Bjǫrn the Easterner

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Bjǫrn Ketilsson, nicknamed the Easterner (Old Norse: austræni), was a Norwegian Viking of the 9th century, son of Ketill 'Flatnose' Bjǫrnsson and Yngvild Ketilsdottir. He emigrated to Iceland following his father Ketill's expulsion from Norway by King Harald Fairhair and the seizure of their lands in the north of Norway.

In literature[edit]

Bjǫrn the Easterner is a character in such works as Laxdæla saga, Eyrbyggja saga, and Eirik the Red's Saga. His genealogy is described in detail in the Landnámabók, including partial Sami descent on his father Ketill's side.

See also[edit]


  • Magnusson, M., Pálsson, H. Laxdæla saga 1969, Penguin Classics
  • Landnámabók