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Audun Hugleikson våpenmerke

Audun Hugleiksson's seal.

Audun Hugleiksson

The seal can also be seen on a memorial close to the community house Borgja on Ålhus in Jølster.

Audun Hugleiksson (Hestakorn) (c. 1240 – 2 December 1302) was a Norwegian nobleman at the end of the 13th century. He was the king's right hand, both under King Magnus Lagabøte and King Eirik Magnusson, and was seen as an important politician and lawman in his time. He played a central role in reforming the Norwegian law system. From 1280 and onwards he was given increasingly important roles in the government of Norway. He had his own seat on the king's council, was a lawyer (stallare), tax minister (fehirde) and a baron. He also erected a castle or fortress in stone called Audunborg on Ålhus in Jølster in Sunnfjord.

Audun Hugleiksson was executed during the reign of King Haakon V of Norway. After 1295 Audun seems to have played a less important role in the Norwegian Council. But he remained in his position as a treasurer. In July 1299, King Eirik Magnusson died and immediately succeeded by his younger brother, King Haakon V. During August 1299, Audun Hugleiksson was arrested. He was imprisoned for three years until he was sentenced to death. All his properties were seized and placed under the king. He was hanged at Nordnes in Bergen on Sunday 2 December 1302.


Audun Hugleiksson grew up on the farm Hegranes on Ålhus in Jølster which lies in what was the area of Firdafylke, (east of Førde and north of the Sognefjord). His father Hugleik seems to have been a lower nobleman and a member of King Håkon Håkonsson's hird (1204–1263). His father had the byname Hestakorn because ha fed his horses with grain, something the local people saw as extravagant and a waste of a good food source. Hugleik himself probably did not himself have a very prominent position, but was still married to a woman of high standing from the east of Norway. Audun's mother was most likely the daughter of Audun i Borg (Sarpsborg). Audun could thus trace a common lineage to Inga fra Varteig (1185–1234), mother of King Håkon Håkonsson.


  • Nedrebø, Yngve (2002) Audun Hugleiksson – frå kongens råd til galgen (Førde: Selja forlag) ISBN 82-91722-25-0
  • Knut Helle. «Audun Hugleiksson». I: Norsk biografisk leksikon, bd 1. 2. utg. 1999 (Med fyldig litteraturliste)

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