February 04, 2012


Kol Egil's son said, "Let me get at Kolskegg," and turning to Kolskegg he said, "This I have often said, that we two would be just about an even match in fight."

"That we can soon prove," says Kolskegg.

Kol thrust at him with his spear; Kolskegg had just slain a man and had his hands full, and so he could not throw his shield before the blow, and the thrust came upon his thigh, on the outside of the limb and went through it.

Kolskegg turned sharp round, and strode towards him, and smote him with his short sword on the thigh, and cut off his leg, and said, "Did it touch thee or not?"

"Now," says Kol, "I pay for being bare of my shield."

So he stood a while on his other leg and looked at the stump.

"Thou needest not to look at it," said Kolskegg; "'tis even as thou seest, the leg is off."

-- Njal's Saga, "The Slaying of Hjort and Fourteen Men"

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 4, 2012 02:57 AM | TrackBack

It's just a flesh wound!

Posted by: stig at February 6, 2012 05:11 PM

It's only a flesh wound.

Posted by: stig at February 7, 2012 12:55 PM

Sorry, thought that first one didn't go thru. Now I feel like a silly goose.

Posted by: stig at February 7, 2012 12:56 PM