Rimul

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Romol
Rimul
Historic Farm
Romol is located in Sør-Trøndelag
Romol
Romol
Location in Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°15′59″N 10°15′24″E / 63.26639°N 10.25667°E / 63.26639; 10.25667Coordinates: 63°15′59″N 10°15′24″E / 63.26639°N 10.25667°E / 63.26639; 10.25667
Country Norway
Region Trøndelag
County Sør-Trøndelag
Districts of Norway Gauldalen
Municipality Melhus
Elevation[1] 60 m (200 ft)

Rimul (or Romol) is a farm in the municipality of Melhus in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is the scene of the murder of Håkon Sigurdsson (also known as Hákon Sigurðsson or Hákon Earl) by his slave Tormod Kark (Þormóðr Karkr), as described in the Saga of king Olav Tryggvason in Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla.

Location[edit]

There is still a farm named Romol in the western part of the village of Melhus in the municipality of Melhus in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. There is a big stone lying nearby, thought maybe to be scene of Olaf's speech. This is, however, not proven.

The events are the theme of the opera Thora paa Rimol which was composed in 1894, but not performed until 2002 in Melhus, Sør-Trøndelag in occasion of the municipality's 1000 year anniversary.

Historical references[edit]

Hákon Earl had a mistress named Thora (Þóra) at the Rimul farm. After their night in Jarlshola, Hákon and his slave went on to Rimul, seeking further shelter from Olav Tryggvason and his men, who were at that time searching for the Earl. Thora led them to a pig sty beneath a great stone. Later, after killing the Earl's son, Erlend (Erlendr) and lots of men of his hird, Olaf Tryggvason arrived at Rimul with a group of local farmers, now supporting him. In the Heimskringla, the story continues as follows:

Original text English translation
Hann stóð upp í stein þann inn mikla er þar stóð hjá svínabølinu. Þá talað Óláfr, ok varð þat í røðu hans at hann myndi þann mann gøða bæði fé ok virðing, er Hákoni jarku yrði at skaða. Þessa røðu heyrði jarl ok Karkr. Þeir hofðu ljós hjá sér. Jarl mælti: "Hví ertu svá bleikr, en stundum svartr sem jorð? Er eigi þat at þú vilir svíkja mik?" "Eigi," segir Karkr. "Vit várum føddir á einni nátt," segir jarl. "Skammt mun ok verða milli dauða okkars."[2] Then Olaf held a speech out in the farm, he went up unto a great rock lying near the pig sty. Olaf spoke, and in his speech he said he would reward any man richly who could harm Hákon Earl. The Earl and Kark heard this speech. They had light where they lay. The Earl said: "Why are you so pale, yet sometimes black as dirt? It is not so that you wish to harm me?" "No," says Kark. "We were born on the same night," says the Earl. "Close will also our deaths be."[3]

Lying in the pig sty the same night, Kark killed Hákon Earl. He cut his head off and brought it to Olaf Tryggvason, expecting to collect the reward. Unfortunately, Olaf did not respect a slave murdering his own Lord. Tormod Kark was himself decapitated. Both heads were reputedly set on stakes in Munkholmen for people to spit at.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Romol" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ Sturluson, Snorri. Linder, N; Haggson, H. A., eds. Heimskringla [The Chronicles of the Kings of Norway] (in Old Norse). Heimskringla.no. 
  3. ^ Tennant, Roy; Killings, Douglas B. Heimskringla [The Chronicles of the Kings of Norway]. The Online Medieval and Classical Library. 

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