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Heathen Date: Manni`s day, Snowmoon 22, 2268 RE
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Day of Jarl Hakon


Day of Jarl Hakon




Apr 09 Every year


Haakon Sigurdsson Jarl (Old Norse: Hákon Sigurðsson,
Norwegian: Håkon Sigurdsson), (d. 995) was the son of Sigurd
Haakonsson, Earl of Lade, and thus Trøndelag. Haakon claimed
descent from the divine linage of Sæming.
Haakon became earl after his father was killed by King Harald
Greyhide's men in 961. He warred with King Harald for some time,
until he was forced to flee to Denmark and Harald Bluetooth. In
Denmark he conspired with Harald Bluetooth against Harald Greyhide.
Harald Greyhide was killed in 971. After this, Haakon Jarl ruled
Norway as a vassal of Harald Bluetooth, but he was in reality an
independent ruler. For Harald, he attacked Götaland and killed
its ruler Jarl Ottar. Haakon was a strong believer in the old Norse
gods, and when Harald Bluetooth attempted to force Christianity upon
him around 975, Haakon broke his allegiance to Denmark. A Danish
invasion force was defeated at the battle of Hjörungavágr
in 986.
In 995, a quarrel broke out between Haakon and the Trønders
just as Olaf Tryggvason, a descendant of Harald Fairhair arrived.
Haakon quickly lost all support, and was killed by his own slave and
friend, Þormóðr Karkr, while hiding in the pig sty.
His two sons Eric and Sven, and several others, fled to the king of
Sweden, Olof Skötkonung, and the Hakon Jarl Runestones may refer
to them.


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