1882, English, transl. John Coles, from the original 'rar saga hreu'.

The Story of Thrr Hrea

Chapter 1

Thrr hight a man, who was the son of Hra-Kri, a man of great reputation; he was chief over the counties which lay next to his. He was Lord by title, but superior to Earls in many things. He had a noble wife, by whom he had three sons and one daughter. The eldest son was called Steingrmrr, the second Klyppr, the third Eyjlfr, and the daughter Sigrr. All the bairns were promising, but Klyppr was the foremost of his brothers. They were all mighty men, wonderfully fine and strong fellows, as their forefathers had been. Their sister Sigrr was the finest of women, dressy and high-minded. She was more skilful than any of her mates that grew up with her. When the brothers were nearly of age, their father took illness and died, and his burial was magnificent according to ancient custom. And when the funeral feast was over (drunk), the wife of Thrr gave birth to a fine boy; to him a name was given, and, according to the wife's wishes, was called Thrr after his father, as she thought he would become a great man, if he was like his kinsmen. And when Thrr grew up, he was mighty and strong, promising, hard and furious against all whom he thought little of, but friendly towards the people; he was munificent with his money, gentle of conversation, and a steadfast friend; he was a great jovial man, the most nimble at sports, could swim better than any one, and was a good poet At the time when this happened, the sons of Gunnhildr reigned over Norway; and when Thrr grew up, he wished to become one of the men of King Gamli, the son of Gunnhildr, who of all men was the most beloved King of Norway, with the exception of Hkon Aalsteinsfstri. Thrr was twelve years of age when he went to the Court of King Gamli, and the King considered him a great man in everything he had to do; and he was with the King for three winters. He always went before the King in every danger and peril, when the King was engaged in warfare, wherefore he received great honour and fame, for which he was widely known. When Thrr had stayed three winters with King Gamli, he said to the King that he wished to seek his possessions. The King replied: "You have given us good assistance, and you will become a great man." The King unfastened his sword (sabre), which he was wont to carry daily, and said to Thrr, "Here is a sword, which I wish to give to you, and I think good luck will attend it, and with it shall my friendship follow." Thrr thanked him for this honour and everything else which he had shown him. The King said: "This I beg of you, that you give it to no one, and never part with it, except you have to redeem your own head; and it is not unlikely that you will want to do that." Then Thrr answers: "I intend, my Lord, not to stay for a long time away from you, while I have the chance to accompany you." The King replies: "That will not be so; for we shall never see one another, now that we part." Thrr became silent at the King's words, and answered nought; then he took leave of the King, went home to his possessions, and his relatives were glad to see him. Klyppr, his brother, had taken possession of all their property, and had become a chief over all the counties over which his father had ruled; he was also a Lord by title. But short time after Thrr went away from King Gamli, King Hkon the Good and King Gamli had a fight, and in that battle fell King Gamli. which is narrated in the Sagas of the Kings of Norway.

King Sigurr "Slefa," the son of Gunnhildr, was a very licentious man; he had induced Alf, the daughter of Skeggi of Yrjum, to leave her husband the Lord Klyppr, the son of Thrr (the elder). Thrr did often invite (egg) his brother Klyppr to seek a revenge, and one day Thrr came to speak with his brother, and said: "How is this? Are you not going to drive off your hands the disgrace which lies on your shoulders with regard to King Sigurr, and become such a wonder as to have every one's reproof, and will never be looked upon as such a man as your former kinsmen were, if you can bear such an insult on the part of King Sigurr, without seeking revenge? Although we have to contend with great difference as regards strength, yet it is better to die with honour, if that should be our fate, than to suffer such a disgrace without doing anything at all. I offer myself to go with you, as well as all my brothers, rather than endure this any longer without any revenge, however it may fare." Then answers Klyppr: "True it is, brother, what thou sayest, that it was fully necessary to revenge this disgrace, if an opportunity should offer; and I am heartily willing to take revenge upon him for the insult." After this interview, all the brothers betake themselves from home with a large troop of men in the direction of the Uplands, where they heard that King Sigurr was at a banquet. And when they arrive at the house in which the King was present and sat at table, the brothers arrange their men for entering, and Thrr said that the man who was the last to enter should be the first to go out. Klyppr was to be the first to enter, next to him Thrr, then Steingrmrr, then Eyjlfr, and then the others according to arrangement. They were all fully armed with helms, shields, and drawn swords. And when Lord Klyppr came before King Sigurr, he drew his sword and struck the King on the head, and split it open right down to the shoulders; the King then fell dead on to the table. After this the brothers retire farther out into the hall, and in the same moment Thrr heard a crash behind him, and observed that his brother Klyppr had been struck a death-blow. The man who did this was called Hraldr, the son of gmundr, the son of Hrda-Kri; he was a near relative of the sons of Thrr; he was waiting at the King's table when they entered, wherefore they did not notice him; another man did he kill, who was hight gmundr, and he was the son of Valjfr; and when Thrr observes the fall of his brother, he struck at Hraldr and split him asunder above the hips. Then the men sprang up all about the hall, drew their swords, and attacked the brothers furiously, but they defended themselves well and manly. Thrr made good use of the sword which King Gamli had presented him with, and became slayer of many before he could get out. It came to pass here as it always does, that, when one suddenly loses his chief, most of the men become disorderly, when they should follow their enemies, and so it was here, and the brothers returned to their homes. King Haraldr quickly heard this news -- the fall of his brother, King Sigurr -- and intends to send men against the brothers for the purpose of killing them. At that time the King was north in the land, wherefore it took longer time than otherwise would have been the case; he summoned "ing," and had the brothers outlawed from the whole of Norway, but took possession of their property.

Chapter 2

Now there is to be said, that the brothers came home and related the fall of King Sigurr and their brother Klyppr. It now seemed to the brothers that they would not be able to remain in the land on account of the power of King Haraldr and Gunnhildr. Their kinsmen and friends then wished to sell their estates for ready money, and added that Thrr should go in search for Iceland, whither many noble men had gone, who had to flee from the country before the Kings of Norway. Then Thrr answers: "Not had I intended to flee from my property (go in exile), but as there are many noble men, who have been content with settling in Iceland, then it may be that something similar may be my fate." After this Thrr made himself ready for a journey to Iceland, and with him his brothers Steingrmrr and Eyjulfr and his sister Sigrr. They had with them great many chattels. He had nineteen men on board his ship. He then proceeded to sea, and this was in the early summer. They were a month at sea, and touched the Vestman Islands; thence they sailed to the west coast of the land, and to the north beyond the Strands ; they sailed into the bay, and kept themselves nearer to the north coast. They then put into one firth and took there land about the beginning of winter. Soon people came to them, and they asked them the name of the firth they had come to. They were informed that they had come to Mifjrr. They landed in the mouth of Mifjrr, and at that time Mifjrr was completely peopled. Skeggi, who was called Mifjarar-Skeggi, dwelt at Reykir. He was the son of Skinna-Bjm. The reason for him being called Skinna-Bjrn was, that he was wont to sail on mercantile business to the East, and bring thence grey skins (grey fur), beaver-skins, and sable-fur. Skeggi was a great hero and fighter in single combats. He had been long journeying as viking, and once he came to Denmark, and went to Hleir, where the mound of King Hrlfr ("the Crow") was, broke into the mound and took away the sword of King Hrlfr, "Skfnungr," which is the best sword ever came to Iceland. He also took the axe, which Hjalti ("the Stout-hearted") had owned, but he could not get Laufi from Bvar "bjarki," for he could in no way bend his arms. From that time Skeggi carried the sword "Skfnungr." Mifjarar-Skeggi was great chief and wealthy. He had mighty kinsmen. All the inhabitants of Mifjrr had chosen him as their chief. His father, Bjrn, had taken possession of the whole of Mifjrr before him. He was a "goar" man (temple priest) in Mifjrr, and in many other places. Eyjlfr hight a good farmer; he dwelt at s, and was a rich man. There was another farmer, named Thorkell; he dwelt at a farm named Sandar, on the west side of the firth, opposite s. He was a mean man, but rich in money, and a friend of Skeggi of Reykir. Thorkell had offered Skeggi to bring up one of his children, and when Thrr came to Mifjrr, Eir, the son of Skeggi, was being brought up at Sandar. Eyjlfr, the farmer from s, was the first man who came to the chapmen and had a talk with them. Thrr asked how it was the farmers were so slow in coming to the ship. Eyjlfr said it was a custom, that Skeggi, as a rule, came first to the ship, and took that of the goods which he liked. Also did he receive those of the chapmen he liked for wintering at his house. Thrr said that his pride was great, "but, on the contrary, I am told, that it is the custom of the inhabitants of the land to visit the chapmen, who have newly arrived from sea to inquire after news." Eyjlfr answered: "Let us go and see Skeggi, and he will receive well such a man as thou art." Thrr said: "On board my ship I intend to stay, and await there what will happen." Then quoth Eyjfr: "I shall go and see Skeggi, and inform him of the arrival of the ship." Thrr answers: Can you not do as you like?" and then they parted. Eyjulfr went to Reykir to meet Skeggi, and told him of the ship's arrival, also who the master was. Skeggi said that he knew well Thrr and his parents; said that he was a serviceable man, and never had a more noble or a better person come to this land, and praised him highly. Eyjulfr asked Skeggi to ride down to the ship and choose those of the chapmen whom he liked to invite home. Skeggi answered: "It always pains me that you show me honour in all things, but once will I show you that honour, to elect those of the chapmen you like, for none of this crew shall I receive in my home. But this I advise you, that you give Thrr no promise, unless you mean keeping it, for he thinks little of making one or another bow to the earth, if he takes that into his head." Then they parted, and Eyjulfr rode to the ship, saw the master, and told Thrr of the interview with Skeggi. Thrr said: "You fare well (behave generously), but it seems to me from this, that Skeggi intends picking quarrel with me; and I fancy therefore, it is more likely that I should show him a little deference." Eyjulfr said: "That would be my wish, that we should visit Skeggi." Thrr answered: "I shall not go at all; but as Skeggi will receive no chapman to sit by his side this winter, then let him keep his pride to himself as long as he likes." Eyjlfr invited Thrr to stay with him for the winter at s, but asked him to get an abode for the other chapmen round the firth. Thrr thanked him for his invitation, but said that he would not take up his abode with him. Thrr asked if Eyjulfr would let his farm during the winter, and that Eyjulfr did, but betook himself to Torfastair, for there he possessed another farm; but Thrr took the farm at s. Thereafter he had the whole cargo brought home, and the ship drawn on shore. With Thrr went home his brothers and sister and all the crew, and dwelt there quiet during the winter. Skeggi behaved as if nothing had happened, but he and Thrr did not speak when they met. Skeggi did not make as if he knew about the agreement or action of Thrr and Eyjulfr. Thrr had many men, and was himself a very jovial one, and so were his brothers. Thrr soon became beloved by the people of his district. Skeggi did not like that much, and thought likely that he would wish to become chief over Mifjrr, wherefore he envied Thrr, for he was hard-tempered, and could not endure that others should be held in the same honour as himself. Thrr had sports during the winter, and the brothers, as well as the men from Baer, took part in them, but none equalled Thrr, neither in agility nor in strength. Thrr was a great active man, as well as a fine handicraftsman.

During the winter Thrr built a boat down by the mouth of Mifjrr, where he, as a rule, spent his days. His intention was, that this boat should go in the spring to the Strands for fishing. Thus time lasted to Yule, and towards Yule Skeggi sent a man to Thorkell of Sandar, and invited him and his wife to a Yule feast; he also asked, that the boy Eir might accompany them; he was then young, but still grown pretty strong. They prepared themselves to go away from Sandar on the day before Yule, and with them the boy Eir. Such was the weather that thaw had set in with rain, and the river of Mifjrr impassable. The ice on the river began to thaw higher up, but down by the firth it was passable in a boat, and when Thorkell put forward the boat, Thrr addressed him, saying, "Man! the river is impassable." Thorkell answers, "Look after your work, I will see to my journey." Thorkell put the boat into the river, and the three were now on board; when they had got fairly out, the ice began to thaw very quickly, so they got on slowly. They drifted down the river before the ice and the current, which ended in the capsizing of the boat. They had a ducking, and were nearly drowned; but there was a longer life in store for them, and Thorkell got them on the keel of the boat. The boat now drifted towards the sea, and opposite where Thrr was at work, and his brother Steingrmrr with him. Then Thorkell called to Thrr and asked him for help, but answers Thrr: "I will look after my work, you attend to your journey." Steingrmrr said, "Do well, my brother, and save the people, for now their lives are in danger, and show thy skill." Then Thrr casts off the outer clothes, throws himself into the water, and swims out to the boat; he had to break the ice, and push it away from him in all directions. And when he reached the boat, he first took the boy Eir, put him between his shoulders, fastened him with a string, and swam with him on shore: and asked his brother, Steingrmrr, to help the boy, that he might get warm. Thereupon he swam to the boat again, took the wife of Thorkell, who had become much exhausted, and brought her to land. For the third time he swims out to the boat, and brings Thorkell to land, who was nearly dead from the cold. Steingrmrr asked, "Why did you bring the boy first?" Thrr says: "Therefore did I bring Eir first, because my mind tells me, that to me this youth will be of much use, and he will save my life. But therefore did I bring Thorkell last, thinking he would best stand the cold, and again I thought, that in him was the least loss even if he had perished." Thereupon changes Thorkell his clothes, and recovered his strength as well as his wife. After this they went to Reykir, but Thrr invited Eir home with him to s. Eir says that he will willingly accept the invitation, and stayed there for a long time. But now there is to be related, that Thorkell came to Reykir and spoke of his unfortunate journey. Skeggi says, that a most unfortunate journey had he had, and moreover left my son with that man, who is the most violent man; he added, that his mind told him, time would come when one would give a great deal that Eir had never come to Thrr. But when Yule had passed, Thorkell went home, and on his way called at s, and asked Eir to go with him. Eir answers: "I shall not go with thee, and you shall not again try to destroy my life." "I would no more have caused your death than I would my own," answered Thorkell; went home, and is now out of the Saga.

Chapter 3

Eir was a constant faithful follower of Thrr, and so was Thrr very yielding to him. Thrr was mostly engaged in building the boat, and the boy Eir with him. Thrr had always with him the sword which Gamli gave him, and so it was this time. Eir took up the sword and played with it. Thrr saw this, and said: "Do you like the sword, my foster-son?" He answered, "Very well." Thrr said: "Then I will give you the sword." Eir answered: "Never shall I be able to reward you for such a valuable gift, but friendship will I give you, my foster-father, if it be thought of little worth." Thrr replied: "Accept my thanks for this, my foster-son, and your reward will be both often and great." Thereupon went they home, and Eir showed the sword to all the inmates, and was greatly pleased with it. A short time after went Eir to Reykir, to see his father. Skeggi received him coolly, and asked: "Why did you think the fostering-place at Thrr was better than the one I got you at Thorkell?" Eir replied: "Totally is the place different in all respects; for Thrr is a great man, and one can gain some good from him, but Thorkell is both a mean man and a fool; he would have killed me through his foolishness and want of foresight, but Thrr saved my life, and he has also given me the most valuable gift." "Through the care of Thorkell is it, that you hold the life; he did not wish any more for your death than he did for his own or his wife's; but I will look at this costly thing which you praise so highly, that I may see if I think it of much worth." Eir showed him the sword. Skeggi drew it out, liked it very much, and said: "That is evident, that this valuable thing has belonged to some nobleman, and it is a great jewel; and I do not believe that he has given you such a valuable and rare thing." Eir said: "It seems to me then unlikely, that you would assist me as to rewards, as you do not believe that he has given it me." Skeggi said: "Gladly wish I, that you had not accepted this costly gift." Eir answered: "As to this we have to differ." After this Eir went home, and the parting of father and son this time was anything but friendly. Thrr received his foster-son well, and inquired as to the conversation which took place between father and son. Eir explained everything which had passed. Thrr answered: "This I expected, and very much wishes your father to show me enmity; and this is my opinion that some further difficulties will spring up between me and your father and his kinsmen, and it is not easily foreseen to what end they will come; so that you will often, with great danger, be obliged to go between." Eir answered: "Pleased should I be, if I could do some good between you."

There was a man called sbjrn; he was the son of Thorstein "the White" and Sigrr, the sister of Mifjarar-Skeggi. He came out to Iceland this summer, and landed at Blndus in Langidalr. When Skeggi ascertained the arrival of his kinsman, he rode down to the ship, receives him well, and invites him to go home with him, and take as many men with him as he liked. sbjrn accepted this invitation, landed his ship, and went home to Reykir, and two men with him. sbjrn was a very tall man, handsome, and highly esteemed. He was so strong, that his equal could scarcely be found. He was a cheery man, and went mostly to a bath for pleasure's sake. One day went he and Skeggi to bathe, as their wont was, and lay by the side of the bath in conversation. Sigrr of s went the same day to a hot spring with her linen, and was making herself ready to go home. She went by where they lay. sbjrn was a very pompous man with regard to dress. They saw where the woman went. She had on a red kirtle (gown) and a blue cloak. The woman was both handsome and tall, and altogether very smart. sbjrn raised himself up on his elbow, and looked at her over his shoulder. Then sbjrn asked who this handsome woman was: "It seems to me possible that this woman will find my love." Skeggi answered: "Her name is Sigrr, and she is the daughter of Thrr, the son of Hra-Kri; but this advice I give you, that you have nothing to do with her." sbjrn asked, "Why should that be so?" Skeggi answered: "Her brothers are full of fierceness, and very unruly." sbjrn replied, "I had thought to be my own adviser before every man here in this land." Skeggi said, "It will show itself, whether you need no help before you part, if you should take any more liberty with them than they like." After this they went home.

Now there is to be said, that Sigrr came home to s. Her brother Thrr went to meet her. He said: "Why are you so pale, my sister? It seems as if sbjrn 'Veisugalti,' has made you change colour, but many things will pass between us before he gets you for his wife." So the winter passed; all was quiet. sbjrn never mentioned Sigrr. There was ball-playing on the ice in Mifjrr between Reykir and s, for the firth was early covered with ice. At this time there were many vigorous men in Mifjrr. Thrr and sbjrn, the kinsman of Skeggi, were the most vigorous of those who took part in the sports. Skeggi did not take part in the sports, as he was getting old, but was quite strong to use his weapon. He therefore looked on, and enjoyed himself much. He and Thrr never spoke together, and much coolness seemed to exist between them. It happened one day that Thrr and sbjrn took part in the sports, and were to play together, and once Thrr threw sbjrn on the ice with a huge thump. "There fell 'Veisugalti,'" said Thrr, but he made no reply. Another time, when they had to go together, sbjrn seized Thrr with such strength that he fell on his knees. "And there fell the man with the maiden-cheek," said sbjrn, "and you ought scarcely to take part in sports with vigorous men." Thrr said: "That you will first see, 'Veisugalti,' when we try weapons, which of us has to look up when we leave off that sport." sbjrn said he was quite ready, and seized his weapons. People went then between them, and they were parted. Now the winter passes. sbjrn rode to his ship in the spring, and prepared it ready for sea. Skeggi accompanied sbjrn to the ship with many men, because he thought there was nothing bad that one could not expect from Thrr. Thrr stayed at home and pretended to know nothing. sbjrn said to Skeggi: "The case is this, kinsman, that I am thinking of marrying, and I should like to be my own counsellor." Skeggi said, "Where is the woman to whom your mind mostly looks to?" sbjrn answered; "I will not conceal it; it is Sigrr, the sister of Thrr of s; she is the woman to whom my mind looks most forward to to get for a wife." Skeggi answered: "I do not think it likely that we shall succeed in this, and also I am unwilling to bring this case before Thrr, on account of the coolness which has reigned between you before." sbjrn said that the only enmity, which had been between them, had been of little worth, and added, that he would not lose the best match on account of that, if he could obtain it. At last Skeggi promised to woo the woman on his behalf. "My advice is, that you do not give up your journey abroad on account of this." Skeggi rode home, but sbjrn went abroad that summer. Short time after Skeggi arrived home, there was news about that a ship had arrived in the White River in Borgarfjrr, and when the news came, great number of people from the northern districts, both from Mifjrr and other places, went to trade with the chapmen. Skeggi also prepared himself to ride to the ship with many men. And when Eir heard that his father intended going to the ship, he said to Thorr: "Have you any intention of going to the ship, foster-father?" Thrr said: "Why should I want my goods any less than other farmers? and I shall certainly go." Eir said: "Then I will ride with you, and hear other people's conversation, and thus acquaint myself with the market." Thrr answered: "It will do better for our journey, if you accompany me, my foster-son, for so my mind tells me, that I shall greatly need you on this journey, if my dreams forebode anything." Eir said: "What did you dream, my foster-father?" Thrr said: "I dreamt I had come to the White River in Borgar-fjrr, and was conversing with some foreign men, especially with regard to some bargain, and in the same moment a quantity of wolves entered the shop, and I had a great disgust for them; then they turned upon me, tore my clothes, and wished to kill me, but I drew my sword, hewed one of the wolves across the middle, and the head of another. Thereupon they ran at me from all sides, but I seemed to defend myself, and became very wroth; but it seemed as if I could not foresee how it would fare with me. In the same moment a young bear leapt before me, and would defend me, and I woke up. It seems to me this dream forebodes great tidings." Eir said: "It is evident that this forebodes some men's evil minds towards you. Now it is my advice, that you ride from home at the same time as my father, though you do not converse together." Thrr said: "That will I do for the sake of your request." Thrr made himself ready, and Eir with him. And when Thrr prepared himself, his sister Sigrr said: "Brother! I wish you would buy me a cloak, a very choice one." Thrr answered: "That will I do, but it strikes me it will be dear enough before the end."

Chapter 4

Thrr and Eir rode to the ship at the same time as Skeggi, for Eir requested Thrr to do so. And when they arrived at the ship, they both threw their tent over one booth.

A man by the name of Jn is now introduced into the Saga. He lived at Hvassafelli in Norrrdalr. He was a wealthy man, unforbearing and much disliked. Gurn was his wife's name. She was very gaudy in dress, and ambitious. Her brother hight Aulfr: Glmr hight their father. He lived at Skarshamrar. They intended to ride to the ship at the same time Thrr and Skeggi were there. And as they were riding from home Gurn said to her husband, that he ought to buy her a fine mantle, for she was a dressy woman. This the husband promised. They now continue their journey until they come to Hvtrvellir. Then was the market at the fullest. They, Jn and Aulfr, went through the booths. They came into a booth of a man whose name was Thrir ("the Rich"), and asked for a cloak if it could be had. He said that he had a cloak, "but, farmer, you will think it dear." Jn answered: "Let us hear what there is to pay." The Eastman valued the cloak, but Jn thought it too dear. Aulfr would that he should buy the cloak, and offered him some of his money. Jn went away, and when they came out, Aulfr egged him on to buy the cloak, as he had promised his sister to do so. "Why should you not have your own will?" said Jn, "and we will go home for the price." But this caused some delay. It is said that Thrr and Eir went through the booths demanding goods for purchase. They came into the booth of Thrir ("the Rich") and wished to buy the cloak. Thrir says that he knows Thrr and his parents, "so I will not put any price on it for you, but wish that you would accept it." Thrr thanked him, and said: "This I will accept, and let the cloak lie here while I go and fetch its worth." "I do wish," says Thrir, "that you had it with you." "That is of no consequence," says Thrr; and he and Eir went to fetch its worth. When Thrr had gone, Jn and Aulfr entered the booth, and asked the Eastman to hand them over the cloak. He said the cloak was sold, "for you would not give as much for it as I valued it." Jn said that he would have it; and in the same moment Thrr and Eir came into the booth with the price for it. Thrr seized the cloak, but Aulfr drew his sword, and was going to smite Thrr. Jn also ran against Thrr and was going to deal him a blow, but Thrr immediately drew his sword, turned against Aulfr, and smote him in the head, and he fell there and then dead on the floor. Eir ran before Thrr, when he saw Jn's outrage, and warded off the blow with the shield, but took the cloak under his hand. This saw Thrr, and smote at Jn with the sword; the blow hit him in the middle and cut him in two above the hips. Jn's and Aulfr's companions then attacked him, but Thrr retreated out of the booth, jumped on a pile of rafters, wherefrom he defended himself well and bravely. The men of the district and those from Borgarfjrr flocked to the place and wished to revenge the death of Jn and Aulfr, but Eir went to see his father, and asked him with his men to come and help Thrr. Skeggi says: "What has Thrr been doing that he is not capable to help himself?" Eir answered: "He has killed two men." "Who are they?" says Skeggi. "Aulfr and Jn," says Eir. "What was the reason?" says Skeggi. Eir says: "They would rob him of a cloak which he had bought; and one of the two would have killed him, had I not defended him. Do not let the coolness which has reigned between you go so far, that you take more notice of that than of the fact that he is from the same district as yourself; he is also my life's saviour and foster-father." Skeggi did not answer. Thereupon Eir went away, and to the place where they attacked Thrr, and drew his sword. And when Thrr saw Eir, his foster-son, he said: "Do not endanger thy life for my sake." But when Eir had gone out of the tent, Skeggi stood up and said: "The pig is sure to squeal, if the sow be killed." Thereupon he took the sword, Skfnungr, and went to the place where they were still attacking Thrr; but he had defended himself so bravely, that they had not been able to inflict a wound upon him, but he had wounded many. When Skeggi came, he went on so furiously, that those who had attacked Thrr had to retreat. Thereupon Skeggi effected a settlement reconciliation between them; he was to be the sole judge in the whole affair, and he there and then gave his verdict. Thrr was to pay two hundred of silvers for the murder of Jn, but Auulfr should fall unholy because of his outrage and plot against the life of Thrr. Those who had been wounded should carry their wounds without reward, for the sake of their plot against him and attack on him, and thus they parted. When Skeggi was ready, he rode home. At the same time Thrr rode to the north and Eir went with him, but he and Skeggi had no conversation during the whole of the journey. They ride on until they come to the river Mifjarar. Then Skeggi said: "Here we will alight, for I have something to say to you, Thrr," and so they did. Then said Skeggi: "sbjrn, my kinsman, asked me to make a proposal on his behalf, and wished me to woo your sister, Sigrr, for him; and I should now like to know what your answer might be in this case." Thrr says: "Little friendship exists between me and sbjrn. Neither have you been much of a friend hitherto, and never came it into my mind that you would seek here an alliance for your kinsman; well do I know that sbjrn is a highborn man, rich and a strong fellow, but I do not know how my brothers or herself will like this bargain." Skeggi answers: "Therefore did I mention the case to you, rather than to your brothers, because I know that they will follow your advice, both as regards this and other matters." Thrr answers: "Most likely will they act according to my will, but to no man shall I give her without her sanction; but I expect she will not go contrary to my advice." Then says Eir: "I wish you would give my father a satisfactory answer as regards this wooing, and value highly his recommendation." Thrr says: "So it shall be; for Skeggi gave me a great assistance in this journey, and I will recognise it; for I will come to terms with you, Skeggi, as to the courting of Sigrr. She shall sit in troth for three winters, and if sbjrn does not arrive within these three winters, then this agreement is of no worth, but should he come to the country before, then he has a right to the marriage of Sigrr." Skeggi consented to this. Thereupon held Thrr out his hand, and Skeggi took it, thus concluding the bargain. Witnesses were then taken as to this promise. Then said Skeggi: "Now have you fared well, Thrr! but lucky was it that your sister got the cloak rather than the wife of Jn. It seems to me very likely that the men of Borgarfjrr will remember what kind of meeting yours was. I will therefore lengthen your name, and call you Thrr Hrea ('the Terror')." Thrr said: "I am well pleased if they have some memory of my coming there, and then I have no dislike to the name, but methinks seldom will this district be without a Terror." After this they rode home. When Thrr came home he was well received ; he was asked what news there was. He told everything in the clearest manner. Thereupon he asked his brothers and sister to have a talk with him, and told them of his promise. Sigrr answered: "It seems to me, brother, that you have acted rather rashly as regards the promise of marriage on my behalf, as I was not consulted before." Thrr answered: "This agreement shall have no further value than yourself will consent to." "This I could expect from you, and, with your foresight, I will be content in the matter." Thrr thanked her for the answer, gave her the cloak, and told her of his quarrel with Jn and Aulfr. After this, Thrr kept at home quiet, and Eir constantly with him.

Chapter 5

This same summer a ship arrived in Blndus in Langidalr. By that ship came Ormr, nephew of Skeggi and brother of sbjrn. But when Skeggi hears of the arrival of his kinsman, he rides to the ship, and invites Ormr home to stay the winter over, and Ormr went home with him. Ormr was this kind of a man, that he was stronger than any other, and a most valiant man; he was full of fierceness, considered no one his equal, was a great fighter in single combats, and full of injustice. It happened one day when Ormr went to the Springs, that Sigrr from s was there, and another woman with her. He thought much of her, and inquired who she was. He was told her name and her kin. He spoke to Skeggi and said: "The fact of the matter is this, that I wish you to woo Sigrr of s on my behalf." Skeggi answered: "This woman I will not woo for you, but any other woman you may wish I will propose to for you." Ormr said: "Either must you woo Sigrr or no one else." Skeggi answered: "Why should I woo on your behalf your brother's betrothed?" Ormr said: "I don't care, if she is my brother's betrothed, but if you do not woo her for me there will be some quarrel in the district, for then I shall beguile her, and the brothers will hinder that, but I shall not mind it, and so you will have to assist in the case." Then Skeggi said: "Sigrr will not allow herself to be beguiled by you, and you are much conceited to think you can get her so dishonourably, and this will be to your shame, for a heavier load has Thrr overturned, when he and his brothers killed King Sigurr "Slefa," the son of Gunnhildr." Ormr said: "That will take its own course; I shall chance it, if you will not woo her on my behalf." Skeggi answered: "Rather will I undertake this task than some difficulties should be caused by it; and I feel sure you will be discontented whatever the answer may be." Eir got to know this, as he was on a visit at his father's at Reykir. Skeggi and Eir (father and son) send a word to Thrr, asking him to come to Reykir. Thrr went, and his brothers with him. Skeggi greets Thrr gladly. He received his greeting well, and asked, what was the meaning of his sending for him. Skeggi says: "That his kinsman, Ormr, wished to marry his sister Sigrr." Thrr says: "This is a strange negotiation on your part, for it seems to me that your kinsman, Ormr, is more possessed of wrath and foolishness than of luck, and it is not unlikely that it will soon be found to be so; or does he not know that the woman is betrothed to his brother?" Skeggi said: "Ormr is not at home, he has gone to the ship in Langidalr." Eir said: "That would I, my foster-father, that you could come to some terms for the sake of my father's pleading." "So it shall be as you wish," said Thrr; "I will come to terms on account of your asking and the pleading of Skeggi; but none should I have come to if Ormr himself had wooed the woman." "This answer will I give you, Skeggi, as regards this case, that I shall break nothing which I have promised sbjrn. I will that Ormr go abroad this summer and stay for two winters, but that he may expect to get the match if sbjrn did not return." Skeggi thought the answer very good, and they had witnesses as to this transaction. Thrr and Eir rode home to s. Sigrr gave little heed to this. Now, time passed until Ormr came home after having prepared his ship for sailing. Ormr asked what the result was with regard to the wooing of the woman. Skeggi told him all. Ormr thought that Skeggi had pushed this matter very lightly. Skeggi asked him to value the transaction as he pleased. Ormr requested him to have no thanks for the result, and became very angry; he said he should never care whether Thrr liked it well or not, and that she should be his mistress. Skeggi said that he was a wonderfully unwise man to talk in such way. Ormr had not been at home for a few nights before he went to s, and began conversing with Sigrr. She asked him not to do it, and said Thrr would not care for it, adding: "You will soon find the mistake out if you do not stop it." Ormr said that in no way should he be unprepared against Thrr, whatsoever they might try. She said: "You will find that out, if you frequent your visits hither; you must also expect, that I shall pay no attention to it as long as I hear nothing of your brother

sbjrn." They broke off the conversation. Thrr was building a boat down by the mouth of the river, which he intended to send to the Strands for fish, and he was going with the boat himself. Ormr came for three successive days to s, and then Thrr spoke to him, saying: "I request you, Ormr, not to frequent your visits hither to my dislike or to my sister's disgrace." To this Ormr gave a crossgrained answer, saying, that hitherto he had taken his own counsel as to his joumeyings despite of any man; and said he rather thought that so this time too the matter would have to stand. Thrr said that they would not be likely both to stand upright, if he came there for the fourth time. Ormr left off his visits for several nights. Now Thrr went on busying himself about his boat, and, when he had done, one morning, as the weather was fine, he proposed to have sail out of the river. At s, one of the handmaids, going into the house, said that now the weather was good for the washing of linen. Now Sigrr was wont to wash her linen in the rivulet that passed the enclosure of s, and now took her linen there in company with the handmaid. This morning Ormr had an inkling of Thrr's intention to sail away, and bade his horse be fetched without Skeggi's knowledge; whereupon he took his weapons and rode to s, and went to the very dean where Sigrr was. He got off his horse and tied it up, laid aside his weapons, and went to Sigrr, setting her down beside him, laying his head in her lap, and putting her hands round his head. She asked how he could take into his head to do such a thing as this?" For this is altogether against my will; or mindest thou not the last words of threats of my brother's, which he will be only too sure to keep, so you had better see to your affairs." He answers: "I am not going to be frightened at your wraiths." Now, when Ormr came into the dean, the handmaiden started off down to the ferry, and told Thrr that Ormr had come to Sigrr in the dean. Thrr bestirred himself quickly, and took his sword and his shield, and ran up to the dean, where Ormr still lay in the lap of Sigrr. Thrr sprang at Ormr, and said: "Stand up, thou, and defend thyself; that is a manlier deed than to crouch up to women, and to sneak behind me." Ormr started up and stretched for his sword, and in the same moment Thrr hewed at Ormr, and through his right arm. Then Ormr drew his sword, and, as he started about, his right leg broke, whereupon Thrr hewed the head of Ormr, and went home to s, and there declared the manslaughter to have been done by his hand. Sigrr bade her brother Thrr save himself. He smiled at her word and said: "I shall go nowhere away, for I know no roads whereby to go; I shall send a messenger to Reykir, to tell Skeggi of the manslaughter of Ormr." She answers: "What a strange man thou art, brother, for surely Skeggi will speedily come here with many men to revenge his brother, and, stalwarth as thou art, thou hast no might to withstand him in such a strife." Thrr said that he did not care for that. Thereupon he found his shepherd, and bade him go to Reykir and tell Skeggi of the manslaughter. He said he was unwilling to do so, but that he would go if he wished it. "Tell Skeggi also that he must have his fool removed." The youth went as he was ordered, and told Skeggi of the manslaughter of Ormr, his kinsman. Skeggi became very angry. The youth said: "Thrr asked me to tell you that you must have your fool removed." Now Skeggi gathers men together, and rides to s. But Thrr was at home with nine men, and when he sees Skeggi advancing, he prepares himself for defence. His two brothers were there, and all the men were well armed. Thrr says that in no way will he give way to Skeggi, adding, that now it would be well they tried their strength. It is to be said that this morning Eir had gone to his stud-horses in Linak-radalr; these Thrr had given him. And when he heard of the murder of Ormr, he hurried home to s in order to be there before his father; and so he was. But when he came home he saw their preparations, took his weapons, and joined the party of Thrr, his foster-father. Thrr said: "I did not wish that you were at this meeting, for I shall no more spare your father than any one else if he should make an attack." Eir said: "By you shall I stand, my foster-father, whatever may happen, for the same fate shall be shared by us; thus I thought, when you saved my life, that I should unite yours with mine." Thrr said: "Then you will assist me best when I need it mostly." When they had conversed together, then Skeggi came with many men. Skeggi was most wroth; and when he saw his son Eir one of Thrr's party, he stopped his men. Thrr accosted Skeggi, and bade him attack, saying: "For now I am quite ready to hew the ox, though it be fat, as it is getting rather old." Then said Skeggi: "I shall not attack, for I will not fight against Eir, but you will be the cause of many crimes." Thrr said: "I think it is more because of fright than mercy, if you do not attack." Skeggi answered nought, and rode away home. Ormr was buried in a how in Mifjararnes.

Chapter 6

Now we have to name more men in the Saga. Thorvaldr hight a man; he was a good farmer, and lived in Langidalr at a farm called Engihl: he was a good leech, had two sons, one named Einarr, the other Bjarni. Indrii hight a man, a comrade of Ormr; he was a great man, a better fighter than any other person, but a most noble fellow. He had come to Iceland and landed in Kolbeinsrs. When this happened he was ready for sailing. ssurr hight a man, who dwelt in Skagafjrr, at a farm called Grund; his father was Arngrimr and his mother Jorunn, who was sister to Mifjarar-Skeggi. ssurr was a great chief, for he had a "goor" at the upper part of Skagafjrr, which reached towards the one of the sons of Hjalti. ssurr was overbearing, disliked, bigger and stronger than most men, faithless and guileful. Thormr hight a man, who lived at Miklibr in slandshl; his wife was lf, a fine woman and a most noble character. Thrhallr was immensely rich; a champion he was never called, but rather a coward, and altogether a most mean man; he was boasting, and the greatest bragger, and thought he knew the best advice for everything. His wife lf was the daughter of Hrolleifr, who was the one who took possession of Hrolleifsdalr, situate above Slttahl. She was superior to them in every respect, and had been given to him in marriage for his wealth's sake. She was young, but Thrhallr getting old. lf was also a good leech. Klfr hight a man in Hjaltadalr, who dwelt at Klfastair; he was a good man of great consideration.

Chapter 7

Now we take up the story again at s, after Skeggi had had his kinsman, Ormr, buried. He sends a man north to Indrii, the fellow of Ormr, to tell him about the manslaughter, and asks him to prepare himself for a journey from the north, if he intends trying to revenge his comrade, for he had sworn brotherhood with Ormr ere they went to Iceland. Indrii made himself ready at once, and took his weapons. He had a helm and a red shield, a great barbed spear, and girt with a sharp sword. With him went two Eastmen and two Icelanders. Indrii rode from the ship as soon as he was ready. Now we begin the story again when Thrr and Skeggi parted at s. Eir said then to Thrr: "I do wish, my foster-father, that you would ride out of the district at present, but I will look after your farm while you are away." Thrr said: "You shall have your way, but I do not care much for leaving my dwelling-place." "So it must be at present," said Eir, "for ill do I know my father's contest, if he allow you to dwell so close to him for some time to come." Then Thrr prepared himself from home; he took his weapons with him, shield, helm, sword, and spear. His brothers made themselves ready for the journey with him. "This I will not," said Thrr, "for I wish not to lead you into any difficulties with me, as you have had no share in the murders with me; stay, therefore, here with my foster-son, until you hear some further news." Then he mounted his horse, and bade all his people a farewell. Thereupon he rode up the mountain-ridge towards Linakradalr with one man as guide. He did not halt until he came to the farm Engihl, in Langidalr, late in the evening; he had a mask over the helm, and thus disguised himself. The sons of Thorvaldr thought they knew him, and told their father. "And if it be he, it means some news, that he goes disguised through the district." The farmer asked the great man his name, who said it was Thrr. "And art thou Thrr Terror?" He says: "So you may call me, if you like; I am the man." The farmer said: "What is the meaning of your journey?" Thrr told him of the manslaughter of Ormr, and all the circumstances connected therewith. Thorvaldr said: "Great tidings do you bring: the manslaughter of Ormr, the kinsman of Skeggi, and many will the kinsmen be, who will make a common cause with Skeggi for a redress; but whither art thou riding now?" Thrr said: "First I intend going north to a ship, which is at the mouth of the river Kolbeins, whatever may then take place." Thorvaldr offered him his son Einarr as guide, as the way was unknown to Thrr. Einarr was to guide him north over Vatnsskar to a place,

where the roads divided. Thrr thanked him, drew a gold ring off his hand and gave to Thorvaldr. The good man thanked him for the gift, and asked him to call on him, if he would. "My mind tells me that during this journey you will be tried as to your skill in arms and your valour; you may expect that ssurr, the kinsman of Ormr, will waylay you, when he gets to know, for he is a great chief and an overbearing man." Thrr said: "What the fate had destined would have to come to pass; but unless the tokens of my family fetches are greatly at fault, I am minded to think that some of Ormr's kinsmen may have to lose their life at my hand, or ever my nose has done breathing; well do you act, my good man, and have my thanks, but I will accept your friendship, should I ever be in need." Then Thrr rode away and Einarr with him; Thrr and Thorvaldr parted in good friendship; and now they went up Langi-dalr and north towards Vatnsskar; when they came out of the pass they disagreed as to the road. Thrr would ride over Grindarhlar, and he had his own will; they ride to Arnarstapi, and baited there. Thrr said he was sleepy, and that some fetches of enemies were pursuing him.

Now we come to the story when Indrii heard of the murder of his comrade, Ormr. He rode from the ship and four men with him, two were Norse-men; was the one hight Sigurr, the other Thorgrimr, but both most brave fellows. The other two were Icelanders; the one hight Brr, the other Thorfinnr. They were both great and strong, and were all well armed. They took the usual road from Skagafjrr up to the Vatnsskar this same day that Thrr rode through the pass. Thrr and his guide now saw where five men rode with weapons. Thrr asked his guide if he knew any of them. He said: "Much am I mistaken if that is not Indrii master, the foster-brother of Ormr, with the red shield and a great barbed spear in his hand." Thrr answers: "May be that Indrii wants to meet me, but what help can I expect from you?" He said: "I am not a fighting man, and I cannot stand to see human blood, but it is very bad should you lose your life through them." Thrr said, that it was uncertain who that night would be the commander over Indrii's ship. Thereupon Thrr prepared himself for defence, but said it was a great drawback that his guide was so fainthearted. Now when they met, Indrii inquired what delayed Ormr. Thrr spake, and said that Ormr had bought for himself property in Mifjrrnes. Then he told him the manslaughter --" And avenge him now, for thou wilt not have a better chance of me again than thou hast now." Said Indrii: "Let it be so then." Whereupon they all set on Thrr. Sigurr the Eastman aimed a thrust at him with a spear, which, striking the shield, glanced off it down into the ground. He stooped after the thrust, and Thrr, seeing that, dealt him a blow, which striking Sigurr amidmost cut him in twain above the hips. At this nick of time Thorfinnr dealt a blow at Thrr and struck the shield and chopped a large slice thereof. Thrr hewed at the leg of Thorfinnr above the knee, and forthwith cut it off. Then he challenged Indrii to make a brisker onset of it, "if thou hast a will to avenge thy comrade." Indrii made a leap at Thrr and made an eager onslaught on him, and long they fought, and the end of it was, that Indrii fell before Thrr, all slit up with yawning wounds. Then leapt Thrr upon the companions of Indrii, and after an assault at arms, brief and swift, Thrr finished by slaughtering both. After this he sat him down, and bound up his wounds, for many a one he had got and great. He then went up to Indrii, and asked if he stood to healing. He answered: "Belike, if leeches be fetched." Then Thrr took hold of Indrii, pulled him out of his blood and put him on his nag. Whereupon he mounted his own horse and rode west into Bolstaahl and there gave out what had befallen, and rode on with Indrii unto Engihl. Thorvaldr gave a good welcome to Thrr, and offered him every cheer that he would accept, and asked him for tidings. He told him of the fight at Arnarstapi and the death of five men. "But therefore have I here come, that I wish that you would heal Indrii, for never was there a braver man." Thorvaldr said that was no more than his duty. He received Indrii, made him a tub-bath, and cleansed his wounds, none of which, however, were deadly. Thorvaldr offered to cure Thrr, but he would not, and said: "I am going to the north, whatever may befall me." Indrii said: "Now have I, as you know, tried to avenge Ormr's manslaughter upon Thrr, but thus it turned out that four of my companions fell before him, and I myself deadly wounded, and the result of my fight with Thrr ended as might be expected, for he is not like any one as regards skill in arms. But now it is my counsel, Thrr, that you ride north to my ship and wait me there. Olf is the name of the mistress at Miklibr; she is a great lady and one of the best of leeches; ask her to receive you, until I come to the north, and she will heal your wounds. ssurr hight a good man, who lives at ver in Skagafjrr; he is a kinsman of Ormr, whom you slew, and will be sure to waylay you." Thrr bade him have his thanks for his good advice. "But I shall go my way in spite of ssurr, as I have determined." After this Thrr rode northward through the pass to Skagafjrr and straight to the ship. He came to Miklibr in the evening, found the good man, who asked him his name. Thrr gave it him. Thor-hallr said: "Often have I heard you mentioned, but what is the reason for coming here?" Thrr told him of the meeting with Indrii, and of the manslaughters.

Thrhallr said that he was a great hero: "But so it seems to me as if you are severely wounded." Thrr said the wounds were of very little consequence, but that he only had some few scratches. At this moment the good wife came out and said: "Who is this great man just come?" Thrr gave his name. She said she had often heard him talked of, bade him dismount, and dwell there for the night. Thrr thanked the good woman. Thrhallr said: "Dangerous seems it to me to receive this man, who has been implicated in so many slaughters, is himself greatly wounded, and needs cure; there are also great men who will pursue him and avenge Ormr; and I think that he who renders him any help neither will take care of his goods nor life." Then says the mistress: "In this matter we do not think one way; I think that one who helps him will get the best of it; I therefore invite you, Thrr, to stay here as long as you like; I will bind up your wounds and heal you, if it be possible." Thrr thanked her, and said he would accept the offer, if her goodman would consent thereto. Thrhallr said, once more, "As you are wont, you will have your own way; I will promise Thrr to be faithful to him in all things, but I must hold my tongue as to his dwelling here." Then Thrr dismounted, and the good wife took him to an outhouse, while the good man unsaddled his horse. The good woman laid out a table before Thrr, and he commenced his meal. After that she made him a tub-bath, and cleansed his wounds, which were both many and great. Thrr dwelt at Miklibr in concealment until he was healed from all his wounds. Then Thrr spoke to the good man Thrhallr and his mistress: "It has now come to this, that I am healed from all my wounds, and I will no longer keep disguised, or be here longer than you wish." The mistress said: "It is my will that you be here until this case in one way or another is settled." Thrhallr said: "This I will, that Thrr be here this winter; still I have been told that ssurr at ver intends having his revenge upon you." Thrr said: "I do not mind that, but uncertain it is which of us two would be the one to lay the stone over the other's head." One day rode Thrr to the ship, which lay out by Elinarholmr, and at the same time Indrii came there. The sailors had made the ship ready whilst Indrii was at Engihl. Indrii invited Thrr to go with him abroad, but said he could not take him to Norway because of Ormr's kinsmen, who were both mighty and rich; "but I have come to terms on your behalf as to all the manslaughters done at our meeting, for I have paid weregild out of my money." Thrr thanked him for all this, and drew a gold ring off his hand and gave him; but he did not think he would go abroad for the present. After this they parted friendly. Indrii went abroad, and is now out of the Saga. Thrr rode to Miklibr. Thrhallr received him very well, and said: "Glad am I you did not go abroad; you have dwelt here now for some time, and I like you well; I know also that my wife wishes that you dwell here as long as you like; I am without children, and it is well to make such men one's friends, and help them with money, even if there should be a flaw in their affairs. I am neither in want of courage, nor of intellect to give good counsel if ssurr should commence hostility against you." Thrr was pleased with this; but then said the wife: "I do not wish, Thrr, that you should put much faith in Thrhallr's wisdom or help, but I think it would be well that you would try for once his courage should you need it." Thrr dwells with Thrhallr during the winter.

Chapter 8

Ketill hight a farmer, who lived within sland; he had given Thrr a good horse called Svigrmr, after which Svigrmshlar have taken their name. The farmer Klfr, at Klfstair, invited Thrr and Thrhallr to a Yule feast, and Thrr accepted the invitation, but before they rode from home, the housewife said to Thrr: "I wish you to be cautious, for ssurr at ver is waylaying you; he has made a vow to avenge his kinsman Ormr." Then said Thrhallr: "Rely you may upon this, my goodwife, that we are not lost, neither for good plans nor valour, even if we have to try, although there is some difference in strength, and not a very small one either." The housewife said: "May your self-praise never thrive; and I advise you, Thrr, that you do not trust to the valour of Thrhallr." Thrr says: "He will prove himself good." Thereupon they rode to Klfstair and were received well; the Yule feast was a good one. Now it is to be said about ssurr of ver, that he keeps spies for the purpose of finding out about Thrr's journey, when he be likely to leave after the Yule feast. He gathers together men, and on the night before the last day in Yule he rides to Hjaltadalr, and eighteen men with him; he halted near the farm of Vivik in a small dale called Garshvammr. Early in the morning after Yule, Thrr bade his men prepare themselves for returning home, and said, that many things had passed before him during the night. Goodman Klfr asked, what he had dreamt. "I dreamt," he says, "that we comrades were riding up Hjaltadalr; and when we came nigh Vivik, there sprang up before us eighteen wolves; one of them was the biggest and ran at me with open mouth, and attacked me and my men; methought they bit my men to death, but I thought that I killed many of the wolves, and the biggest one I thought I wounded, and then I woke." Farmer Klfr thought this signified hostilities, and said: "This means evil-minded men," and bade him stay the day over, and let spies go down to Vivik. Thrr would not. "Then I will," said Klfr, "give you some more men to increase your company.'" Thrr said: "Never shall it get abroad that Thrr 'Terror' is frightened at mere dreams and increases his company because that he, for this reason, dare not go through the county." They now rode from Klfstair, seven altogether, Thrr and Thrhallr and five men-servants. The farmer Klfr gave Thrr one of his house-carls for accompanying him; his name was Hallr, and a strong man he was. Eyvindr hight a man, who lived at s in Hjaltadalr; he had been at Klfstair during Yule; he had given Thrr a spear inlaid with gold, and promised him his assistance whenever he was in want of men. Eyvindr went with Thrr; they went down the dale, and not very far, before a man met them; this man had been sent by Klfr to spy, and he informed them, that no fewer than eighteen men were waylaying them down in Garshvammr. Thrhallr asked who they were. He said that ssurr of ver was the leader. Thrr said, that here was an opportunity to try men's alacrity and skill in arms. Thrhallr said: "It is not wise to go and meet them with so many odds against us, but I will give you my counsel." "And what may that be?" says Thrr. Thrhallr says: "Let us turn here over to the tongue, thence into Kolbeinsdalr and then home, that they may not become aware of us." Thrr says: "Small odds against us it seems to me, if they are eighteen and we nine; I know, that often have men fared well against such odds; and not would my kinsman Hra-Kri have fled, even had it been more odds, and so much methinks I take after him, and other noble kinsmen of mine, as not to run away before we have tried. Now will I go and meet ssurr, whatever may happen, but thou, Thrhallr, shalt not be at this meeting; I will not reward your wife or yourself for your well-doing by having you in any life's danger." Thrhallr bade him have his own way, but said: "My enemies will say that I leave you unmanfully." Thrr also requested Eyvindr to ride home, but he said: "Badly should I keep comradeship with a brave fellow as you, if I were to run away from you at the moment you need me most; it shall never come to pass that such shame had befallen me." Thereupon they go to the place from where they could see ssurr sit in ambush. Thrr said: "Let us turn up the slope yonder nigh by; there is a good stronghold." They did so, and broke up some stones there. When ssurr and his men saw this, they ran up the slope. Thrr asked: "Who are these that behave so hostile?" ssurr gave his name and said: "Is it Thrr Terror standing there on the hill?" He answered: "That is the man, and the best for you to do is to avenge your kinsman Ormr, if there be any valour in you, for you have got odds enough against us." ssurr bade his men attack. There was a hard fight. Thrr soon did for one of them. Thrr and his men let stones fly at ssurr's men thick and fast, but they defended themselves with shields. Some of ssurr's men fell while the stones lasted. Thereupon Thrr and his men ran down the slope and then commenced the slaughter. A man named rn hewed at Thrr while he turned his face, and hit him on the leg, for a man attacked him in the front; his name was Hafthorr, a kinsman of ssurr. But when Thrr received the blow, he turned round, and with one hand struck the other man with his sword in the middle, and split him in twain. The second blow he dealt Hafthrr, which hit him in the shoulder and cut the arm from his side, and he fell dead to the ground. Now Thrr had killed three men, and when ssurr saw this, he bade his men advance. He, with five men, attacked Thrr, and the others Thrr's men. But the result of this fight was, that Thrr killed six men, and wounded ssurr so severely, that he was unable to fight. Of ssurr's men fell nine, and five of Thrr's. After the fight Thrr went up to ssurr and dragged him out of the blood, and covered him with a shield, so that ravens should not tear him, for he could in no way help himself. All ssurr's men fled. Thrr's men were not able to pursue them, for none escaped unwounded from this meeting. Thrr offered ssurr to have him cured, but ssurr said: "You need not offer me cure, for as soon as I have an opportunity I shall kill you."

Thrr said he did not care for that, and sent Thrhallr over to s to Thorgrimr, who lived there, with a message that he wished him to come and fetch ssurr and heal him. He did so, and brought him home; he was long laid up of his wounds, but at length became healed. Cairns were made over the bodies of the men who fell. After the meeting at Garshvammr, Thrr went home with Thrhallr; he had received many wounds, but none deadly. lf asked Thrr about the meeting, and he told her all what had passed. She said: "These are great tidings;" she healed Thrr; but the winter passed over without any tidings of importance.

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In the spring Thrr rode up into the district, for a farmer, by name of Thorgrimr, had sent him word to build up his hall, as Thrr was the most handy of men. Thorgrimr dwelt at Flatatunga; that farm is in the upper part of Skagafjrr. Thrr was busy building the hall during summer, and, when he had nearly finished, a ship from the ocean arrived at Gasir in Eyjafjrr. Thrr said to the good man that he would ride to the ship and buy the timber that he thought was most needed. The farmer bade him have his own way, and gave him three house-carls to bring home the timber. Thereupon they went northwards, and stayed at the market as long as they wanted, and brought from the north timber on many horses. Thrr rode with them and was fully armed. He had a helm, a shield, was girt with a sword and the good spear. They went over Hrgrdalr-heii down Norrrdalr, then over the river above the farm Egils, and down the banks. Then they see twelve men start up before them with weapons. These were ssurr and his men of ver. Thrr at once jumped off his horse and put his shield before him. His companions immediately show much bravery, dismount, and draw their swords. Thrr bade them not place themselves in any life's danger. They said that he who stood by should never thrive while he wanted men. Then said Thrr to ssurr: "You have not left off yet to lie in wait for me; I thought our last meeting was memorable enough, but you will not fare any better than last time before we part." ssurr answered: "I told you I should never be faithful to you, if my life were spared, and this vow I shall fulfil. Let us now attack him, and avail ourselves of our greater strength." Thrr says: "Yet have I not given up all hope. It seems to me uncertain what you could do, even if I be by myself, but more uncertain now that these men follow me." Then Thrr ran forth against ssurr and thrust his spear through the man who stood foremost. Thrr said: "There is one gone, and not unlikely another will follow." ssurr with six men now attack Thrr; but four of ssurr's followers assailed the companions of Thrr, resulting in the falling of them all. But with regard to the fight between Thrr and ssurr, there is to be said, that Thrr killed four of ssurr's men, and inflicted upon ssurr himself many wounds. Now we come to where the herdsman of the good man Thorgrimr sees the fight from the hill, and thinks he knows who the men are; he is also aware that Thrr wants men; he runs, therefore, home to Flatatunga and tells the good man of the strife, and asks him to hasten to help Thrr. The good man started off quickly, and rode up the banks with nine men. When ssurr sees the men coming, he hastens to his horse, mounts it with great difficulty, and rides away as fast as he can, until he comes to ver, much dissatisfied with his journey. He had lost his men, and was himself much wounded The three men of Thrr who fell were buried on the banks where the fight took place. Thorgrimr, the farmer, asked Thrr what news there was; and Thrr told him. Thrr now dwelt at Flatatunga and finished the building of the hall, which was a wonderfully strong house. (This hall stood until the time that Bishop Egill was at Holar, 1331-41.) And when Thrr was going away, Thorgrimr, the farmer, accompanied him with nine men, and they all rode down Skagafjrr. When ssurr saw them, he thought he had not strength enough to follow them. They continue their journey until they come to Miklibr in slands-hl. Thrhallr received him well, but the good wife better. Thorgrimr rode home, and he and Thrr parted good friends. Thrr became very famous all over the country. This heard Mifjarar-Skeggi, and pretended not to know what was going on between his kinsman ssurr and Thrr.

Now Thrr sat at rest nearly to Yule. It so happened that, one morning before Yule, Thrr wished to go and see his horse, Svigrmr, a-grazing in the walks with four mares. Thrhallr asked Thrr to wait, and rather go three nights later, "when I want to bring hay from my stack-yards." Thrr bade him have his own way; "but I shall not be taken by surprise even if it comes to an encounter." Thrhallr answered: "Nay, to some odds we should not give in." Thrr smiled at his words, and said: "So it would be, if you stood by my side." The housewife said: "May your self-praise never thrive; I thought Thrr received little assistance from you at the last encounter you had, and badly is that woman married who has got you for a husband, for you are as boastful as you are faint-hearted." Thrr said: "That is not so; Thrhallr is not a man of dash; he is wary, but let it come to a trial, and he will show himself the smartest of warriors." Says Thrhallr: "You need not, my good wife, be so hard spoken, for I do not intend to draw back for one, if we are equally well armed." They now left off their conversation. During their talk a vagrant was present; he took to his heels, and came in the evening to ver. ssurr asked him for tidings. He says he has no news to tell. "But at Miklibr in slandshl slept I last night." ssurr said: "What was the hero, Thrr the Terror, doing?" The boy said: "Certainly can you call him a hero, considering how disgracefully you have fared before him; but nothing did I see him do, except to rivet the clinch of his sword. But this I heard Thrhallr say, that they intended fetching hay from the stack-yards within three nights." ssurr says: "How many men are they likely to muster?" The boy answers: "No more than Thrr, and Eyvindr, and Thrhallr." "Well do you say, my boy," says ssurr. Thereupon he got twelve men to follow him, and they

all rode to slandshl. This same morning Thrr, Eyvindr, and Thrhallr rode from home. Thrr asked Eyvindr to take his weapons with him, and said: "That would not be in vain." He did so. They rode out to Svigrmshlar. Then said Thrr: "My wish is, Thrhallr, that you stay here behind; but Eyvindr and I will go to look for the horses upon the hill." Thrhallr bade him have his own way. They went up the hill, which in many places was covered with hard snow. ssurr with his twelve men came up to the stack-yard, and made a ring around Thrhallr, drawing their weapons, and bade the rascal tell where Thrr was. Thrhallr was awfully frightened, and sank down by the wall, and said that Thrr had gone up the slope with another man. ssurr said: "Bad to have a thrall for a bosom-friend," and struck him with the back of his axe, so that he lay in a swoon. Then said Thrr to Eyvindr: "There are men coming from down below up the hill, and I know them well. It is ssurr who is there, and once more wants to fight me. Now we will try to get to Skeggjahamar, and thence to Svigrmshlar, where there is a good stand." Eyvindr answers: "Easy it is to get upon the crag;" and so up they got; but in the same moment ssurr and his men came up to the rock Thrr goes right out to the edge of the crag. A mass of snow lay on it, and right down to the bottom, and it was awfully steep. It was the greatest danger possible to go down; but they put their spears between their legs, and thus slid right down all the way on to Svigrmshlar. ssurr and his men soon were there. Thrr said: "Much eagerness do you display in trying to have my life, ssurr; it would not be a bad job if you did suffer for it, nor shall we both of us go away from this meeting alive." ssurr said that it was just what he had intended, that Thrr should not escape any longer. Thereupon they attacked Thrr and Eyvindr. Thrr threw a spear at ssurr, but one of his men in the same moment ran before him, and the spear flew right through him. One man hewed at Thrr, but he put up his shield, and the blow hit it, so he was not wounded. Thrr smote at this man, and dealt him a death-blow. He struck another, the blow came on the neck, and the sword ran down into the breast, and he fell dead to the ground. The third he pierced through with his sword, and Eyvindr killed the fourth. ssurr now made an attack with great vehemence, and again fell two of his men, but Eyvindr also became wounded. He was much exhausted through the loss of blood, and sat himself down, and was very weary. Then six men attacked Thrr, but in such way did he defend himself that no one was able to inflict a wound upon him. Then Thrr said to ssurr: "Difficult seems the attack for six men, and certainly I should not wish to be called these men's foreman, and use them only as a shield to-day; now you ought rather to make an attack and avenge your kinsman Ormr, and all the disasters you have met with at my hands." ssurr now became exceedingly enraged at the whole affair, both because of Thrr's provoking language as well as on account of the hatred he bore him. He now runs up to him, and hews with both hands at Thrr. The sword hit the shield, and took a good slice off it. At the same moment Thrr hewed at ssurr, and the blow struck him below the left armpit, slicing the flesh along the spine so as, at last, to sever it from the ribs, whereupon the sword flew into the hollow of the body, and ssurr fell dead down on the spot. ssurr's companions, who were alive, ran away, and related the manslaughter of ssurr. Thrr had Eyvindr brought home; he was much wounded, and was laid up for a long time, but was healed at last. A cairn was cast up over ssurr. Thrr narrated at Miklibr the manslaughter of ssurr.

Olf was much displeased with Thrhallr for having told where Thrr was, and so much so, that she for this reason was almost going to be separated from him. Thrr laid himself out to smooth matters between them, and said it was not to be wondered at that he should try to save his life, since from ssurr there was nothing but evil to be looked for. So time wore away past Yule tide, that no tidings came to pass, and Thrr kept quiet at home.

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Now it is to be told that Mifjarar-Skeggi heard from the north the news of the fall of his kinsman ssurr, and thought that Thrr had dealt a blow close enough to him, and filled with a mighty wrath against him, though he let it out to no man, because he did not desire that his son Eir, or the brothers of Thrr, should have any misgivings as to what he was about until he should come forward openly. Secretly he had twelve of his horses stabled, with a view to riding at Thrr after Yule. And secretly he rode away from his home at Reykir with a band of twelve men; and riding north through Vatnsskar and down through Hegranes, and out along the country-side, they arrived, shortly before dawn of day, at Miklibr. The moon shone bright. They rapped hard at the door, and out there came a man, who asked who the new-comers might be. Skeggi told him who he was, and asked if Thrr the Terror were there. The man answered: "What wilt thou with him?" He answered: "Ask him whether he will abide the blows of Skfnungr outside or in." And when the message came in as to on what errand Skeggi had come there, Thrr stood up and seized his weapons. Then spake lf, the housewife: "Stand up, men, to arms, and defend ye a brave man, for here are many stalwarth fellows among you, and take care that Skeggi's journey hither come to a disgraceful close." Then answered Thrhallr: "I forbid every man of my household to join in an onset on Skeggi; let no one dare to cover my house with shame in thus dealing with a chieftain of another district." Answered the housewife: "Long enough did I know that at weapons you were as worthless, as in deed you have no heart in matters of manhood." Answered Thrr: "The head shall rule in the house, good wife," and went out to the door. Skeggi charged him to step forth, so as to have room to strike out. "I shall step out," said Thrr, "on condition that I may accompany you to the spot where I slew your kinsman

ssurr; for in that manner your memory may serve you as to what 'family blow' I have dealt you." Skeggi said: "Be sure that your biting words will stand thee in no stead, but I deem it well enough that on the spot the revenge be wrought." Thereupon went Thrr with them to the place where ssurr had been buried, and they walked round the cairn. Skeggi then drew his sword, Skfnungr, and said: "On this spot no one is justified to kill Thrr but me." Thrr drew his sword and said: "You cannot expect, Skeggi, that I shall stand quiet before your blows while I am unbound." At this moment eighteen men ran at them, all with drawn swords. Thither had come Eir, Eyjulfr, and Steingrmrr, the brothers of Thrr. Eir asked if Thrr were alive. Thrr said that death was not near him. They all dismounted. Eir offered his father two conditions to choose between -- either to make peace with Thrr, so that he might ride home to s, and stay there in quietness, or that he (Eir) should help his foster-father and fight for him. Skeggi says: "Long ago should I have killed Thrr, had I seen an opportunity, if I had not found that you value more, Eir, having been brought up by Thrr, than kinship with me." Eir said Thrr was deserving of it all, and that Thrr had not committed any murders but in self-defence, with the exception of the murder of Ormr, and that was excusable. Skeggi answered: "It seems most likely that you will have your own way, for I should not fight against you." After this, Skeggi rides to Miklibr in the night, walks in with drawn sword to Thrhallr's bedstead, and bade the housewife to get up, and said that she had too long submitted to this dastard. She did so, but asked that Thrhallr might be spared. He said that this rascal had lived long enough. Thereupon he took him by the hair, dragged him to the bedside, hewed his head off, and said: "Sooner by a great deal would I sheath Skfnungr in thine than Thrr's blood, for in him to lose his life there would be a great loss, but in thee there is none at all, and now I have atoned Skf-nungr for being drawn." Skeggi rode now away home to Reykir, and was by no means pleased with his journey. Thrr and Eir arrived at Mik-libr just at the time Skeggi was riding away. lf told them of the murder of Thrhallr. Eir said that less than this he could not have expected, for his father had been extremely wroth when they parted. Olf bade them stay there as long as they wished. Eir said that her offer was generous, and they stayed there for a week and rested their horses. Then they prepared themselves to go away. Thrr went to lf and said: "This I beg of you, that you do not marry again within two winters, if you hear I am alive, for you are the woman who would be likely to win my affection." She answered thus: "This I will promise you, for I do not expect a better offer of marriage than this." They now ride west to Mifjrr and home to s. Eyvindr went with Thrr, but left a man to manage his farm; because he would not leave Thrr while he was not reconciled as to his manslaughters. Now the winter passed over, and all was quiet.

Chapter 11

Now it is said, that a ship came across the ocean to Blndus; with it came sbjrn skipper, kinsman of Skeggi. Skeggi rides to the ship and bids sbjrn home with him. They went to Reykir eighteen together. sbjrn was not in good spirits during the winter. Thrr the Terror dwelt at home at s, and had many brave fellows with him, amongst them Eir with eight men. sbjrn had been but a short time at Reykir, when he told Skeggi what his intention was with regard to the affairs between him and Thrr, and said it was sad to have no atonement for the slaughter of his brother, Ormr, while he had strength enough for revenge. Skeggi said this was a difficult case: "because Eir is always on Thrr's side, and may not clearly see which side may prevail in end in the dealings I have on hand with the men of s," and so they dropped their talk. This very summer a ship arrived in White River in Borgarfjrr. Men rode to the market from the northern districts, both from Mifjrr and other places. Thrr the Terror rode to the ship with eleven men, all well armed. Both his brothers, Eyjulfr and Steingrmrr, were of the company. It was said that he intended to ride up along the Borgarfjrr on his errands, but from the south over Arnarvatnsheii. Skeggi heard of this, and prepares himself secretly to start from home with seventeen men ; so that Eir did not know, intending to waylay Thrr on his return from the south. sbjrn was one amongst them. They ride north over the ridge to Viidalr, south of all habitations, then south over the heath, where the roads divide, and slants down towards Viidalr. A man went with Skeggi, hight Thorbjrn, and was called the Paltry; he lived on some land belonging to Skeggi, and had become his client; he was very wealthy, but he was so stingy, that he grudged using his wealth himself or giving it to others, and for this reason he was called "the Paltry." He had few people by him except his wife. Eir had gone out to Mifjararnes, to look after the house of a man named Thorbjrn, and who was called the Puny. He was the client of Thrr the Terror, and had gone with him; he possessed a quantity of live-stock of all kinds; he lived on the northern part of Mifjararnes, and his sheep went self-feeding about the woods. Thrr had as much of his money as he wished for. Eir dwelt there for a few nights, and then he rode home to s, and ascertained what was going on. He collected some men and rode with fourteen men south on to the heath after his father. Now there is to be said that Thrr was at the market as long as he wanted, and when he was ready, he rode up the Borgarfjrr, and north on to the heath so far, that he could see the ambush. Thrr said: "What men do you know here?" Eyjulfr says: "I do not know for certain, but I think most likely Skeggi." Thrr said: "Long do they persevere lying in wait for me, but although there is a vast difference in strength, yet they shall find resistance." They then rode against them with drawn swords. Skeggi then started up and said: "sbjrn, my kinsman, let us now attack them, and let them feel the superiority of our power, and avenge now your brother, Ormr." "So it shall be," says sbjrn. Thrr answered: "There is many a slip 'tween cup and lip."

They then attacked Thrr and his men. Thrr cast a spear at Skeggi and aimed it at his middle, but a man ran before him, hight Halldrr, who was a near kinsman of Skeggi. The spear hit him in the middle and went through him, and into the breast of another man, who stood behind him, and they both fell down dead. The third he struck on the neck with the sword in such a manner that the head flew off. Now the attack became the strongest. Thrr and Skeggi fought the best part of the day in such a way, that nothing was gained on either side. Eyjlfr and sbjrn fought furiously, and it could not be foreseen which of them would gain the victory; they inflicted on each other great wounds. Steingrmrr fought very boldly and killed four men. The fighting now changed thus, that Steingrmrr was against Skeggi; but Thrr with his men fought against Skeggi's, and killed five of them. The namesakes, Thorbjrn the Paltry and Thorbjrn the Puny fought one another with great vehemence, and the result was, that both fell dead. This very moment Eir burst forth with his fifteen men. Eir there and then dismounted, went between them, and parted them. Skeggi was very wroth, rode home to Reykir and sbjrn with him, but they were anything but pleased with their journey. sbjrn was laid up for a long time from his wounds, but at last was healed. Thrr and Eir rode home to s after the meeting. Thirteen of Skeggi's men fell in the fight, but seven of Thrr's. Now both parties kept quiet, and the winter wore on. It happened one day, that Eir rode to Reykir with nine men. His father received him well. Eir said that he wanted to make peace. Skeggi replied, that there was time enough for that, "and stay here for the rest of the winter." Eir said that so it should be. There was a great deal of coolness between Eir and sbjrn during the winter. Eir had a suspicion, from the talk of Skeggi and sbjrn, that they were seeking the life of Thrr, his foster-father: he therefore sent Thrr word, and told him to be on the look-out.

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It so happened once during the winter, that Eir became aware of his father riding from home secretly and going up the district; he felt sure that his father meant some great undertaking; he therefore rode after him with nine men. They met up by Krdksmelar. Skeggi asked Eir where he intended going. Eir says: "I was minded to fill your flock, my father." Says Skeggi: "Your intention is good, my kinsman, but I am going home, because I am unwell." "May be," said Eir, "but I will ride to Torfastair, for I have an errand there." Then they parted. sbjrn, and six men with him, had gone the same day to the baths. Now there is to be said about Thrr the Terror, that he woke up this same morning, and said to his brothers: "Thus my dreams have told me, that Mifjarar-Skeggi and sbjrn are seeking my life; I shall therefore leave home to-day, and cast about for some catch or another, if an opportunity should offer, for I will no longer have the two, sbjrn and Skeggi, over my head. Let us go seven together, my brothers and Eyvindr and three other men." Thereupon they take their weapons and ride to Reykir. sbjrn was going from the bath just that moment, and saw the men riding. sbjrn spoke to his men and said: "There goes Thrr the Terror, and seems unruly, and I suppose he wants me; let us therefore turn up on the hill and wait there." They did so. Now Thrr approached and commenced fighting at once; both fought most vigorously, for there was no difference in strength. Thrr became quickly a man-slayer. Three men fell there of sbjorn's men, but one of Thrr's. Then Thrr attacked sbjrn and inflicted several wounds upon him, and he was nearly unfit for fighting. At this very moment Skeggi appeared with his sword, Skfnungr, drawn; he said to sbjrn: "Why do you not flee, poor fellow?" sbjrn sat himself down, for he was much exhausted because of the loss of blood. Skeggi hewed at Thrr and hit him in the shoulder, inflicting on him a yawning wound. At the nick of time Eir came there with nine men; he ran at once between them, and said that they should not fight any longer: he said also that he should kill sbjrn, except that he alone was given permission to settle affairs. sbjrn said: "My errand to the country was, to fetch my betrothed; but when I heard of my brother's slaughter, I made the resolution to avenge him; but our fighting has become such, that I prefer peace with Thrr." Thrr answered: "I will grant my foster-son the honour of settling this case, but otherwise I do not care for any peace. The play might go on in the same way as it has gone before." The result, however, was, that they came to terms, and Eir was to decide as to all their charges and manslaughters. Thrr, Asbjrn, and Skeggi all of them joined hands. Thrr's hand swelled. Eir cut from the wound the flesh where the edge of the sword had touched. Now Eir summoned a district meeting. They were all present, Skeggi, sbjrn, and Thrr. Then Eir made the following agreement between them. "This is my verdict," said Eir, "that for the manslaughter of ssurr I make two hundred silvers; the third hundred will be dropped on account of the plot against Thrr's life and all other hostilities; all ssurr's men shall be unholy because of their attack on Thrr; but for the manslaughter of Ormr I make two hundred silvers, and for the wound my father inflicted upon Thrr I give a hundred silvers; thereupon shall sbjrn have Sigrr, as had been decided from the first, and Thrr shall have the wedding at his house. Here is also one hundred in silver, sbjrn, that I and my foster-father will give you as weregild for your kinsman." All thanked Eir; Skeggi was not much satisfied, but said that he should keep peace and truce. Thrr thanked his foster-son for his verdict; "but I will not have the hundred silvers, which you awarded me; Skeggi shall not pay this money, for neither would my father, Thrr, nor Hra-Kri, have taken a bribe for their body, therefore I shall not do so." This won great approbation, and

Thrr had great honour of his speech. Now Thrr prepared for the wedding, and invites many guests. And in the evening Ei'Sr showed the guests to their seats. Skeggi occupied the first high seat on the upper bench, and Thrr sat next to him; but opposite Skeggi, in the second high seat, sat sbjrn, the bridegroom, and next to him Eir. The bridesmaids occupied the cross-benches in the upper part of the hall. All were well entertained during the evening, and all seemed merry except Skeggi; he was rather frowning. In the evening the guests went to sleep, but in the morning went to the banquet as was customary. Skeggi was in an angry mood, and fell asleep at the table; he had put his sword, Skfnungr, at his back. Thrr was much displeased that Skeggi was so gloomy at the banquet; he therefore took the sword, Skfnungr, and drew it. Eir said: "This is useless, my foster-father." Thrr answers: "What has that to do with the case?" Eir says: "It is the nature of the sword, that something must be hewed with it each time it is drawn." Thrr says: "That shall be tried," and ran out, and said that it should gnaw horsebones, and hewed at a mare, which stood in the homefield. Eir said that it was sad that this had happened. Now Skeggi wakes, and misses both the sword and Thrr; he became wroth and ran out, and asked if Thrr had taken the sword. Eir says: "I am the cause of Thrr hewing the mare, because I told him the nature of the sword." Thrr said that he himself was the cause of it. Then Skeggi, very wroth, said: "I will now, that we try our strength." Thrr said, that he was quite ready. Eir and sbjrn went between, so they did not get near enough one another to have a fight. Then said Thrr: "As they do not wish, that we should try each other's strength, I consider it most proper that Skeggi alone should make the conditions of peace, if he thinks that any disgrace has been done him." Eir said: "This is a good offer, father, to take self-judgment from the hands of such a man as Thrr is." Skeggi accepted this offer, and awarded himself ten cows. Thrr said: "This shall be paid." Both parties were well satisfied, and parted in friendship.

Chapter 13

Shortly after the wedding, Thrr spoke to Eir, and said: "I do wish, my foster-son, that you would ride with me north to Miklibr, and woo Olf Hrolleif's daughter, on my behalf." Eir says: "My duty it is, my foster-father, to ride whithersoever you wish me." Thereupon they all ride from home, Thrr, and Eir, sbjrn, Eyjulfr, and Steingrmrr, until they come to Miklibr. They were well received there. In the morning Thrr told his errand, and wooed Olf. She willingly accepted the offer, and the bargain was soon concluded; there were witnesses as to the promise of marriage, and after that they rode home. The housewife, Olf, held the wedding at her place. Thrr bade Eir to the feast, as well as his brother-in-law sbjrn, and on their return presented them with fine gifts. In the spring Thrr commenced farming at Miklibr, but his brothers, Eyjulfr and Steingrmrr, lived at s, in Mifjrr. Thrr soon became a wealthy man through his skill in his craft.

A man is named Thorgils, who was a good farmer; he lived at Hrafhagili in Eyjafjrr. He sent Thrr word to come north to him, and build his hall. Thrr promised to go, and when he was ready, he rode from home and had one man with him; they went up Skagafjrr and north over xnadalsheii. About this time a ship came across the ocean and put in at Gsir in Eyjafjrr. On board this ship was a man hight Srli, and called Srli the Strong; he was the strongest of all men, and better fighter than any one; he was a fine man and well liked by everybody. He was an uncle of Ormr, whom Thrr slew, and of sbjrn. Srli gets himself horses, and intends riding west to Mifjrr, to his kinsmen. He had heard of the manslaughter of his kinsman Ormr; he rode from the ship with seventeen men up the xnadalr and over the heath to Lurkasteinn. This same day Thrr the Terror rode across the heath on to the hills above Lurkasteinn. He observed then where eighteen men made their appearance; he thought he knew who they were, and dismounted. They soon came nearer. Thrr greets them, and asks what the name of their chief is. He answered and said that his name was Srli. "Are you called Srli the Strong?" says Thrr. "You may call me so if you like," says Srli, "and who are you?" "I am hight Thrr," says he. "Are you Thrr the Terror, who slew my kinsman Ormr?" "That is the same man," says Thrr, "and you may avenge him if you like; I have not, however, prepared myself to meet you, for I did not know you had arrived in this country, and weregild have I paid for the manslaughter of your kinsman." Srli said: "Nothing have you paid me, but I shall not take advantage over you. All my men shall sit by, but we two will fight together; and should I fall, I forbid each one of my men to do you any harm." Thereupon they advanced towards one another, and fought very boldly. Thrr soon found that Srli was a great man because of his skill in arms, and he thought that a stronger man he had never met. They inflicted great wounds upon one another, but so it ended, that Srli fell dead to the ground, and Thrr was so exhausted that he could not help himself on to the horse, without being supported by his companions, and that was as much as they could do: they now rode down xnadalr to a farm called ver. There lived a good man by name of Einarr. He received Thrr well, and Thrr was laid up there for long time, but at last healed. Srli was buried in a cairn on the hill where the fight took place, and his death was thought a very great loss.

Chapter 14

Now there is to be said, that when Thrr had recovered from his wounds he rode to Hrafnagil and built there a hall in the summer, which is standing to the present day. He has also built the hall at Hfi in Hfahverfi. After this Thrr rode west through the counties, and came to terms with his brother-in-law sbjrn and Skeggi as to the manslaughter of Srli. Thereupon he rode north to his estate at Miklibr. sbjrn purchased Rakkaland in Mifjrr and dwelt there for three winters. He was very turbulent-minded, so much so that he could not stop there with his kinsmen; therefore he sold the land and went abroad, and took up his abode in Norway, and there increased his kin. Their married life turned out a happy one, and Sigrr was accounted of as the most notable of women, wherein, indeed, she took after her kin. Eir spent his life mostly in trading voyages, or as a henchman of noble lords, and was always held of great worth. But when tired of that kind of life, he settled down as a householder. In his advanced age, Skeggi went south to s in Borgar-fjrr to his son Eir, and remained there unto his death. He was laid in a how to the north of the "garth;" and still his bones may be seen in the "night-meal-beacon." Eir lived at s to a good old age, and he and his foster-father, Thrr, were always in the habit of visiting each other, and to exchange fair gifts, nor was there ever a flaw in their friendship as long as they lived. After his departure from Norway, Thrr never saw that country again, having been made an outlaw from it, together with his brothers, for the slaughter of King Sigurr, "Slefa," the son of Eric.

From Thrr a great family has descended, and many noble men both in Norway and Iceland. It is commonly said, that the prophecy of Thrr that in Mifjrr there would always be disturbances, has come true; for there folk have been always more quarrelsome than in other districts. Thrr himself died in his bed, and no more have we heard truthfully told of him, and so here cometh to an end the story of Thrr Hrea (the Terror).