Legendary Sagas of the Northland
in English Translation
The first three chapters of the Orkneyinga
© 2011 Gavin Chappell
|1. KAPÍTULI||Chapter 1|
FORNJÓTR hefir konungr heitit. Hann réð fyrir
hdr.) er kallat er Finnland ok Kvenland. Þat er fyrir austan hafsbotn þann, er
gengr til móts við Gandvík; þat köllum vér Helsingjabotn. Fornjótr átti þrjá
syni. Hét einn Hlér, er vér köllum Ægi, annarr Logi, þriði Kári. Hann var faðir
Frosta, föður Snæs ins gamla. Hans sonr hét Þorri. Hann átti tvá syni, hét
annarr Nórr, en annarr Górr, dóttir hans hét Gói. Þorri var blótmaðr mikill.
Hann hafði blót á hverju ári at miðjum vetri; þat kölluðu þeir Þorrablót. Af því
tók mánaðrinn heiti.
a king named Fornjot. He reigned over the lands that we now know as
its name. It was the news one winter at Thorrablót that Goi had
disappeared, and a search for her was begun, but she was not found. And when
that month had passed, Thorri prepared a feast and sacrifice for this, that they
should discover where Goi had gone; they called that Goiblot. But they
discovered nothing more about her. Four winters later the brothers swore an oath
that they would search for her. They arranged the search so that Nor would
search for her on land, but Gor should search around the outlying reefs and
islands, and he went by ship. Both the brothers were accompanied by many people.
Gor led his ships out along the Gulf and so into the
 Late January/early February
Ferð Nórs eptir Noregi at leita systur sinnar.
Nor’s journey along
Eptir þat fór Nórr í fjörð þann, er norðr gengr af Sogni. Þar hafði Sókni fyrir ráðit, er nú heitir Sóknadalr. Þar dvaldist Nórr lengi, ok heitir þar nú Nórafjörðr. Þar kom til móts við hann Górr, bróðir hans, ok hafði þá hvárrgi þeira spurt til Gói. Górr hafði ok undir sik lagt land allt it ytra, er hann hafði sunnan farit, ok þá skiptu þeir löndum með sér bræðr. Hafði Nórr meginland allt, en Górr skal hafa eyjar þær allar, er hann ferr stjórnföstu skipi milli ok meginlands. Ok eptir þat ferr Nórr til Upplanda ok kom þar, sem nú heitir Heiðmörk. Þar réð sá konungr fyrir, er hét Hrólfr ór Bjargi. Hann var sonr Svaða jötuns norðan af Dofrum. Hrólfr hafði numit á brott af Kvenlandi Gói Þorradóttur. Hann fór þegar til móts við Nór ok bauð honum til einvígis. Þeir börðust lengi, ok varð hvárrgi sárr. Eptir þat sættust þeir, ok fekk Nórr systur Hrólfs, en Hrólfr fekk Gói. Þaðan sneri Nórr aptr norðr til ríkis þess, er hann hafði undir sik lagt. Þat kallaði hann Norveg. Réð hann því ríki, meðan hann lifði, en synir hans eptir hann, ok skipta þeir landi með sér, ok tóku svá ríki at smækkast sem konungar tóku fjölgast ok greindust svá í fylki.
Nor went along the fjord that branches
to the north of Sogni. Sokni had ruled over there, it is now named Sokna Dale.
Nor lived there a long time, and it is now named Norafjord. Gor, his brother,
came to meet with him there, and he had had no word of Goi anywhere. Gor had
conquered all outer lands as he came from the south, and the brothers divided
the land between them. Nor had all the mainland, but Gor was to have all the
islands where a ship with a fixed rudder could sail between them and the
mainland. After that Nor went to Uppland and came to the place that is now named
Heidmark. The king who reigned there was named Hrolf of Bjarg. He was the son of
Svadi the giant, from Dovre Fell in the north. Hrolf had abducted Goi daughter
of Thorri from Kvenland. He went immediately to meet with Nor and challenged him
to single combat. They fought long, without either being wounded. Then they
became reconciled, and Nor married Hrolf’s sister, but Hrolf married Goi. From
there Nor went back north to the kingdom that he had conquered. He called that
Beitir fekk Noreg.
Górr hefir ok verit kallaðr sækonungr. Hans synir váru þeir Heiti ok Beiti. Þeir váru sækonungar ok ofstopamenn miklir. Þeir gengu mjök á ríki sona Nórs, ok áttu þeir margar orrostur, ok sigruðust ýmsir. Beitir lagði inn í Þrándheim ok herjaði þar. Hann lá þar, er nú heitir Beitisær eða Beitistöð. Þar lét hann draga skip ór Beitistöð innanverðri ok norðr yfir Eiskrueið; þar ganga Naumudalir at norðan. Hann settist í lypting ok helt um hjálmvöl ok eignaðist land allt þat, er var á bakborða, ok eru þar margar byggðir.
Heitir, sonr Górs, var faðir Sveiða sækonungs, föður Hálfdanar ins gamla, föður Ívars Upplendinga jarls, föður Eysteins glumru, föður Rögnvalds jarls ins ríka ok ins ráðsvinna.
Gor ruled the islands and was called a sea-king. His sons were Heiti and Beiti. They were sea-kings and greatly overbearing men. They often attacked the kingdom of Nor's son, and they fought many battles in which now one side won, now the other. Beiti sailed up Trondheim Fjord and harried there. He anchored at the place that is now named Beitisær or Beitistad. There he had a ship dragged inland out of Beitistad and north over Eiskrueid; there he went to Naumdal from the north. He sat in the after-deck and held the tiller and claimed all that land to larboard, where there were many settlements.
SCHOLARSHIP & COMMENTARY
|Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia, 1993:||
“Hversu Noregr Byggðist is closely paralleled by the opening of the Orkneyinga saga, sometimes called Fundinn Noregr, 'Foundation of Norway' which provides details on the descendants of Gór only.”