Just Posted: Chapter 15,  ‘IVAR ATTACKS HELGI IN DEREVA’ to SVEIN’S SAGA

King IVAR the BONELESS was Prince IVAR (Igor) of KIEV and his son

King SWEYN ‘FORKBEARD’ IVARSON was Prince SVEINALD (Sviatoslav) of KIEV

I have just posted a first draft of Chapter 15,  ‘IVAR ATTACKS HELGI IN DEREVA’ of “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson” Book to the website SeiberTeck.com under the Book Heading of that name.

Sweyn Forkbeard by L. Frolich 1883

Book 4, Chapter 15, ‘IVAR ATTACKS HELGI IN DEREVA’  (Circa 976-977 AD): 

When Prince Sveinald left Hraes’ to his sons, Princes Ivar, Helgi and Valdamar, he went to Lade in Norway and started rebuilding the Nor’Way trade route, which had fallen into disrepair because the southern Dan’Way through Kiev had become the trade route of choice for the Varangians.  He started a new life for himself there, calling himself Prince Sweyn Forkbeard and he had grown a forked beard to disguise himself.  He traded on the Nor’Way with the Jarls of Lade, Haakon and his son Eirik and he was soon adopted by them as a son and brother.

Back in Hraes’, Prince Ivar attacked his brother, Prince Helgi, and added his city of Chernigov to the Kievan realm.  Ivar then made a move against his brother, Prince Valdamar in Novgorod, but Valdamar was forewarned and escaped to Lade and his father in Norway.

Meanwhile, Prince Hraerik is trading in India and preparing himself to work with the gods and slay a very evil man that will exist hundreds of years in Hraerik’s future.  Even the Alchemists drugs he is taking to prolong his life cannot keep him alive long enough to make the hit, so, he is training to kill him after he, himself, is dead.  Nice trick, if he can do it.

Prince Sweyn Forkbeard returns to Lade from trading in Baghdad to find his son, Prince Valdamar waiting there for him and the Jarls of Lade have learned who he really is, Prince Svein ‘the Brave’ Ivarson of Kiev.  He has some explaining to do and then he meets the famous skald, Eyvindr Skaldspiller.

Book Four, “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson,” demonstrates how Prince Svein ‘the Old’ (Slavic: Sviatoslav ‘the Brave’) of Kiev later moved to Norway and fought to become King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark.  But before being forced out of Russia, he sated his battle lust by crushing the Khazars and attacking the great great grandfather of Vlad the Impaler in a bloody campaign into the Heart of Darkness of Wallachia against the Army of the Impalers and their 666 salute.  The campaign was so mortifying that the fifteen thousand pounds of gold that the Emperor of Constantinople paid him to attack them seemed not nearly enough, so Prince Svein attacked the Eastern Roman Empire itself.  He came so close to defeating the greatest empire in the world, that later Danish Christian Kings would call his saga, and the sagas of his kin, “The Lying Sagas of Denmark” and set out to destroy them.

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