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Egil Deserted

My son Thorstein received baptism when Christianity came to Iceland. 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 and many poets. They are the stock of the Myra-men; as are all who sprang from my loins. The men were tall and great warriors; some also were of prophetic sight. They were of two distinct types. Many in that stock have been born the handsomest men in Iceland, like Thorstein, my son.  Likewise, 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.

Of the brothers, sons of Thorstein, Thorgeir was the strongest, Skuli was the tallest. He dwelt at Borg after the days of Thorstein his father. Skuli was long time out engaging in the old practice of viking. 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  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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