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By Anonymous, Bernard Scudder, Ornolfur Thorsson

Composed on the finish of the fourteenth century through an unknown writer, The Saga of Grettir the robust is without doubt one of the final nice Icelandic sagas. With a spell binding mix of pagan beliefs and Christian religion, it relates the story of Grettir, an 11th- century warrior suffering to carry directly to the values of a heroic age as they're eclipsed by means of Christianity and a extra pastoral way of life. not able to settle right into a neighborhood of farmers, Grettir turns into the competitive scourge of either sincere males and evil monsters—until, following a conflict with the sinister ghost Glam, he's cursed to undergo a lifetime of tortured loneliness clear of civilization, scuffling with giants, trolls, and berserks.

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Thorkell, being the wealthiest man of that part, suffered most. One day he called up his men to come with him and search out the bear's den. They found it in a cliff by the sea where there was a cave under an overhanging rock, with a narrow path leading to the entrance. Below was a sheer precipice down to the beach, threatening certain death to any one who stumbled. In this den the bear lay in the daytime, going abroad at night. Fences were of no avail against him, nor could the dogs do anything, so that all were in the utmost distress.

Thorbjorn was a great swashbuckler and kept a large troop of followers. He was noted for being worse at getting servants than other men, and scarcely paid them any wages. He was not a man easy to deal with. There was a kinsman of his, also named Thorbjorn, called Slowcoach. He was a mariner, and the two namesakes were in partnership together. He was always at Thoroddsstad and people did not think he made Thorbjorn any better. He liked to talk scandal and spoke offensively of several men. There was a man named Thorir, a son of Thorkell, at Bordeyr.

XXXI. GRETTIR'S VAIN ENDEAVOUR TO PROVOKE BARDI Bardi the son of Gudmund and his brothers rode home to Asbjarnarnes when they left Grettir. They were the sons of Gudmund the son of Solmund. Solmund's mother was Thorlaug, daughter of Saemund the Southerner, the foster−brother of Ingimund the Old. Bardi was a man of great distinction. Soon he went to see his foster−father Thorarin the Wise, who welcomed him and asked what help he had been able to obtain, for Bardi's journey had been arranged beforehand by them both.

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