or The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway
Saga of Harald Hardrade
Harald, son of Sigurd Syr, was born in the year A.D. 1015, and left Norway A.D.1030. He was called Hardrade, that is, the severe counsellor, the tyrant, though theIcelanders never applied this epithet to him. Harald helped the Icelanders in thefamine of A.D. 1056, and sent them timber for a church at Thingvol. It was theNorwegians who gave him the name tyrant in contrast to the "debonairete" of Magnus. He came to Norway in A.D. 1046, and became sole king in A.D. 1047. Hedied in A.D. 1066, and his son and successor Magnus died in A.D. 1069.
1. HARALD ESCAPES FROM THE BATTLE OF STIKLESTAD.Harald, son of Sigurd Syr, brother of Olaf the Saint, by the samemother, was at the battle of Stiklestad, and was fifteen yearsold when King Olaf the Saint fell, as was before related. Haraldwas wounded, and escaped with other fugitives. So says Thiodolf:--"At Haug the fire-sparks from his shieldFlew round the king's head on the field,As blow for blow, for Olaf's sake,His sword and shield would give and take.Bulgaria's conqueror, I ween,Had scarcely fifteen winters seen,When from his murdered brother's side