Earls of Lade
The Earls of Lade (Norwegian: ladejarl (singular), ladejarler (plural); Old Norse variant of Lade: Hlaðir) were a dynasty of rulers of Trøndelag and Hålogaland in Norway from the 9th century to the 11th century. 
The seat of the Earls of Lade was the Lade Farm (Norwegian: Lade gård), today located in the eastern parts of Trondheim and near the seaside of the Trondheimsfjord, an important waterway dating in the Viking Age.
According to Snorre, King Harald I of Norway was a great commander but lacked a fleet. For that he was assisted by Håkon Grjotgardsson. In gratitude Harald I gave him the estate of Lade and made him the first Earl of Lade.
Notable Earls of Lade
- Hákon Grjótgarðsson, an ally of Harald Fairhair
- Sigurðr Hákonarson, friend and advisor of Hákon the Good
- Hákon Sigurðarson, ruler of Norway
- Eiríkr Hákonarson, governor of the majority of Norway under Svein Forkbeard
- Sveinn Hákonarson, governor of a part of Norway under Olaf the Swede
- Hákon Eiríksson, governor of Norway under Canute the Great
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