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The Laxdaela Saga

 

 

Originally written in Icelandic (Old Norse) sometime around the year 1245 A.D.  Author unknown, although some scholars contend (on good, but by no means firm, textual evidence) that the author was probably a woman.  The text of this edition is based on that published as "Laxdale Saga", translated by Muriel Press (The Temple Classics, London, 1899).

 

 

CHAPTER I

Of Ketill Flatnose and his Descendants, 9th Century A.D.

 

Ketill Flatnose was the name of a man.  He was the son of Bjorn the Ungartered.  Ketill was a mighty and high-born chieftain (hersir) in Norway.  He abode in Raumsdale, within the folkland of the Raumsdale people, which lies between Southmere and Northmere.  Ketill Flatnose had for wife Yngvild, daughter of Ketill Wether, who was a man of exceeding great worth.  They had five children; one was named Bjorn the Eastman, and another Helgi Bjolan.  Thorunn the Horned was the name of one of Ketill's daughters, who was the wife of Helgi the Lean, son of Eyvind Eastman, and Rafarta, daughter of Kjarval, the Irish king.  Unn "the Deepminded" was another of Ketill's daughters, and was the wife of Olaf the White, son of Ingjald, who was son of Frodi the Valiant, who was slain by the Svertlings.  Jorunn, "Men's Wit-breaker," was the name of yet another of Ketill's daughters.  She was the mother of Ketill the Finn, who settled on land at Kirkby.  His son was Asbjorn, father of Thorstein, father of Surt, the father of Sighvat the Speaker-at-Law.

 

 

 

 

 

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