SPJUTBÄDDEN (Bed of spears)
Bed of spears is based on the death of Ragnar Lodbroks son Erik, in the ”Saga om konung Ragnar Lodbrok och hans söner” (Þáttr af Ragnars sonum).
Erik travels together with his brother Agnar and their army to fight against the king of Uppsala, Eysten.
Even though Erik and Agnar were capable fighters, they lost the battle against Eysten. Agnar is slain on the battlefield while Erik is captured.
Erik may then choose his destiny – to be executed in any way he wants or to marry Eystens daughter. Erik chooses to be executed by getting thrown over spears stuck in a pit – death by being pierced by spears is however a typical way to reach Valhalla.
Before Erik is thrown over the spears he mentions that ”no king has ever seen a bed so valuable” and that he will give his eyes as food for the ravens.
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