Why King Rorik is still alive at this point is beyond me ! He has planned to kill Olav, and convinced another man to try and kill the king, and yet King Olav will not put have him put to death. Shocking from a man who has been so quick in the past to condemn to death, pemanently injure, or exile, anyone who was a follower of the old Gods. He does actually respond to this question in Heimskringla by saying : " I like not to mar the victory I won over the Upland kings when I took all five of them in one morning, and so got all their kingdoms without having to be the slayer of any of them, for they were all my kinsmen. " Personally I feel that to King Olav, King Rorik was almost used as a trophy, to show all of those who came before him what would happen to those who opposed him or the white Christ.
A man named Toraren Nevjolvson, an Icelander, came to be in Tunsberg at the time of these happennings. He was a great traveler who spent much of his days on the high seas. King Olav asked Toraren to sail to Greenland and to take Rorik with him. He wanted Rorik brought to Leif Eiriksson. Toraren said that he had never been to Greenland. The king responded that such a world traveler as he should go to Greenland. Toraren agreed but only if he could become one of the king's guards. The king agreed, and soon ships were fitted out for the voyage Greenland. This change of heart by Olav, I believe, came about because many of the king's men had been pushing for Rorik's death. Olav chose to exile Rorik instead.
Before leaving Toraren asked what he should do with King Rorik if he was blown away from Greenland, and were to land in Iceland. King Olaf told him to give Rorik to either Gudmund Eyolfson, or Skafti the Lawman, or for that matter any chieftain who would accept the tokens that I give you. These " tokens " as they are called in Heimskringla, I believe must have been gold coins, which would pay for Rorik's keep.
Toraren had smooth sailing until he hit the Greenland Sea. Here the seas were high, and the weather stormy, and he was blown away from Greenland. Either this was Toraren's plan all along, or he was a seer who saw that he would never reach Greenland. I believe that is why he asked Olav what to do with Rorik if he landed in Iceland. At the end of the summer he landed at Breidafjord, in Iceland.
Torgils Arason was the first chieftain to come to Toraren. He told Torgils about King Olav's promise of friendship, and showed him the tokens regarding the taking over of King Rorik. During that first winterRorik stayed with Torgils Arason, but Rorik did not like it there, and asked that he be moved to the care of Gudmund. Torgils then sent Rorik to Gudmund where he spent his second winter in Iceland. Rorik became discontent there also so Gudmund sent him to stay at a place called Kalvskin. Rorik liked it there because there were so few people that he sat on one of the highest seats. During the summer, after the third winter in Iceland, Rorik caught an illness which caused his death. It is said that Kin Rorik has the distinction of being the only king buried in the soil of Iceland. I guess in that respect he sits in the highest seat of all !
King Rorik should be remembered for trying to stop the evil King Olav from forcing his people, and the people of the other five kingdoms, from being forced to convert to Christianity. If not for a traitor, who knows if their plan would have worked and King Olav's reign of terror stopped ? He also, even after being blinded in both eyes, tried to kill King Olav multiple times, including his own valiant, but feeble, attempt in the church. His reward for protecting his people, and his Gods was blindness, being exiled, and dying in a foreign land. All Followers of the Old Ways should remember King Rorik for the intelligent man that he was, and the heroic figure that he became. Starting next month every June 9th, I will honor King Rorik for his deeds. All hail great King Rorik !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !