859) that Ragnar's son Bjorn Ironside and Hasting made their great expedition round Spain to the Mediterranean.
We know that at the same time that some Scandinavian folk were harrying all the western lands, others were founding Garbariki (Russia) in the east; others were pressing still farther south till they came in contact with the eastern empire in Constantinople, which the northern folk knew as MikillgarOr (Mikklegard); so that when Hasting and Bjorn had sailed to Luna in the gulf of Genoa the northern folk had almost put a girdle round the Christian world.
The king whom he found reigning there is called Bjorn (Bern) and is generally identified with the king Bjorn for whom Bragi the Old composed the poem called Ragnarsdrapa.
There is record of a king named Bjorn a Haugi who is said to have been the son of Eric and to have reigned fifty years.
Olaf of Norway now sent his marshal Bjorn to Ragnvald to arrange a peace.
At this meeting Bjorn, supported by the earl, asked for peace, and Olaf was compelled by the pressure of the lawman Thorgny to agree to this and also to promise his daughter Ingeger6 in marriage to the Norse king.