Svipdag did not heed his fathers warning, and rode off to join King Adils army. Svipdag proved himself by killing four of King Adils berserkers in a show of strength. King Adlis was angered and ordered him killed, but Queen Yrsa suggested to her husband that this warrior was worth more to his army than all the others. King Adils finally agreed, and the remaining berserkers were outlawed. This angered the berserkers, who then attacked King Adils territory seeking revenge. There was hand to hand fighting, and Svipdag was injured.
Now Svip, in a dream, saw his son valiantly fighting though he suffered several wounds, and the loss of an eye. He called his remaining two sons together, and told them to aid their injured brother. With their assistance, in a later battle, Svipdag was able to push through the ranks of the men opposing him, reach the berserkers, and kill them all.
Svipdag had done so much for King Adils, and so was disappointed by the meager rewards he received for his services. He then asked his father, Svip, who was the most honored, and respected of leaders. He answered his son at once saying that he believed that King Hrolf of Denmark was that man. He told his sons that Hrolf was generous, and trustworthy as well. His sons then went off to find King Hrolf.
Though King Hrolf was wary of these brothers who had fought with his enemy, King Adils, he had heard of their exploits, and knew that they had killed Adils' rogue berserkers. He offered them a seat on his benches asking them only to leave room for his 12 berserkers who were out fighting. One of Hrolf's daughters, Drifia, was very courteous, and kind to them, and made them feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
King Hrolf had a large force that consisted of the best fighting men. Hrolf held his seat of government at Hleidargard, where he had a large fortress. King Hrolf, and his men led a life of pleasure behind these walls that they had won fairly in battle after battle.
King Hring was a Norwegian ruler who ruled over the Uppdales. He had a son named Bjorn, who's mother died young. Hring's subjects wanted him to remarry, so he sent men south to find a wife for him. They were caught up in a storm, and were forced to winter at Finnmark. When they came ashore they met a beautiful woman named Hvit, who was the daughter of the King of the Lapps. The king was well pleased with her, and married her at once. Queen Hvit, however, was not well liked by the people.
Bjorn grew up quickly, and also did not like his new mother. One time when King Hring was away at war, Queen Hvit suggested that Bjorn share her bed with her. Bjorn rejected her with a hard slap, and sent her away. Queen Hvit then struck him with her wolfskin gloves and cursed him. She told him that he would become a cave bear !
Then Bjorn disappeared, and the people began to notice that the king's cattle were being killed by a large grey bear. One day a woman named Bera, was approached by this bear. She showed no fear because she believed that in the bear's eyes she saw the king's son Bjorn. As the bear went away she followed it back to its cave. When she entered the cave she saw not a bear standing there, but Bjorn instead. They slept together, but he sent her away telling her that he was a bear by day, and only at night did he become a man.
When King Hring came home, and heard of his missing son, and the bear that was attacking his livestock, the king sent men out to kill the beast. After an exhausting fight they were finally able to kill Bjorn while he was in his bear form. Bera, who was pregnant from her night with Bjorn gave birth to three sons. Elk - Frodi, who was a man above the waist, but an elk below; Thorir, the second son had a dogs feet; and finally Bodvar, who was perfect in every way.
When the boys were old enough she took them one by one to Bjorn's cave. Bjorn had hidden wealth in the cave for the boys,and had embedded special weapons in stone that were meant especially for each one of them. Elk - Frodi tried to free at first a large sword with no luck. Then an axe with the same result. Finally he came to a short sword embedded up to the hilt in rock, and without any effort at all it came free. She then took Thorir to the cave, and he tried the large sword, but had no luck. When he tugged on the axe, however, it came free of the stone, and was his. Thorir was later chosen as the King of the Gauts.
Next : Hrolf Kraki : Part 4 . Meet the great warrior Bodvar.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !