Today we celebrate the death of Olaf II Haraldsson, king of Norway. He was killed by Thorir Hund (Thorir the Hound) at the Battle of Stiklestad. People have called Olaf by several different names. During his lifetime he was known as Olaf ‘the fat’ or ‘the stout’ or simply as Olaf ‘the big’ (Ólafr digri; Modern Norwegian Olaf digre). In Norway today, he is commonly referred to as Olav den hellige (Bokmål; Olaf the Holy) or Heilage-Olav (Nynorsk; the Holy Olaf) in honor of his sainthood.
He was posthumously given the title Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae(English: Norway’s Eternal King) and canonised in Nidaros (Trondheim) by Roman Catholic Bishop Grimkell, one year after his death. His remains were enshrined in Nidaros Cathedral, built over his burial site.
In Heathenry he is known as Olaf the Lawbreaker.
So raise a horn and thank Thorir Hund for his love and devotion to the Gods by ending the life of such a blood-thirsty killer of his people.
The Tore Hund Monument, by Norwegian artist Svein Haavardsholm, was erected in 1980 beside the road to the church on Bjarkøy. The memorial honors both Thorir Hund and the Bjarkøy clan, who had their seat on Bjarkøy.