Gudrød Bjørnsson

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Gudrød Bjørnsson
Viking King in Vestfold
Reign ? – 968
Coronation none
Born ?
Birthplace Norway
Died 968
Place of death Norway
Predecessor none
Successor Harald Grenske
Wives ?
various concubines
Issue Sons include:
Harald Grenske
Dynasty Fairhair dynasty
Father Bjørn Farmann
Mother unknown

Gudrød Bjørnsson was the son of Bjørn Farmann, the king of Vestfold, and a grandson of Harald Fairhair. Gudrød was the father of Harald Grenske, and the paternal grandfather of Saint Olaf.

After Gudrød's father had been killed by Eric Bloodaxe, he lived with his uncle Olaf Haraldsson Geirstadalf, the king of Vingulmark. Olaf rebelled against Bloodaxe, but was killed in battle, and so Gudrød had to escape to Oppland.

When Haakon the Good had become king, Gudrød was given Vestfold, his father's kingdom, as a fief.

Gudrød was slain in the vicinity of Tønsberg, by Harald Greyhide, who feared a rebellion from his subordinate kings.

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Logo för Nordisk familjeboks uggleupplaga.png This article contains content from the Owl Edition of Nordisk familjebok, a Swedish encyclopedia published between 1904 and 1926, now in the public domain. ([1], [2])