THE FALL OF KING HARALD HARDRADA: A LONG STRING OF VICTORIES IS KILLED BY ONE RECKLESS FAILURE

3000123_BVR_Vikingos en la Tierra Verde

English soil Harald came to assail;
Bold he was, and not known to fail;
An arrow hit his throat
With death he was smote;
OOPS — Harald wasn’t wearing his mail.

COMMENTARY: See 1st Corinthians 10:12 & Ephesians 6:16. See pages 144-163 of Snorri Sturluson’s KING HARALD’S SAGA: HARALD HARDRADA OF NORWAY (Penguin Classics, 1966, a translation by Magnus Magnusson & Hermann Palsson, of a portion of Sturluson’s HEIMSKRINGLA: HISTORY OF THE KINGS OF NORWAY).   The limerick about the Battle of Stamford Bridge (on September 25th of AD1066) only refers to Viking king Harald Hardrada’s demise — but it should also be appreciated that King Harald’s son Olaf Kyrre survived the battle, providentially, and Olaf Kyrre later sired a lineage of descendants that include King James I of England (a/k/a King James VI of Scotland) — of King James Bible fame  —  as noted in “Christmas, Vikings, and the Providence of God”, posted at  http://www.icr.org/article/christmas-vikings-providence-god/  .

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