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Click to Expand/Collapse Option5. Halfdan's Marriage with Hjort's Daughter
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HK02: Halvdan the Black
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1. Preface
2. References
3. Bibliography
4. Credits


Heimskringla (HK) or the Lives of the Norse Kings


HK 02:

Halfdan the Black Saga

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Halfdan the Black (Old Norse: Halfdanr Svarti) (c. 810 – c. 860) was a ninth-century king of Vestfold. He belonged to the House of Yngling and was the father of Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway.
Halfdan is mentioned in Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla (c. 1230), Fagrskinna (c. 1220), Ágrip (c. 1190) and Historia Norwegiæ (late 12th century). The most elaborate story is found in the latest saga, Heimskringla. According to the Latin Historia Norwegiæ, Halvdan was a king "in montanis" (in the mountains), which is usually equivalent to Oppland in the Old Norse. This conflicts with the version told in Heimskringla.
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For details on sources of the texts and editorial notes, see the Reference section of the introductory text to the BP edition of the Heimskringla.

Abbreviations for the whole library.


Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson, Íslenzk Fornrit vol. 26: Heimskringla I. Reykjavik: Hið Íslenzka Fornritafélag 1941. Pp. 84–93.

Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla or the Lives of the Norse Kings. Ed. and transl. by Erling Monsen and A. H. Smith. Cambridge: W. Heffer 1932. Pp. 36–42.


Input by Amund Bjørsnøs, Spring 2016. Last published: 13 August 2016.

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