Yngvar decided that if he could not have a kingdom at home he would go abroad and seek one out. He gathered 30 ships and many a fierce warrior to man them. When King Olaf heard that Yngvar was leaving he begged him to stay, and finally offered him the title of king. Yngvar simply answered that it was too late for that, and said that he would leave when the wind was right.
Yngvar sailed his 30 ships to Russia where they were met, and honored, by King Jarizleif. Yngvar stayed in that kingdom for 3 years and enjoyed Jarizleif's hospitality. He learned many languages while he was there, and also heard of a great river that flowed east. Yngvar was intrigued by this large river, and decided to leave Russia and follow it to its end. When the weather was favorable he left King Jarizleif, with all his ships and his men, to explore this great waterway. He gave his crew specific instructions not to leave the ship unless he specifically instructed them to. For not one of them knew what dangers lie ahead.
One night while on watch duty a man named Ketil, and Icelander, got bored after everyone had gone to sleep, and waded ashore. After a short distance Ketil stopped and listened. He heard noises up ahead and saw a house just up the path. He saw no one about, or inside the house, but he did notice a silver pot over the fire. Ketil grabbed the silver pot and headed back to the ship with his loot. After a while he heard noises and looked behind him. What Ketil saw made him jump with fright. A Giant was running after him ! Ketil started to run himself, but with the pot in hand the Giant was catching up to him. Ketil quickly removed the handle from the pot, and left the pot itself on the ground. When the Giant reached the silver pot he stopped, picked up the pot, and went back in the direction of his house. When Ketil got back to the ship he broke apart the silver handle, and put it in his box for safe keeping.
The next morning Yngvar's men noticed footprints on the shore in the mud, and Yngvar went to each man and asked which one of them had disobeyed him and gone ashore. When Yngvar asked Ketil he did not deny it, but instead told him the entire story about the Giant and the chase. Yngvar decided to be lenient and let the matter drop. He told the men, however, that this was a dangerous and unknown land that they were travelling through and that they needed to heed his warning and stay on the ship. The next time the disobedient warrior might not be so lucky as to escape the clutches of the Giants.
They sailed on for many days, through strange lands with strange plants and wildlife. One evening they spotted what looked to be a half - moon that was lying on the earth. That night a crewman named Valdimar went ashore to where they had seen the half - moon shaped object. The golden hill they had seen was completely covered in serpents. They all appeared to be asleep so he reached in with his spear and pulled out a golden ring. In doing so he awoke a baby snake, who in turn woke up all the other snakes. The golden hill became a writhing mass of movement . Worse yet the baby snake awoke the creature known as Jakalus, and it was a huge dragon !
Valdimar raced back to the ship and awoke all the men. Though out of breath he quickly told the story to Yngvar, which brought Yngvar to quick action. Yngvar moved his ships to the other side of the river, and braced his men for an attack. Suddenly crackling was heard from the shore as trees were knocked over, and then there stood on the shore a great and ugly dragon, who looked very angry ! The great dragon Jakalus aimed its angry jaws at a ship that was captained by two priests, and spewed out so much venom that the ship was totally destroyed, along with its entire crew. Jakalus then roared a horrible sound and then flew back to his lair. Yngvar decided that it was now a good time to leave this area and move on.
For many days after, Yngvar traveled down the great river until he reached a white citadel. He spotted a fine woman amongst the throngs of people milling about, and she smiled and signalled that they should speak. She spoke many languages, and told Yngvar that she was Queen Silkisif, and then she invited Yngvar and his men into her town. Yngvar was intrigued by this woman who was a queen ,and stayed with her all of that winter. Silkisif offered her kingdom to Yngvar if he would stay and marry her. Yngvar replied that he would be more than happy to, but only after he was done exploring the rest of this great waterway.
In the spring Yngvar continued up the river until he came to a great waterfall. He and his men had to pull his ships out of the water, and haul them up the cliffs with ropes. It was not an easy endeavor, but Yngvar's viking men were strong and completed the task in good time. As fall was nearing his ships were overtaken by swifter boats on the river. A man who was dressed in a king's robes hailed him, and told him that he was called Jolf, and his city was called Heliopolis. King Jolf invited Yngvar to stay with him that winter, and Yngvar learned many things from this man. Yngvar learned from Jolf that the source of this mighty river was a spring which they called, Lindibelti. He also warned Yngvar that there were ships that lurked there that were disguised to look like Islands, and that they had all types of weapons to wipe out intruders.
As time went by Jolf's subjects began to feel that their king was spending too much time with Yngvar and his men and was neglecting them. They even threatened to drive out Yngvar and replace their king. When Yngvar heard of this he told King Jolf that it was time for his men to leave his city. Before Yngvar leJolf asked if he would help help him in his fight against his brother who was mightier than himself . Yngvar agreed to help his new friend when he returned from the spring called Lindibelti.
Next : Yngvar Battles Pirates and Giants !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !