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Gunnar Hlíðarenda / Hámundarson

Birthdate: (52)
Death: 992 (52) (Killed in battle)
Immediate Family:

Son of Private; Hámundur Gunnarsson; Private and Rannveig Sigmundardóttir
Husband of Hallgerður «langbrók»
Partner of Njáll Þorgeirsson (vinir ekki skildur honum)
Father of Hámundur Gunnarson; Grani Gunnarson and Private
Brother of Private; Private; Private and Arngunnr Hámundardottir

Managed by: Gerdur Jonsdottir
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About Gunnar Hlíðarenda / Hámundarson

Gunnar was a great warrior — he is described as nearly invincible in combat. According to Njáls saga, he was a powerful, athletic man "capable of jumping his own height in full body armour, both back and front". He was a skilled archer, and in close combat his weapon of choice was the atgeir, which scholars consider to have been a halberd or glaive of some sort. He was said to have taken this famed weapon in battle from a man named Hallgrímur, while on a Viking raid to the island of Eysýsla (Saaremaa in present-day Estonia - see detailed account on that page).

Gunnar was also a skilful stone-thrower, able to hit enemies between the eyes from miles away, and an excellent swimmer. There was supposedly no game at which he had an equal. His behaviour was always polite, but firm — he gave good advice, and was kind and mild, yet he was not thought of as an intelligent man because of his way of talking. However, Gunnar's wise insights and deep understanding strongly suggested that he was as smart as he was handsome. He was loyal to his friends and kept good company. Gunnar has been called "handsome and beautiful of skin and had a straight nose, turned up at its tip. He was blue-eyed and keen-eyed and ruddy-cheeked with thick lustrous hair, blond and well-combed." He was described as the most beautiful man in the world, and as having no equal

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