King Rorik, ( now known as the blind ), was kept with King Olav. When his eye wounds had healed Olav sent two men to serve him. He provided him with food, drink, clothes, and even allowed him to sit next to him on his high - seat. Whether this was done out of pity, or as a symbol of what happens to those who defy him, is a matter of opinion. I personally believe it is the latter. Rorik, as might be expected, became bitter, and answered questions he was asked abruptly, and rudely. Only when Rorik was with his kinsman Swein, who served him, did he become happy and talkative. The bitterness he felt towards King Olav was never forgotten by Rorik, however. He was also angry that his own kin and folk did not avenge him. Swein would try to calm his anger by saying that they would have to fight against great odds to defeat Olav, and they no longer held much power in the land.
Rorik then planned to kill King Olav, because he felt that Olav feared nothing, and no one now, and felt he could do anything he wanted with impunity. He told Swein that it was possible that if they killed King Olav, that he would become King and that Swein would be a Jarl. Swein, who was swayed by Rorik's big talk promised to follow his plan to kill King Olav. Rorik told Swein to wait outside on the porch with a sword hidden under his cape, which he agreed to do. When King Olav went to Evensong, Swein came out of the church towards Swein at such a pace that he froze, and his face turned pale. Olav noticed this and Swein's discomfort, and asked him if he was planning to betray him. Swein, who was terrified, threw off the cape, discarded the sword, and fell at the king's feet. King Olav sent Swein out of his lands, and sent Rorik to a lower bench opposite his own, known as the second bench. Olav also had guards follow Rorik night and day, and listen to his conversations.
King Rorik's mood naow changed like the winds, and the weather. At times he was silent for days, and other times he was very happy and enjoyed conversation. Sometimes, however, he spoke only of evil. Yet King Olav gave him much spending money, and all the food and drink that any man could want.
Then there came to Rorik a man from the Uplands named Finn the Little. He was a small man which gave him his name, but he was very fleet of foot, and was skilled at skiing, and shooting arrows. He was a trusted servant of Rorik's and would often go on errands for him. King Rorik was always careful not to speak to him at great length, as not to alarm King Olav of their intentions. Finn the Little came and went, and as spring passed he went away from Olav's army with plans. These plans included helping King Rorik to escape, and go back to his kinsmen.
When Olav came to Tunsberg, just before Easter, their was such a good season that there was a lot of merriment and celebration. The horns were passed liberally, and many became drunk. Rorik, who was in his bedroom, after a night of heavy drinking, woke up his guards, and said that he wished to go outside. Rorik and his guards sat on the steps of an outhouse when a planned fight broke out. King Rorik asked them to go at once and stop the fight. When they got near the fighters they were both struck down by King Rorik's men who had come to rescue him. They then brought King Rorik to a boat they had waiting for them and rowed silently away.
During the night, however, the bodies were found, and a boy was sent to King Rorik's room. Sigvar feared waking King Olav so he had the guards ring the church bells, which woke Olav. When Olav reached the street he asked why the bells were rung at such an hour. A man named Tord told him that events had happened, and that King Rorik had gone away, and that his two bodyguards had been killed. Olav sent a man named Tore the Long, with a small ship, and 30 men and went after Rorik. Tore saw two boats in front of them and told his men to row harder. As they came nearer to King Rorik's boat, Rorik's men became afraid and turned the boat to shore and leapt out onto the beach. King Rorik remained in the boat, however, and sat stoic and upright. Finn the Little, as he was escaping, turned and shot an arrow which killed Tore. Tore's men brought his body and the recaptured King Rorik back to Tunsberg to face King Olav. Olav now had King Rorik watched every minute of every day. His guards were told to be wary of his treacherous ways.
End Part 2
Next : Part 3 : King Rorik tries to kill King Olav himself !
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