The Marriage Proposal
A Peaceful Marriage
With the help of Geat the Red, Stangrim, and Eldearn Combhood they placed the body in a wooden box, lined with blankets. Sigurd Thorlacsson then carefully placed Sigmundur's head back where it had been before it was hacked off, and then nailed the wooden cover onto the coffin. Turið and Tóra placed Sigmundur's sword, and other personal items into the grave, before the men covered everything over with dirt. Thore, Sigmundur's cousin was then buried by his side.
Tróndur í Gøtu returned to Skúvoy with his foster-son Laf to settle the issue of marriage between Laf and Tóra. Neither Tróndur or Laf knew what to expect when they met with Turið. Both were unsure if she would put Sigmundur's death aside and allow her daughter to marry one of the men who had tried to kill her husband.
To their surprise, and great relief, Turið did not harbor any resentment towards the two men. In fact she was extremely grateful for all they done. Not only had they found the killers of her husband, and brought them to justice, but in spite of their own Heathen beliefs, they had returned Sigmundur's body to Skúvoy to receive a proper Christian burial.
Turið Torkilsdóttir may have been grateful, but she remained a greedy selfish woman. She asked much in settlement for her husband's death, and for her daughter's hand, but in the end Tróndur and Laf agreed to her terms, and the matter was ended amicably.
The marriage was a huge affair, with guests coming from almost every island in the Faroes. And all who came put aside their differences, at least for that short wedding feast, and had a grand time. Those who did speak of Sigmundur Brestisson tended to forget his flaws and treated Turið, and her family with the utmost kindness.
After the marriage feast ended Laf took Tóra to live on his father's farmstead at Temple in Suðuroy. And for a time there was peace in the Faroe Islands. Laf and Tóra had a son who they named Sigmund. Tróndur í Gøtu fostered their child, and when he was three years old he went to live at Gøta where he grew up into a fine young man.
And Laf Ossursson, after the death of Tróndur í Gøtu, ruled over the faroe Islands alone. Laf and Tóra's son Sigmund had himself a son named Hafgrim, who in turn had two sons named Einar and Scegge, who became reeves over the Faroe Islands. Turið and Laf died during the reign of King Magnus the Good, but Tóra lived on for a good long time with her son Sigmund.
Tóra never again spoke of the, " Marriage Proposal ", and it slipped from the memories of the people of the Faroe islands. But their other deeds were such that they were recorded in what became known as the Faereyinga Saga. And it is there that Tróndur í Gøtu, Turið Torkilsdóttir, Sigmundur Brestisson, Tóra, and Laf live on forever !
- The End
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.