Finally a peace was brokered because, " The bonders were weary of the fighting, and unrest in the land. " It was decided that Jarl Haakon would be given all the lands that his father Sigurd had owned before, and that the king's would have all the lands that King Hacon held before. There then was peace in these lands for the next three years.
During this time Jarl Haakon traveled one winter to the Uplands for the annual feast. There he met, and bedded, a peasant woman. The boy who later was born out of this union was called Eric, and later his mother brought the young child before the Jarl and told him that it was his baby. Haakon allowed the boy to be raised by Torleiv the wise, who was a wealthy man. Despite his growing into a handsome and powerful man, the Jarl did not care much for the boy.
The ever scheming Gunhild and her sons later learned that Jarl Haakon had secretly met with the Kings Trygvi Olavson, and Gudrod Bjornson, and became suspicious that he was planning something against them. Gunhild's sons then put together a great many men, and ships, and moved on Trondheim. When Jarl Haakon heard of this he sailed south, with his own force, and fought whereever he landed, and then fled to Denmark. In the autumn Jarl Haakon sailed to Helsingeland, and then marched by land back to Trondheim, where he finally settled in for the winter. Gunhild and her sons wintered south in More.
After a battle with the man who was keeping the lands for Gunhild's sons, Grjotgard, Jarl Haakon, realizing he was not strong enough to defeat Gunhild's sons, sailed south to Denmark, where he was warmly welcomed by the Danish King Harald Gormson. While in Denmark he secretly sent his men north to Trondheim, to his allies there, to see if it were possible to kill King Erling. That winter the Tronds, people of Trondheim, were able to kill King Eling. King Harald Gormson and Jarl Haakon then made a deal to rule jointly over Norway. The Danish King then bade King Harald Greyskin to come to Denmark and , " Take such fiefs of him as he and his brothers had formerly held in Denmark. When Gunhild was told of this she sensed treachery. In the summer, however, King Harald Greyskin sailed to Denmark.
Gold - Harald, King Harald Gormson's kinsmen, then went to Hals in Limfjord and met Harald Greyskin on a field of battle. Greyskin had less men, but still he formed up his army into battle formation, and bade them to draw their swords. King Harald Greyskin, and most of his men, fell in the battle, which avenged the death of Jarl Haakon's father Sigurd thirteen years earlier.
After this battle Jarl Haakon brought his troops into battle with Gold - Harald's army, whose men were surely tired, and won an easy victory over them. Gold - Harald was taken prisoner and sent straight to the gallows. Because there was no love lost between King Gormson of Denmark, and Gold - Harald his kinsmen, Jarl Haakon was able to easily reconcile with The Danish King over the loss of his kinsmen. Blood is not always thicker than water, especially in the Viking Age.
Then the Jarl and King Gormson of Denmark sailed for Norway with 600 ships,( probably and exaggeration ), Most submitted willingly to the Danish King and the Jarl, ( Most peasants don't care who their king is as long as they can live peacefully ), but Gunhild and her sons tried to raise a large enough army to oppose them. When they could not raise a sufficient army they fled . Jarl Haakon then placed all lands under his control and told the people to keep up the temples, and to give blood offerings all over his lands .
" The wise folk leader
Now let the once harried
Temple lands of Thor and the Gods
Be free for all men's use.
The shield - bearer brought
Home with honor his ship
All across the sea. "
- Heimskringla, The History of Olav Trygvason.
End Part 1
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