The Barding Saga
The Bardings — click to zoom in.
Stuf the Sly — (Deceased) Lawspeaker in Borg and father of Ingrid the Deep-minded.
Ingrid the Deep-minded — (First generation, deceased) Daughter of Stuf the Sly, wife of Njáll the Wise, and mother of Þora Njállsdóttir, Bard the Learned, and Sarcastic Nereid. She and her husband Njáll came to Iceland and founded Hrafnahof. She was known as one of the keenest legal minds of her day, sought out by goðar throughout the island. She saw to the first testimony given by a woman before a þing.
Njáll the Wise — (First generation, deceased) Lawspeaker in Borg after Stuf the Sly, and husband to his predecessor’s daughter, Ingrid the Deep-minded. She and Ingrid came to Iceland and founded Hrafnahof.
Halbjörn Half-troll — (Second generation) Son of a shieldmaiden named Jofrid Spear-breaker, who said that she conceived her only son with a troll in Norway. Halbjörn married Þora Njállsdóttir, but she later left him while he spend eight years abroad with Eyvind Olvirsson.
Þora Njállsdóttir — (Second generation) Eldest child of Njáll the Wise and Ingrid the Deep-minded. She married Halbjörn Half-troll and had three children by him before leaving him while he spent eight years abroad with Eyvind Olvirsson, then married the family’s former rival, Håkon Travel-quick.
Håkon Travel-quick — (Second generation) Gained some measure of wealth and fame by establishing a ferry where Þjorsa and Ölfusá run closest together. His business was eventually eclipsed by the ferry operated between Bardstaðir and Hrafnahof at Þjorsa’s mouth. He married Þora Njállsdóttir after she divorced Halbjörn Half-troll.
Bard the Learned — (Second generation) Second child of Njáll the Wise and Ingrid the Deep-minded. He remained in Borg when his parents left for Iceland and came only when Harald Fair-hair killed his jarl. He established a farm at Bardstaðir, where he developed a reputation as a man who knew a little bit about a wide range of things, respected for his knowledge if not for his bravery. He died while trying to defend Þorsteinn Ingolfsson from one of his enemies. A skald composed a song about the incident, so that Bard is remembered as a brave warrior who died in battle.
Gudrun Bjarnisdóttir — (Second generation) Wife of Bard the Learned and mother of Björn Bardsson and Freydis Bardsdóttir. After Bard’s death she remarried to Þorsteinn Ingolfsson and bore him a daughter, Mjoll. She became an ardent follower of the Red Christ.
Þorsteinn Ingolfsson — (Second generation) Son of Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, owner of Reykjavík, and perhaps the most influential goði in the island. He is married to Gudrun Bjarnisdóttir, who bore him a daughter, Mjoll.
Olvir Þorirsson — (Second generation, deceased) A warrior exiled from Norway for his part in a blood feud. He married Sarcastic Nereid and had a son, Eyvind, but was ultimately killed by his enemies from Norway who came looking for him.
Sarcastic Nereid — (Second generation, deceased) Youngest child of Njáll the Wise and Ingrid the Deep-minded. She had a son named Eyvind by her first marriage to Olvir Þorirsson, and died while giving birth to Vandrad, her son by her second husband, Einar Lambisson.
Einar Lambisson — (Second generation) He came to Iceland with his siblings after his father died and established a farm at Einarsbær. Einar became owner of Hrafnahof and goði to hold it in trust for his stepson Eyvind. During that time he oversaw the first testimony by a woman before a þing, established a system of sacred groves to provide lumber for the island, and helped Björn Bardsson establish the first hreppar_ When Eyvind returned, he handed over the goðorð as promised and set off with his young son Vandrad to travel the world.
Þordis Þorkelsdóttir — (Third generation) Daughter of a farmer named Þorkel Flat-nose and wife to Orm Halbjörnsson. They have an infant daughter named Ingrid, named for Orm’s grandmother.
Orm Halbjörnsson — (Third generation) Eldest son of Halbjörn Half-troll and Þora Njállsdóttir, married to Þordis Þorkelsdóttir. They have an infant daughter named Ingrid, named for Orm’s grandmother.
Aslaug Halbjörnsdóttir — (Third generation) Daughter of Halbjörn Half-troll and Þora Njállsdóttir, married to Finn Halfdansson.
Finn Halfdansson — (Third generation) A wealthy landowner and farmer married to Aslaug Halbjörnsdóttir.
Hallveig Brynjolfsdóttir — (Third generation) Daughter of Brynjolf Squinter, formerly a huscarl to Valberg Blood-Jewel, married to Skeggi Halbjörnsson.
Skeggi Halbjörnsson — (Third generation) Youngest son of Halbjörn Half-troll and Þora Njállsdóttir, married to Hallveig Brynjolfsdóttir.
Helga Hognisdóttir — (Third generation) Daughter of Hogni Olafsson and Þorunn Atlisdóttir. She was Björn Bardsson’s most devoted childhood friend and later his wife. She is a fierce shieldmaiden and the mother of their children, Bjarni, Bera, Njáll, and Lambi.
Björn Bardsson — (Third generation) Youngest child of Bard the Learned and Gudrun Bjarnissdóttir, younger brother of Freydis Bardsdóttir. Sometimes called “the Brave” for an incidence in his childhood when he was kidnapped by outlaws and slew three of them with Helga Hognisdóttir’s help, including Helga’s father, Hogni Olafsson. Inherited Bardstaðir when his father died, and aided his uncle, Einar Lambisson, in his war with Valberg Blood-Jewel against Skjöldur Brimisson. At the end of that war, Skjöldur adopted Björn and made him his heir just before he was slain in a hólmganga duel with Halbjörn Half-troll, making him the owner of Arnes and a wealthy and powerful goði. He married Helga and with her fathered four children: Bjarni, Bera, Njáll, and Lambi.
Freydis Bardsdóttir — (Third generation) Eldest child of Bard the Learned and Gudrun Bjarnissdóttir, older sister of Björn Bardsson. A seiðkona called Hildrid the White first recognized her potential and asked her to become her apprentice, but the old woman frightened Freydis and she refused. Dalla Landvættir recognized the same potential in her, but Freydis was then older, and Dalla less frightening, so she agreed and became a seiðkona. She married Úlf Tórsson, a goði from Höfn.
Úlf Tórsson — (Third generation) A goði from Höfn and married to Freydis Bardsdóttir. An implacable enemy of Christianity, both Red and White. Halbjörn Half-troll painted the blood eagle on his back, but Úlf did not scream, assuring his place in Valhalla.
Eyvind Olvirsson — (Third generation) Son of Olvir Þorirsson and Sarcastic Nereid. He is convinced that he is fulfilling the legacy of his uncle, Bard the Learned, in his quest to become King of Iceland. He spent eight years abroad with Halbjörn Half-troll, whom he relies on as his chief general and advisor. He visited Miklagarðr and fought for Harald Fair-hair in Norway, gaining the king’s support for his efforts. Upon his return his stepfather Einar Lambisson gave him Hrafnahof and the goðorð as promised.
Vandrad Einarsson — (Third generation) Son of Einar Lambisson and Sarcastic Nereid, he traveled abroad with his father after he surrendered Hrafnahof and his goðorð as promised to Vandrad’s stepbrother Eyvind.
Ingrid Ormsdóttir — (Fourth generation) Infant daughter of Orm Halbjörnsson and Þordis Þorkelsdóttir, named after Orm’s grandmother, Ingrid the Deep-minded.
Bjarni Björnsson — (Fourth generation) Eldest son of Björn Bardsson and Helga Hognisdóttir, named for Björn’s grandfather, a jarl in Norway.
Bera Björnsson — (Fourth generation) Daughter of Björn Bardsson and Helga Hognisdóttir, named for Helga’s grandmother.
Njáll Björnsson — (Fourth generation) Son of Björn Bardsson and Helga Hognisdóttir, named for Björn’s grandfather, Njáll the Wise.
Lambi Björnsson — (Fourth generation) Son of Björn Bardsson and Helga Hognisdóttir, named for the father of Björn’s uncle Einar, Lambi Leg-breaker.