The Death of Erling

The Death of Erling

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Erling Skjalgsson (non.) Erling Skjalgsson ruled the kingdom of Rogaland and opposed the unification of Norway by Olafr Haraldsson. Olafr captured Erling and was about to accept his surrender but Erling was summarily beheaded by Áslák Fitjaskalli.
Áslákr Fitjaskalli (non.) Aslak Farmer of Fitjar (en.) Aslak Fitjaskalli killed Erling Skjalgsson when he was surrendering to Olafr Haraldsson.
Óláfr Haraldsson (non.) Olaf Haraldsson (en.) The Norwegian king whose saga makes up one third of Heimskringla. He became a saint one year after he died in 1030. According to Heimskringla, he died at the Battle of Stiklestad.

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Heimskringla (is.) History of the Kings of Norway (en.) This account of the history of the kings of Norway and is generally believed to have been written by Snorri Sturluson in Iceland in 1230. It begins with the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglings, who were the subject matter of the skaldic poem Ynglingtal, and ends with the reign of the Norwegian king, Magnus Erlingson (died 1184).
Kongesagaer (1899 ed.) (no.) The first edition of Gustaf Storm's Norwegian translation of Heimskringla. Of the two hundred and twenty illustrations for the 1899 edition Werenskiold drew fifty-seven, Krohg forty- seven, Wetlesen forty-three, Egedius thirty-seven, Munthe twenty-seven, and Peterssen eight.
Óláfs saga helga (is.) Olav den heillges Saga (no.) Saint Óláfs Saga (en.) This is the eighth saga in Heimskringla.

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Laing, Samuel (en.) b. 1780
d. 1868
Occupation: writer and translator
Laing translated Heimskringla into English in 1844.
Snorri Sturluson (is.) b. 1179
d. 1241
Nationality: Icelandic
Snorri was an Icelandic statesman, scholar, and author who is credited with writing Heimskringla, The Prose Edda, and possibly Egil's Saga.
Werenskiold, Erik (no.) b. 1855
d. 1938
Nationality: Norwegian
Werenskiold was a painter and illustrator who was in charge of the illustrations and the team of artists for Gustav Storm's editions of Kongesagaer in 1899 and 1900.