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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Skallagrim was a good shipwright, and westwards of Myrar was no lack of driftwood. They received him gratefully, and he remained there for some time.

They brought thither a swift twenty-benched long-ship well manned, which they had before used in sea-roving. But when he came there, it was told him how Hildirida’s sons had been that winter at Throndheim with king Harold, and that they would not spare to slander Thorolf with the king; and it was much questioned what grounds they had had for their slander. Many added their good word, saying as was true that the banquet was most splendid, and the farewell escort magnificent, and that the king gained much strength by such men.

He was in Kveldulf’s ship; he had been an old friend of both father and son, and a companion both of them and of Thorolf, for which reason he had skallagrrimsson the king’s anger.

Egil’s Saga – Icelandic Saga Database

There he left his ships behind, and crossed the isthmus northwards to Naumdale. In the autumn he steered back from the east to Denmark, at the time when the fleet at Eyrar was breaking up.

But when they were ready, the king told them their errand: He also sought diligently after those men who had been in the counsels or confidence or in any way helpers of Skallagrim and his folk in the deeds which they wrought before Skallagrim went abroad out of the land. A detailed family tree connecting major and minor characters through blood and marriage can be found here.


Egil’s Saga

Skallagrim came often to him, and talked with him; he bade him cheer up. Poetry was used to establish a person’s reputation for good or evil, and a great poem could make its characters immortal. Kveldulf refused to assist the local king of Fjordanebut rebuffed Harald’s overtures as well, incurring his wrath.

Then word was sent to Thorir Hroaldsson. But everyday as evening skallagrimssson on he became sullen, so that few could come to speak with him. A mighty man he became, and he bestowed much care on his ships, equipment, and weapons. They saw also to the healing of the wounded. The king answered not, but he skallagrimssin to where the ship lay.

Then Thorolf told Sigurd what had been skallagfimsson 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. And when they were ready, they sailed away: We see dde very different side of Egil in chapter 56 when he declares his secret love for his future wife, in a love poem.

For this is the truth that I tell thee: But the earl thought him an unequal match and would not give her.

They came there at the time when the king was gone to table. The brothers thanked the king for the honour granted to them, and said that they would willingly accept it.

And where Bjorn’s party had their booths is still called Bjorn’s home-field. But because the wind was boisterous, and the surf ran high sgil the shore, and there was no haven, they sailed on westwards along the sandy coast. He had buildings set up on Swan-ness, and had another house there. And in the summer they went a-freebooting eastwards, and came home in the autumn, having won much wealth. Sigurd also came thither from the north with a long-ship and a chosen crew. They took the sons of Guttorm, and much movable property, and went their way back.


That ness they called Ship-ness.

His voyage sped well, and he came north to Alost and Sandness. They came there before daybreak, and formed a ring of men round the place, then raised a war-whoop and wakened those within, who quickly leapt up to their weapons.

Saga de Egil Skallagrimsson – Snorri Sturluson – Google Books

He was a man of wealth and renown; he had been a fast friend of Thorolf Kveldulf’s son, saya was his near kinsman. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

The messengers went away, and when they came to the king told him all that Kveldulf had said before them. My request and wish, O king, is this, that thou come and visit me at my home, and the hear word of men whom thou trustest, what witness they bear to me in this matter; thereafter do as thou findest proof to warrant.

The king went round the ship and looked at men’s wounds; and when he saw a man binding a surface-wound, he said: Continuing to use this site, you agree with this. Kveldulf was to send his elder son Thorolf, as soon as he returned from viking expedition. In the summer he went inland to Sogn, but in autumn made ready to go northwards to Throndheim.

Kari of Berdla then went north to king Harold at Throndheim, and became his man.