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Post Harald Fairhair
Harald Fairhair ca. 850-ca.930 was remembered by medieval historians as the first king who gathered most of Norway
into one kingdom. Most of his life remains uncertain , since the extant accounts of his life in the sagas were set down in writing around three hundred years after his lifetime. Some skaldic praise poems attributed to contemporary court poets exist which seem to refer to Harald's victories against opponent sin Norway. I guess it all must be taken with a pinch of salt, but interesting reading though.
Here is a verse which mention the use of bow and arrow in a battle at Gøtaland.
"Whistles the battle-axe in its swing O'er head the whizzing javelins sing,
helmet and shield and hauberk ring; the air song of the lance is loud, the arrows pipe in darkening cloud;
through helm and mail the foemen feel the blue edge of our king's good steel Who can withstand our gallant king?
The Gautland men their flight must wing"

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