NameHálfdan "White Leg" King of the Uplanders
BirthRaumerike, Norway
Death750, Toten, Oppland, Norway
Misc. Notes
48. HALFDAN HVITBEIN MADE KING.

Those of the Swedes who had more understanding found that the
dear times proceeded from there being a greater number of people
on the land than it could support, and that the king could not be
blamed for this. They took the resolution, therefore, to cross
the Eida forest with all their men, and came quite unexpectedly
into Soleyar, where they put to death King Solve, and took
Halfdan Hvitbein prisoner, and made him their chief, and gave him
the title of king. Thereupon he subdued Soleyar, and proceeding
with his army into Raumarike, plundered there, and laid that
district also in subjection by force of arms.

49. OF HALFDAN HVITBEIN.

Halfdan Hvitbein became a great king. He was married to Aasa, a
daughter of Eystein the Severe, who was king of the Upland
people, and ruled over Hedemark. Halfdan and Aasa had two sons,
Eystein and Gudrod. Halfdan subdued a great part of Hedemark,
Toten, Hadeland, and much of Westfold. He lived to be an old
man, and died in his bed at Toten, from whence his body was
transported to Westfold, and was buried under a mound at a place
called Skaereid, at Skiringsale. So says Thjodolf: --

"Halfdan, esteemed by friends and foes,
Receives at last life's deep repose:
The aged man at last, though late,
Yielded in Toten to stern fate.
At Skiringsale hangs o'er his grave
A rock, that seems to mourn the brave Halfdan,
to chiefs and people dear,
Received from all a silent tear."

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Events in the life of Hálfdan Hvítbeinn O'láfsson

event
in Skaereid, Skiringsale.
·founded a pagan temple
† death 1 .
·He lived to be an old man, and died in his bed at Toten.
event 1 .
·subdued Soleyar (his foster father's homeland), and then proceeded with his army into Raumarike, plundered there, and laid that district also in subjection by force of arms
burial 1 .
in Skaereid, Skiringsale, Vëstfold.
·After he had died, his body was transported to Westfold, and was buried under a mound at a place called Skaereid, at Skiringsale. So says Thjodolf: -- "Halfdan, esteemed by friends and foes, Receives at last life's deep repose: The aged man at last, though late, Yielded in Toten to stern fate. At Skiringsale hangs o'er his grave A rock, that seems to mourn the brave Halfdan, to chiefs and people dear, Received from all a silent tear."
event 1 .
·captured by the Swedes who'd killed his Uncle, and made their Chief (in deference to his Yngling blood?)
event 1 .
·brought up in Soleyar, in the house of his mother's brother Solve
event 1 .
·subdued a great part of Hedemark, Toten, Hadeland, and much of Westfold
event 1 .
·took possession of Värmland after his brothers death, raised scatt (tax) from it, and placed earls over it as long as he lived

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