Now when King Frithjof, the brother of Herthjof, and Geirthjof heard that his brothers had been killed he went to the Uplands, and took with him a great army and took back that which King Vikar had stolen from his brother. He then sent an angry message to King Vikar demanding tribute for what he had done to his brothers, and to their kingdoms. King Vikar held a meeting and it was decided that they would not pay the tribute, but would instead defend their new kingdom. When he heard of this King Frithjof gathered his army and attacked King Vikar. Vikar was not alone on the battlefield, however, Olaf Keen - Eyed, who was the king of Naeriki in Sweden, was a powerful cheiftain, and a great warrior. King Olaf ordered a levy throughout his lands and raised a huge army, which he lead to aide his friend King Vikar.
The battle raged on for hours ! King Vikar was unrelenting in his attacks, and Olaf's men were just as determined. After a while King Frithjof's forces began to crumble. So many of Frithjof's men were killed that he asked for mercy from King Vikar. When King Frithjof asked for peace, King Vikar ordered his warriors to stop fighting. It is written that Starkad Storvirkrsson was a tower of strength during this battle, and slew many of King Frithjof' s men.
Frithjof agreed to the terms of peace with King Vikar which included surrendering his kingdoms of the Uplands and Telemark. Furthermore, Frithjof also agreed to be banished and go into exile. The final terms of the agreement were fixed by King Olaf Keen - Eyed. King Vikar made his son Harald the king over Telemark, and made his other son Neri the Earl ( Jarl ) of the Uplands.
King Vikar was a great chieftain of war, and lead a number of brave champions, but Starkad was the one that King Vikar held in the highest regard. Starkad was allowed to sit next to King Vikar's high - seat, and the king often sought his counsel. Starkad was also placed in charge of the kingdom's defences. King Vikar showered Starkad with many gifts for his loyalty. He gave Starkad a red - gold bracelet that weighed three marks, and also gave to him the island of Thruma that he had once given to his father Storvirk. Starkad was held in the highest esteem by not only the court of the king but also the king's subjects.
Next : Starkad is both blessed and cursed by the Gods !
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