R Ragnar Lodbrok is a legendary Viking hero. He is known from Old Norse poetry of the Viking Age, Icelandic sagas, and near-contemporary chronicles. He distinguished himself by many raids against the British Isles and the Holy Roman Empire during the 9th century.
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R Ragnar Lodbrok is a legendary Viking hero. He is known from Old Norse poetry of the Viking Age, Icelandic sagas, and near-contemporary chronicles. He distinguished himself by many raids against the British Isles and the Holy Roman Empire during the 9th century. According to the sagas Ragnarssona and Sögubrot, his father was the legendary king of the Swedes, Sigurd Ring. He sired a son with the Norwegian princess Alfhild of the semi-mythical Álfar people, who succeeded him. The Chronicon Roskildense mentions Lod Brok as father of King Ywar and his brothers, Inbi and Ub, who rule the northern Norse peoples. Neither of these sources mentions Ragnar LodBrok as a ruler of the later Danish kings of Saxo. The first Danish text to do so is the Gesta Danorum, which mentions the full name Lothbrok. His son Sigurd invades Denmark and kills its king Regner, whose daughter he marries as he takes over the throne. Their son in turn marries Aslaug, a secret daughter of the renowned hero Sigurd Fafnesbane. He was thrown into a snake pit to die in agony. His sons with Thora were Erik and Agnar, and his sons with Kráka were Ivar the Boneless, Björn Ironside, Hvitserk, Ragnvald and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye. He killed a giant snake that guarded the abode of the East Geatic jarl’s daughter Thora Borgarhjort, thereby winning her as his wife.
The unusual protective clothes that Ragnar wore, when attacking the serpent, earned him the nickname LodbroK. He was however defeated by superior English forces and was killed in a battle on the plains of Östergötland, where Harald and many of his men died. The Great Heathen Army that invaded England at around 866, led by the sons of Ragnar lodbrok to wreak revenge against King Ælla of Northumbria who is told to have captured and executed Ragnar. In their accounts of his reign, the Sagas of Icelandic Prehistory, known as fornaldarsaga tell more about Ragnar’s marriages than about feats of warfare. The accounts further tell that Randver was a grandson of the legendary Scandinavian king Ivar Vidfamne by his daughter Aud. Harald conquered all of his grandfather’s territory and became known as Harald Wartooth. Eysteinn Beli, who according to the Hervarar Saga was HaraldWartooth’s son, ruled Sweden sometime after Sigurd until he was slain by the Sons of Ragnar and AsLaug. He then ruled Sweden and Denmark until he died in 866. The Saga of Ragnar Lodgebrok, Tale of Ragnar’s Sons, and Heimskringla all tell of the Great heathen Army.