Harald Fairhair's campaign in Götaland
was an attack that took place in the 870
writes in Harald Fairhair's saga
that Harald Fairhair
disputed the Swedish king Eric Eymundsson
's hegemony in what is today southern Norway.
He attacked and forced Viken
to accept his rule and then plundered and burnt in Ranrike
. Because of this the Norwegian skald Þorbjörn hornklofi
boasted that the Swedes stayed indoors whereas the Norwegians were out on the sea.The Gauts (Geats
) did not accept this and assembled their forces. In the spring, they put stakes in Göta älv
to stop Harald's ships. Harald Fairhair put his ships alongside the stakes and plundered and burnt everything he could reach.The Norwegian skald said of this:The Geats arrived to the ships with a great army to fight king Harald, but they lost after great losses.
Then the Norwegians travelled far and wide in Götaland
, winning most of the battles. In one of the battles, the Geatish commander Hrani the Geat
fell. Harald then proclaimed himself the ruler of all land north of Göta älv
and north and west of lake Vänern
and placed Guttorm Haraldsson
to defend the region with a large force.