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Ottar Egilsson

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Ottar "Vendelcrow" Egilsson
Born in Uppsala, Uppsala, Swedenmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Died about in Vendsyssel, Limfjord, Denmarkmap
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Categories: List of Swedish Monarchs | House of Yngling | Disputed Existence.

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According to Snorri Sturluson

Ohthere took over the reign of Svitjor after his father Egil.

LEgil had promised to pay taxes to the Dane Frode but had not done so. Now his men came to Ohthere to collect what was owed. Ohthere answered that the Swedes had never payed taxes to the Danes and would not do so now. Frode's men returned to him and he responded by going to Svitjod where he pillaged and burned a lot of villages.
The following year Frode went east to harry. Egil heard of this and went to Denmark where he pillaged and met no resistance. He sailed to Limfjord where he lay anchor. Vötter and Faste, Frode's two jarls, heard of this and sailed to Limfjord where they attacked Ohthere. It was a big battle and Ohthere and many of his men fell. The Dane took the corps of the Swedish king and laid him on a hill for the animals to feast on his body. They carved a wooden crow and sent it to the Swedes, saying that their king was not worth more. Therefor the king was thereafter called Vendelcrow.


  • Ohthere or Othere
  • Old Norse - Óttarr vendilkráka (Vendelcrow)
  • Modern Swedish Ottar Vendelkråka

Important Notes



  • Sturluson, Snorre. Nordiska Kungasagor - Från Ynglingasagan till Olav Tryggvasons Saga. Stockholm: Fabel, 1991. [ ]
  • The Viking Age, Gen. Hist. 19, v. 1, p. 67
  • Attarskra Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Ice FH 1, p. 432
  • Hist. of the Anglo-Saxons, Eng. 36, v. 1, p. 241
  • Keiser und Koenig Hist., Gen. Hist. 25, pt 1, p. 137

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On June 16, 2011 Shaunna Fuellbrandt wrote:

"Legend says he was also howed in one of the three burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala (Old Upsala) north of Stockholm, Sweden. (GJ p39)" Notes from my Dad, who is GJ?

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On February 15, 2015 at 16:00GMT Roy Østensen wrote:

Egilsson-36 and Egilsson-35 appear to represent the same person because: Same person.

Kevin Bacon - genealogy connections Ottar is 35 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 37 from AJ Jacobs and 50 from Nikola Tesla on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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