Hjalmar’s Holmgang against 12 Berserkers for Love

The legend of Hjalmar and his Viking Duel against the twelve berserker sons of Arngrim for the hand of princess Ingeborg in marriage. Hjalmar was a might viking warrior who had never lost a battle.  He was one of the mythical Swedish King Yngvi‘s housecarls at Uppsala. Yngvi was a legendary Swedish king of the House of Yngling. He was hailed as a great warrior who always won his battles, the master of all exercises, generous, happy and sociable. He was both loved and famous.  Gamla Uppsala is a parish and a village…

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Gaelic-Irish vs Norse-Gaels in The Battle of Clontarf

The Battle of Clontarf was a battle which took place in 1014 AD at Clontarf on the coast of Ireland between the forces of the High King of Ireland and a Norse-Irish alliance. When the Viking Age began, Norsemen began carrying out raids on the Gaelic Irish in the late eighth century.  These raids continued over the following decades and the Vikings had founded a number of settlements along the Irish coast.  By 838 AD, these Vikings had firmly established themselves in Dublin when they built a fortified longphort. A longphort (plural longphuirt) is a term…

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Ivar the Avenger and other possibilities

Ivar Avenger

Ivar the Boneless was the son of Ragnar Lodbrok and Aslaug. He, along with his brothers, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba, had all grown up and set out to prove themselves as equals to their father, the Legendary Ragnar Lothbrok, the scourge of England and France. Ivar the Boneless is best known as being one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army that invaded the lands now known as the UK and reaped vengeance on King Ælla for killing their father Ragnar Lothbrok. Read more: – Ivar and the Great…

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The Legendary Viking Heroine Blenda

Blenda is the heroine of a Swedish legend that led the rural women of Värend in an attack on a pillaging Danish army and annihilated the invaders. According to the legend, King Alle of the Geats had led the Geats in an attack against Norway. King Alle mustered not only the West Geats, but also the South Geats (or Riding Geats) of Småland.  The king had mustered so many men had left for Norway that the region was virtually defenseless. When the Danes (probably King Harald Wartooth) learned of Småland’s precarious situation, they took advantage of…

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The Legendary Battle of Bråvalla

The Sagas tell of a legendary battle which took in the 8th Century. The battle was between Sigurd Hring, the King of Sweden and the Geats of Västergötland, and his uncle Harald Wartooth, King of Denmark and of the Geats of Östergötland. The Geats (sometimes Goths) were a North Germanic tribe inhabiting what is now Götaland (“land of the Geats”) in southern Sweden. Legend has it that when King Harald Wartooth realized that he was about to die of old age that he suggested to his nephew, King Sigurd Hring that a great battle should be fought between their…

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Guthrum and conquest of the Danelaw

Guthrum (Guðrum) was one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army and later, King of the Danish Vikings in the Danelaw. Before the year 865 AD, most Viking raids were predominately hit and run operations.  But by that year in 865 AD they changed into invasions with the intent to conquer. It is believed that pressure from tyrannous kings in Nordic regions forced them to seek new lands and start new lives. Norsemen were now looking for farm land to settle their families. The legend in the Sagas of Ragnar’s Sons…

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Viking Legends – Gunnar the Hero

Gunnar Hámundarson was a 10th century Icelandic chieftain. Gunnar, also known as Gunnar of Hlíðarendi (Old Norse: Gunnarr á Hlíðarenda), lived in Hlíðarendi in Fljótshlíð, a southern region in Iceland, and is featured prominently in the first half of Njáls Saga, an Icelandic sagas which tells of many blood feuds and the chain of events ultimately leading to his death in battle. Gunnar was the son of Hámundr Gunnarsson and Rannveig Sigfúsdóttur (according to Njáls Saga) or Rannveig Sigmundardóttur (according to Landnáma). He had two brothers, Kolskeggr and Hjörtr, and one sister named…

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