Eirik Bjodaskalle på Obrestad
(Abt 0920-)


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Eirik Bjodaskalle på Obrestad

  • Born: Abt 920
  • Marriage: Unknown

  General Notes:

Astrid daughter of Eirik Bjodaskalle, was hiding from her husband's killers, led by Harald Greycloak, the son of Eirik Bloodaxe. Greycloak and his brothers had seized the throne from Håkon the Good, but only had influence over the western region of Norway. They tried to remedy this by killing local rulers such as Olaf's father, Tryggve Olafsson.

In the spring of 964 the brothers heard news that Astrid had given birth to an heir of King Tryggve, and they sent a troop of thirty men to find him. Astrid's father's men saw the troops coming, and warned her. Astrid had no option other than to flee. During flight they stayed with several allies in Norway, but eventually had to leave the country, and went to Sweden where Harald Greycloak held no power. The brothers sent an envoy to King Eric of Sweden, with gifts and messages of friendship, and asked for permission to take the boy back to Norway, where he would be raised by Greycloak's mother Gunhild. The Swedish king gave them men to help them claim the young boy, but to no avail. After a short scuffle Astrid (with her son) fled again. This time their destination was Gardarike, where Astrid's brother Sigurd was in the service of King Valdemar. Olaf was three years old when they set sail on a merchant ship for Novgorod. The journey was not successful -- in the Baltic sea they were captured by Estonian vikings, and the people aboard were either killed or taken as slaves.

Eirik married.

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