PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG
In Norse mythology, Domalde, Dómaldi or Dómaldr (Old Norse possibly "Power to Judge") was a Swedish king of the House of Ynglings, cursed by his stepmother, according to Snorri Sturluson, with ósgæssa, "ill-luck". He was the son of Visbur. (Cf. our words deem, doom, [OE déman, démian, fr PGmc *dómijan] meaning to judge and judgement)
The luck of the king is the luck of the land, and Domalde's rule was marked by bad crops and starvation. The first autumn, the Swedes sacrificed oxen at the temple at Uppsala, but the next harvest was not better. The second autumn, they sacrificed men, but the following crops were even worse.
The third year many Swedes arrived at Gamla Uppsala at the Thing of all Swedes and the chiefs decided they had to sacrifice the king. They sprinkled the statues of the gods with his blood (see Blót) and the good harvests returned.