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Thank you, Snorri Stuluson, for getting all those facts written down. May I now continue telling these fine people about my Grandfather?
When King Harald the Shaggy was still in Fjord Province, before he captured all Norway, he continued his efforts to gather more men. One messenger was sent to my grandfather, Kveld-Úlf. Kveld-Úlf welcomed the messenger into his home.
The messenger said the following to my grandfather.
“The king has heard of your reputation and famous ancestors so you can expect him to treat you with great honor. He is very keen to have anyone with him who has a reputation for strength and courage.”
My grandfather was getting on in years and fighting aboard a ship was no longer something that he wished to do. He told the messenger “I am planning to stay at home and not wait on kings.”
The messenger suggested that grandfather send my father, Grim, instead.
The messenger continued “He looks like a strong one and the king is sure to make him a land-holder.”
My father, Grim, who had been silent while my grandfather and the messenger conversed, jumped into the conversation and said “I am not becoming any land-holder while my father is alive. Until he dies, he is the only master for me.”
The messenger went back to King Harald and told him everything that my grandfather and father had said.
The king was livid.