• Not hard to believe Olaf could have swam to safety, as swimming in mail armor (and plate, for that matter) is completely possible. The Anglo-Saxons would actually hold DIVING COMPETITIONS in full kit (mail coat, helm, shield, and spear). I’m not entirely sure how the winners were judged, but I’m sure coming back up again had at least SOMETHING to do with it.

  • Amelie

    “Son of Tryggvi Olafsson. Who, in my heart, was son of Olaf Tryggvason, son of Tryggvi Olafsson, son of Olaf Tryggvason, on and on.” Sorry about that. :D Haraldr Hárfagri and Halvdan Svarte Gudrödsson must have been a disappointment, no?

    But my father and grandfather and his father and grandfather and so on was named Lars every second generation to keep Lars in the family. They were Lars or Larsson all of them until the Swedish government decided to change patronymic names to surnames. After that they kept on anyway so every second generation is named BOTH Lars and Larsson. Stupid, but cute.

  • David Larsson

    Ok, first: The “haughty”? Proper swedish is Ingrid Storråda or Storrada if your alfabet lacks an “å”. That is “Stor” (Great/Large) and “Rada” (to rule/to advice). So a better english translation would be Proud, Wise or perhaps Powerfull. Thats a GOOD monicker!

    Second Harald the Suitor had tried woing Sigrid before and his new “argument” was a troop of warriors. So that was justified selfdefence at the time. The poor rus just got in the way.

    Third there is a number of Scandic unstopable heroes that was finaly killed because they either insulted or struck a woman, (that being their fatal flaw). Olaf the fool did both! So Sigrid ended his life, his fleet and his kingdom. Viking-karma.

  • Jason Porath

    Hi there!

    1) Virtually every English-language source on her translated it as “haughty,” so, not being bilingual myself, I followed that lead. They have virtually the same meaning, although “haughty” has a more negative connotation.
    2) Do you have a source on that? The translation of the Heimskringla I was following indicated he had a great “attendance,” i.e. a retinue of followers, not necessarily an army.
    3) I’ve no doubt! Do you have a listing of other ones? I have a couple on my list but it sounds like you know more than I do.

  • David Larsson

    Sorry I am no expert and I wrote without tougth. And my english is not as good as I want to belive.

    1 you are correct, virtually the same. Sorry.
    2 Just my impression of what a retinue would be a the time. Armed loyal men, so large retinue: many armed men. An intimidation tactic. But just my idea, sorry.
    3 Sorry turns out I just have two: Sigurd Fafnersbane’s Brynhild and Gunnar Hamundarson’s Hallgerd. Two isnt several, my bad.

    Your report/story is excellent as always, and nice that you done Sigrid Storråda aka the Haughty! Its just that I like her part of a realy good story, oversensetiv.