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  • ID: I09610
  • Name: *Erlend Thorfinnsson
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: in Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland
  • Death: AFT 1098 in Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland 1
  • Note:
    Paul Thorfinnsson (died after 1098) and Erlend Thorfinnsson (died after 10 98) were the sons of Thorfinn Sigurdsson and Ingibiorg Finnsdottir, and ru led as together as Earls of Orkney after the death of their father. The ir lives and times are recounted in the Orkneyinga Saga.

    The first mention of the brothers is when they accompanied the Norwegian k ing Harald Hardrade and Tostig Godwinson on the ill-fated expedition to En gland in 1066. Paul and Erlend were with Harald's son Olaf Kyrre, guardi ng the ships, when the battle of Stamford Bridge was fought. Along with Ol af they were allowed to leave by the English king Harold Godwinson. Olaf o verwintered on Orkney with them and left on good terms with the Thorfinsso ns.

    The saga says that Paul and Erlend were on good terms until their childr en grew to adulthood, after which the disputes between their sons l ed to a quarrel and open hostility between the brothers. As the disputes b etween the descendants of Paul and Erlend loomed large in the affairs of 1 2th century Orkney, the saga goes into some detail on their family relatio nships.

    Earl Paul was married to an unnamed daughter of Norwegian earl Hakon Ivars son. Two sons and four daughters are named. Of these, Hakon played the gre atest part in events. Paul's daughter Gunnhild's was marred to Kol Kalis on and Rognvald Kali Kolsson was their son. Earl Erlend married Thora, dau ghter of one Sumarlidi Ospaksson, and they had two sons and two daughter s, while Erlend had a third, illegitimate daughter as well. Erlend's son M agnus appears in the saga as earl, martyr and saint, but the troubles betw een the earls began with rivalry between Hakon Paulsson and Magnus's broth er Erling. Both are described as quarrelsome, arrogant men, and talented t oo.

    Father: *Thorfinn "the Mighty" Sigurdsson b: 1009 in Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland
    Mother: *Ingeborg Finnsdatter b: ABT 1021 in Osteraat, Yrje, Norway

    Marriage 1 Tjora Sumarlidisdatter
      1. Has No Children Magnus Erlendsson b: 1075 in Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland
      2. Has Children *Gunhild Erlendsdotter b: ABT 1080 in Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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