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Chapter 90

Of Thorstein's descendants

Thorstein Egil's son received baptism when Christianity came to Iceland, and he had a church built at Borg. He was true to the faith, and a good man. He lived to be old, and died in his bed; he was buried at Borg by the church which he had built.

From Thorstein have come numerous descendants; many great men, many poets: they are of the stock of the Myra-men, as are all who sprang from Skallagrim. It long held good of that kin that the men were tall, and great warriors, some too were of prophetic sight. They were of two distinct types: for in that stock have been born the handsomest men in Iceland, such were Thorstein Egil's son, and Kjartan Olaf's son, sister's son of Thorstein, and Hall Gudmund's son, also Helga the fair, Thorstein's daughter (about whom Gunnlaug Worms-tongue and Skald-raven quarrelled). But the more part of the Myra-men were very ill-favoured.[1]

Of the brothers, sons of Thorstein, Thorgeir was the strongest, Skuli was the tallest.[2] He dwelt at Borg after the days of Thorstein his father. Skuli was long time out freebooting. He was forecastleman of earl Eric on the Iron Ram when king Olaf Tryggvason fell. Skuli was in seven battles, and was deemed a great warrior and a brave. He afterwards came out to Iceland, settled in the house at Borg, and dwelt there till old age; many have been his descendants. And so ends this story.

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  1. But the more part of the Myra-men were very ill-favoured: “Nicknamed Skalla- Grímr ("Bald-Grimr," because he lost his hair),he became the progenitor of a vast and extended family known as the Mýramannakyn after Mýrar,the place where he settled. Summarizing the qualities of this group in the last chapter, the author indicates that its most remarkable feature was the inclusion of both"the most beautiful" and "the ugliest" of people.” Jochens, Jenny. Race and Ethnicity Among Medieval Norwegians and Icelanders. (s. 313).
  2. Skuli was the tallest: "“The Egilssaga ends with the statement that Skuli was the best of the sons of Thorstein at Borg, but it gives no account of why this should be true. […] The most enduring part of him is his seven dróttkvætt and helmings." Wood, Cecil. Skúli Þórsteinsson (p. 176).

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Endir Egils sögu

Þorsteinn Egilsson tók skírn þá er kristni kom á Ísland og lét kirkju gera að Borg. Hann var maður trúfastur og vel siðaður. Hann varð maður gamall og sóttdauður og var jarðaður að Borg að þeirri kirkju er hann lét gera.

Frá Þorsteini er mikil ætt komin og margt stórmenni og skáld mörg og er það Mýramannakyn og svo allt það er komið er frá Skalla-Grími. Lengi hélst það í ætt þeirri að menn voru sterkir og vígamenn miklir en sumir spakir að viti. Það var sundurleitt. Þeirri ætt hafa fæðst þeir menn er fríðastir hafa verið á Íslandi sem var Þorsteinn Egilsson og Kjartan Ólafsson systurson Þorsteins og Hallur Guðmundarson svo og Helga hin fagra, dóttir Þorsteins, er þeir deildu um Gunnlaugur ormstunga og Skáld-Hrafn. En fleiri voru Mýramenn manna ljótastir.[1]

Þorgeir son Þorsteins var þeirra sterkastur bræðra en Skúli var mestur.[2] Hann bjó að Borg eftir dag Þorsteins föður síns. Skúli var lengi í víking. Hann var stafnbúi Eiríks jarls á Járnbarðanum þá er Ólafur konungur Tryggvason féll. Skúli hafði átt í víking sjö orustur.


Tilvísanir

  1. fríðastir og ljótastir: “Nicknamed Skalla- Grímr ("Bald-Grimr," because he lost his hair),he became the progenitor of a vast and extended family known as the Mýramannakyn after Mýrar,the place where he settled. Summarizing the qualities of this group in the last chapter, the author indicates that its most remarkable feature was the inclusion of both"the most beautiful" and "the ugliest" of people.” Jochens, Jenny. Race and Ethnicity Among Medieval Norwegians and Icelanders. (s. 313).
  2. Skúli var mestur: "“The Egilssaga ends with the statement that Skuli was the best of the sons of Thorstein at Borg, but it gives no account of why this should be true. […] The most enduring part of him is his seven dróttkvætt and helmings." Wood, Cecil. Skúli Þórsteinsson (s. 176).

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