By Snorri Sturluson
Beginning with the dim prehistory of the legendary gods and their descendants, Heimskringla recounts the heritage of the kings of Norway throughout the reign of Olaf Haraldsson, who turned Norway's customer saint. as soon as present in so much houses and faculties and nonetheless considered as a countrywide treasure, Heimskringla encouraged the considering and literary form of Scandinavia over numerous centuries.
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Then all his crews left their ships and got here to the meeting; and while it opened, the king arose and spoke as follows: “We had an meeting at Frosta, and there I bade the farmers to allow themselves be baptized, yet they bade me to the contrary to return to sacrifice with them, as had performed Hákon, the foster son of Æthelstān. Then we agreed that we must always meet in Mærin and there make a superb sacrifice. but when i'm to sacrifice with you, then I shall have a sacrifice made that is the best ever made, and sacrifice people. and that i shall decide on for that, no longer thralls or evildoers, however the noblest of guys as sacrifice to the gods. I shall select for that Orm Lygra1 of Methalhús, Styrkár of Gimsar, Kár of Grýting, Ásbjorn and Thorberg of Ornesś,1 Orm of Lyxá, Halldór of Skerthingstethja”—and he named nonetheless one other 5 so much widespread males, announcing that he might sacrifice them to procure a superb season and peace; after which he had his males instantly assault them. but if the farmers observed that they didn't have a adequate strength to struggle the king, they requested for area and provided to undergo his phrases. Then they got here to the contract that each one the farmers who had come have been to allow themselves be baptized and to vow the king upon oath to carry quickly to the real religion and to abolish all sacrifices. The king stored these kinds of males by means of him on the banquet until eventually that they had brought their sons or their brothers or different shut kinsmen as hostages to the king. bankruptcy sixty eight. King Óláf Attends the Sacrifice at Marin King Óláf with all his troops proceeded to the internal reaches of the Trondheimfjord. And while he reached Mærin, all of the chieftains of the Trondheim District who so much hostile Christianity had arrived including all of the wealthy farmers who earlier than had maintained the sacrifices in that position. there has been a good multitude, simply as there have been on the Frostathing meeting. Then the king requested the meeting to satisfy, and either events got here there all armed. And whilst the meeting met, the king made a speech during which he requested the folks to just accept Christianity. Járnskeggi responded his speech as consultant of the farmers. He acknowledged that it was once the want of the farmers because it have been ahead of that the king aren't holiday the legislation. “It is our want, sir king,” he stated, “that you're making the sacrifice as different kings have performed the following sooner than you. ” The farmers shouted approval, asserting they sought after every thing performed as Skeggi had acknowledged. Then the king spoke back that he could cross into the temple and notice what their customized used to be after they sacrificed. The farmers have been good proud of that, and either events went to the temple. bankruptcy sixty nine. King Óláf Destroys the Idols King Óláf now entered the temple, followed via a number of males and a few of the farmers. And whilst the king got here to the place the gods have been, he discovered Thór sitting there because the so much commemorated of the entire gods, decorated with gold and silver. King Óláf lifted up the gold-adorned rod he held in his hand and struck Thór, so he fell from his pedestal. Then the king’s males ran up and shoved all of the gods from their pedestals.