Just before midnight Grani Horsehair, ( Starkad' s foster father ), woke up Starkad and asked him to come with him. They rowed a small boat over to an adjacent island, and after beaching their craft, they walked along a path in the woods until they reached a clearing where a large group of warriors had gathered for a meeting. Starkad counted eleven men sitting in chairs, but noticed the 12th chair was empty. Starkad and Grani Horsehair joined the assembly, and Grani sat down in the 12th chair. Every person seated in the assembly introduced themselves as Odin, and they each declared that they were there to decide Starkad' s fate.
Then Thor, who is presumably standing, spoke out against Starkad : " Since Starkad' s grandmother, Alfhild, preferred a clever giant to Thor himself as the father of her son, I ordain that Starkad himself shall never have a son nor a daughter, and his family will end with him. "
Odin hearing Thor' s curse upon his favored warrior then answered back : " I ordain that he shall have three life spans. "
Thor : " He shall commit a most foul deed in each one of them. "
Odin : " I ordain that he shall have the best of weapons and clothing. "
Thor : " I ordain that he shall have neither land or estates. "
Odin : " I give him this, that he shall have great riches. "
Thor : " I lay this curse upon him, that he shall never be satisfied with what he has. "
Odin : " I give him victory and fame in battle. "
Thor : " I lay this curse upon him, that in every battle he will be badly wounded. "
Odin : " I give him the art of poetry, so that he shall compose verses as fast as he can speak. "
Thor : " He shall never remember afterwards what he composes. "
Odin : " I ordain that he shall be most highly regarded by all the noblest and best of men. "
Thor : " I curse him that every common person will hate him . "
The judges, all named Odin, decreed that all that had been declared should come to pass. Then the assembly disappeared, and Grani Horsehair and Starkad went back to their boat. On the way Grani Horsehair turned to his foster son and said : " You owe me foster - son for all the help that I have given you. " Starkad replied : " I will repay you. " Then Grani said: " You must sent King Vikar to me son. I will tell you how to bring him. " Starkad agreed to bring him King Vikar, and then Grani Horsehair gave Starkad a spear that to others would look like a reed stalk.
They reached the rest of the army at daybreak and the king' s counsellors held a meeting to discuss what they should do. They agreed that they would have to hold a mock sacrifice, and Starkad told them how to go about it. During breakfast a calf had been slaughtered and its entrails lay on the ground. Starkad asked for them and threw them over a low branch on a pine tree. He then turned to King Vikar and said : " I have prepared your gallows my king, and they do not seem too dangerous. " The king replied : " If this gallow is no more dangerous than it appears then it can do me no harm. If however it turns out to be more than it appears then I leave my life to fate. "
A stump lay under the branch and the king stepped up on it and Starkad pulled down the branch and placed the makeshift noose around the king' s neck. With the spear, that looked like a reed stalk to everyone else, he stabbed the king before saying : " I give you now to Odin ! " Then everything changed into its real shape ! The reed stalk turned into a spear, and the calf guts turned into strong rope. Starkad let go of the branch and King Vikar shot up into the foliage wher he died. This place is now sacred and is called Vikarsholmar.
As was pre - ordained by Thor this made Starkad a much hated man among the common folk, and he was banished from Hordaland and eventually had to flee from Norway and live in Sweden. He stayed in Uppsala with the kings Eirik and Alrek, whose father was Agni Skjalf' s husband, and went a Viking with them on many expeditions.
Afterwards when he was asked about King Vikar he would recite this poem :
'I fought with the greatest king of them all, and those were the happiest years of my life. Then we went on out ill-starred and last trip to Hordaland. 'It was then Thor ordained that I should become a traitor and suffer other misfortunes. I was forced to commit wicked, infamous deeds. 'I was made to dedicate Vikar (the killer of Geirthjof) to the gods high up in the tree. I thrust with a spear into the king's heart: no act of mine has brought me such pain.' 'From there I wandered about unhappily and aimlessly---the people of Hordaland hated me---a man with no gold and no songs, a kingless man with his fill of sorrow. 'Then I drifted across to Sweden, to the Yngling Kings at Uppsala. I shall long remember how indifferently I've been treated by those royal retainers.
Next : The misdeeds and horrible end of Starkad
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyj'a s love, and Thor' s protection !