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Eric I of Norway Biography
Eric I (Norw. Eirik I) (b. ca 885 - d. 954), nicknamed "Bloodaxe" (Blodøks), was the second king of Norway (931-933) and the eldest son of his father Harald. Once the power was in his hands, he started executing his other 18 brothers, except for one, the future Haakon I. Haakon fled to England and won enough support from the Norwegian nobles to oust Eric in 933. After waging unsuccessful campaigns to regain the throne, Eric moved to the Orkney Islands and later to the Kingdom of Jorvik. His rule in the latter country met with great opposition, however, and he was killed in battle at Stainmore, Westmorland, in 954.
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