Name: *Bjorn "the Old" Eriksson
Birth: ABT 867 in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
Death: ABT 932 1
Occupation: BET 882 AND 932 King of Sweden 1
Björn (ruled 882-932) was the father of Olof (II) Björnsson and Eric the V ictorious, and he was the grand-father of Styrbjörn the Strong, accordi ng to the Hervarar saga and Harald Fairhair's saga. According to the two s agas, he was the son of an Erik who fought Harald Fairhair and who succeed ed the brothers Björn at Hauge and Anund Uppsale:
King Önund had a son called Eric, and he succeeded to the throne at Upsa la after his father. He was a mighty King. In his days Harold the Fair-hai red made himself King of Norway. He was the first to unite the whole of th at country under his sway. Eric at Upsala had a son called Björn, who ca me to the throne after his father and ruled for a long time. The sons of B jörn, Eric the Victorious, and Olaf succeeded to the kingdom after their f ather. Olaf was the father of Styrbjörn the Strong.(Hervarar saga)
The latter saga relates that he ruled for 50 years:
There were disturbances also up in Gautland as long as King Eirik Eymunds on lived; but he died when King Harald Harfager had been ten years ki ng of all Norway. After Eirik, his son Bjorn was king of Svithjod for fif ty years. He was father of Eirik the Victorious, and of Olaf the fath er of Styrbjorn. (Harald Fairhair's saga)
In Olaf the Holy's saga, Snorri Sturluson quotes Thorgny Lawspeaker on ki ng Björn:
My father, again, was a long time with King Bjorn, and was well acquaint ed with his ways and manners. In Bjorn's lifetime his kingdom stood in gre at power, and no kind of want was felt, and he was gay and sociable with h is friends. (Saga of Olaf Haraldsson)
When Björn died, Olof and Eric were elected to be co-rulers of Sweden. How ever, Eric would disinherit his nephew Styrbjörn.
Adam of Bremen, however, only gives Emund Eriksson as the predecessor of E ric the Victorious. Since the Swedes seem to have had a system of co-ruler ship (Diarchy), it is probable that Emund Eriksson was a co-ruler of Björn 's.
Father: Erik Edmundsson b: ABT 849 in Sweden
- *Olof II Bjornsson b: in Sweden
- *Eric VI "the Victorious " of Sweden b: ABT 930 in Sweden
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