Hvitserk

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For the mountain Gunnbjørnfjeld also called Hvitserk, see Gunnbjørn.

Hvitserk (Hvitsärk) "White-Shirt" was one of the sons of the legendary 9th-century Norsemen Ragnar Lodbrok and his wife Kraka. He is attested to by the Tale of Ragnar's Sons (Ragnarssona þáttr). He is not mentioned in any source which also mention Halfdan Ragnarsson, one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army which invaded the Kingdom of East Anglia in 865. Consequently some scholars have suggested that they are the same individual. [1]

After having avenged his father together with his brothers, he went pillaging in Gardarike (Garðaríki). He was, however, opposed by such a large foe that he could not win. When asked about how he wished to die, he decided to be burnt alive.[2][3]

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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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ragnar Lodbrok och hans söner". Heimskringla.no. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hvitsärk". Nordisk familjebok. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Per G. Norseng. "Gardarike". Retrieved March 25, 2016.