When the spring came he recruited men from the land just to the north of his. He gathered men from Halogaland, Naumadale, Byrda, Stad, Trondlaw, and Raumsdale. Jarl Haakon then sailed with his men to Sogn where he met King Ragnford in battle. Jarl Haakon struck with a much larger force on the Thinganes, ( Modern Sognfjord ), and forced King Ragnford to flee to his ships. It is written that over 300 of Ragnford's men were killed in the intense fighting. After the dust had settled from this latest intrusion into Jarl Haakon's lands, peace once again fell over his kingdom.
It was then that Jarl Haakon met a beautiful young woman called Thora, who was the daughter of Skagi Skoftason. With her he had two sons, Swein and Heming, and a daughter named Bergliot. Haakon also liked to fool around as well, and had several children outside of his marriage, one of whom was Ragnhild. He loved Thora very much it is said, ( A contradiction in todays terms ), and treated her kinsmen very well. Sometimes even above his own kinsmen !
It was about at this time, 973 - 983 A.C.E. that Emperor Otto II, who was ruling over Saxland, threatened the King of Denmark, with war if he did not convert all of his people to Christianity. King Harald immediately sent messages throughout his kingdom, and to Jarl Haakon asking for men for his army to defend against Otto II, and his Christian army.
Emperor Otto II upon hearing that the king of Denmark was raising an army to oppose him and would rather fight than convert his people to Christianity, raised a tremendous army from all over his vast lands. Armies came from Saxland, Frankland, Friesland, and from Vendland. One thing that should be noted here is that King Burislav's son - in - law also was amongst the troops that came from Vendland. He was the hated soon to be King of Norway, Olav Tryggvasson.
Jarl Haakon's men were put in place to guard the Dane - Works, as Emperor Otto II's army came up from out of the south. The Dane - Works was a fortress where two fjords went into the land on either side. The Danes had constructed a great wall of stones to bar the enemy access, and had dug a deep ditch on the outside, and had built towers near each of the gates. It was at this point that the great battle commenced.
Emperor Otto II threw his army at the walls again and again, but Jarl Haakon's men defended them well and Otto's forces could not win the fortress over. Seeing that he could not defeat the impregnable fortress he then turned his forces towards Sle. Here he was met by the Danish King Harald Gormson. The battle was bloody and lasted for hours, but the Christian army was too much for the Danes who were forced to flee. Later in Morso Emperor Otto II, and King Harald Gormson met and a peace treaty was worked out. It was here by agreement that the Danish King and his army were converted to Christianity, and baptised by the Holy Bishop Poppa. Jarl Haakon and his men were also converted at this time, but the Jarl had no intention of keeping his agreement with the Christians. Once he was out to sea he had his men shoot arrows at every holy man on the beach, killing many. It was here that the rift between Jarl Haakon, and his great protector and ally King Harald Gormson of Denmark formed. It was the beginning of the end for Jarl Haakon.
End Part 2
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !