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A badge of honour, then!
Yep - he ended up under King Svein's protection.
A win-win for both parties concerned, sounds like ...
I would've gone out of my way to avoid offending him.
Heh. :) I'm sure a lot of people did.
Actually, because he was such a lazy lay-about as a kid, everyone thought they could insult him as much as they wanted - turned out to be a bad idea!
Watch out for those lazy kids -- some of them are geniuses (or genii) in disguise ...
I think I mentioned that the normal convention in epics is the opposite - legendary characters usually show exceptional prowess in childhood, usually already beyond that of normal adults.
I know -- you'd catch few Ancient Greek heroes lazing about (Hercules even killed two snakes when he was still in his cot, after all). Well, Hermes / Mercury might have been a bit of an exception, but he was a god (ditto Pan).

This isn't the only instance where the Norse / Scandinavian tradition is different, though -- the Amleth of Saxo Grammaticus is victorious against Feng (the model for Claudius) as well, and is shown to be quite shrewd and virtuous eventually, after less-than-promising beginnings (though in Saxo there's no question that the madness he employs to get out from under Feng is merely feigned). He troops off to Britain to reclaim his wife after having gotten rid of Feng ... and returns with no less than two wives, the one he'd gone to fetch and another one!
Sounds fun!
Well, he was later slain by a rival after all. And wife no. 2, though having sworn eternal fidelity, promptly proceeded to marry the victor ...