Vikja historic Halfdan Svarti


Halfdan Svarti, also known as Halfdan the Black, was a king of Vestfold. He belonged to the House of Yngling and his son would become the first king of Norway. His nickname 'the Black' was given because of his black hair.

The family of Halfdan consisted of Ragnhild his first wife and Harald his son. They both died after falling ill. His second wife was also named Ragnhild and his second son was also named Harald. His mother was named Åsa and his father Gudrød the Hunter.


Halfdan was one year old when his father was killed. His mother Åsa took him to Agder immediately afterwards. He grew up in Agder and became stout and strong. When he was eighteen years old he became king of Agder. He quickly increased his kingdom through diplomacy and military conquest.

First he divided the kingdom of Vesthold with his brother Olaf. In the same autumn he went with an army to Vingulmark against king Gandalf. There were many battles in which the vicory went to one or the other. Eventually Gandalf agreed to give half of Vingulmark as his father Gudrød ruled it before.

Next Halfdan proceeded to the area of Raumarike, and subdued it by killing it's ruler Sigtryg and other men in battles. As soon as Halfdan returned to Vesthold, Eystein, the brother of Sigtryg and king of Hedemark, went out with his army to Raumarike to subdue it. When king Halfdan heard of this news he gathered his amry again and returned to Raumarike where a battle ensued. Halfdan was victorious and Eystein fled and begged for peace. Half of Hedemark was given in exchange of peace.

  • Halfdan's birth

  • Halfdan's death


Halfdan's first wife was Ragnhild, daughter of Harald Gulskeg king of Sogn. They had a son called Harald. When the king of Sogn was becoming old and had no heir he gave his title of king to Halfdan's son and Gulskeg died soon after his announcement. The same winter his wife Ragnhild died, and in the following spring son Harald died at the age of ten after he had fallen sick. When Halfdan's son died he took a great army northwards to Sogn and claimed the title for his own.

In autumn king Halfdan proceeded to Vingulmark. At one night when he was in the guest quarters, a watchman returned on horseback to tell him that an army was coming to the house. The king got up and prepared his men to meet this army which was lead by Hysing and Helsing. Another battle ensued, but Halfdan was outnumbered and fled to the forest. He returned with an army to defeat his rivals Hysing and Helsing in battle which made him king of all Vingulmark. 

A king in Ringerike called Sigurd went out hunting in the forest like he always did. During hunting he was attacked by Hake and his men. After killing a number of Hake's men and cutting off his hand he was slain. Hake rode to Sigurd's house and took his daughter Ragnhild and his brother Guthorm. When king Halfdan was in Hedemark and heard the news he sent out his men to recapture Ragnhild and her brother. After completing the mission a wedding was organized and Ragnhild became married to Halfdan.

After a feast in Hadeland during spring king Halfdan was riding back to his home. As it happened the road was across a lake called Rand. In the winter a hole was made in the ice for the cattle to drink. The cattle had also produced dung which had fallen on the ice weakening it. When king Halfdan and his men rode over the lake the ice broke and many perished with him. People met at his corpse and wanted to burry him in their own district. It was agreed that all took a part of Halfdan to burry in a mound, which became known as Halfdan's mounds.

Halfdan the Black is a bold and smart man of great strength. His main skills are tactics and maneuvering, his secondary skill is hunting.


Haldan's assets are not many, he has a reasonable number of huskarls (3x warband cards of 10), a number of karl troops (4x warband card of 10 karls),  and a number of thralls (20) and horses (5x1 horse card). He also has a storage with 20 food, 10 fish, 20 game and 50 lumber. Next to that he owns 1 town and 4 villages and has a treasury of 200 silver and a yearly income of 45 silver.




Vikja attributes icons status 7 status
Vikja attributes icons attack 13 attack
Vikja attributes icons defense 9 defense
Vikja attributes icons concentration 11 concentration
Vikja attributes icons movement 4 movement
Vikja attributes icons endurance 15 endurance
Vikja skill icons tactics +2 tactics
Vikja skill icons maneuver +2 maneuver
Vikja skill icons hunting +1 hunting
Basic attributes
Vikja basic attributes icons shield -2|3 shield
Vikja basic attributes icons armor +1 helmet
Vikja basic attributes icons chainmail +3 mail
Vikja basic attributes icons life 20 life
Vikja basic attributes icons wounds 4 wounds
Weapons & Items
  D+4 long axe
  D+2 seax


  • Vikja asset icons title
  • Vikja asset icons income
    45 silver
  • Vikja asset icons warband
    30 huskarls
    40 karls
    20 thralls
  • Vikja asset icons settlement
    1 town
    4 villages