When Gudrod, Halvdan's father, stepped off his ship onto land,
He was run through by a young lad, with a spear in his hand.
King Gudrod was killed by Halvdan's mother, for she wanted revenge,
King Gudrod killed Queen Asa' s father, now his death was avenged.
King Gudrod died as Halvdan's life had just begun,
Halvdan was not alone, King Gudrod had another son.
Olav, your half - brother, ruled Gudrod's kingdom with care,
When Halvdan became a man, these lands he would share.
Your hair was dark as coal, hence your name " The Black ".
You were built strong and intelligent, little did you lack .
When your half - brother died, you took over his lands,
You ruled them justly, showed your folk a gentle hand.
When others attacked you, with rage you were filled,
Many warriors would die, much blood would be spilled.
You lost some of your battles, but never the war,
Your kingdom expanded, much larger than before.
You fathered with Ragnhild, an heir to your throne,
His name was Harald, he would rule Norway alone.
One day in Hadeland, you crossed ice that was not sound,
It cracked and gave way, poor King Halvdan was drowned.
In Ringerik they built for mighty King Halvdan a funeral mound,
But leaders of Raumarik, Vestfold, and Hedemark came round.
They demanded the body, said it would bring them good seasons,
They loved and respected their king, they gave as their reasons.
They thought long and hard, wondered how they would decide,
Which of the districts would return with their king who had died.
There was only one way to keep the peace that was sure,
They drew out their knives and divided his body in four !
Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2012.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !