Eirik Of Hordaland
(Abt 0820-)
Gyda Eiriksdatter
(Abt 0850-)

 

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King Harald I Hårfagre (Fairhair) Halvdansson of Norway

Gyda Eiriksdatter

  • Born: Abt 850, Norway
  • Marriage: King Harald I Hårfagre (Fairhair) Halvdansson of Norway about 880 in Norway

  General Notes:

King Harald sent his men to a girl called Gyda, daughter of King Eirik
of Hordaland, who was brought up as foster-child in the house of a
great bonde in Valdres. The king wanted her for his concubine; for she
was a remarkably handsome girl, but of high spirit withal. Now when
the messengers came there, and delivered their errand to the girl, she
answered, that she would not throw herself away even to take a king
for her husband, who had no greater kingdom to rule over than a few
districts. "And methinks," said she, "it is wonderful that no king
here in Norway will make the whole country subject to him, in the same
way as Gorm the Old did in Denmark, or Eirik at Upsala."
The messengers thought her answer was dreadfully haughty, and asked
what she thought would come of such an answer; for Harald was so
mighty a man, that his invitation was good enough for her. But
although she had replied to their errand differently from what they
wished, they saw no chance, on this occasion, of taking her with them
against her will; so they prepared to return.
When they were ready, and the people followed them out, Gyda said to
the messengers, "Now tell to King Harald these my words. I will only
agree to be his lawful wife upon the condition that he shall first,
for my sake, subject to himself the whole of Norway, so that he may
rule over that kingdom as freely and fully as King Eirik over the
Swedish dominions, or King Gorm over Denmark; for only then, methinks,
can he be called the king of a people."

Gyda married King Harald I Hårfagre (Fairhair) Halvdansson of Norway, son of King Halvdan Svarte "The Black" Gudrødsson of Norway and Ragnhild Sigurdsdatter, about 880 in Norway. (King Harald I Hårfagre (Fairhair) Halvdansson of Norway was born about 850 in Norway, died in 933 in Hogaland, Norway and was buried in 933 in Karmtsund, Norway.)



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