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Ottar Egilsson (0480 - abt. 0530)

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Ottar "Vendelcrow" Egilsson
Born in Uppsala, Uppsala, Swedenmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Vendsyssel, Limfjord, Denmarkmap
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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


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.

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  • 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 16 Jun 2011 Shaunna (Danielson) 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 16 Jul 2017 at 02:46 GMT Steve Selbrede wrote:

Mother is not listed as a wife of his father.

On 2 Nov 2016 at 07:15 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

Onela is Ohthere's brother and Ottar is the same as Ohthere.

On 5 Aug 2016 at 13:52 GMT Magnus Sälgö wrote:

I have a problem with Egilsson-35 which profile in Wikipedia it match

1) Onela or 2) Ohthere] or 3) no one of them

WikiData runs a report and found my confusio see report

Regards Magnus Sälgö

On 15 Feb 2015 at 16:00 GMT Roy Østensen wrote:

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

Ottar is 37 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 38 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 30 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 31 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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