Bersi Skald-Torfuson (from Grettir’s Saga)


Bersi Skald-Torfuson (in the anonymous Grettir’s Saga, written c. 14th century)

“Certainly you can see, my lord, that it is better to spare one man and in return have the thanks of many.”

  • Spoken by Bersi Skald-Torfuson to the Norwegian Jarl Svein (co-ruler of Norway, r. 1000-1015) in a scene from chapter 24 of the anonymously written Grettir’s Saga (c. 14th century), translated by Jesse Byock (Oxford World’s Classics, 2009).

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