King Olaf had a son named Onund, and when he heard of this wonderful young lad he begged his father to let him go and meet him, and show him respect and honor. King Olaf, who was still worried about Eymund, thought this a good idea, and sent him. The meeting was much enjoyed by both of the young boys, who were both about the same age. Onund invited Yngvar to come back with him to his father's great hall and meet with King Olaf. Yngvar wanted very much to meet him and agreed.
Yngvar was greeted with great respect, and treated very well, and was always seated next to Onund on a seat of honor at the King's table. Onund, who had become very fond of his new friend, invited Yngvar to stay a long time.Yngvar, who had grown fond of Onund as well, accepted his gracious invitation. Yngvar stayed for the whole of that winter with his new friend.
In the spring Yngvar decided to go home and asked Onund if he would like to come with him, and meet his father. Onund was more than happy to travel with his new friend Yngvar, and they decided to leave at once. Before they left, however, King Olaf gave Yngvar a fine horse, a well made saddle, and a ship as parting gifts.
When the boys reached the great hall of Eymund, Yngvar was greatly disappointed that no one had come out to greet them. Yngvar then decided to make a point of his disappointment, and told Onund to follow him. Yngvar rode his horse right through the great hall, and up to his father's high seat, with Onund cautiously following just behind. Eymund looked up from his business, gave the boys a foul look, and asked why they were carrying on like louts ! Yngvar looked his father right in the eyes and boldly answered, " When I arrived at King Olaf's hall I was greeted with great respect and honor, but now you do not honor his son when he comes to visit ? This is why I rode into your hall father ! "
Eymund was both surprised and proud of his son. He stood up, walked over to Onund, and gently lifted him off of his horse and kissed him. He commanded to everyone in his hall that Onund was to be treated with great honor and be served as such. Yngvar then showed his father the wonderful gifts that King Olaf had bestowed upon him.
Onund stayed through the winter and the next spring the boys traveled back to see King Olaf. Eymund gave Onund a golden colored hawk to give to his father King Olaf. It is said that King Olaf blushed when he was presented with this wonderful gift from Eymund. King Olaf would not let this wonderful gift go unanswered, and handed the boys a beautiful battle - standard to give to Eymund. Olaf told the boys that this standard gave the power of victory to those who carried it into battle.
When Eymund saw the standard he invited King Olaf to visit him. From this meeting a great friendship, and alliance, arose between them that continued to grow and never waned. Years of hatred and mistrust had been healed by the two little boys who acted as peace brokers between the two antagonists.
A few years later, this alliance lead to the boys helping King Olaf when he had a dispute with the people called the Semigallians who had neglected to pay their taxes for quite some time. The king sent Onund and Yngvar with three ships to demand the money owed to the king. After landing they met with the Semigallians and demanded the tribute that their king was owed. With great skill Yngvar spoke to the inhabitants, and was able to convince all but three of the chieftains to pay the king's tax. When the king heard of the refusal by the three holdouts he sent warriors to Onund and Yngvar to do battle with these foolish chieftains. The battle was bloody, and many warriors lost their lives. The chieftain who was most opposed to paying the taxes was captured, and they hung him from a tree as an example to the inhabitants of what happened to those who disobeyed the king. They took as much loot as they could carry out of their lands, and back to King Olaf to penalize these troublemaking chieftains.
Yngvar was well treated and always remained in the king's favor. Over time, however, Yngvar became unhappy because the one gift that he really wanted from King Olaf was recognition in the form of the title, king. Unfortunately, this was the one gift that King Olaf was unwilling to give Yngvar. Yngvar then decided that if he could not be given the title of king he would search out a land with which he could take the title by force !
Next : Part 3 : Yngvar's Expedition
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