Ragnar 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
Ancestors ancestors
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]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Snake Pit, Northumberland, , Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 14 Nov 2018
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  • not child of Gandolfsdatter-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][2]


  • "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:"[1]
  • King Horik I (d. 854)[1]=
  • King Reginfrid (d. 814)[3]

Mythical Ragnar Lodbrok


  • his sons attacked Lindisfarne in 793.
  • Ragnar m.1 Tora m.2 Kraka (Åslog)
  • killed by Ethelred of England[4]; 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.[6] Issue:
  • Fridleiv Ragnarsson
m.2 Åslaug (Kråka) Sigurdsdatterand. Issue:
  • Ivar " the Boneless" Ragnarsson[1]
  • Sigurd «Snake-in-the-Eye» Orm-i-Øje Ragnarsson[1]
  • Ubbe Ragnarsson[7]

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)[8]
♂ Ivar the Boneless
♂ Björn Ironside
♀ Ragnhild Ragnarsdottir
♀ Alof Ragnarsdottir
⚭3 Tora
♂ Eiríkr ?
♂ Agnar
♂ Rathbarth Ragnarsson
♂ Dunyat Ragnarsson,
⚭4 Svanloga
Wikipedia: Ragnar Lodbrok

Research Notes

Warning: Check the data.
  1. A birth date (Sigurdsson-4 born 0766) should not be more than 60 years before or after a sibling's birth date (Sigurdsdottir-33 born 0630) .
  2. A birth date (Sigurdsson-4 born 0766) should not be after a spouse's death date (Gandolfsdottir-4 died 0759) .


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wikipedia
  2. same thing basically said in Wikipedia
  3. Reginherus who attacked Paris ... middle of the ninth century, possibly the Reghnall of the Irish Annals, and the Viking leader whose death caused his sons to invade England with the Great Heathen Army in 865. (Wikipedia)
  4. imprisoned; tossed in snakepit
  5. Cumberland
  6. semi-legendary female viking shieldmaiden (Völsungasaga)
  7. uncertain mother ... could be Unknown wife
  8. Spouse: Aslaug Kråka SIGURDSDATTER DE LETHRA DITE RANDALIN WOLSUNG. Issue: 765 Sigurd II RAGNARSSON DIT AUX YEUX-DE-SERPENT ♂; Entered by Sheri Sturm.[citation needed]

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Memories: 3

On 10 May 2018 Rae (Redford) Santema wrote:

According to Ancestry he is my 41st Great grandpa through his son Bjorn Ironside

On 20 Dec 2017 Barb (Mauldin) Stokes wrote:

Pleased to find this link (even if Mythical!)- to Ragnar and his sons Ivar the Boneless & Sigurd (Snake Eye) which I can directly (some trees Sigurd, some Ivar!)follow up the twisted branches of MY Family Tree - it gives a realistic history of where some of my ancestors originated.

SKOL ! PS - NOT pleased that my *maybe* XXXGrand Sigurd got killed OFF without Issue (My alleged line!) in the HISTORY Channel series ! BOO ! And Ivar was such a NASTY Guy !

On 13 Nov 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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On 6 Jul 2018 at 05:54 GMT Maggie Andersson wrote:

Volsungsson-1 and Sigurdsson-4 are not ready to be merged because: Since the parents are different, these profiles has been set as an "unmerged match" until more research has been done.

On 5 Jul 2018 at 17:11 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Volsungsson-1 and Sigurdsson-4 appear to represent the same person because: Clearly the same person, one is just more historically accurate in its sources - not sure why the last merge was rejected as it was rejected without comment.

if you feel that this merge is incorrect, please state why if you block the merge.


On 5 Jul 2018 at 08:37 GMT Lisbet Håkansson wrote:

My opinion about profiles like this is that they should be removed not merged. The type of profile Ragnar Lodbrok represents is one of the reasons why some people don’t take Wikitree seriously. You find Ragnar Lodbrok at MyHeritage and Ancestry, where clickophiles put him in their family trees.

On 5 Jul 2018 at 05:56 GMT Maggie Andersson wrote:

Volsungsson-1 and Sigurdsson-4 are not ready to be merged because: Since the parents are different, these profiles has been set as an "unmerged match" until more research has been done.

On 5 Jul 2018 at 03:53 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Volsungsson-1 and Sigurdsson-4 appear to represent the same person because: Though the dates are widely off, by the narrative it appears that both Ragnar Lothbroks are the same person.

On 1 Feb 2017 at 19:52 GMT Mona (Dickson) Jensen wrote:

The painting above is the same as labeled Sigurd Ragnarsson on Ragnar's son's profile. Which is it? [I wish everyone would put titles & sources on pictures]

On 7 Sep 2016 at 13:08 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

when I added the <references / tag so that footnotes would show, I got the following notice:
Warning: Check the dates.

* A birth date should not be after a spouse's death date.

On 8 Jul 2015 at 23:19 GMT 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 7 Mar 2015 at 15:53 GMT Roy Østensen wrote:

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

On 30 Nov 2014 at 16:59 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Ragnar Sigurdsson is notable.
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