When the King of Raumarik heard of the atrocities being committed by King Olav against both the rich and poor of their lands he went to see King Rorik, for he was the wisest of kings. After they had spoken they sent word to Rorik's brother, King Ring, and Gudrod King of the Gudbrandsdale, and others to meet at Ringsaker, in Hedemark. There were five kings in all who met to discuss plans to stop King Olav, who was slaying and maiming men who would not convert to the religion of the white Christ. After hearing what the king of Raumarik had to say, King Rorik stepped foward and spoke : " Now the time has come that I guessed upon, when we held council in Hadeland, and we were all eager to raise Olav up over our heads, that he would be hard to take by the horns, when he had the power over the land. Now there are two choices left to us; one is to allow him to shape this land with his heavy - hand, and I fear that this is the best that we can do. The second choice is that we band together, and rise up against him." Gudrod of the Dales spoke next : " It seems strange to me that we waver in settling this matter ! I also see that you are afraid of Olav. We here are five kings and none of us is of a lower birth than Olav. We gave him the strength to fight against Jarl Sweinn and it was by that power that he now rules these lands. If he will not now allow us the small kingdoms that we in the past have ruled over, then we need not be afraid of him, and take his head when he enters our lands in Hedemark. Rorik then added that they must strengthen their alliances so that none of them would waiver.He went on : " We need to stay together day and night until this plan is ratified by all. " After this meeting they had a feast made, and also sent out spies to watch King Olav so they would know of his every movement, and the number of his men.
When a deal was finally struck between the five kings they sent out a call to all of the bonders from their districts. When the bonders met with the kings, the kings laid out their plans before them. They wanted 360 men from each of the kings to oppose King Olav. Most of the bonders seemed to like the plan so they were sent back to their districts to raise men for their armies. Unfortunately for the 5 kings one of the men who left this meeting had a more sinister idea in mind.
There was a man at his meeting whose name was Ketel of Ringanes. After he left the meeting he took the ship that he had been given by King Olav, and with forty men rowed to Vasenda. From there Ketel left 20 men to guard the boat, and then went with the rest of his men in search of King Olav. Eventually Ketel caught up with King Olav at Eid, in Upper Raumarik. Olav greeted him kindly, and Ketel then told the king about the meeting in Hedemark, and the plans they were making to kill him. When King Olav heard of the treachery of the 5 kings he made plans at once to squash the uprising before it could even begin. Olav made ready his ships, and his men, which numbered 480, sailed to Ringjaker.
Ketel, who accompanied King Olav, knew exactly which of the houses the 5 kings slept in. Olav had all 5 houses watched to make sure that no one came out of the houses. When morning came it was easy for Olav to take the 5 kings prisoners, because they had not yet amassed an army to protect them. They were also not expecting that Olav would discover their plans so quickly, and felt secure where they were staying.
End Part 1
Next : Part 2 : A blind King Rorik plots again and again to kill King Olav.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !