He was given as a hostage to Edward the Confessor in 1051 as assurance of his grandfather Godwin, Earl of Wessex's good behaviour and support during the confrontation between the earl and the king which led to the exile of Godwin and his other sons. Upon Godwin's return to England at the head of an army a year later, following extensive preparations in Ireland and Flanders, Norman supporters of King Edward, and especially Archbishop Robert of Jumieges, fled England. It is likely at this point that Hakon (and Wulfnoth, a younger son of Godwin) were spirited away by the fleeing archbishop, and taken to Normandy, where they were handed over to Duke William of Normandy.
According to Eadmer's Historia novorum in Anglia, the reason for Harold's excursion to Normandy in 1064 or 1065 was that he wished to free Wulfnoth and Hakon. To this end he took with him a vast amount of wealth, all of which was confiscated by Count Guy I of Ponthieu when Harold and his party were shipwrecked.
Hakon and Wulfnoth returned to England with Harold, and nothing more is known of him after this point.
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- ^ Eadmer (1965). History of Recent Events in England: (Historia Novorum in Anglia). Dufour.
- ^ "Swein, Earl (d. 1052)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26831.