Adils, Aki, Alfgeir, Arinbjorn, Asgerd, Athelstan, Æthelstan, Bard, Bera, Berg-Onund, Bjorgolf, Bjorn, Borg, Brynjolf, Courland, Danes, Egil, Eirik Bloodaxe, England, Eyvind, Finnmark, Fjord Province, Geir, Godrek, Grim, Gunnhild, Halberd, Hallvard, Halogaland, Hildirid, Hildiridarsons, Hogni, Hring, Iceland, intrigue, Isle of Torg, Karelians, Ketil Trout, King Arnvid, King Æthelstan, King Faravid, King Harald, Kveldulf, Kvenland, Kylfings, Lapps, Namdalen, Norway, Norwegians, Olaf the Red, Olvir, Oslo Fjord, Rognvald, Sandness, Scandanavia, Scots, Shape-changer, Sigrid, Sigtrygg, Skallagrimsson, slander, Snorri Sturluson, Sweden, Thora, Thorfinn, Thorgils Gjallandi, Thorolf, Thorunn, treachery, Trondheim, Vikings, Welch, Yngvar
Arinbjorn and I went back to his home. On the way Arinbjorn suggested that the only way I could survive would be to make a verse that would prove to the king that I respected him and would serve him well.
“And not one of your regular verses” he added. “It must be a drapa, a verse that rhymes and eulogizes King Eirik.”
I stayed up all night writing my drapa to the king.
The next morning Arinbjorn presented me to the king and asked if I may speak first. He allowed me to and this is what I said.
I took and deep breath and glanced a look at King Eirik to see if I was making any headway with his feelings towards me; and then I continued on:
Now these words above may not be my exact words. That Snorri Sturluson fellow and all of the other fellows who have translated my words may have made a few errors. In fact, I am beginning to think that they may have taken some poetic liberties of their own and tried their hand at it. But who can blame them? It was a lot of work to translate Icelandic to English and still make it rhyme.
Yet they still remain my words and my intent to show King Eirik my repentance; and of course to save my own hide.