berðlu-Kári ok Ölvir hnúfa. Þeir kveðja konung.
Þá segir Ölvir hnúfa, at þar er kominn sonr Kveld-Úlfs, - "sem ek sagða yðr í sumar, at Kveld-Úlfr myndi senda til yðvar. Munu yðr heit hans öll föst. Meguð þér
nú sjá sannar jartegnir, at hann vill vera vinr yðvarr fullkominn, er hann hefir sent son sinn hingat til þjónustu við yðr, svá sköruligan mann sem þér meguð nú
sjá. Er sú bæn Kveld-Úlfs ok allra vár, at þú takir við Þórólfi vegsamliga ok gerir hann mikinn mann með yðr."
Konungr svarar vel máli hans ok kveðst svá gera skyldu, - "ef mér reynist Þórólfr jafnvel mannaðr sem hann er sýnum fulldrengiligr."
Síðan gerðist Þórólfr handgenginn konungi ok gekk þar í hirðlög, en Berðlu-Kári ok Eyvindr lambi, sonr hans, fóru suðr með skip þat, er Þórólfr hafði norðr haft.
Fór þá Kári heim til búa sinna ok þeir Eyvindr báðir. Þórólfr var með konungi, ok vísaði konungr honum til sætis milli þeira Ölvis hnúfu ok Bárðar, ok gerðist með
þeim öllum inn mesti félagskapr.
Þat var mál manna um Þórólf ok Bárð, at þeir væri jafnir at fríðleik ok á vöxt ok afl ok alla atgervi. Nú er Þórólfr þar í allmiklum kærleikum af konungi ok báðir
En er vetrinn leið af ok sumar kom, þá bað Bárðr sér orlofs konung at fara at vitja ráðs þess, er honum hafði heitit verit it fyrra sumar. En er konungr vissi, at
Bárðr átti skylt erendi, þá lofaði hann honum heimferð. En er hann fekk orlof, þá bað hann Þórólf fara með sér norðr þangat. Sagði hann, sem satt var, at hann
myndi þar mega hitta marga frændr sína göfga, þá er hann myndi eigi fyrr sét hafa eða við kannast. Þórólfi þótti þat fýsiligt, ok fá þeir til þess orlof af
konungi, búast síðan, höfðu skip gott ok föruneyti, fóru þá leið sína, er þeir váru búnir. En er þeir koma í Torgar, þá senda þeir Sigurði menn ok láta þeir höfðu
bundit með sér it fyrra sumar. Sigurðr segir, at hann vill þat allt halda, sem þeir höfðu mælt, gera þá ákveðit um brullaupsstefnu, ok skulu þeir Bárðr sækja norðr
þangat á Sandnes.
En er at þeiri stefnu kom, þá fara þeir Brynjólfr ok Bárðr ok höfðu með sér margt stórmenni, frændr sína ok tengðamenn. Var þat, sem Bárðr hafði sagt, at Þórólfr
hitti þar marga frændr sína, þá er hann hafði ekki áðr við kannazt. Þeir fóru, til þess er þeir kómu á Sandnes, ok var þar in prúðligsta veizla. En er lokit var
veizlunni, fór Bárðr heim með konu sína ok dvalðist heima um sumarit ok þeir Þórólfr báðir. En um haustit koma þeir suðr til konungs ok váru með honum vetr annan.
Á þeim vetri andaðist Brynjólfr. En er þat spyrr Bárðr, at honum hafði þar arfr tæmzt, þá bað hann sér heimfararleyfis, en konungr veitti honum þat. Ok áðr þeir
skilðist, gerðist Bárðr lendr maðr, sem faðir hans hafði verit, ok hafði af konungi veizlur allar, þvílíkar sem Brynjólfr hafði haft. Bárðr fór heim til búa sinna
ok gerðist brátt höfðingi mikill. En Hildiríðarsynir fengu ekki af arfinum þá heldr en fyrr. Bárðr átti son við konu sinni, ok hét sá Grímr. Þórólfr var með
konungi ok hafði þar virðingar miklar.