Erik Segersäll, also known as Erik the Victorious, was one of the early kings of Sweden who lived from 945 till 995 AD. He became king in the year 970 AD and ruled until his death. Erik was born in the house of Munsö, his father was Björn Eriksson who ruled Sweden from 882 to 932 AD. He had a brother called Olof Björnsson.
His territory comprised of Uppland, Södermanland, Västmanland, Gästrikland and probably more. He founded the town Sigtuna in the Uppland province. He had military successes through allying himself with the free farmers and forming a seasonal conscription called leidang. He acquired his nickname 'the Victorious' after defeating an invasion by the Jomsvikings in the Battle of Fýrisvellir in 984 AD led by Styrbjörn the Strong. Styrbjörn went to battle to retake the Swedish throne after he suspected Erik to have poisoned his father and was denied the throne when his father Olof Björnsson died.
The battle was a fierce but memorable one. When Styrbjörn's fleet entered Mälaren, Erik amassed the leidang at Uppsala. Stakes were put up in the waterway leading to Uppsala, when Styrbjörn arrived he could not sail further. He vowed to win or die and never leave Sweden again. He set the ships on fire but his Danish allies did not want to take any part in it and left. He marched towards Uppsala with the Jomsvikings. Styrbjörn threatened to start a forest fire if they did not led him pass, the Swedes did not attack and backed down.
Erik's reign as King
Battle of Fýrisvellir
When Styrbjörn arrived at Fýrisvellir, Erik's leidang army had prepared a stampede of cattle which were harnessed with weapons stuck in between. The cattle were pushed towards the Jomsvikings and caused great disarray and destruction among the troops. Order was restored by the leader, and the fight continued which ended in a stalemate that day.
The following day Erik had received reinforcements but was unable to break the stalemate. Both Erik and Styrbjörn invoked the blessing of the Gods that night. Styrbjörn sacrificed to the god Thor, but received omens of doom. Erik sacrificed as well but to the god Odin instead. He was given a spear and told him to throw it over the Jomsvikings with an invocation.
On the last day at dawn Erik cast the spear and a hail of 'Odin's arrows' at the Jomsvikings. The tide of the battle had shifted and the Jomsvikings started to lose. Once more Styrbjörn encouraged his men to stand and fight and continued to lead a final charge and was killed. The battle raged until most were dead or had fled the field.
Erik is a man of cunningness and wit. He had an excellent Lawspeaker called Þorgnýr as an advisor. His primary skills are maneuvers and tactics, his secondary skill is able to hit strongly. He leads his Kingdom successfully until his death.
Erik's assets are very sizable, he has ten personal drakkar ships of medium size (10 medium sized drakkar ship card), one large drakkar ship, a number of karl troops (5x warband card of 10 karls) and a fair number of huskarls (2x warband cards of 10). He can apply to the leidang during the summer months giving him 10 extra warbands of karls (warband card of 20). He has 1 town and 3 villages under his direct control (1 town card card with harbor). He also owns 300 silver and has an income of 40 silver.
- Eric the Victorious - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Battle of Fýrisvellir
- Eric the Victorious | European Royal History
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