Ragnhild Eriksdotter (d. 984?) was the daughter of Eric Bloodaxe and his w ife, Gunnhild. According to the Orkneyinga Saga, she was a scheming wom an who sought power. Her first marriage was with Arnfinn Thorfinnsson in 9 54. Gunhildr and her children were returning after Erik's death at Stainmo re. Her mother soon left for Denmark and Ragnhild sought her own power. H er husband was supposedly murdered at Murkle in Caithness sometime arou nd 979. Her next husband was Arnfinn's brother, Havard. Havard may have be en involved in his brother's murder, but he soon fell prey to Ragnhild's l ust for power. Ragnhild convinced Einar Klining, possible nephew of Havar d, to kill Havard for which she would marry him and make him Earl. This Ei nar promptly did. Havard was killed at Stenness on Orkney, though the da te is uncertain. Before he could marry her, Ragnhild had promised Einar Ha rd-Jaw, who may have been another nephew, the same thing, if he would ki ll Einar Klining. This he did, but then Ragnild took Havard's younger brot her Liot as her husband. After Liot went on to defend Orkney and his cla im the Earldom, he died of his wounds after the Battle of Skidmoor in Cait hness. No more is heard of Ragnhild.
Father: Eric I "Bloodaxe" of Norway b: ABT 885 in Norway
Mother: Gunnhild Gormsdóttir b: ABT 910 in Vejle, Denmark
Marriage 1 Havard Thorfinnsson b: in Orkney Islands, Scotland
Marriage 2 Liot Thorfinnsson b: in Orkney Islands, Scotland
Marriage 3 Arnfinn Thorfinnsson b: in Orkney Islands, Scotland