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Harald Granraude

Harald Granraude (Haraldr hinn granrauði) was a Norwegian petty king of Agder who lived in the 9th century.

He was married to Gunnhild Ragnvaldsdottir, daughter of Ragnvald Sigurdsson, of Huseby on the peninsula of Lista. He was father to Åsa Haraldsdottir and great-grandfather of Harald Fairhair (Haraldr Hárfagri), the first king of Norway. [1][2]

When Gudrød the Hunter (Gudrød Veidekonge), of Borre in Vestfold proposed marriage to Åsa after the death of his first wife, Harald Granraude refused the proposal. This made Gudrød angry and he sailed with his ships to the king's farm on Tromøya. He arrived at Harald's farm during and made a surprise attack. When Harald saw an army was coming, he retaliated with all his men. It was a hard battle and Harald lost. He and his son, Gyrd Haraldsson, were both killed. King Gudrød looted Harald's treasure and took and married Åsa. [3]


  1. ^ Claus Krag. "Åsa Haraldsdatter". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Leif Inge Ree Petersen. "Huseby – gårdsnavn". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Claus Krag. "Gudrød Veidekonge". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved July 15, 2016.