His men prepared the body carefully and placed it in a casket, and headed for Citopolis. When Queen Silkisif saw the ships come over the horizon she was filled with a sense of sheer happiness, but when she did not see Yngvar among his men she was greatly saddened. Yngvar' s men told Silkisif of their travels,and of their confrontations with dragons, giants and pirates. At first they lied to Queen Silkisif and told her that they had buried his body in the earth, but after the queen threatened them with death they told her the truth, and brought the body to her. Queen Silkisif treated his body with tender loving care and had her people bury Yngvar's body with the highest honor.
Only twelve ships were left to go back to Sweden, and because of arguments along the way they split up and went in different directions. Ketil stayed in Russia that winter before heading back to Sweden. He sought out the son of Yngvar, who was called Svein, and told him of his father's glorious travels, and gave him his share of the treasure. He also told the young boy of the greetings that Queen Silkisif had sent along from herself and her people. She also sent with Ketil and invitation for Svein to come and visit with her. Svein was a large and strong young boy much like his father. When he became old enough he started to raid like his father had done. And after a few years he headed out to Russia with a large force of men to see Queen Silkisif.
Though Yngvar had left his native land and folk to seek out his fame and fortune, he is well remembered today in the form of historical fact and in the Saga that was written down about his travels. Almost a thousand years after his demise he is remembered most of all in the runestones that were put up in the memory of those who died on his brave expedition to Russia, and beyond. Yngvar was truly a far traveller as a man, and he has become a mythological legend over the centuries through the tales that have been written about him. I forget the exact line but in the John Wayne movie, " The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", there is a great line that goes something like this, " When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. " And that is exactly what I did here to preserve the memory of Yngvar The Far Traveller !
Next : Ancestor's Day
Next month I will do a short piece ( not 6 parts I promise ) on Yngvar' son Svein.
Go with Odin's Wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !