Egill Skallagrímsson ( circa – circa) fu uno scaldo islandese e un grande anti-eroe della letteratura islandese. Alcune narrazioni dicono che uccise 20 o più uomini armati con una sola mano e che divenne berserker con relativa facilità . A dispetto di questo, fu considerato un guaritore, e la sua saga narra che lui. Many scholars attribute Egil’s Saga to medieval Iceland’s most famous writer, SNORRI Egill Skallagrímsson en un manuscrito del siglo XVII de la Saga de Egil. Esta saga es una de las obras maestras de la narrativa isalandesa medieval. Narra la vida del poeta, vikingo y campesino, y fue escrita hacia el año por el.

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Saga de Egil Skallagrimsson – Snorri Sturluson – Google Books

In the summer following they went back; and on their coming back in autumn they told their tidings that Bjorn was admitted to atonement in Norway. Thorolf answered that he would not take of the king compulsory terms or reconciliation. In the winter following earl Rognvald went the inner way by the Eid-sea southwards to the Firths.

Then Thorolf told Sigurd what had been the covenant between him and Bard before he died, and he declared also the orders of the king, how he would have all this hold good, and this he showed by the tokens.

Oleif accepted this, and moved thither his household, and set there his homestead by Warm-brook as it is called. But Thorolf was most comely as well as doughty, favoring his mother’s kin; very cheery was he, liberal, impetuous in everything, a good trader, winning the hearts of all men.

The steersman was named Thorir Thruma; he was a steward of king Harold’s, manager of his farm at Thruma, a large farm in which the king used to make a long stay when he was in Vik. Egil then went up to Bard and stabbed him to death with his sword. But when they were now far advanced over the main, Kveldulf’s sickness grew worse. Kari of Berdla then went north to king Harold at Throndheim, and became his man. The Icelandic Family Saga: I have thought well of you in everything.


Egill Skallagrímsson

Hallvard’s men had set up the tent skallagrimseon their ship, skallagrimsxon laid them down to sleep. Then will the same need be upon you as was upon us, to guard your wealth and liberty, and to try everyone from whom you may hope for aid. Briefly ye may say when ye meet your king that Kveldulf will sit at home during this rush to war, nor will he gather forces nor leave his home to fight with Harold Shockhead.

But in the following spring Skallagrim showed him to choice land south of White-river upwards from Grims-river to Flokadale-river. And many other friends of Aulvir went before the king and pleaded this cause.

Egil defiantly rode a horse to attend, and composed his first skaldic verse at age three. That ness they called Ship-ness. Guttorm had commanded the army in all battles which Harold had fought to bring the land under his sway. Grim asked Thorolf what Bjorn had in view. But if thou thinkest that thou hast prophetic foresight of this, that we shall get misfortune from this king, and that he will be our enemy, then why didst thou not go to battle against him with that king in whose service thou wert before?

Egil’s Saga – Icelandic Saga Database

Thus they coasted on southwards, and had no tidings of men till they came eastwards to Vik. He is eager to be on his way; be so good, O king, as to go and see it; for never have been seen such good gray furs.

Four brothers there skaloagrimsson in all; but Thord and Thorgeir, the two younger, were at home, and managed the estate. During that winter Sigurd died at Sandness, and Thorolf was heir to all his property; this was great wealth. But now I must own this, which is true, that you have heard truth about this match not being made with the agreement of Thorir, my wife’s brother.


The brothers Aulvir Hnuf and Eyvind Lambi remained awhile at Sandness and saw to the burial of the slain. Now will I, Eyvind, that thou go north to Halogaland.

Saga de Egil Skallagrimsson

The strength of the land is too little to need thy coming with an army, yet thou must not come hither again with few followers, for there are here many disloyal people. Bard Brynjolf’s son journeyed from home with a cutter and thirty men aboard northwards to Alost, and came to Sigurd at Sandness. But as he grew up it was soon seen that he would be ill-favoured, like his father, with black hair.

Sigtrygg and Hallvard were with him: They learnt that every river was full of fish. And in that time Iceland was found. Bjorn was a great traveller, sometimes on free-booting, sometimes on trading voyages. On the morrow Aulvir Hnuf went to his kinsman Thorolf; they talked together, Aulvir saying that Thorolf was much slandered, and the king gave ear to such tales. An island lay out opposite this, and a deep sound was between them: They waited for the flood-tide, and then took their ship up into a river-mouth; it is called Gufu-river.

King Harold proclaimed a general levy, and gathered a fleet, summoning his forces far and wide through the land.

She was sitting therein with many women.