Yngvar, or Ingvar, The Far Traveller, is another one of those heroic figures from the past who is part historical, and half mythological. Even his parentage is very much in doubt. The Saga of Yngvar The Far Traveller, tells us that his father was the Varangian Eymundr, and that his grandmother was Aki, the daughter of the famous Swedish King Eric the Victorious. Then of course you have the experts who disagree on this. Scientists like Elias Wessen and Sune Lindquist suggest that the 26 Yngvar rune stones were carved earlier than the 11th century and therefore he could not be the son of Eymund. A man named F. Braun, uses rune stones u513, u540, so179,and so279, which seem to indicate that Yngvar was the son of Edmund the Old, to make his case.
To tell this tale I had two choices : I could either tell the historical story of the life of Yngvar the Far Traveller, or I could tell the story of Yngvar through the old saga of the same name. I am a man who loves history and fact, but I am also a man who loves a good story. So I chose to tell the more mythical version of Yngvar the Far Traveller. I just cannot pass up a chance to tell a good story that involves dragons and Giants !
Part 1 : Yngvar's Father Eymund
Eymund was a man of great strength, but he was also a skilled warrior, and a wise statesman. He was very good friends with the daughter of King Olaf, who was called Ingigerd. Eymund's parents were killed by King Eirik who they opposed. Eymund felt dishonored by the loss of his father's property, and wealth, and decided one day it was better to die in battle than to live in shame. When the king's tax collector came to collect the taxes owed on his father's land , he and 12 other men attacked them in the woods. The battle was bloody, and Eymund's men did not have much of a chance against the king' s men.
Shortly after this failed attack the king's daughter, Ingigerd, was walking through these same woods, when she came upon this horrid scene. She found men strewn everywhere along the forest floor, dead where they had fallen in battle. Eymund however, was not killed but severely wounded. When she came upon him she had him placed in her wagon and taken to a secret place where she could nurse him back to health. When King Olaf heard of this attack on his men, he outlawed Eymund. Ingigerd then gave Eymund a ship, which he began to use to go raiding. He was a fierce warrior and his raids turned out to be very profitable for himself and his men.
Later Ingigerd married the Rus king Jarizleif, and Eymund went east to Russia to meet her, and was well received at their court. King Jarizleif was in a bitter conflict at the time with his brother King Burizleif, and Eymund joined Jarizleif in protecting his kingdom from his brother. Eymund fought in 5 bloody battles against Burizleif, and in the final battle Burizleif was captured and blinded. He was then brought before his brother King Jarizleif for punishment. Eymund was awarded much gold and silver, and became a wealthy and powerful man.
Ingigerd then sent messengers to meet with her father King Olaf, and bargained for Eymund to get his father's lands back. The argument that she made, and it was a good one, was that Eymund was now a very powerful man who won all of his battles, and that unless her father gave back his father's lands, he would always be under the threat of attack from Eymund. King Olaf saw the wisdom in the words of his daughter, and decided to invite Eymund to come back to his father's lands.
So Eymund went home to his father's lands, and settled down. He married the daughter of a rich man, ( the Saga does not mention her name ), and they had a son who they named Yngvar. When Yngvar was just 9 years old he asked his father if he could go and meet King Olaf. Eymund agreed and sent 14 of his best warriors to escort the young boy. Yngvar made for a grand sight as he travelled through the Swedish countryside wearing his father's best helmet, which was adorned with both gold, and gemstones. All the horses were armored as were all of the soldiers. As word got around of the young warrior dressed so splendidly for battle, all the local Chieftains wanted to meet the young lad, and invited him to their halls to feast as their guest of honor. Yngvar received gifts, and surprised the great Chieftains by giving just as generously in return. Yngvar was very much appreciated by the Chieftains and was treated as royalty.
Next : Part 2 : Yngvar meets the King.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !