King Olav knew that he could not trust Rorik, but because of Olav's kinship to him, he did not want to put him to death. He chose instead to blind Rorik for his betrayal. He then took Rorik with him where ever he traveled so that all could see what happened to those who betrayed him. Olav even allowed Rorik to sit on a high - seat next to him, not out of respect mind you, but as a symbol of his victory over the five kings.
Though blinded Rorik still wanted Olav dead. He next conspired with a man named Swein to kill the evil King Olav. Swein unfortunately was not a brave man, and his fear got the best of him when he was confronted by Olav. Surprisingly, Olav still did not have Rorik executed, but did have him watched day and night to prevent further attempts.
After a failed escape attempt, Rorik decided to take matters into his own hands. On Ascension Day, while at Mass, Rorik was lead to a seat next to Olav. Rorik sat down and felt the material that Olav was wearing. Rorik commented on how nice the cloth was, but what he was really doing was checking to see if Olav was wearing chain - mail. Realizing that he wasn' t, Rorik pulled out a dagger and thrust it at what he thought was Olav' s chest. Poor blind Rorik missed his mark and only managed to tear through the tunic that Olav was wearing. Olav then decided enough was enough and exiled Rorik to Greenland. Rorik only made it as far as Iceland where in his third winter on that lonely island he died of sickness.
King Rorik did more to try to rid this earth of King Olav than any other Pagan, which is why I now honor this great man every 9th of June for his efforts. His bravery knew no bounds, and only through unfortunate circumstances did his plans not succeed. He was a great man of his age, and MUST be remembered, and honored in our time.
All Hail a brave man !
All Hail a brave warrior !!
All Hail our martyr King Rorik !!!
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !