Olof Björnsson

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Olof Björnsson
King of Sweden
Reign c. 970 - c. 975
Predecessor Björn (III) Eriksson
Successor Eric the Victorious
Died 975
Consort Ingeborg Thrandsdotter
House House of Munsö
Father Björn (III) Eriksson
Religion Pagan
Occupation Viking

Olof Björnsson (reigned c. 970 – c.975) was a semi-legendary Swedish king who was referenced in several Old Norse Sagas including Hervarar saga, Saga of Harald Fairhair and the Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa.[1]

Olof was the son of Björn Eriksson who ruled as king of Sweden. After the death of their father, Olof ruled jointly with his brother Eric the Victorious (Swedish: Erik Segersäll). By his queen Ingeborg Thrandsdotter, he was the father of Styrbjörn Starke and Gyrid, queen consort of King Harald Bluetooth. He died of poison during a meal. Eric, instead of proclaiming his nephew Styrbjörn co-ruler, proclaimed his own unborn son to be co-ruler. This son ruled as King Olof Skötkonung.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Fredrik Åhlander. "Kung Olof II Björnsson". fredrikahlander. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Styrbjörn Starke". Nordisk familjebok. 1918. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Verner von Heidenstam. "Hjälmdis Rider Till Erik Segersäll". Project Runeberg. Retrieved May 25, 2016.