Under the protection of Harald Bluetooth, of Denmark, Jarl Haakon was installed as the ruler of Norway. Apparently he never took the title of king as the histories and sagas all call him Jarl. Jarl Haakon broke his allegiance to Harald Bluetooth when the king of Denmark tried to force him to convert to Christianity. Jarl Haakon would not dishonor his ancestors, or his folk, by giving up the Old Gods. The Christian Danes attacked but were defeated at the battle of Hjorungavar in 986.
In Snorre Sturlason's, " Heimskringla", Snorre writes, " While Hacon the Jarl was ruling over Norway there were good seasons in the land, and good peace between the borders within." Snorre also gives us a picture of Jarl Haakon's devotion to the old Gods when he writes, " When Hacon the Jarl went north along the coast in the summer, and the people gave themselves to him, he bade them keep up the temples and blood offerings all over the land, and so it was done." Snorre blames Jarl Haakon's falling out of favor with the populace, on his dealings with women, but does not go into details.
In 995, the Christian, Olaf Trygvasson, Olaf I, arrived in Norway with an army, and quickly Jarl Haakon lost support and had to flee with a slave. The slave betrayed him and took the Jarl's life hoping that Olaf Trygvasson would spare his. Olaf killed the slave as well.
I honor Jarl Haakon on April, 9th, of every year, for the way he defended our religion against the Christians, and for his strong support of our temples and our Gods and Goddesses. All hail Jarl Haakon, defender of the Old Ways ! All hail our hero and martyr !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !