A murky mist lowered itself on the battlefield. All the ordinary sounds and smells of nature had vanished as the battle raged. The iron scent of blood filled the nostrils of the combatants; the singing of birds had ceased when the battle cries first echoed across the fields. The clammy dusky atmosphere became cooler as the sunlight faded. The sky turned a dark crimson, darker and darker by the minute. Within a short time the solar eclipse made the battlefield as dark as night. King Olav II received an axe blow above the knee, and had to support himself against a boulder. According to the saga he threw his sword away and implored God save him. Tore Hund thrust his spear beneath Olav´s coat of mail and drove it into his abdomen, while Kalv Arneson crashed his axe against the left side of Olav´s neck. It was the 29th of July, 1030 AD, and the king´s army had lost the battle. Olav II Haraldsson was dead...