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Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald

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THE STORY OF GUNNLAUG THE WORM TONGUE AND RAVEN THE SKALD.

Translated From The Icelandic By Eirikr Magnusson And William Morris

1875

[Transcriber's Note: Thought to be written in the 13th Century]

EVEN AS ARI THORGILSON THE LEARNED, THE PRIEST, HATH TOLD IT, WHO WAS THE MAN OF ALL ICELAND MOST LEARNED IN TALES OF THE LAND'S INHABITING AND IN LORE OF TIME AGONE .

CHAPTER I. Of Thorstein Egilson and his Kin.

There was a man called Thorstein, the son of Egil, the son of Skallagrim, the son of Kveldulf the Hersir of Norway. Asgerd was the mother of Thorstein; she was the daughter of Biorn Hold. Thorstein dwelt at Burg in Burg firth; he was rich of fee, and a great chief, a wise man, meek and of measure in all wise. He was nought of such wondrous growth and strength as his father Egil had been; yet was he a right mighty man, and much beloved of all folk.

Thorstein was goodly to look on, flaxen haired, and the best eyed of men; and so say men of lore that many of the kin of the Mere men, who are come of Egil, have been the goodliest folk; yet, for all that, this kindred have differed much herein, for it is said that some of them have been accounted the most ill favoured of men: but in that kin have been also many men of great prowess in many wise, such as Kiartan, the son of Olaf Peacock, and Slaying Bardi, and Skuli, the son of Thorstein... Continue reading book >>


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