The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
NameRagnar “Lodbrok” , King of Denmark
Birthabt 800, Upsala, Sweden
Death865, Northumbria, England
Misc. Notes
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnar_Lodbrok

Ragnar Lodbrok or Lothbrok (Old Norse: Ragnarr Loðbrók, "Ragnar Shaggy-Breeches") was a legendary viking leader and hero of Old Norse poetry and sagas from the Viking age. According to this traditional literature, Ragnar distinguished himself by many raids against Francia and Anglo-Saxon England, during the 9th century.
According to traditional sources, Ragnar was:
• son of the Swedish king
Sigurd Hring and a relative of the Danish king Gudfred;
• married three times, to the
shieldmaiden Lagertha, the noblewoman Thóra Borgarhjǫrtr and Aslaug (also known as Kráka, Kraba and Randalin), a Norse queen;
• the father of historical viking figures including
Ivar the Boneless, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba;
• captured by King
Ælla of Northumbria and died after Ælla had him thrown into a pit of snakes, and;
• avenged by the
Great Heathen Army that invaded and occupied Northumbria and adjoining Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

According to the antiquarian
Hilda Ellis Davidson, writing in 1980, "certain scholars in recent years have come to accept at least part of Ragnar's story as based on historical fact". On the other hand, historian Katherine Holman, wrote in 2003 that "although his sons are historical figures, there is no evidence that Ragnar himself ever lived, and he seems to be an amalgam of several different historical figures and pure literary invention."

The most significant medieval sources that mention Ragnar include:
• Book IX of the
Gesta Danorum, a 12th-century work by the Christian Danish chronicler Saxo Grammaticus,
• the
Tale of Ragnar's sons (Ragnarssona þáttr), a legendary saga,
• the
Tale of Ragnar Lodbrok, another saga, a sequel to the Völsunga saga,
• the
Ragnarsdrápa, a skaldic poem of which only fragments remain, attributed to the 9th-century poet Bragi Boddason, and
• the
Krákumál, Ragnar's death-song, a 12th-century Scottish skaldic poem.

So far, attempts to firmly link the legendary Ragnar with one or several men have failed because of the difficulty in reconciling the various accounts and their chronology. Nonetheless, the core tradition of a Viking hero named Ragnar (or similar) who wreaked havoc in mid-ninth-century Europe and who fathered many famous sons is remarkably persistent, and some aspects of it are covered by relatively reliable sources, such as the
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
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