Name: Ragnar 'Lodbrok' or "Hairy-Breeks" of Denmark
Suffix: King of Denmark
Death: 845 in England
Cause: Murdered by being thrown into a pit filled with poisonous snakes, on orders of King Aelle II of Northumbria
Change Date: 23 FEB 2013
Ragnar "Hairy-Breeks", Old Norse: Ragnarr Lođbrók was a Norse legendary hero from the Viking Age who was thoroughly reshaped in Old Norse poetry and legendary sagas.
Although he is something of a hero in his native Scandinavia, reliable accounts of his life are very sketchy and heavily based on ancient Viking sagas. Even the dating of his reign is not certain; there are sources that date it from 750?794, and others from 860?865. Neither really matches with what is known of him, though he may perhaps have held power as a warlord from approximately 835 to his death in 865, perhaps only being recognized as king in the last five years of his life.
A historic Ragnar Lodbrok is held to have been an earl at the court of the Danish king Horik I (814-854), and this Ragnar participated in the Viking plunderings of Paris in 845.
A certain Reginheri attacked Paris with a fleet of 120 ships. The warriors belonging to the army of Charles the Bald, were placed to guard the monastery in St. Denis, but fled when the Danish Vikings executed their prisoners ferociously in front of their eyes.
After receiving a tribute of 7000 pounds of silver from Charles the Bald, Ragnar went back. By mysterious circumstances, many men in Ragnar's army died during the journey and Ragnar died soon after his return.
There are various versions of how he died.
Father: Sigurd "Ring" Randversson
Mother: Alfhild Gandolfsdatter
Aslaug Sigmundsson b: ABT 765
- Sigurd 'Snake Eye' of Denmark
- Sigurd Orm i Cyet b: 740
- Sigurd Ragnarsson
- Bjorn (Ironside) Ragnarsson
- Ivar ?the Boneless?
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