Just Posted: Chapter 18,  ‘THE BATTLE OF HJORUNGAVAGR’ 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 18,  ‘THE BATTLE OF HJORUNGAVAGRof “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson” Book Four to the website SeiberTeck.com under the Book Heading of that name.

Thorgerder Helgibruder by J. Nystrom 1895

Book 4, Chapter 18, ‘THE BATTLE OF HJORUNGAVAGR’  (Circa 986 AD): 

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Young Grand Prince Valdamar married some local Norwegian princesses in Trondheim and his father, Prince Sweyn sees that one of his new wives is a girl Sweyn had raped years earlier under orders from Jarl Haakon, the rapist earl of Lade.  Both Sweyn and Katla, Valdamar’s new wife, agree never to tell Valdy about the indiscretion.  But Prince Sweyn has to modify his house to reduce noise from Valdamar’s ongoing wedding nuptials so that the constant thumping doesn’t drive the people in the longhall crazy.  Then Sweyn learns that his wife, Alfled, is pregnant again.

The people of Lade had been preparing to fight the Jomsvikings and soon word came that the Jomsviking fleet had been spotted plundering its way up the coast of Norway.  Sweyn and Alfled and Eirik and Aud had battle sex the night before the fight and the women were a little shocked when Sweyn and Eirik renewed their Theban Sacred Band ritual before them.  The next morning the Norwegian fleet sailed south to meet the Jomsviking fleet at Hjorungavagr Fjord off the coast of the Nor’Way.

The Battle of Hjorungavagr is described in detail in the Saga of the Jomsvikings and that description has been used as the basis for the battle scene in this chapter with a few details added from the Saga of King Olaf Tryggvason.  It is the real deal, including the parts about the goddess Thorgerder Helgibruder so, readers will have to hang onto their helmet horns for this one!

The fleets engaged in Hjorungavagr Fjord and the battle began and, after an hour of fighting, Jarl Haakon told Sweyn that the Jomsvikings were even tougher than he had predicted so, he had the witch, Hallveig, summon the shieldmaiden goddess, Thorgerder Helgibruder, to the battle and she brought a hailstorm with her and she fired five arrows from the fingertips of each hand and each arrow was the death of a man, but the Jomsvikings even weathered this terrible attack so, a further, greater human sacrifice was required and Jarl Haakon agrees to make it.

Following the further human sacrifice, Thorgerder turns the witch, Hallveig, into the war goddess Irpa and an even greater hailstorm is created and both goddesses fire arrows from their fingers and the battle rages on even harder…

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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