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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There are also poems which show a much softer side to the Icelandic male characters. 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. Then they rowed and made for the ship.
His daughter was Thordis Staung, who afterwards dwelt at Stangerholt.
Land-wards nothing was seen but breakers and harbourless shore. Thorolf put this proposal before his men, giving them the choice to go or not; and the more part chose to venture it, as the prize was so great. And to all that they said about Thorolf their comrades bore witness, wherefore the king was exceeding angry. Kveldulf said all was tending to what he had foreboded, that Thorolf would not sklalagrimsson the end have good luck in his friendship with king Harold.
Soon after this Thorolf started with a long-ship and about sixty men, and coasted northwards, till one day at eventide he came to Sandness in Alost; there they moored the ship. Egil’s movements are under surveillance, and when he appears to leave the country, Berg-Onund dismissed the man he gathered for protection and traveled not far from his home Ask to the king’s farm at Aarstad.
Then they entered, and Aulvir went up to the king, Skallagrim standing at his back. King Harold went that summer to Upland, and in the autumn westwards to Valres, and as far as Vors. But when Thorolf reached the shield-wall, he pierced with a stroke the standard-bearer, crying, ‘Now am I but three feet short of my aim.
He then went away, and back to his shipmates; and for that winter each party remained where they had come to land. They knew the ship at once, and laid one of their ships on the seaward side of her, while some of them landed, and thence went out on to the ship by the gangways. The king answered not, but he went to where the ship lay.
But when they were ready, the king told them their errand: But if Thorolf returns this summer, he will be easily won to this journey, as also to be made the king’s man.
But Thorgils and his comrades got conveyance, and went to Kveldulf and his son, and told of the misadventure of their voyage, yet were they well received.
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The king answered, ‘If Thorolf will yield him to my mercy, then shall he have life and limb, but his men shall undergo punishment according to the charges against them. The king gave leave for this, adding a message and tokens that Thorolf should take all that Bard had given him, showing that the gift was with the counsel of the king, and that he would have it so. Egil is in reality a man of many virtues which are central to his character.
For several summers they were out roving, but stayed at home in winter with their fathers. So fire was set to the room, and it soon caught, because the wood was dry and the walls tarred and the roof thatched with birch-bark.
At the appointed time Brynjolf and Bard set out, and with them many great men of their kin and connexions.
Then the king made Thorolf a baron, and granted him all the rights which Bard had had before, giving him the journey to ssga Finns on the same terms. But when spring came, one day Thorolf had a talk with his father, and asked him what counsel he would give about Bjorn his winter guest, or what help he would lend him.
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. Brynjolf resolved to go, and with him Bard his son; and in the autumn skallagrmisson went southwards to Throndheim, and there met the king.
Thorir Giant dwelt at Giantstead. Brynjolf showed him ill-pleased at this business. Skallagrim promised to come. One of the first negative poems in Egil’s saga is a threatening poem in chapter 27 that displays Skallagrim’s power after he had just plundered a ship and killed many men.
This the king granted, and before they parted Bard was made a baron, as his father had been, and held of the king all those same grants that Brynjolf had held. The company xe not numerous, but the feast went off very well, and the king was quite cheerful.
Grim said to his comrades: He can be vicious, absurd, infantile, pathetic, but he is never dull, and though we may geil like some of the things he does we are never allowed to settle into a fixed attitude towards him.
But when Skallagrim heard of Yngvar’s coming, he at once went to meet him and bade him to his house with as many men as he would. This I think, and with truth: Rognvald took the ships that had belonged to Vemund skqllagrimsson all the chattels he could get.