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Ottar Vendelkråka Egilsson (0480 - abt. 0530)

Ottar Vendelkråka "Vendelcrow" Egilsson
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Profile last modified | Created 4 Feb 2014 | Last significant change: 31 Oct 2021
08:04: Maggie Andersson edited the Biography for Ottar Vendelkråka Egilsson (0480-abt.0530). (edited project box crap) [Thank Maggie for this]
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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)



According to Snorri Sturluson

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).


  • 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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"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?
posted 16 Jun 2011 by Shaunna (Danielson) Fuellbrandt
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A WikiTree profile should only have a few managers, no more than 4-5. If you are not pre-1500 certified and plan to contribute to this profile, could you please remove yourself as manager? You can still be on the trusted list of this profile if you want to be alerted of any changes.
posted by Maggie Andersson
There are still too many managers for this profile and you have had five months to communicate if you had an interest in the profile. Those who are not pre-1500 will now be moved to the Trusted List.
posted by Maggie Andersson
No mother named in Ynglingasaga
posted by C. Mackinnon
Mother is not listed as a wife of his father.
posted by Steve Selbrede
Onela is Ohthere's brother and Ottar is the same as Ohthere.
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

posted by [Living Sälgö]
Egilsson-36 and Egilsson-35 appear to represent the same person because: Same person.
posted by Roy Østensen