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Click to Expand/Collapse Option1. Harald's Strife with Hake and His Father Gandalf
Click to Expand/Collapse Option2. King Harald Overcomes Five Kings
Click to Expand/Collapse Option3. Of Gyda, Daughter of Eirie
Click to Expand/Collapse Option4. King Harald's Vow
Click to Expand/Collapse Option5. The Battle in Orkadal
Click to Expand/Collapse Option6. King Harald's Laws for Land Property
Click to Expand/Collapse Option7. Battle in Gaulardal
Click to Expand/Collapse Option8. Harald Seizes Naumudal District
Click to Expand/Collapse Option9. King Harald's Home Affairs
Click to Expand/Collapse Option10. Battle at Solskel
Click to Expand/Collapse Option11. Fall of Kings Arnvid and Audbjorn
Click to Expand/Collapse Option12. King Vemund Burnt to Death
Click to Expand/Collapse Option13. Harald and the Swedish King Eirik
Click to Expand/Collapse Option14. Harald at a Feast of the Peasant Ake
Click to Expand/Collapse Option15. Harald's Journey to Tunsberg
Click to Expand/Collapse Option16. The Battle in Gautland
Click to Expand/Collapse Option17. Hrane Gauzke's Death
Click to Expand/Collapse Option18. Battle in Hafersfjord
Click to Expand/Collapse Option19. Harald Supreme Sovereign in Norway
Click to Expand/Collapse Option20. Harald's Marriage and His Children
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Click to Expand/Collapse Option22. King Harald's Voyage to the West
Click to Expand/Collapse Option23. Harald Has His Hair Clipped
Click to Expand/Collapse Option24. Rolf Ganger Driven into Banishment
Click to Expand/Collapse Option25. Of the Fin Svase and King Harald
Click to Expand/Collapse Option26. Of Thjodolf of Hvin, the Skald
Click to Expand/Collapse Option27. Of Earl Torfeinar's Obtaining Orkney
Click to Expand/Collapse Option28. King Eirik Eymundson's Death
Click to Expand/Collapse Option29. Earl Ragnvald Burnt in His House
Click to Expand/Collapse Option30. Halfdan Haleg's Death
Click to Expand/Collapse Option31. Harald and Einar Reconciled
Click to Expand/Collapse Option32. Marriage of Eirik
Click to Expand/Collapse Option33. Harald Divides His Kingdom
Click to Expand/Collapse Option34. Death of Ragnvald Rettilbeine
Click to Expand/Collapse Option35. King Bjorn Kaupman's Death
Click to Expand/Collapse Option36. Reconciliation of the Kings
Click to Expand/Collapse Option37. Birth of Hakon the Good
Click to Expand/Collapse Option38. King Athelstan's Message
Click to Expand/Collapse Option39. Hauk's Journey to England
Click to Expand/Collapse Option40. Hakon, the Foster-son of Athelstan, Is Baptized
Click to Expand/Collapse Option41. Eirik Brought to the Sovereignty
Click to Expand/Collapse Option42. King Harald's Death
Click to Expand/Collapse Option43. The Death of Olaf and of Sigrod
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Contents

1. Preface
2. References
3. Bibliography
4. Credits


Preface:

Heimskringla (HK) or the Lives of the Norse Kings

 

HK 03:

Harald Harfager's Saga

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Harald Fairhair (Old Norse: Haraldr Hárfagri, Norwegian: Harald Hårfagre, (literally "Harald Hair-pretty") ; c. 850 – c. 932) is remembered by medieval historians as the first King of Norway. According to traditions current in Norway and Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, he reigned from c. 872 to 930. Most of his life remains uncertain, since the extant accounts of his life in the sagas were set down in writing around three centuries after his lifetime. A few remnants of skaldic praise poems attributed to contemporary court poets exist which seem to refer to Harald's victories against opponents in Norway. The information supplied in these poems is inconsistent with the tales in the sagas in which they are transmitted, and the sagas themselves often disagree on the details of his background and biography. Two of his sons, Eric Bloodaxe and Haakon the Good, succeeded Harald to become kings after his death.
 
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References:

For details on sources of the texts and editorial notes, see the Reference section of the introductory text to the BP edition of the Heimskringla.




Abbreviations for the whole library.


Bibliography:

Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla or the Lives of the Norse Kings. Ed. and transl. by Erling Monsen and A. H. Smith. Cambridge: W. Heffer 1932. Pp. 94–149.

Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla or the Lives of the Norse Kings. Ed. and transl. by Erling Monsen and A. H. Smith. Cambridge: W. Heffer 1932. Pp. 43–75.



Credits:

Input by Amund Bjørsnøs, Spring 2016. Last published: 13 August 2016.


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