Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 26. Chapters: Erik the Red, Gunnar Hámundarson, Hersir, Eiríkr Hákonarson, Berserker, Egill Skallagrímsson, Haakon Sigurdsson, Hastein, Einar Thambarskelfir, Ingvar the Far-Travelled, Askold and Dir, Onlafbald and Scula, Egil One-Hand, Ulf of Borresta, Skúli Þórsteinsson, Finn Arnesson, Lathgertha, Freygeirr, Sveneld, Ragnvald Ingvarsson, Thorstein the Red, Ulf the Earl, Gunnlaugr Ormstunga, Sölve, Godfrid, Duke of Frisia, Asmund Berserkers-Slayer, Godfrid Haraldsson, Skagul Toste, Thorgil Sprakling, Solovey, Refil. Excerpt: Eiríkr Hákonarson or Eric of Norway or Eric of Hlathir(960s - 1020s) was earl of Lade, ruler of Norway and earl of Northumbria. Eiríkr was the bastard eldest son of earl Hákon Sigurðarson, and brother of the legendary Aud Haakonsdottir of Lade. He participated in the Battle of Hjörungavágr, the Battle of Svolder and the conquest of England. The principal sources on Eric's youth are Fagrskinna and Heimskringla. They relate that Eric was the son of Hákon Sigurðarson and a woman of low birth whom Hákon bedded during a sojourn in Uppland. Hákon cared little for the boy and gave him to a friend of his to raise. On one occasion when Eric was eleven or twelve years old he and his foster father had harboured their ship right next to earl Hákon. Then Hákon's closest friend, Skopti, arrived and asked Eric to move away so that he could harbour next to Hákon as he was used to. When Eric refused, Hákon was infuriated by the boy's pride and sternly ordered him away. Humiliated, Eric had no choice but to obey. In the following winter he avenged the humiliation by chasing down Skopti's ship and killing him. This was Eric's first exploit, as commemorated by his skald Eyjólfr dáðaskáld who mentions the incident in his Bandadrápa. The sagas say that after killing Skopti, Eric sailed south to Denmark where he was received by kin...
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