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Halfdan Long-Leg

Halfdan Long-Leg

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Halfdan Long-Leg (Old Norse: Hálfdan háleggur, Norwegian: Halvdan Hålegg) was a Viking-Age warrior who lived in the latter half of the 9th century. He was the son of King Harald Fairhair and a Sami woman named Snofrid Svasadottir.

Snorri Sturluson in Heimskringla states that Halfdan was one of Harald's many sons who were involved in a power struggle with one another. Halfdan and his brother Gudrød Ljome were responsible for murdering Rognvald Eysteinsson and 60 of his men by burning them inside of a structure. Upon learning of this event, Harald flew into a rage and sent out a great force against Gudrød who was then banished. Rognvald's son Torf-Einarr performed the Blood eagle ritual on Halfdan in retaliation after a battle. Harald made Rognvald's son Thorirm Earl of Møre and gave his daughter Alof to him in marriage.[1] [2] [3]

See also


  1. ^ Hollander, Lee (1964). Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway (7th, 2009 ed.). Univ of Texas Press. p. 84. ISBN 9780292786967. 
  2. ^ Narve Bjørgo. "Torv-Einar Einar Ragnvaldsson". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ Claus Krag. "Ragnvald Øysteinsson Mørejarl". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 

Other sources

  • Crawford, Barbara (1987) Scandinavian Scotland (Leicester University Press) ISBN 0-7185-1282-0
  • Muir, Tom (2005) Orkney in the Sagas: The Story of the Earldom of Orkney as told in the Icelandic Sagas (The Orcadian. Kirkwall) ISBN 0954886232
  • Pálsson, Hermann and Edwards, Paul Geoffrey (1981) Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney (Penguin Classics) ISBN 0-14-044383-5

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