Skarling Hoodless was a great hero of the Northmen, who can be considered the founder of The North as a nation.
Some two hundred year before the trilogy, Skarling Hoodless was a great hero and war leader in The North. He united the northern clans, seemingly through diplomacy rather than force, in order to stop The Union under King Casamir from extending its influence into The North, after conquering Angland. Casamir was forced to withdraw in some disarray.
Skarling's Hall once stood in his capital in Carleon, but has since been destroyed. However, Skarling's Chair is still considered the throne of the King of the Northmen. No one has legitimately claimed the throne in the two hundred years since Skarling, until Bethod.