Ragnar Lothbrok Sigurdsson

Ragnar Lothbrok Sigurdsson (abt. 0766 - abt. 0845)

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Ragnar Lothbrok "Lodbroc, Hairy Breeches, King of Dacia Lethra" Sigurdsson
Born about in Uppsala, Uppsala, Swedenmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Århus, Arhus, Denmarkmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died about in Snake Pit, Northumberland, , Englandmap
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Relationships between historical figures could have been simplified or even fabricated in the text to give the impression that succession remained within the same family….Precise chronology is also difficult to assess from the Sagas….The conclusion must be that the tight family network described in the Sagas is unlikely to be correct and that the relationships shown below should be treated with considerable caution.[1]

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Historic Ragnar Lodbrok

Katherine Holman:

  • "sons are historical" but "no evidence Ragnar ever lived" ... he's a character mixed from "several ... historical figures and ... literary invention."[citation needed][3]


  • "Many acts ascribed to Ragnar in the Sagas can be associated, through other sources, with various figures, some of which are more historically certain. These candidates for the "historical Ragnar" include:"[2]
  • King Horik I (d. 854)[2]=
  • King Reginfrid (d. 814)[4]

Mythical Ragnar Lodbrok


  • his sons attacked Lindisfarne in 793.
  • Ragnar m.1 Tora m.2 Kraka (Åslog)
  • killed by Ethelred of England[5]; kingdom split between his 4 sons: Ivar, Bjorn, Hvitserk and Sigurd Orm-i-Oga.[citation needed]



Marriage and Issue

According to the Sagas had 5 different spouses (married or not).[citation needed]
Note: the following information offers 2 different version. It's incomplete and contradictory.[citation needed]
m.1 Lathgertha.[7] Issue:
  • Fridleiv Ragnarsson
m.2 Åslaug (Kråka) Sigurdsdatterand. Issue:
  • Ivar " the Boneless" Ragnarsson[2]
  • Sigurd «Snake-in-the-Eye» Orm-i-Øje Ragnarsson[2]
  • Ubbe Ragnarsson[8]

m.3 Tora Borgarhjort. Issue:
  • Björn «Ironside» Järnsida
Alternate version of spouse and issue[citation needed]
⚭1 Lathgertha
♂ Fridleiv Ragnarsson
♂ Gudrødr of Lochlainn (Mother assumed)
⚭2 Åslaug Kråka Sigurdsdatter (Randalin)[9]
♂ Ivar the Boneless
♂ Björn Ironside
♀ Ragnhild Ragnarsdottir
♀ Alof Ragnarsdottir
⚭3 Tora
♂ Eiríkr ?
♂ Agnar
♂ Rathbarth Ragnarsson
♂ Dunyat Ragnarsson,
⚭4 Svanloga
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Memories: 1

On November 13, 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Ragnar apparently spent most of his life as a pirate and raider, invading one country after another. One of his favorite tactics was to attack Christian cities on church feast days, knowing that many soldiers would be in church. He would generally accept a huge payment to leave his victims alone, only to come back later and demand more riches in exchange for leaving. But as the extent of his supposed realm shows, he was also a gifted military leader. By 845, he was a powerful man. It is said he was always seeking new adventures because he was worried that his freebooting sons would do things that would outshine his own achievements.

France Expedition In 845 he sailed southward, looking for new worlds to conquer. With an alleged force of 120 ships and 5,000 Viking warriors, he landed in what is now France, probably at the Seine estuary, and ravaged West Francia, as the westernmost part of the Frankish Empire was then known. Rouen was ravaged and then Carolivenna, a mere 20 km from St. Denis. The raiders then attacked and captured Paris. The traditional date is March 28, which is today referred to as "Ragnar Lodbrok Day" by certain followers of the Asatru religion. The King of West Francia, Charlemagne's grandson Charles the Bald, paid Ragnar a huge amount of money not to destroy the city. Ragnar Lodbrok, according to Viking sources, was satisfied with no less than 7,000 pounds of silver in exchange for sparing the city. However, that did not stop Ragnar from attacking other parts of France, and it took a long time for the Franks to drive him out. Later, Ragnar's sons were to return for more booty. Among their feats was destroying the city of Rouen several more times. Ultimately, many of them settled there permanently, in a land that became known as Normandy (deriving from the expression "Nordmenn" , or 'Northmen' ('Norsemen'), which was - and indeed still is - both the name the Norwegians called themselves and also the name the Franks used for the Scandinavians.

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Ragnar King of Denmark
Ragnar King of Denmark

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On July 8, 2015 at 23:19GMT Erik Ginnerskov wrote:

Birth date for this person was set at the same year his son died aged 28 years. I changed his birth date to something more likely.

On March 7, 2015 at 15:53GMT Roy Østensen wrote:

Sigurdsson-211 and Sigurdsson-4 appear to represent the same person because: Legendary person with uncertain timelines. Pretty messy.

On November 30, 2014 at 16:59GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Ragnar is Notable.

Ragnar is 25 steps away from A.J. Jacobs in the global family tree!

On March 8, 2011 at 20:49GMT Krissi Love wrote:

Known as "Lodbrok".

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