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  • Name Ragnar Sigurdsson LODBROK 
    Born Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Ragnar Sigurdsson 
    Occupation Danish King at Lethra 
    Died 865  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1252  Conrad Jenssen Family Tree
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Father Sigurd Ranvarsson OF DENMARK,   b. 710,   d. 812  (Age 102 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Alfhild Gandalvsdatter OF LETHRA 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F846  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Aslaug SIGURDSDOTTIR,   b. Abt 775 
     1. Bjorn Ragnarsson OF SWEDEN,   b. Abt 780,   d. Aft 862  (Age ~ 83 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F845  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • # Name: Ragnar Lodbrok OF DENMARK
      # NPFX: King
      # Given Name: Ragnar Lodbrok
      # Surname: of Denmark
      # Sex: M
      # Note:

      Family 1 Aslaug Sigurdsdottir b. circa 755
      Children 1. Halfdan "White Shirt" King of Dublin d. 8773
      2. Sigurd "Snake in the Eye" Ragnarson+ b. c 776, d. 8731,3
      3. Bjorn "Ironside" Ragnarsson+ b. c 780, d. a 8627

      Family 2 Thora Herraudsdottir b. circa 765
      Children 1. Eric b. c 8001
      2. Alof Ragnarsdottir b. c 8152

      Family 3 Kraka b. circa 800
      Child 1. Ivar "The Boneless" Ragnarsson King of Dublin+ b. c 825, d. 8733
      See Snorre's Saga and the Icelandic Landnamobok (Book of Settlment). Many historians regard much of the genealogy at this point to be purely legendary, or even mythical. Of him Stuart says, "Danish king at Lethra said to have perished in a Northumbrian snake pit; b.c750; d.845 [95 years old and still on the battlefield ?!].3,6

      Ragnar Sigurdsson "Lodbrok" was born circa 760 at Uppsala, Sweden. This birthdate is just a guess, tho some say that he was born as early as 750 others as late as 800.

      Flourished in the 9th century, was a Viking whose life passed into legend in medieval European literature.

      In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Ragnar was said to be the father of three sons, Halfdan, Inwaer (Ivar the Boneless), and Hubba (Ubbe), who led a Viking invasion of East Anglia in 865 seeking to avenge Ragnar's murder. In the European literature of the several centuries following Ragnar's death, his name is surrounded with considerable legend. In the Gesta Danorum (c. 1185) of the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, he was a 9th-century Danish king whose campaigns included a battle with the Holy Roman emperor Charlemagne. According to Saxo's legendary history, Ragnar was eventually captured by the Anglo-Saxon king Aella of Northumbria and thrown into a snake pit to die. This story is also recounted in the later Icelandic works Ragnars saga lodbrókar and Tháttr af Ragnarssonum. The 12th-century Icelandic poem Krákumál provides a romanticized description of Ragnar's death and links him in marriage with a daughter of Sigurd (Siegfried) and Brynhild (Brunhild), figures from the heroic literature of the ancient Teutons. The actions of Ragnar and his sons are also recounted in the Orkney Islands' poem Háttalykill.2
      Note* Other children given by Hull are: (1) female, Ragnhildir: (2) Ragnarsdottir, Alof and (3)Ragnarsson, Ubbe. He may have had a wife named Thora who MAY have been the mother of Alof.3,9

      Yes, Bjørn Ironside certainly played an important role in France. His father Ragnar Lodbrok can be identified in contemporary Frankish annals with his nickname Lodbrok translated to Hoseri (in German language Hosen), meaning fur or leather breeches. Variations are Ogier and Oschery. He operated from the Seine to the border of Spain from 840 to 851. He conquered Aquitania from the Franks, and he used Bordeaux as his stronghold for years. This conquer, one out of more, included Poitou, which in the sagas is called Peita. Saxo is saying Petiæ and that Ragnar conquered Petiæ. this is confirmed in annals. This is the district in the Loire area. In Western Europe his sons are more reported. Ragnar Lodbrok himself were operating more in East Europe.7

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

      Ragnar Lodbrok and King EllaRagnarr Loðbrók or Ragnar Lodbrok was asemi-legendary King of Denmark and Sweden who reigned sometime in theeighth or ninth centuries. Although he is something of a hero in hisnative Scandinavia, reliable accounts of his life are very sketchy andheavily based on ancient Viking sagas. Even the dating of his reign isnot certain; there are sources that date it from 750–794, and othersfrom 860–865. Neither matches with what we know of him, and heprobably held power as a warlord from approximately 835 to his deathin 865, perhaps only being recognized as king in the last five yearsof his life.

      Contents [showhide]
      1 Life

      2 Raids

      2.1 France
      2.2 England

      3 Legacy

      4 Mythology

      Ragnar was a pagan who claimed to be a direct descendant of the godOdin. One of his favorite strategies was to attack Christian cities onholy feast days, knowing that many soldiers would be in church.

      He spent most of his life as a pirate and raider, invading one countryafter another. He would generally accept a huge payment to leave hisvictims alone, only to come back later and demand more riches inexchange for leaving. But as the extent of his realm shows, he wasalso a gifted military leader.

      By 845, he was a powerful ruler, and most likely a contemporary of thefirst ruler of Russia, the Viking Rurik. It is said he was alwaysseeking new adventures because he was worried that his freebootingsons would do things that outshined his own achievements.

      In that year, he sailed southward, looking for new worlds to conquer.With 120 ships and 5,000 Viking warriors, he landed in modern France,probably at the Seine estuary, and ravaged West Francia, as thewesternmost part of the Frankish empire was then known.

      Also in 845, Paris was captured and held ransom by a Viking raider,whom the sagas say was Ragnar Lodbrok. The traditional date for thisis March 28, which is today referred to as Ragnar Lodbrok Day by manyScandinavians. The King of West Francia, Charlemagne’s grandsonCharles II "The Bald", paid him a fantastic amount of money not todestroy the city. Ragnar Lodbrok, according to Viking sources, wassatisfied with no less than 7,000 pounds of silver in exchange forsparing the city. However, that did not stop Ragnar from attackingother parts of France, and it took a long time for the Franks to drivehim out.

      After he was done with France, he turned his attention to England. In865, he landed in Northumbria on the northeast coast of England. It isclaimed that here he was defeated in battle for the only time, by KingAelle of Northumbria. Ella’s men captured Ragnar, and the King orderedhim thrown into a pit filled with poisonous snakes. As he was slowlybeing bitten to death, he was alleged to have exclaimed "How thelittle pigs would grunt if they knew the situation of the old boar!"

      One Viking saga states that when his four sons heard the manner of hisdeath, they all reacted in great sorrow. Hvitserk, who was playingchess, gripped the piece so hard that he bled from his fingernails.Björn Ironside grabbed a spear so tightly that he left an impressionin it, and Sigurd Snake-Eye, who was trimming his nails, cut straightthrough to the bone.

      Ragnar’s fourth son, Ivar the Boneless soon learned the details of hisfather’s death and swore that he would avenge his father’s killing, intime-honored Viking tradition. In 866, Ivar crossed the North Sea witha large army, met King Ella in battle, and captured him. He sentencedhim to die according to the custom of Rista Blodörn, an exceedinglypainful death. Although this story may not be accurate, like virtuallyall tales concerning Ragnar Lodbrok, his death had seriousconsequences. Ivor was the mastermind behind the attacks on theEnglish mainland in the final quarter of the ninth century. He invadedEast Anglia, and the following year attacked York. He was aided by theinternal struggle for power in Northumbria—which he was of courseresponsible for by killing Ella. These wars were a prelude to the longstruggle of the Saxons of Alfred the Great against the "Danes" ageneration later.

      Meanwhile, in France, the Vikings kept coming back for more booty.Among their feats was destroying the city of Rouen several times.Ultimately, many of them settled there permanently, in a land thatbecame known as Normandy (for "Northmen", as the Franks called theVikings).

      Bragi Boddason is said to have composed the Ragnarsdrapa for theSwedish king Björn at Hauge. However, this does not correspond to whatwe know about the historical Ragnar. It is consequently said that inthe Icelandic sagas, he was identified with a Swedish king Ragnar(770-785), the son of Sigurd Ring. According to legend, he marriedAslaug and became the son-in-law of Sigurd the Völsung.

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      # Birth: in Norway
      # Death: 865 in England

      Father: Sigurd Ranvarsson OF DENMARK b: 710
      Mother: Alfhild Gandalvsdatter OF LETHRA



      1. Has Children Sigurd RAGNARSON
      2. Has Children Ivar "the boneless" OF DUBLIN AND YORK
      3. Has Children Bjorn Ragnarsson OF SWEDEN

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