While in the court of the Swedish King Halfdan, Starkad learned that Helga, who was the sister of Ingild, had chosen to marry a simple tradesman who worked in gold. This so angered Starkad that he disguised himself, and went to visit the goldsmith to teach him a lesson. He castrated the goldsmith first and then slapped Helga, and reprimanded her for her choice of a commoner as a husband.
When Starkad stayed at Uppsala for seven years, he grew to hate the jingling of bells, the dancers, and the mimes that were made a part of the rituals there. Starkad felt that it was not honorable for a man, especially a warrior, to act in such a way. Later when fighting for the Danish King Haki, he fought against King Hugleik. Hugleik loved to have actors and jugglers in his court, and wasted much of his peoples money on such things. When Starkad and King Haki defeated King Hugleik, Starkad had all the mimes, jugglers, and actors flogged, and then took all of King Hugleik' s possessions.
After the Battle of Bravellir Starkad was considered the bravest of warriors, and was honored with an offer to join the Norwegian hero Olo. He helped Olo in battle after battle and they eventually succeeded in conquering Zealand. Starkad, however, joined Olo' s enemy Lennus who talked him into killing Olo. Olo was not an easy man to kill . It is said that his stare could frighten men to their deaths. Starkad found that if he covered Olo' s face he could kill him, and the treacherous act was done ending Olo' s life. As in the case of King Vikar, Starkad regretted this murder as well.
Eventually the great warrior Starkad became old, and his eyesight became poor. In his old age he took to wandering, but even in this he was challenged by men who wanted to kill him. One man demanded his sword. Starkad answered him by running him through with the sword he " asked " for. Another time a man named Hather payed men to kill Starkad. The men rode up to Starkad on horses, but Starkad was too much of a warrior, even in old age for the two men, and Starkad once again triumphed.
Starkad finally reached the point in his life where he wanted to die. Starkad came before Hather, and sung songs of his great accomplishments. Hather acted in a noble way which made Starkad realize that Hather was the man he wanted to slay him. Starkad asked Hather to kill him and promised him all of his gold. Hather cut off Starkad' s head, which when it hit the ground bit at the grass in a last act of defiance and anger which showed Hather how ferocious Starkad really was. Out of respect Hather had the old warrior buried in Roljung at the same place where as a youth he had made an imprint on a rock with his body.
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