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Grettir the Strong Icelandic Saga - (Traditional Author Unknown)

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The Saga of Grettir the Strong



Originally written in Icelandic, sometime in the early 14th
Century.  Author unknown.

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CHAPTER I

THE FAMILY AND EARLY WARS OF ONUND THE SON OF OFEIG

There was a man named Onund, the son of Ofeig Clumsyfoot, who was
the son of Ivar Horsetail.  Onund was the brother of Gudbjorg,
the mother of Gudbrand Knob, the father of Asta, the mother of
King Olaf the Saint.  His mother came from the Upplands, while
his father's relations were mostly in Rogaland and Hordland.  He
was a great viking and used to harry away in the West over the
sea.  He was accompanied on these expeditions by one Balki, the
son of Blaeing from Sotanes, and by Orm the Wealthy.  Another
comrade of theirs was named Hallvard.  They had five ships, all
well equipped.  They plundered the Hebrides, reaching the Barra
Isles, where there ruled a king named Kjarval, who also had five
ships.  These they attacked; there was a fierce battle between
them, in which Onund's men fought with the utmost bravery.  After
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