Hengar was born into the Tribe of the Elk. He always idolized Wulfgar of the Companions of the Hall. When the Chosen of Auril, Hedrun Arnsfirth, began menacing the Elk Tribe, Hengar thought he needed to do something. He secretly departed for Ten Towns to ask for help. After arriving in Bryn Shander, Hengar hoped to meet with the authorities but at the same time the Auril cultists identified him as a good sacrifice. The Auril cultist Brinna Alcott accused him of robbery and Hengar was arrested and sentenced to death by exposure to the cold.