Outside the great hall of King Hrolf Kraki, in Hleidargard, King Hjorvard, and Queen Skuld pitched their tents and waited under the ruse of friendship. It was Hjalti, while visiting his mistress outside the hall, who determined that King Hjorvard was not there on a friendly errand , but was there to attack King Hrolf Kraki. Hjalti quickly grabbed his weapons, and awakened the king. The warriors gathered together with their great king, and drank toasts before going into battle.
Those in atttendance were the following : Hromund the hard, Hrolf the swift - handed, Hvitserk the bold, Haklang, Hardrefil, Haki the valiant, Vott the arrogant, Storolf, Hjalti the magnanimous, Bodvar Bjarki, Svipdag, and Beygad. Remember the names of these brave warriors well my friends for these were the best of the best !
As soon as King Hrolf Kraki and his warriors went outside the battle began. Though 80 years old now King Hrolf, flanked by his mighty warriors, pushed foward...... ever foward. Only Bodvar Bjarki was missing from their ranks. The battle raged on and on ! The dead littered the ground like fallen leaves in autumn. With his great sword Skofnung in his hands no one could stand before great King Hrolf. He slashed and stabbed with the strength of a man half his age.
Suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, a giant bear appeared and began attacking King Hjorvard's men without mercy ! This huge bear was killing more of the Swedes than all of King Hrolf Kraki's warriors combined. Hjalti, then noticed that Bodvar was not fighting with the other warriors and ran back to the hall to get him. He found Bodvar sitting on the benches apparently asleep ! Hjalti woke him at once, and scolded him for his cowardice. Bodvar simply replied that Hjalti, by waking him, had not helped the king at all. For only in a state of sleep could he summon his bear form to help the king.
Bodvar then left with Hjalti, and joined in the epic battle. The bear had disappeared by this point, and now the tide was turning against the aged King Hrolf Kraki. While the bear had been on the battlefield Queen Skuld could not work her black magic. But after dark she summoned a great boar which advanced towards the battle. Killing arrows shot out of its bristles killing many of the king's retainers. No matter how many warriors Hrolf's champions killed the enemies ranks never stopped coming.
King Hrolf Kraki fought on as valiantly as any warrior ever has to defend himself and his men. He was attacked continuously by the best of King Hjorvard's and Queen Skuld's warriors, and began to wear down. In the fray he had slowly become isolated from his warriors, and was now alone. Skuld now encouraged her men on with words and spells. King Hrolf Kraki, wounded and exhausted finally fell, as did all of the great king's warriors. King Hjorvard, and most of his warriors fell as well. Only Queen Skuld and a select few of her warriors lived to see the morning's light.
Queen Skuld took over Hrolf's kingdom, but ruled only a short period of time. Elk - Frodi, one day, went to the hoof print he had made in the rock all those years before, and saw blood in the depression, and knew his brother had been killed. To avenge his brother he joined forces with King Thorir hound's foot, and soldiers from the Swedish kingdom of Queen Yrsa. It is said that Vogg kept his promise to avenge the king that he gave a name to, and was the commander of this combined force. Queen Skuld was taken by surprise, and not even her magic could save her this time. King Hrolf's kingdom was ruled there after by his daughters, who built great burial mounds for their father, and all of his great warriors. When great King Hrolf Kraki's body was lowered into the mound, across his chest was laid his magnificent sword Skofnung. For his daughters knew that their father would need his great weapon to fight with in the Halls of Valhalla.
What a great ending to a tremendous story ! However, I must implore you all to read the whole story. The actual story is 80 pages long, and contains some great dialogue, and scenes that I could never have fit into my short blog articles. The best telling of the story I know is the Penguin Classics version, by Jesse Byock. ENJOY !!
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !