søndag 8. november 2009

43. Halvdan Svarte


King Halvdan the black

Halfdan the Black, approx. 810 - ca. 860. There are conflicting data about his birth and death, but he was king from ca. 829. Nicknamed "Black" he was because of his black hair.

The tradition of Halfdan the Black are historically uncertain, but he is mentioned in many historical works; Ágrip af Nóregskonungasögum (Trondheim, ca. 1190), Halfdan Svartes saga in Heimskringla (Snorri, ca. 1220) and Fagrskinna (Iceland, ca. 1225).

The sagas say that the Viking King Halfdan the Black is buried in the Halfdan Haugen on Stein in Hole municipality, Norway. Snorre writes that once Halfdan the Black had been visiting the Hadeland, he went over Randsfjorden on the way home. Then he went through the ice with his horse and sleigh, and drowned.