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The Saga of Ketil Trout
About autumn, over Winter Nights, Ketil went to live in his boat. Hallbjorn asked what he intended to gain by that. Ketil said he expected to go on a fishing expedition. Hallbjorn said that he would be needed in the fields, -- "and you do this without my leave." Not much later, Ketil departed. When he had gone as far north as a certain firth, a violent gale seized his boat and dragged it away to sea, and he could find no harbour. He was swept away north to Finnmark, where he found land and safety. Then he dropped anchor and went to sleep. However, he awoke later when the ship began to shake. He stood up and saw a troll woman had taken hold of the prow and was shaking the ship. Ketil ran across the boat, grabbed a butter chest, then struck the fastenings, and went outside. The most violent gale was blowing. Then a whale laid into his ship amidst the wind, or so it seemed to his eyes, and he was swept away to a reef. He sailed away from there and weighed anchor by another reef. Then he did nothing until darkness descended. He lay there after his rest, then came to land and discovered a way up from the beach, where he found a farm. A man stood out there with skis on his feet looking over his animals. He was named Bruni. He welcomed Ketil and recited a verse:
"You are welcome, Trout!
Ketil said a verse:
"Here will I be well received!
Then they went inside. Two women were within. Bruni asked Ketil if he wanted to lie beside his daughter or alone. She was named Hrafnhild and was very big and brave. It is said that her face was an ell wide. Ketil said he would lie beside Hrafnhild. Afterwards they went and slept together, and Bruni spread an oxhide over them. Ketil asked why he was doing this. "I have invited here some Lapps, friends of mine," said Bruni, "and I do not want them to see you. They shall now come for your butter chest."
The Lapps came and they were not narrow-faced. They said: "It is a great joy to have this butter." Afterwards they went away, but Ketil remained there and entertained himself with Hrafnhild. He often went to the archery range and did well. Sometimes he went hunting with Bruni. About winter, after Yule, Ketil wished to go outside, but Bruni said he could not because of the severe winter and bad weather, -- "and Gusir, king of the Lapps, lies out in the forest."
About spring, Bruni and Ketil prepared to go out on a journey. They passed many firths. When they were about to part, Bruni said: "Journey well, as I showed you, but do not go into the forest." He gave him some arrows, including one with a spiked head, and said that he could use them, if he wanted, in his need. Afterwards they parted, and Bruni went home. When he was alone Ketil said: "Why should I slink about in shame when I do not fear Bruni's bugbear?" Afterwards he went to the forest, and he saw a great sledge and a man coming with it, and it had two reindeer and a wagon. Ketil hailed him with a verse:
"You, skiing in your hand-sledge,
"Gusir they call me,
They came over Ofara-Thrumu. Ketil replied with this verse:
"Trout I am named,
Gusir thought that now he knew the identity of this Trout, and that he was very famous. Gusir said this verse:
"How was your breath
"Call me Trout
"Go now into
"I will not yield
"If you do not give gold
"I shall not deal
Afterwards he bent his bow and put the arrow to the string and shot, and so sent twelve arrows that missed. Then Gusir shot at him. Then Ketil took out his spike-headed arrow. Then Gusir took out a shaft that had a stone tip, and stepped on it. Ketil said:
"Fey is now
Then they shot at each other, and no longer had regard for precious things, and the spike-headed arrow entered Gusir's breast. There he took his death. Bruni had given Gusir his stone-tipped arrows, because he was ruler of the nearest kingdom, thinking Gusir should need them, but soon thought himself wronged by these dealings. Gusir had owned the sword named Dragvendill, best of all swords. Ketil took that from Gusir's corpse and the arrows Flaug, Hremsu and Fifu. Then Ketil went to Bruni and told him what had happened. Bruni said to himself that his brother was dead. Ketil is said to have appointed Bruni over the kingdom. Later he went with Bruni to his dwelling, and they parted with many friendly words.
Nothing is said of Ketil's journey before he came home to Hrafnista. He met a farmer and asked whose ships were they that had gone to the islands. The man said there had gone the guests who would drink the funeral ale for Ketil, if they heard nothing of him. Ketil went in his ship to the islands and entered the hut, and his men grew joyful. Now the funeral ale turned into greeting ale to celebrate Ketil's return. He stayed home for three winters.
Then a ship came to the islands, and in it were Hrafnhild Brunisdaughter, and Ketil's son, who was named Grim. Ketil welcomed them. Hallbjorn said: "Why did you ask this troll to come here?" and he was very exasperated and annoyed at her coming. Hrafnhild said that would be much harm to her, - "and I will go outside immediately, but Grim, our son, shall be called Hairy-cheek after this." He was called that because one of his cheeks was hairy, and with that was he ugly. Iron had no effect on him.
Ketil asked Hrafnhild not be angry over this. She said they would see little of her anger. Afterwards she headed home and went north to land, but told Grim to be there in three winters' time, and said that she would come for him then.
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