Just Posted: Chapter 24,  ‘THE BATTLE OF SVOLDER’ 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 24,  ‘THE BATTLE OF SVOLDER’of “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson” Book Four to the website SeiberTeck.com under the Book Heading of that name.

The Battle of Svolder (September 9, 1000 AD)

Book 4, Chapter 24,  ‘THE BATTLE OF SVOLDER’  (Circa 999-1000 AD):

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King Sweyn learns that Queen Thora was smuggled out of Wendland in the body of a large harp and has found her way to Lade in Norway.  He tells his wife, Gunhild, that she is in danger there.  Meanwhile, in Ipswich, Jarl Eirik and Princess Gyda become accidentally involved with each other.

King Olaf Tryggvason learns that Queen Thora is in Lade and he meets with her and he woos her and soon marries her.  She complains to him of all the property she left in Wendland when she fled King Burizleif there and, when they lose their first baby, Olaf tries to cheer her up by reclaiming he Polish goods and gold.  He has just completed the construction of the Long Serpent, the largest dragonship ever built so, he plans to lead a warfleet to Wendland to recover Thora’s wealth.

When King Sweyn of Denmark learns that King Olaf of Norway is planning to take a warfleet past Denmark to Wendland, he is encouraged by his Queen Sigrid ‘the Haughty’ to attack Olaf, for she wants to make the Norwegian king pay for the slap that he gave her.  So, Sweyn plans to have King Olaf Skotkonung of Sweden and Jarl Eirik of Lade meet him with warfleets at the Island of Svolder, where they lay in wait for Tryggvason on his return from Wendland through the ‘Sound’ between Denmark and Vaster Gotland.  Jarl Sigvald of the Jomsvikings meets King Olaf at the court of King Burizleif and they get Queen Thora’s belongings and part amicably and Sigvald offers to escort the Norwegians back through the Sound, but he is really working for King Sweyn and he leads the Norwegians into the trap that Sweyn has set for them.

Sixty of Olaf’s warships sail past Svolder and Jarl Sigvald leads the last eleven ships, the big ships of King Olaf Tryggvason to the Island of Svolder, where they are set upon by the Danes, the Swedes and the Aesir pagan Norwegians.  The Jomsviking ships stay out of the fray and watch as Olaf ties his eleven dragonships together and they fend off the attacks of the Danes and then the Swedes but they falter under the attack of the Aesir Norwegians and Jarl Eirik is deprived of the honour of slaying the wounded King Olaf when he leaps into the water and disappears under the ships.  Princess Astrid, Jarl Sigvald’s wife, it is said, sailed out from Svolder, and the Jomsvikings there, and may have saved the swimming King Olaf and may have taken him back to Wendland with her.  The two are never heard from again.

The details of the battle are taken right out of King Olaf’s Saga in the Heimskringla, the Book of Norwegian Kings.  Even Snorri Sturluson, the twelfth century writer of the Saga, wasn’t sure whether King Olaf drowned or was saved by Astrid.  Norway is parted out between the three coalition leaders, but Jarl Eirik gains the lion’s share of the Viks along the coast.

Jarl Eirik takes the Long Serpent to Ipswich in Angleland and shows Princess Gyda the ship and he celebrates his victory in the true Aesir tradition by having sex with Gyda, Olaf’s former wife, and then raping Olaf’s two young daughters by her.  He emulates King Sweyn’s victory over King Harald ‘Blue Tooth’, where Sweyn took both Harald’s wife and daughters, Queen Gyritha and Princesses Gunhilde and Thora as his wives in Denmark.  The Aesir tripartite god religion of Odin, Thor and Tyr blessed victory over one’s enemy in battle with the taking of his wives and daughters as chattel.  Jarl Eirik had already taken Princess Gyda as a wife, but he now married King Olaf’s young daughters too.

Princess Gyda of Ipswich

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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