History Literature / Heimskringla

17th Jan '17 12:35:26 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* ThePatriarch: Harald Finehair, courtesy of his 23 children. He is, of course, the patriarch for all kings in the Norwegian line of kings down to the end of Heimskringla, but by extention, he is reckoned to be the ancestor of ''almost every Norwegian'' who can trace a linear ancestry in the country further back than 250 years (that is quite a good percent).
21st Sep '16 6:38:28 PM ecuvulle6267
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* TheLowMiddleAges: A medieval history of Norway spanning from the TimeOfMyths to the HighMiddleAges.
8th Aug '16 12:39:20 PM LordGro
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* ExcessiveMourning: When Harald Finehair's Sami wife Snaefrid dies, her body does not decompose, and Harald sits at her deathbed for three years because he thinks she might come to life again, in the meantime neglecting all affairs of government. Finally Harald's advisor Thorleif suggests changing Snaefrid's bedsheets; as soon as the corpse is raised, it turns rotten. Harald has it burnt on a pyre and stops mourning.



* FairySexy: Snefrid, daughter of the local Finn chieftain, is so attractive that king Harald Finehair loses his wits completely and is about to take her on the spot. Her father denies him this, claiming that he should marry her first. They do, and have four sons, while Harald dismisses his other wives and almost forgets to rule his country. When Snefrid dies, he sits grieving by her side for ''three years'', while her corpse seems to be in perfect shape all the time. Until a manservant suggests changing her bedsheets. Then, the {{glamour}} collapses, the body turns foul in a moment, and has to be burned. Snorri concludes that Harald got his wits back after this, realizing he was "betrayed by the finn".
** Bonus points when you realize that one of Snefrid`s sons became a sorcerer, another the great-grandfather of Harald Hardrada and eventually ancestor of the later line of Norwegian kings. What does that tell us about the later kings of Norway?

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* FairySexy: Snefrid, daughter of the local Finn chieftain, is so attractive that king Harald Finehair loses his wits completely and is about to take her on the spot. Her father denies him this, claiming that he should marry her first. They do, and have four sons, while Harald dismisses his other wives and almost forgets to rule his country. When Snefrid dies, he sits grieving by her side for ''three years'', while her corpse seems to be in perfect shape all the time. Until a manservant suggests changing her bedsheets. Then, the {{glamour}} collapses, the body turns foul in a moment, and has to be burned. Snorri concludes that Harald got his wits back after this, realizing he was "betrayed by the finn".
** Bonus points when you realize that one of Snefrid`s sons became a sorcerer, another the great-grandfather of Harald Hardrada and eventually ancestor of the later line of Norwegian kings. What does that tell us about the later kings of Norway?
13th Mar '16 8:52:58 AM LordGro
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* HeroicAmbidexterity:
** King Olaf Tryggvason "smote equally well with both hands and shot two spears at a time."
** The reign of the Danish governor Svein Canuteson is challenged by Tryggvi, who claims to be the son of Olaf Tryggvason and the legitimate heir to the kingdom. Svein's supporters in turn accuse him of being an impostor who is really the son of a priest. In battle, Tryggvi "shot spears with both hands at a time; he said: 'Thus my father taught me to chant!'" Nevertheless Tryggvi is vanquished.
* HeroicVow: Olaf Tryggvason announces that he will make all of Norway Christian "or else die". Later he also vows to never retreat from Svein Forkbeard, which becomes a plot point.



* HeroicVow: Olaf Tryggvason announces that he will make all of Norway Christian "or else die". Later he also vows to never retreat from Svein Forkbeard, which becomes a plot point.



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21st Sep '15 6:41:57 PM nombretomado
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''Heimskringla'' is a massive medieval history book, recounting the lives of the kings of UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} from the days when the [[NorseMythology Aesir]] dwelt among men to 1177 AD. It was written c. 1230 AD in UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}, purportedly by the most famous medieval Icelandic author, Creator/SnorriSturluson.

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''Heimskringla'' is a massive medieval history book, recounting the lives of the kings of UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} from the days when the [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Aesir]] dwelt among men to 1177 AD. It was written c. 1230 AD in UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}, purportedly by the most famous medieval Icelandic author, Creator/SnorriSturluson.
16th May '15 12:52:54 PM LordGro
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* YoungestChildWins: From the twenty-odd sons of Harald Finehair, it is the youngest, Håkon the Good, that finally overthrows his evil older brother Erik Bloodaxe and inherits the kingdom.

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* YoungestChildWins: From the Even before Harald Finehair's death, his twenty-odd sons begin to fight over the succession, with Harald's favorite Erik killing four of Harald Finehair, his brothers. But it is the youngest, Håkon the Good, that finally overthrows his evil older brother youngest child, Håkon, who eventually outplays Erik Bloodaxe and inherits the kingdom.
3rd Feb '15 12:01:54 PM LordGro
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[HornyVikings Those guys.]][[note]]Image is "King Olaf's wedding journey to Land's End" by Christian Krohg (1899)[[/note]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: [- Christian Krohg:
"King Olaf's wedding journey to Land's End" by Christian Krohg (1899)[[/note]] (1899)-] ]]



--> '''King Magnus Barelegs''', ''Heimskringla''

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11th May '14 10:56:59 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* FairySexy: Snefrid, daughter of the local Finn chieftain, is so attractive that king Harald Finehair loses his wits completely and is about to have her on the spot. Her father denies him this, claiming that he shoult marry her first. They do, and have four sons, while Harald dismisses his other wives and almost forgets to rule his country. When Snefrid dies, he sits grieving by her side for ''three years'', while her corpse seems to be in perfect shape all the time. Until a manservant suggests changing her bedsheets. Then, the {{glamour}} collapses, the body turns foul in a moment, and has to be burned. Snorri concludes that Harald got his wits back after this, realizing he was "betrayed by the finn".

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* FairySexy: Snefrid, daughter of the local Finn chieftain, is so attractive that king Harald Finehair loses his wits completely and is about to have take her on the spot. Her father denies him this, claiming that he shoult should marry her first. They do, and have four sons, while Harald dismisses his other wives and almost forgets to rule his country. When Snefrid dies, he sits grieving by her side for ''three years'', while her corpse seems to be in perfect shape all the time. Until a manservant suggests changing her bedsheets. Then, the {{glamour}} collapses, the body turns foul in a moment, and has to be burned. Snorri concludes that Harald got his wits back after this, realizing he was "betrayed by the finn".
11th May '14 10:56:31 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* FairySexy: Snefrid, daughter of the local Finn chieftain, is so attractive that king Harald Finehair loses his wits completely and is about to have her on the spot. Her father denies him this, claiming that he shoult marry her first. They do, and have four sons, while Harald dismisses his other wives and almost forgets to rule his country. When Snefrid dies, he sits grieving by her side for ''three years'', while her corpse seems to be in perfect shape all the time. Until a manservant suggests changing her bedsheets. Then, the {{glamour}} collapses, the body turns foul in a moment, and has to be burned. Snorri concludes that Harald got his wits back after this, realizing he was "betrayed by the finn".
** Bonus points when you realize that one of Snefrid`s sons became a sorcerer, another the great-grandfather of Harald Hardrada and eventually ancestor of the later line of Norwegian kings. What does that tell us about the later kings of Norway?
11th May '14 10:36:45 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Gunhild, wife of Eirik Bloodaxe. According to other sources, Gunhild was a Danish princess, and not ''that'' bad. In ''Heimskringla'', she is presented as a sorceress, daughter of a finn, and that is just the beginning of it. She is also presented this way in the ''Saga of Egill Skallagrimsson''.
** The Icelanders, especially Snorri himself (who ''also'' wrote the saga of Egill), seem to have hated her guts to a point where Snorri found it prudent to slander her good and proper.
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