Battle of Storsjön

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Battle of Storsjön
Date 1178
Location Strait between Andersön and Sunne in Storsjöbygden, Jämtland

Norwegian victory

  • Norway takes control of Jamtland
Seal of Jämtland.svg Jämtland Royal Standard of Norway.svg Norway
Commanders and leaders
unknown Sverre Sigurdsson
1200 men 100 men
Casualties and losses
100 dead

The Battle of Storsjön (Slaget på Storsjöns is) was fought during 1178 outside Sunne, in Jämtland province, Sweden. The battle was won by the Birkebeiner army of King Sverre of Norway. [1] [2]

The battle was conducted near Lake Storsjön, which was then covered with ice. Due to darkness, Sverre and his troops pulled away while local peasants fought against each other. When dawn came, the Birkebeiner forces attacked and won a victory. As a consequences of this defeat, Jämtland was incorporated into Norway until it was ceded to Sweden in 1645.[3]

According to the Sverris saga, the Jamts were mostly killed by sword blows in their backs. This is supported by archaeological findings from the 20th century.[4]


Other Sources[edit]

  • Ashlund, Nils (1948) Jämtlands och Härjedalens historia D. 1, Intill 1537 (Norstedts Förlag) (In Swedish)
  • Helle, Knut (1995) Under kirke og kongemakt: 1130-1350 (Aschehoug Universitetsforlaget) (in Norwegian)
  • Krag, Claus (2005) Sverre: Norges største middelalderkonge (Aschehoug Universitetsforlaget) (in Norwegian)

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