Who is the Ælle is King Ælla?

King Ælla (or Ælle, and sometimes Aella) was the ruler of the Kingdom of Northumbria in the middle of the 9th century. Although the dates are questionable because sources on Northumbrian history are extremely limited during this period; it is generally believed that in 862 or 863 AD, Ælla had disposed King Osberht (who was possibly his brother) and placed himself as ruler of Northumbria. The now King Ælla had then seized lands belonging to the Church at Billingham, Ileclif, Wigeclif and Crece.  Little more is known of King Ælla, except that he is described by most…

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The Shieldmaiden Lagertha

The story of Lagertha begins when she met Ragnar Sigurdsson. He wasn’t Ragnar Lodbrok (Loðbrók) yet until he betrothed Thora Town-Hart after leaving Lagertha. <Story Here> Lagertha met Ragnar, who was in a battle while avenging his grandfather’s death, King Siward. King Frø of Sweden invaded Norway and killed the Norwegian King Siward. To add insult to injury for public humiliation, King Frø ordered that the surviving women of King Siward’s family be put into a brothel. When Ragnar Sigurdsson (Lodbrok) heard about King Frø’s invasion of Norway, he came with an army to avenge the death…

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The Story of Ragnar Lothbrok

Ragnar Lothbrok, the Legendary Hero, Viking King, Lady’s man, and scourge of England and France. It is well known about Vikings attacking England, Scotland, and Ireland, but little is told about how much mainland Europe was raided. It was during this time, which was during the reign of Louis the Pious, the King of the Franks, the Vikings were also carrying out raids on Frankish areas primarily in the summer and then wintering in Scandinavia. It wasn’t long until several coastal areas had become lost to the Norse invaders as Vikings…

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Thora Town-Hart, Ragnar Lothbrok’s forgotten wife.

Thora Town-Hart was the daughter of Herrauðr, a legendary Jarl (Earl) of Götaland. She was married to Ragnar Loðbrók (Lothbrok) and the reason he is called “Loðbrók.” The historical fiction “History Channel” series, The Vikings, omitted her from their storyline.  The Vikings Series is a great show, but let’s not forget, the series is a historical fiction. Historical fiction is defined as movies and novels in which a story is made up but is set in the past and sometimes borrows true characteristics of the time period in which it is set. A novel that makes…

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Release the Kráka! Aslaug crowed for Ragnar Lodbrok

Aslaug was a queen in Norse mythology. She appears in The Poetic Edda, the Völsunga saga, and in Ragnars saga Loðbrókar as being Ragnar Lothbrok’s wife (Ragnar “Lodbrok” Sigurdsson). In the Völsunga saga, Aslaug is said to be the daughter of the legendary hero Sigurd the dragon slayer (Sigurd “Fafnisbana” Sigmundsson, of Denmark). The dragon Sigurd slew was called Fafnir, the dwarven prince that was cursed into a dragon for possessing Andvari’s stolen gold. The saga also states that Aslaug is the daughter of Brynhildr, the shieldmaiden and valkyrie (Brynhild Budlasdatter). Aslaug is the mother of “Ivar the Boneless,” Björn “Ironside” Ragnarsson, Sigurd “Snake-in-the-eye” Ragnarsson, Rognvald…

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