In a night of brutal carnage on the choppy, windswept waves of the Kattegat off the coast of modern-day Sweden, two great Viking navies lashed their ships together and crashed into each other in a winner-take-all bloodbath. Fought on August 9, 1062, at the mouth of the River Niså in Halland, north of Skåne, the Battle of Niså was the culmination of 15 years of warfare between King Haraldr Sigurðarson1 of Norway and King Sveinn Úlfsson2 of Denmark. Intended to finally resolve the long-standing feud between the two kings over the possession of Denmark, the Battle of Niså was decisively won by Haraldr; it also proved to be ultimately inconclusive and resulted in confirmation of an effective stalemate between Haraldr and Sveinn. In many ways, the Battle of Niså followed the same pattern as most of the warfare between Haraldr and Sveinn between the years 1047 and 1062....

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