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Ohthere is a figure in the Beowulf quince, king of the Swedes, who, together with his brother Onela, plunder the Geats after their King Hrethel died. He is the son of Ongentheow and father of Eadgils and Eanmund. Due to the similarity, he has been identified with the Ottar Vendelkråka which appears in Nordic sources. It would, however, be wise to treat them as profiles of different persons so please do not merge these two into one profile.Andersson-4409 12:13, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Ottar took over the reign of Svitjor after his father Egil.
Egil had promised to pay taxes to the Dane Frode but had not done so. Now his men came to Ottar to collect what was owed. Ottar answered that the Swedes had never paid 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 Ottar 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. Therefore the king was thereafter called Vendelcrow.
Old Norse - Óttarr vendilkráka (Vendelcrow)
Modern Swedish Ottar Vendelkråka
Some English translations name him Ohthere (also Ohtere).