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Olaf and Bard got on well together, but Olaf and Thorliek rather snappishly.

Hrut’s second wife was named Thorbjorg. Copyrights Laxdaela Saga from Gale. The Icelandic sagas were written about an armed society full of hot-headed citizens with strong propensities toward violence.

Hrut fell back on the law as to how this ought to turn out, and when the matter was searched into by lawyers, Hrut and his son stood at but little advantage, for it was held a matter of great weight that Hrut had set the freedman down without leave on Hoskuld’s land, where he had made money, Thorliek having slain the man within his and his father’s own lands. Thorbjorn Skrjup had chiefly had on hand the care of Melkorka’s household affairs.

Need some extra money? There was much talk during the night as to where they could be come to; and when daylight was up they recognised that it was Ireland. He who passed under “earth-chain” cleared himself if the sward-slip did not fall down upon him. It follows two family lineages throughout this time, both descending from an early Norwegian chieftain named Ketil Flat-Nose, who emigrates from Norway in A. Olaf answered, “I have on hand a journey to go west over the sea; and I set much store by it and that you should lend me your help, so that it may be undertaken in the course of next summer.


Now Olaf stood forth in the same arrayal whereof is written before, and men marvelled much how noble was the appearance of the man who was the captain of the ship. There was also a fair to be made for. Hrut liked this very ill, but rode away, and there the matter rested.

Bolli wants to know who his mother loved the most. One autumn it befell that on that same hill Olaf had built a dwelling of the timber that was cut out of the forest, though some he got together from drift-wood strands. She is powerful, greedy, angry, envious, treacherous, and unloving, but she is never judged for these traits. A red shield he had before him, on which was drawn a lion in gold. Thorliek begat a son of his wife. I also loved knowing that these families laxdaale down roots and branches that have come forward to our own time.

Also worth noting are the names in this text. He said he was called Gilli: And all things taken together, he was a man of the greatest mettle. But the most laxdals point is its telling of the first introduction of Christianity in Iceland, which took place during the time of king Olaf I of Norway. He was a great chieftain, and a sage of wits; he was the son of Raudabjorn.


Melkorka now set up household there, and Hoskuld had everything brought there that she needed; and Olaf, their son, went with her.

Olaf was the most beloved of men, for whatever he had to do with affairs of men, he did so laxdalee all were well contented with their lot.

Olaf became a mighty man and a great chieftain. After a preliminary explanation of why the original settlers left Norway and how they settled the valley of the Lax Salmon River, the story focuses on two families – laxdae of Hoskuld, a prominent farmer with several sons, and that of Gudrun, the most beautiful woman ever born in Iceland.

The Laxdaela Saga

So one fair-weather day it happened that Hall rowed out, laxdalw there were three of them together in the boat. This is not only my favorite saga but also in the top five of my all time favorite books.

The king answered, “Nothing shall be done in this in an unfriendly manner to you, Olaf. Giermund entertained Olaf well. Now time wears on towards the Thing.

The Laxdale Saga – Icelandic Saga Database

Hrut also said he was ready to do honour to Hoskuld for what he on his side had misdone. They sailed from the west with a sharp north-west wind, and landed in Salmon-river-Mouth in the evening. He made a temple in his home-field, of which the remains are still to be seen.