We Must NEVER Forget Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice !
In Heimskringla, ( The Lives of the Norse Kings ), it tells the story of a man named Olvir of Egge. It says within these ancient pages that he was named after the place he lived, and that he was a man of great strength, and a leader on the Bonder's behalf. When he journeyed to see the king to represent them, the king brought charges against the Bonder's. Olvir answered these charges this way, " They had no feast that autumn except their guild feasts, and friendly drinkings. But if what is told to you about us Tronds when we drink, be true, then may all wise men beware of such talk, but I cannot answer for what witless, and drunken men say. " Olvir was bold in his speech, and wise in the way he spoke to the king, and defended the Bonders well. The king, after some thought replied, " The Inner Tronds themselves would bear witness as to what they had for a faith. " He then allowed the Bonders to leave.
Later that winter the king heard that the Inner Tronds were gathering at Maeren, and that they were going to sacrifice blood at Midwinter to the old Gods. The king then sent his men into Inner Trondheim, and summoned the Bonders to the town. He wanted most of all to speak to the wisest. It was Olvir again who stepped foward and went to see the king. The king charged the Bonders with holding a Midwinter sacrifice. Olvir wisely answered the king, " We had a Yule feast, and drinkings together far about in the lordships; the Bonders do not prepare themselves so scantily for the Yule feast that there is not much left over; what was left they drank up a long time after my lord. " The king said nothing but did not believe the Bonders were being truthful. The king allowed the Bonders to go home but warned them, " Even if thee deny it, and do not stand up to it, I shall still get to know the truth; however it has been done up till now, do such things no more. "
At Easter KIng Olav held a great feast which he invited many townsmen to. After the Easter feast, he sent men to Vaerdale, where they met a man named Torald, who was the king's steward. The king summoned him at once to ask about the truth of the customs of the Inner Tronds. Torald answered him this way, " It is true to tell thee o king, that in the Inner Tronds almost all the folk are Heathen in their faith, even though some men there are Christians. And it is their custom to hold blood offerings in autumn, then hold Winter Welcome, another at midwinter, and the third on Summer's Day." He then told the king that 12 men there are who understand the blood offerings, and that this spring Olvir will under take the feast.
Now that King Olav knew the truth, the king gathered five ships and three hundred and sixty men, and sailed in along the fjord. The people of Maeren did not know the king would come so quickly, and were taken by surprise when King Olav had his men surround their houses. Olvir was taken prisoner, and had him, and many others, killed or maimed. He also seized all their goods and sent them out to his longships to take home.
Olver was in fact killed and his property taken simply because he defied King Olav and continued to hold blood rites to the old Gods. This is why we honor this great martyr of ours on March, 9th of every year. All Hail Olver the Martyr !