Furious, King Gudrod gathered up his army and sailed with many men to Agder. Gudrod came upon King Harald Redbeard at night, and a fierce battle was fought in which King Harald, and his son Gyrd, were killed. King Gudrod took away as much loot as he could carry back to his kingdom. And of course he also carried away with him the prize that he had sought in the first place, the daughter of Harald Redbeard, Asa. They had one son together who they named Halvdan after his grandfather.
To avenge the death of her father, the now Queen Asa, had what was described in Heimskringla as a, " Shoe Lad ", wait outside where Gudrod had his ship tied up, and when Gudrod came ashore via a gangway, the lad ran him through with a spear killing him. Halvdan was only about one year old when his mother killed his father, so he was too young to succeed his father as king. His half - brother Olav took over the kingdom, and ruled over all the lands in both their names. Halvdan was not excluded from ruling the lands, and when Halvdan came of age they shared the rule of the kingdom. Olav ruled the western part of the kingdom, and Halvdan the eastern section. Olav later died from a foot disease and was buried in a mound at Geirstader. Halvdan quickly grew to be a very big and strong man. Along with his massive physique Halvdan had dark black hair which gave him his distinguishing name, the Black.
One harvest season when he was 19 years old he led his army to Vingulmark and fought with King Gandalv. The had many battles of which neither could win a decisive victory. Finally they both agreed on a peace settlement. Halvdan would be granted Vingulmark, the land of his father Gudrod. Halvdan then took over Raumarik as well. When King Sigtryg ( Every small piece of land seems to have had a king back then) heard of this he sent his army against King Halvdan the Black. In a great battle Halvdan defeated King Sigtryg, who was killed in the fighting. After Halvdan had gone back to his lands, King Sigtryg's brother, King Eystein, gathered up his army and took back the land of Raumarik.
When Halvdan the Black heard the news that King Eystein had subdued, and reclaimed Raumarik, Halvdan once again put his army into motion to meet his new enemy . After several battles, all won by Halvdan the Black, King Eystein decided that discretion was the better part of valor and fled to Hedemark. King Eystein had not given up yet however, and gathered together another army, and confronted Halvdan once again. This time they met on the island that lies in the middle of the lake Mjore. In a bloody battle that cost many casualties on both sides, Halvdan the Black was victorious once again. King Eystein proved to be a slippery adversary once again, and was able to escape north to Dale where he decided to sue for peace. He sent his kinsman Halvard, known as the Rogue, to discuss the terms of peace. Halvdan, at least in my opinion, was very generous in allowing King Eystein to keep half of his kingdom in Hedemark. Freed from his wars with King Eystein, Halvdan then turned his attention, and his army, against Tote, Land, and Hadeland, and easily added these territories to his ever increasing domain. Halvdan the Black was now a mighty king who wielded much power, and was feared throughout Norway.
End of part 1
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