The main initiators behind these commemorative projects in the Haugesund region today are, as it was in the 1870s, local commercial entrepreneurs who are nourished by local patriotism. Eirik I ruled side-by-side with his father when Harald was 80 years old. Ragnall stayed there then, with his youngest son. Hrólfr, who "was so big that no horse could carry him", hence his byname of "Ganger-Hrólf", is identified by the saga writers with Rollo, founder of Duchy of Normandy (in 911).. According to Peter H. Sawyer, this expedition probably never took place, cf. Harald Haakonsdad should have been born about 875-900. Sigurd's son Gurthorm ruled for a single winter after this and died childless. Most of Harald's biography remains uncertain, since the extant accounts of his life in the sagas were set down in writing around three centuries after his lifetime. The Saga of Harald Fairhair (Haralds saga hárfagra) is the third of the sagas in Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla, after Ynglinga saga and the saga of Halfdan the Black.Snorri sagas were written in Iceland in the 1220s. When he grew old, Harald handed over the supreme power to his favourite son Eirik Bloodaxe, whom he intended to be his successor. His protector-regent was his mother's brother Guthorm. His protector-regent was his mother's brother Guthorm. " His father's misgivings notwithstanding, Torf-Einarr succeeded in defeating the Danes and founded a dynasty which retained control of the islands for centuries after his death.. A complex character who seeks to be King of Norway and is a potential threat to Ragnar.  What little is known of Scottish events in the period from the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba would correspond equally well with Harald's attacks on Scotland in the reign of Domnall mac Causantín (ruled 889–900). He gave them all the royal title and assigned lands to them, which they were to govern as his representatives; but this arrangement did not put an end to the discord, which continued into the next reign. According to the saga sources, the latter part of Harald's reign was disturbed by the strife of his many sons.  Much of the information it contains is "hard to corroborate".. In the Saga of Harald Fairhair in Heimskringla, which is the most elaborate although not the oldest or most reliable source to the life of Harald, it is written that Harald succeeded, on the death of his father Halfdan the Black Gudrödarson, to the sovereignty of several small, and somewhat scattered kingdoms in Vestfold, which had come into his father's hands through conquest and inheritance. Rognvald's son Thorir was then made Earl of Møre by Harald, who also gave Thorir his daughter Alof in marriage. According to Snorre, Halvdan had an older half-brother, Olav Geirstad-elf, who is mentioned in the poem, Ynglingatal. This is generally understood to mean Halfdan the Black, which would make Ragnall the brother of King Harald Fairhair. Getting rejected for not being important enough, Harald decided to make himself king of all of Norway to get her affection. ...for it was not long before this that there had been every war and every trouble in Norway, and this was the source of that war in Norway: two younger sons of Albdan, king of Norway, drove out the eldest son, i.e. But I agree, the sooner you leave and the later you return the happier I'll be. Ragnall son of Albdan, for fear that he would seize the kingship of Norway after their father. According to traditions current in Norway and Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, he reigned from c. 872 to 930. His mother was Gunnhild, the sister of King Harald Bluetooth. Harald Fairhair is commonly recognized as the first king of Norway and was named “Fairhair” because of his long, golden locks, which he swore never to cut until he was the king of all Norway. In Vikings, Harald and Halfdan are portrayed as brothers which is historically inaccurate. Through the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries, historians broadly accepted the account of Harald Fairhair given by later Icelandic sagas. Many Norwegian chieftains who were wealthy and respected posed a threat to Harald; therefore, they were subjected to much harassment from Harald, prompting them to vacate the land. , This account does not specifically associate Rognvald with the earldom, attributing the "dominion" of the islands to the anonymous kinfolk of his son Hrólfr. To celebrate the return of Vikings to TV screens, I decided to focus on two characters that might – or not – prove important in the coming episodes: Harald Fairhair and Halfdan The Black, the well-tattooed brothers who… you know spoilers for all previous episodes are coming, right?Click to read further. All of the Assassin’s Creed games intertwine science fiction with real-world historical events and people, with Valhalla introducing players to the Scandinavian Great Heathen Army that invaded England in 865 AD.. 930, while his grandfather, Harald Fairhair, was still alive. The relevant entry goes on to describe Ragnall's older sons raiding in Spain and North Africa, but there is no specific mention of the Earldom of Orkney. The Mystery of the Last Viking King of York", Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2012, ‘, Gísli Sigurðsson, 'Constructing a Past to Suit the Present: Sturla Þórðarson on Conflicts and Alliances with King Haraldr hárfagri', in. Ivar the Boneless is interested in an alliance with him. 12 November Feast of Lebuinus. He predicted that Thorir's path would keep him in Norway and that Hrolluag was destined seek his fortune in Iceland. Harald Fairhair or Harald Finehair (Old Norse: Haraldr hárfagri, Norwegian: Harald Hårfagre), (c. 850 – c. 933), son of Halfdan the Black, was the first king (872–930) of Norway. Skaldic poetry was a great tradition of the north - skilled skalds (ba… , He was married, according to the Orkneyinga saga to Ragnhild, the daughter of a man named Hrólfr Nose, although in the Heimskringla his wife is named Hild. He was married about 890 in Haugar, Karmtsund, Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway to Asa Hakonsdottir, they had 3 children. , There is no agreement in the available sources on Rognvald's parentage. R. Boyer (Paris, 1976), pp. Harold I (c.1016–40), king of England (c.1035–40), known as ‘Harefoot’, was a son of Cnut, by Ælfgifu of Northampton, his first wife.In 1035, on Cnut's death, he claimed the throne of England in opposition to his half-brother Harthacnut, whose mother was Emma, Cnut's second wife.Since the sons were young, the probability is that they were pawns in the hands of formidable mothers. Harald I Fairhair (Old Norse: Haraldr inn hárfagri, Norwegian: Harald hårfagre; putatively c. 850 – c. 932) is portrayed by medieval Icelandic historians as the first King of Norway. Finnish actor, Peter Franzén, stars as Harald Fairhair in Vikings on History and Amazon Prime. According to Heimskringla and Fagrskinna, Halfdan was the son of the Yngling King Gudrød the Hunter. Rognvald Eysteinsson (fl. Through his mother, he was the half brother of King Olaf II of Norway, and also a descendent of Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway. However, Peter Sawyer began to cast doubt on this in 1976, and the decades around 2000 saw a wave of revisionist research that suggested that Harald Fairhair did not exist, or at least not in a way resembling his appearance in sagas. According to, you know, history itself Halfdan The Black was actually Harald Fairhair’s father, not brother. When the fifteen year-old Harald heard of his planned return two years later, he gathered a force of 600 men to meet his brother, and together they raised an … (You just got totally confused and I … [Note 2], By implication the Orkneyinga saga identifies Rognvald as the founder of the earldom, although Heimskringla has his brother Sigurd as the first to formally hold the title.  Sverrir Jakobsson has suggested that the idea of Iceland being settled by people fleeing an overbearing Norwegian monarch actually reflects the anxieties of Iceland in the early thirteenth century, when the island was indeed coming under Norwegian dominance. History vs History Channel versions with brief historical background. Such implications are more likely to be rooted in the writer's interest in emphasising Orcadian independence at the time of writing rather than the 9th/10th century events they purport to describe. Father is Halfdan the Black. Indeed, although it is possible to write a detailed account of Harald as a character in medieval Icelandic sagas (as this entry does), it is even possible to argue that there was no such historical figure at all. Harald Halfdansson (Old Norse: Haraldr Hálfdanarson; c. 850 – c. 932), better known as Harald Hårfagre English: Harald Fairhair), was remembered by medieval historians as the first King of Norway. Harald Fairhair and Gyda in Nordvegen History Centre. He is the eldest son of Ragnar Lodbrok and brother of Ubba and Ivarr. Harald I “Bluetooth” was born circa 911, in Jelling, Denmark to Gorm, “the Old,” King of Denmark Gormsson, and Thyra Dannebod.He married Gyrid Olafsdottir of Sweden, who was the daughter of King Olof Björnsson of Sweden and Queen Ingeborg Thrandsdotter.and was a Swedish princess and a Danish queen consort. In the same battle, Harald's wife Astrid (Josefin Asplund) and her unborn baby are killed, leaving Harald with no wife, child or brother. During this campaign Rognvald's son Ivarr was killed and in compensation Harald granted Rognvald Orkney and Shetland. In the Saga of Harald Fairhair in Heimskringla, which is the most elaborate although not the oldest or most reliable source to the life of Harald, it is written that Harald succeeded, on the death of his father Halfdan the Black Gudrödarson, to the sovereignty of several small, and somewhat scattered kingdoms in Vestfold, which had come into his father's hands through conquest and inheritance.  Although it is convenient and conventional to render hárfagri in English as 'fair-hair(ed)', in English 'fair-haired' means 'blond', whereas the Old Norse fairly clearly means 'beautiful-haired' (in contrast to the epithet which, according to some sources, Haraldr previously bore: lúfa, '(thick) matted hair'). 10 November 933 - Óláf Guthrithsson goes to Ireland. It begins with a marriage proposal that resulted in rejection and scorn from Gyda, the daughter of Eirik, king of Hordaland. 865) was the founding Jarl (or Earl) of Møre in Norway, and a close relative and ally of Harald Fairhair, the earliest known King of Norway. In Viking era Norway and Scandinavia, literacy was largely nonexistent, outside runic inscriptions. Other saga material provides an alternative description. As seen in the TV series Vikings, Harald Fairhair was appointed as the first King of Norway. In the days of Harald Fairhair, king of Norway, certain pirates, of the family of the most vigorous prince Ronald [Rognvald], set out with a great fleet, and crossed the Solundic sea..., and subdued the islands to themselves. 105–09. The first king of Norway recorded in near-contemporary sources is. He founded the colony of Nyhofn in Vinland (now Boston, Massachusetts), but he was assassinated by his blood rival Eivor at his Narfljot Outpost (Hoosick, New York) in 874 AD. Harald was the son of Eric Bloodaxe and a grandson of Harald Fairhair. R. Boyer (Paris, 1976), pp. Harald was ever after known as Harald "Gray-hide". Margaret Cormack, 'Fact and Fiction in the Icelandic Sagas, P. H. Sawyer, 'Harald Fairhair and the British Isles', in. The site was near a little town called Dal Halladha, Halladha's field. The name Sörli is given to a brother of Atli only in this text. Finnish actor, Peter Franzén, stars as Harald Fairhair in Vikings on History and Amazon Prime. As a result, there exist a difficulty in defining the real and the myth in the life of this Norwegian King. The unification of Norway is, according to a tale narrated in Heimskringla, something of a love story. Furthermore, through his son Hrolfr, Rognvald is portrayed as an ancestor of the Dukes of Normandy who, following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, became the kings of England.. 865) was the founding Jarl (or Earl) of Møre in Norway, and a close relative and ally of In the same battle, Harald's wife Astrid (Josefin Asplund) and her unborn baby are killed, leaving Harald with no wife, child or brother. Einarr is aggressive and a threat to his father's position so can be spared for the dangers of Orkney. The earliest available sources regarding Rognvald are mutually contradictory and were compiled long after he died. Harald was born in 1015 in Norway, and the sagas that have preserved his memory claim descent from the legendary first King of that country – Harald Fairhair. Luni is also known to have been plundered by Saracens. Harald I Fairhair (Old Norse: Haraldr inn hárfagri; Norwegian: Harald hårfagre; putatively c. 850 – c. 932) is portrayed by medieval Norwegian historians as the first King of Norway. There is also a separate piece of circumstantial evidence, suggesting a link between Ragnall and the 9th century figure Ragnar Lodbrok: runic inscriptions found inside Maeshowe, dating from the 12th century, state that the mound was "built before Loðbrók". , Rognvald was killed by King Harald's son Halfdan Hålegg and Gudrod Gleam, who engineered a sudden attack, surrounding the house in which Rognvald was staying, and burned it to the ground with the earl and 60 of his men inside it. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Hair Loss, the Tonsure, and Masculinity in Medieval Iceland, A Foundation Myth of Iceland: Reflections on the tradition of Haraldr hárfagri, King Æthelstan in the English, Continental and Scandinavian Traditions of the Tenth to the Thirteenth Centuries. , There are several recurring themes in the Orkneyinga saga, including strife between brothers, relationships between the jarls and the Norwegian crown, and raiding in the Hebrides, all of which are touched on during the saga's coverage of Rognvald's life and times. Hence some scholars instead emphasise other accounts, closer to the historical period in question, such as Irish and Scottish sources. Family: Fairhair Dynasty. The Historia Norwegie records that "Gunrodum" was murdered "in uillula Alrecstadum" by "Torkellus Clypr" in revenge for raping his wife, but that his murder was avenged by "Erlingus Senex". Harald "flew into a rage" when he heard about this and sent out a "great force" against Gudrod who was then banished. 904). Beuermann, Ian "Jarla Sǫgur Orkneyja. , Smyth (1984) credits the launching of the great voyage to the west to Olaf the White, whom he provides with a royal Vestfold origin along with various military activities in Scotland and for whom, assuming an identification of Olaf with Amlaib "Conung" the King of Dublin, there is a contemporary Irish reference dating to 853. The claim to Harald became important to the development of the tourism industry in the town and its region: today, King Harald Fairhair is associated with several archaeological sites where modern monuments and theme parks (obelisks, towers, sculptures, ‘reconstructions’ of ancient houses/villages) are constructed and where various commemorative practices (jubilees, rallies, festivals) are being performed.  Beuermann (2011) speculates that Rognvald's transfer of power to his brother may have been an attempt by the saga writers to imply that the Orkney earldom had more independence from Norway than that of Møre and that Rognvald's holdings in Caithness may have allowed for an even greater degree of freedom of action. According to some legends, Sigurd Syr was the great grandson of King Harald Fairhair. In part, the saga's purpose was to "explore such social and psychological tensions as these in the history of the people of Orkney, and to help them understand themselves through a knowledge of their origins".. ), king of Norway (1045–66). The Norwegians were not happy with foreign rule and Harald’s older brother Olaf was exiled for his dissent in 1028.When the fifteen year-old Harald heard o… While the Historia Norvegiae (written c. 1505) includes an account of the foundation of the Orkney earldom, as well as some questionable details about pre-Viking Orkney, it has relatively little to say about Rognvald. However, in real life, King Harald did not kill his brother. Harald was born in 1015 in Norway, and the sagas that have preserved his memory claim descent from the legendary first King of that country – Harald Fairhair.At the time of his birth, Norway was part of the Danish empire of King Cnut, which included England and parts of Sweden. Harald Grenske (10th century) was a petty king in Vestfold in Norway. The Swedish king was so humiliated that he killed Áki. Claus Krag, 'Norge som odel i Harald Hårfagres ætt. Status and power of the earls of Orkney according to their sagas" in Steinsland, Gro; Sigurðsson, Jón Viðar; Rekda, Jan Erik and Beuermann, Ian (eds) (2011), This page was last edited on 26 January 2021, at 06:18. According to traditions current in Norway and Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, he reigned from c. 872 to 930. E.g. Iceland was settled by "malcontents" from Norway, who resented Harald's claim of rights of taxation over lands, which the possessors appear to have previously held in absolute ownership. , Both sagas refer to six sons. It only came to these lands with Christianity, and that means that there are few written sources from the early periods, other than the sagas - written centuries later. Et møte med en gjenganger', Sverrir Jakobsson, 'Yfirstéttarmenning eða þjóðmenning? , The sagas thus identify Rognvald as the apical figure of the Norse Earls of Orkney who controlled the islands until the early 13th century, and a forerunner of important Icelandic families.  In the Landnámabók version the equally aggressive Hrolfr is also present, and his destiny is anticipated to be in conveniently far-away Normandy. Genealogy discussion about Harald I "Fairhair", king of Norway - My 41st Great Grandfather. Gorm Kjotvesson (died 874) was the second of King of Agder Kjotve the Cruel and the younger brother of Thor Haklang. Some Norse accounts claimed that another son, Hrólfr, settled in France and, under the name Rollo (d. 930), founded the Duchy of Normandy. Supposedly, two of his sons, Eric Bloodaxe and Haakon the Good, succeeded Harald to become kings after his death. Harald III Sigurdsson, byname Harald the Ruthless, Norwegian Harald Hardråde, (born 1015, Norway—died Sept. 25, 1066, Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, Eng. The full list of sons (and partial list of daughters) according to Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla: Children with Åsa, daughter of Håkon Grjotgardssson, Jarl av Lade: Children with Svanhild, daughter of Øystein Jarl: Children with Åshild, daughter of Ring Dagsson: Children with Snøfrid, daughter of Svåse the Finn: Harald Fairhair became an important figure in Norwegian nationalism in the nineteenth century, during its struggle for independence from Sweden, when he served as 'a heroic narrative character disseminating a foundation story of Norway becoming an independent nation'.  However, the Heimskringla states specifically that Sigurd was the first Earl of Orkney. However, by the end of the series, Harald jones forced with Bjorn to help and overthrow Ivar.  The key arguments for this are as follows: Thus the Icelandic saga-tradition of Harald Fair-Hair can be seen as part of an origin myth created to explain the settlement of Iceland, perhaps in which a cognomen of Haraldr Sigurðarson was transferred to a fictitious early king of all Norway. He was a great-great-great-grandchild of Harald Fairhair and, after his father died, the half-brother of Harald Hardrada – future King of Norway and almost-King of England. Rognvald thereafter returned to Norway, giving the northern isles to his brother Sigurd Eysteinsson. Due to his successful conquests in northern England, Halfdan is dubbed the "Conqueror of the North." She said she refused to marry Harald "before he was king over all of Norway". , After Hallad's failure in Orkney there is a dialogue between father and sons that has been interpreted as being about Rognvald's desire to cement his own position as Earl of Møre and an allusion to the early history of Iceland, where the sagas were written. Harald Fairhair (played by Peter Franzén) was the son of Halfdan the Black (Jason Pääkkönen), who had ruled parts of southeastern Norway. Harald Harfager was commonly stated to have been buried under a mound at Haugar by the Strait of Karmsund near the church in Haugesund, an area that later would be named the town and municipal Haugesund. Modern scholars also highlight inconsistencies and improbable claims in the sagas' claims regarding: the relationship between Rognvald and Harald; the names and biographies of Rognvald's immediate family; and, the founding of the earldom of Møre. In the Norse language he is known as Rǫgnvaldr Eysteinsson (Mǿrajarl) and in modern Norwegian as Ragnvald Mørejarl. Historia Norvegiae includes some questionable details about pre-Viking Orkney – such as an account of the Picts as a small people who hid in the daytime – as well as the foundation of the Orkney earldom,. Peter Franzén. Dates are approximate. So Ragnall came with his three sons to the Orkney Islands. That is not impossible, citing the fact that their contemporaries, the Viking Rollo and King Harald Fairhair of Norway lived comparable lifespans. Harald I Fairhair (Old Norse: Haraldr inn hárfagri; Norwegian: Harald hårfagre; putatively c. 850 – c. 932) is portrayed by medieval Norwegian historians as the first King of Norway. Rognvald is also referred to in Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla (written c. 1230), written in Iceland. Heimskringla also names his mother, as Åsa, daughter of King Harald of Agder, and his half-brother as Olaf Geirstad-Alf.Heimskringla relates that when Halfdan's father was killed, Åsa took the 1 year-old Halfdan and returned to Agder, where Halfdan was raised. The best known are the Norse Sagas, although modern scholars highlight many inconsistencies and improbable claims regarding Rognvald in the sagas, and believe that they must be treated with caution: The texts of the sagas were compiled three centuries after the events described and their accuracy in regard to Rognvald's life and historical significance is now questioned. non-existent? Fairhair dynasty - Wikipedia Some modern historians doubt that King Harald III Hardrada was descended from Harald I Fairhair. If this is true, it could be evidence that naming traditions were in transition at that time, as we are told that the earlier rule was not to name children after kinsmen who were still alive. Their accounts of Harald and his life differ on many points, but it is clear that in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Harald was regarded as having unified Norway into one kingdom. In the Orkneyinga saga Rognvald was made the Earl of Møre by Harald Fairhair. Harald was born in Norway ca. Let’s get something pretty important out of the way first. father and son? It is now generally believed that any such expedition would have occurred after Rognvald's lifetime. Harald Fairhair (Old Norse: Haraldr Hárfagri, Norwegian: Harald Hårfagre; c. 850 – c. 932) was remembered by medieval historians as the first King of Norway.According to traditions current in Norway and Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, he reigned from c. 872 to 930. Mother is Ragnhild Sigurdsdottir. Harald was therefore induced to take a vow not to cut nor comb his hair until he was sole king of Norway, and when he was justified in trimming it ten years later, he exchanged the epithet "Shockhead" or "Tanglehair" (Haraldr lúfa) for the one by which he is usually known. "Harald Fairhair and the British Isles", in "Les Vikings et leurs civilisation", ed. Harald Grenske Last updated January 08, 2020. Harald II., surnamed Graafeld, a grandson of Harald I., became, with his brothers, ruler of the western part of Norway in 961; he was murdered in Denmark in 969. However, his opponents' leaving was not entirely voluntary. Harald himself potentially fathered two sons called Halvdan. (1015-1066), king of Norway, surnamed Haardraade, which might be translated “ruthless,” was the son of King Sigurd and half-brother of King Olaf the Saint. In 872, after a great victory at Hafrsfjord near Stavanger, Harald found himself king over the whole country, ruling from his Kongsgård seats at Avaldsnes and Alrekstad. Dragon Harald Fairhair sailing into the harbour area at Avaldsnes. , The Danish raids caused Rognvald to fly into a rage and summon his sons Thorir and Hrolluag.  The situation faced by Earl Harald Maddadsson of Orkney in 1195, when he was forced to submit himself to royal authority after an ill-judged intervention in Norwegian affairs, would have made legendary material of this nature of considerable interest in Orkney, at the time that the sagas were written. Preview: Now I know why I liked the character on the Vikings show so much. Atli is a legendary version of Attila the Hun and the name Budli comes from Bleda who was the historical Attila's elder brother. Harald is thus depicted as the prime cause of the Norse settlement of Iceland and beyond. Harald Halfdansson (Old Norse: Haraldr Hálfdanarson; c. 850 – c. 932), better known as Harald Hårfagre English: Harald Fairhair), was remembered by medieval historians as the first King of Norway. Harald Sigurdsson (Old Norse: Haraldr Sigurðarson; c. 1015 – 25 September 1066), given the epithet Hardrada (harðráði, roughly translated as "stern counsel" or "hard ruler") in the sagas, was King of Norway (as Harald III) from 1046 to 1066.In addition, he unsuccessfully claimed the Danish throne until 1064 and the English throne in 1066. , Furthermore, contemporary Irish sources have a great deal to say about Viking raids on the coasts of Ireland and southern Scotland and those who led them, but none mention King Harald. Harald I, Harald Hárfagri (c. 860-940). At last, Harald was forced to make an expedition to the West, to clear the islands and the Scottish mainland of some Vikings who tried to hide there.[b]. Artistic illustration of Haralds Fairhair's Royal Seat at Avaldsnes. This is contradicted by later Norse sagas, which suggest that Halfdan was Rognvald's grandfather. Will he become King of Norway? The historicity of the nickname and the anecdote around it is considered suspect by some scholars.  Accordingly, some translators prefer to render hárfagri as 'the fine-haired' or 'fine-hair' (which, however, unhelpfully implies that Haraldr's hairs were slender) or even 'handsome-hair'.. The Norwegians were not happy with foreign rule and Harald’s older brother Olaf was exiled for his dissent in 1028. Harald Finehair’s life mostly came from sagas that were more of literature rather than historical records. His realm was, however, threatened by dangers from without, as large numbers of his opponents had taken refuge, not only in Iceland, then recently discovered; but also in the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Hebrides Islands, Faroe Islands and the northern European mainland. Harald I, byname Harald Fairhair, or Finehair, Norwegian Harald Hårfager, Old Norse Harald Hárfagri, (born c. 860—died c. 940), the first king to claim sovereignty over all Norway.One of the greatest of the 9th-century Scandinavian warrior chiefs, he gained effective control of Norway’s western coastal districts but probably had only nominal authority in the other parts of Norway. Harald Fairhair (Old Norse: Haraldr Hárfagri, Norwegian: Harald Hårfagre, (literally "Harald Hair-fair") ; c. 850 – c. 932) is remembered by medieval historians as the first King of Norway.According to traditions current in Norway and Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, he reigned from c. 872 to 930. However, unable to constrain Danish raids on Orkney, he gave up the earldom and returned to Norway, which "everyone thought was a huge joke. His harsh suppression of lesser Norwegian chieftains cost him their military support in his unsuccessful struggle to conquer Denmark (1045–62).. The earliest narrative source which mentions Harald, the twelfth-century Íslendingabók, notes that Iceland was settled during his lifetime. The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok and Tale of Ragnar's Sons. When he returned two years later he was met by Harald and 600 men from the Uplands before they gathered an army and fought in the Battle of Stiklestad in July 1030. The national monument of Haraldshaugen was raised in 1872, to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord which is traditionally dated to 872. It is plausible that all these were participating in a shared textual tradition begun by the earliest Icelandic prose account of Harald, The saga evidence is potentially pre-dated by two, Sources from the British Isles which are independent of the Icelandic saga-tradition (and partly of each other), and are mostly earlier than the sagas, do attest to a king whose name corresponds to the Old Norse name, Ragnvald Rettilbeine Haraldsson, murdered by Eirik Blodøks on Harald's orders, Ingebjørg Haraldsdotter (Lade, Trondheim, c. 865 - 920), married Halvdan Jarl (c. 865 - 920), Finnmarksjarl, and had issue through an only daughter, Harald Fairhair is mentioned in the manga series, Jakobsson, Sverrir, "Erindringen om en mægtig personlighed: den norsk-islandske historiske tradisjon om Harald Hårfagre i et kildekristisk perspektiv],", Raffensperger, Christian, "Shared (Hi)Stories: Vladimir of Rus' and Harald Fairhair of Norway,", This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 22:00. 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