Harald And Rangvald Picture

2 Viking brothers, Harald and Rangvald, return home after many years of service in the house of the Kings of Constantinople and Greece.

The spring after (A.D. 1031) Harald and Ragnvald got ships, and went east in summer to Constantinople to King Jaris, and were with him all the following winter. So says the skald Bolverk: --
"The king's sharp sword lies clean and bright,
     Prepared in foreign lands to fight:
     Our ravens croak to have their fill,
     The wolf howls from the distant hill.
     Our brave king is to Byzantium gone,
     Braver than he on earth there's none;
     His sharp sword will carve many feast
     To wolf and raven in the East."

Harald remained several years in Constatinople, and travelled far and wide in the Eastern land. Then he began his expedition out to Greece, and had a great suite of men with him. So says Bolverk: --

     "Before the cold sea-curling blast
     The cutter from the land flew past,
     Her black yards swinging to and fro,
     Her shield-hung gunwale dipping low.
     The king saw glancing o'er the bow
     Athen's metal glow
     From tower and roof, and painted sails
     Gliding past towns and wooded vales."
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