He went out of the yard, and found a draught horse of Skallagrim's, got on its back and rode after Skallagrim's party. No easy way had he over the moor, for he did not know the road; but he kept his eyes on the riders before him when copse or wood were not in the way. And this is to tell of his journey, that late in the evening he came to Swan-ness, when men sat there a-drinking.It is just appalling, the effect our current lax drinking rules and regulations have on the drinking habits of 10th century Vikings. Clearly, we need to change our laws relating to drink pricing and labelling now, before it is too late for these 10th century Vikings who are, er, late.
He went into the room, but when Yngvar saw Egil he received him joyfully, and asked why he had come so late. Egil told of his words with Skallagrim. Yngvar made Egil sit by him, they two sat opposite Skallagrim and Thorolf. For merriment over their ale they fell to reciting staves. Then Egil recited a stave:This regrettable incident clearly shows the deleterious effects of alcohol advertising in sport, or something. If only Egil Skallagrimson had not been exposed at a young age to alcohol advertising that occurred long after he was dead, this happening would not have happened (apart from happening). We must stop Vikings receiving sea-snail shells and duck eggs at all costs!
'Hasting I came to the hearth fireYngvar praised this stave, and thanked Egil much therefor, but on the morrow he brought to Egil as reward for the poem three sea-snail shells and a duck's egg.
Of Yngvar, right fain so to find him,
Him who on heroes bestoweth
Gold that the heather-worm guardeth.
Thou, of the snake's shining treasure
Always a generous giver,
Wilt not than me of three winters
Doughtier song-smith discover.'
Egil's poetry won him thanks from many men.Yet more evidence of the shocking toll of drinking on