The next morning, (I am sure with quite a hangover ), Sigvaldi went before King Svein, and said that men were not truly responsible for what they said when drunk, but agreed that if King Svein would contribute 60 ships, and men to man them, that he, and his Jomsviking warriors, would be willing to fulfill their drunken pledges. King Svein, having gotten what he wanted, was more than happy to give the ships and men to Sigvaldi in order to rid his lands of Earl Hakon and his forces .
The Jomsvikings prepared to leave immediately, and soon set sail with about 120 ships. After landing in Viken, Norway, They attacked the town of Tunsberg, catching the garrison and townspeople off guard. In a fit of rage Sigvaldi had the town almost completely destroyed. Geirmund the White, who was the magistrate of Tunsberg, awoke to the sounds of chopping at the loft they were defending. Geirmund saw that they could not defend this for long, and decided to escape as quickly as possible. He jumped down from the loft into the street below, but in his hurry to escape had not seen Vagn who was stationed right where Geirmund had landed in the street. Vagn who had his sword drawn slashed off Geirmund's hand with a swift stroke, but Geirmund was able to escape in the crowded, intense fighting, and made his escape through the forests. In extreme pain he made his way to the estate called A Skugga, where Earl Hakon, and 120 of his men were staying.
Hakon met with Geirmund at once, and asked him for the news that he carried . Geirmund told him that the Jomsvikings, commanded by Sigvaldi, had landed in Viken and were laying waste to the land. He also told the Earl that he believed that Vagn was the warrior who had chopped off his hand. Earl Hakon sent messengers with the War - Arrow** to summon men to war. He also sent messengers to his son's district of Drontheim asking for help, and another son Earl Eric he sent to Naumdale to raise men for the coming battle. His third son Erling, he sent to the Rogaland District to recruit forces there. They gathered all their forces together at the island of Hod. They had 360 ships in all to oppose the Jomsvikings, and King Svein's forces. It was here that they waited and made their plans.
* Arval : Of or pertaining to a plowed field. ( A plowing feast )
**War - Arrow : A war arrow was carried from farm to farm as a symbol of a summons to war !
Next : The Jomsvikings Part 5 : The Great Battle.
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