Ord And The Sons Of Healti

It is told in Landnama-bok that Healti came out and 'settled Hof in Healti's dale [in the N.]. His sons were Thorwald and Thord, noble men. It was the noblest arval that ever was in Iceland, the arval they made over their father; there were 1400 guests bidden, and the men of quality among them were given parting-gifts. At that arval Ord the Broad-firther delivered a Song of Praise, which he had made upon Healti. Before this, Glum Geirason [the poet] had summoned Ord to the Thorskafirth-moot, and now the Sons of Healti set out from the north in a ship to Steingrim's firths, and thence went southward over the Heath, by the place now called Healtdale-bait. And when they came to the Moot, they were so well dressed that men thought that it was the gods that were come there, whereon this verse was made' [see verse II, p. 62 below].

mund, how often we were merry together, before I slew him; but now I fear lest I become a laughing-stock to the wise one [Snorri]. Hitherto folks have called me peaceful: a furious rain-storm often comes out of a sultry sky. The'fair-hipped lady [Snorri's sister], merry with ale, shall not make mock of me, that I ever trembled at what was to come [that I lacked courage]. Men say that I shall have the verdict dead against me, unless the ever-kindly Arnkettle, in whom I put all my trust, upholds my cause bravely. It will not be for crime of mine, if they outlaw me. They have the bigger party. May the gods strengthen my cause.

51. hlcfegi] emend.; hlauia and hlaupa, Cdd. 52. Read, frödom (i.e. Snorri). 58. Read, skaupa?

Of this Orel's poem (Hialta-drapa) nought is left; but in Eyrbyggia there is a fragment of a Praise-Song, on lllugi the Black (the father of Gunlaug the poet), touching certain law dealings of his, ascribed to Ord the poet. We take this to be our Ord of Broadfirth.

Of the Healtissons,' from whom there came,' as Landnama-bok says, * a great and noble race,' we have no particulars, save in the Tale of Styrbiorn the Champion of the Swedes. In Flatey-bok we have, in an account of the Battle of Fyrisfield, the following notice:—' King Eric [the Victorious] was standing on Upsala brink, and he bade him that could, to make a verse, promising a guerdon for it. Thorwald Healtisson made these verses [given below, verse III]. Thorwald got for his guerdon a ring of half a mark for every verse, and he never made a verse before or since that any one knows of.' This is confirmed by Skalda-tal, which names Thorwald as a poet of the Swedish king, Eric the Victorious.

Ogmundar-drapa, by Guest the Wise and Sibyl-Stein. It is told in Landnama-bok that Guest Ordiafsson, whom we know from Laxdzla Saga,' was bidden to a harvest feast at Leot's, and thither came Egil, Sibyl-Stein's son, and prayed Guest to take some counsel, whereby his father might be comforted in his deadly grief that he was in for Ogmund his son. Guest thereupon made the beginning of Ogmund's Praise.'

We have in Edda the beginning of this Ogmundar-drapa, but ascribed to Sibyl-Stein himself, and it may be that Ari means to imply that Guest began the poem for Stein to finish. There are two distinct echoes of Egil's in the four lines left us,' Minis vinar' and ' Thundar fundr,' which would confirm the chronology of the incident, a half-dozen years later than Sona-torrek (Book iv). This Sibyl-Stein was the son of Thurid Sound-filler, a Sibyl, who came, as Landnama-bok further informs us, from Haloga-land to Bolungwick, in Waterness, in Iceland. ' She was called Sound-filler, because in Halotra-land, during a famine, she worked her charms so that every sound was filled with fish. She also made Fold-bank in Icefirth-deeps, and got thereby a humble-ewe as fee from every franklin in Icefirth.'

Steinthor. The beginning of a Song of Praise, ascribed by Snorri to Steinthor, of whom nothing else is known, but the scrap has the true early ring about it. The second fragment, though anonymous, is clearly part of the same poem.

Unnamed Poet. Barrodar-drapa. One verse is left of a Praise of Barrod [Barfred], who is mentioned in Wiga-Glum's Saga.

ORD. I. Illuga-drdpa (from Eyrbyggja).

1. \ 7ESTR vas J)raong £ J)ingi ftfrsness mefl hug st6rom

* haoppom studdr J>ar-es hodda hialm-raddar stafr kvaddi: snar-rdflan kom siflan (saett vasa goer mefl l&ta) Forna si66s und foefli farmr dolg-svaolo barma.

2. Dr6tt gekk s^nt £ saettir, svellendr en J)ar felfo 5

Ord. lllugis Praise. There was a throng in the west on Thorsness Moot, when the lucky lllugi claimed the hoard: it was not easy to come to a decision: and at last it came to pass that the verdict gave him the purse of Forni. The people clearly broke the agreement: three men premja svellr fyr polli prir andvaoko randa: dflr kyn-framaflr ¿(¿mi kvdnar hreggs vifl-seggi (fraegt goerflisk pat fyrfla forrdfl) griflom Snorri.

II. On Hcaltfs Sons.

Mangi hugfli manna morfl-kannaflar annat isarn-meiflr an JEsir al-maerir par foeri: 10

pd-es d Porska-fiarflar-ping mefi enni-tinglom holt-vartariss Hialta harfi-fengs synir gengo.

III. Thorvald Healtason.

Fan til Fyris-vallar folka tungls hverr es hungrar verflr at virkis garfli vestr kveld-rifio hesta: par hefir hrae-daoggvar hoeggit (h611aust es pat) s61ar 15 elfar gims fyrir ulfa Eirekr i dyn geira.

VOLO STEINN. Ogmundar-drdpa (from Edda).

Heyr Mims vinar mina (mer es fundr gefinn Pundar) vifl g6ma-sker glymja, Glaumbergs Egilll strauma.

Man-ek pat es iaorfl vifi orfla endr Myrk-Danar sendo grcennar graofnom munni gein H166ynjar beina.

STEINP6RR (from Edda).

Fom-goervom d-ek fyrnom farms Gunnlaiar arma horna fors at hr6sa hlit-styggs ok p6 litlom :

Baefli d ek til bruflar berg-iarls ok skip Dverga sollinn vind at senda sein-fyrnd gaoto eina.

BARRCEDAR-DRAPA (from Landnama-b6k).

Bdrroeflr of ristr baoro braut land varar andra.

fell before him, ere that Snorri, the glory of his family, brought about a peace between them. This management of Snorri's became very famous among men.

Tbe improvisation on the grand array of Healths sons. No one doubted that the all-glorious Anses were coming in person, when the sons of Healti, in helm of awe, marched on the moot of Thorskafirth.

Tbonwald Heaitisson. On tbe battle of Fyris-field, where be fought. Let every charger of the ogress [wolf] that hungers go to Fyris-field. There (it is no vaunt) Eric has cut down in battle quarry enough for every one of them.

Sibyl-Stein. Ogmuntfs Praise. Prologue. Listen, O Egil of Glamberg, to the river of Woden singing against the reefs of my gums. Woden's Find [the gift of poesy] is granted to me. I remember that. • . rocks.

Stantbor. I boast of Woden's horn-rapid [mead of Poesy]; old brewed it is, but there is little of it. By the same path I have to send the swollen pie of tbe Giantess [thought] and the everlasting ships of the Dwarves [verses].

Barrodfs Praise. Barrod is cutting the path of the billow's-land with his sea-sledge.

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