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Encyclopedia > Olof of Sweden
Coin minted for Olof Skötkonung in Sigtuna

Olof of Sweden or Olof Skötkonung/Skottkonung (Old Icelandic: Óláfr sænski, Old Swedish: Olawær skotkonongær) was the son of Eric the Victorious and Sigrid the Haughty. He was probably born in the latter part of the 960s and he succeeded his father ca 994. One of many explanations to his Swedish name Skötkonung is that it means "tributary king" and presumably implies his tributary relationship to the Danish king Sweyn Forkbeard, who was his stepfather.[1] This explanation is however not supported by any historical source. Our knowledge of Olof is mostly based on Snorri Sturluson's and Adam of Bremen's accounts, which have been subject to criticism from source-critical scholars. But according to Adam of Bremen was Sweyn Forkbeard forced to defend his Danish kingdom from attacks by Olof who claimed the Danish throne, the conflict was resolved by Sweyn's marriage with Olaf's mother and the two kings were therafter allies. Also Snorri Sturluson describes Sweyn and Olof as equal allies when they defeated the Norwegian king Olav Tryggvason in the battle of Svolder 1000, and thereafter divided Norway between themselves. A more probable explanation to the name "Skötkonung" is that it means "treasure king" and refer to the fact that he was the first Swedish king to stamp coins. Image File history File links Silvermynt_slaget_för_Olof_Skötkonung,_Nordisk_familjebok. ... Image File history File links Silvermynt_slaget_för_Olof_Skötkonung,_Nordisk_familjebok. ... Sigtuna is a city in central Sweden in the metropolitan area of Stockholm. ... The Old Icelandic language was the most prominent of the Old Norse languages. ... Old Swedish (Swedish: fornsvenska), general linguistic term for medieval Swedish. ... Eric the Victorious (VI), or Erik Segersäll, (985?- 995), was king of the Swedes during the last two decades of the 10th century. ... Sigrid the Haughty, Gunhilda, Sigrid Storråda, Świętosława, (967 - 1014). ... Events Edgar the Peaceable crowned King of England. ... Events Otto III reaches his majority and begins to rule Germany in his own right. ... Sweyn I Forkbeard (actually Svein Otto Haraldsson; in Danish, Svend Tveskæg, originally Svend Tjugeskæg or Tyvskæg) (circa 960 - February 3, 1014). ... Snorri Sturluson (1178 – September 23, 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet and politician. ... Adam of Bremen (also: Adam Bremensis) was one of the most important German medieval chroniclers. ...


According to the Sagas, Olof's father Eric the Victorious ruled together with Eric's brother Olof Björnsson. When Olof Björnsson died, Olof was proclaimed co-ruler instead of his cousin Styrbjörn Starke. This happened before he was even born. At his father's death, he inherited the throne of Sweden and became its sole ruler. Look up saga in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Eric the Victorious (VI), or Erik Segersäll, (985?- 995), was king of the Swedes during the last two decades of the 10th century. ... Olof Björnsson (ca 970 - 975), was a semi-legendary Swedish king, who according to Hervarar saga and the Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa ruled together with his brother Eric the Victorious. ... Styrbjörn the Strong (Styrbjörn Sterki) or Styrbjörn the Swedish Champion (Styrbjörn svía kappi) was according to the Norse sagas the son of Olof (II) Björnsson, and the nephew of Eric the Victorious. ...


In a Viking expedition to Wendland, he had captured Edla, the daughter of a Wendish chieftain, and she gave him the son Emund (who was to become king of Sweden), and the daughter Astrid. He later married Estrid of the Obotrites, a Christian girl and she bore him the son Anund Jacob and the daughter Ingegerd Olofsdotter. Throughout history, there has been different usage of the term (ON.) Wendland, Vendland, Ventheland or (Lat. ... Emund the Old (king of Sweden 1050-1060) was an illegitimate son of Olof Skötkonung. ... Estrid, or Astrid, of the Obotrites (born c. ... Coin minted for Anund Jakob Anund Jakob (king of Sweden 1022-1050) was born as Jakob but when the Thing was to elect him the co-ruler of Sweden, the people objected to his non-Norwegian kings Olaf II and Magnus I against Denmarks king Canute during the 1020s... Ingegerd Olofsdotter, born 1001 in Sigtuna, Sweden, was the daughter of Swedish King Olof Skötkonung. ...


Sweyn Forkbeard retook Denmark, which Olof's father Eric had conquered.[2]Olof also lost the right to tribute which his predecessors had preserved in what is now Estonia and Latvia. Sweyn I Forkbeard (actually Svein Otto Haraldsson; in Danish, Svend Tveskæg, originally Svend Tjugeskæg or Tyvskæg) (circa 960 - February 3, 1014). ...


In 1000, he allied with Sweyn Forkbeard, who was married to Olof's mother, and with the Norwegian Jarls Eric and Sven, against the Norwegian King Olaf Tryggvason. Olaf Tryggvason died in the Battle of Svolder and Olof gained a part of Trøndelag as well as modern Bohuslän.[3] Europe in 1000 The year 1000 of the Gregorian Calendar was the last year of the 10th century as well as the last year of the first millennium. ... Sweyn I Forkbeard (actually Svein Otto Haraldsson; in Danish, Svend Tveskæg, originally Svend Tjugeskæg or Tyvskæg) (circa 960 - February 3, 1014). ... Jarl is the Scandinavian language cognate of Earl. ... Erics victory in the battle of Svolder was his most celebrated achievement. ... After the Battle of Svolder, Sveinn ruled the area marked yellow on the map. ... Olav Tryggvason (969 - September 9, 1000) was a great-grandson of Harald Hairfair He began his meteoric career in exile as his ancestors fled from the executions of the royal family by Eric Bloodaxe. ... The naval Battle of Svolder or Swold took place on 9 September 1000 in the western Baltic Sea, between Norway and the other Scandinavians. ... Trøndelag is the name of a geographical region in the middle of Norway, consisting of the two counties Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag. ... , (Latin: Bahusia; Norwegian: BÃ¥huslen) is a province (landskap) in West Sweden (Västsverige). ...


When the Norwegian kingdom was reestablished by Olaf II of Norway, a new war erupted between Norway and Sweden. Many men in both Sweden and Norway tried to reconcile the kings. In 1018, Olof's cousin, the earl of Westrogothia, Ragnvald Ulfsson and the Norwegian king's emissaries Björn Stallare and Hjalti Skeggiason had arrived at the thing of Uppsala in an attempt to sway the Swedish king to accept peace and as a warrant marry his daughter Ingegerd Olofsdotter to the king of Norway. The Swedish king was greatly angered and threatened to banish Ragnvald from his kingdom, but Ragnvald was supported by his foster-father Thorgny Lawspeaker. Olaf II Haraldsson (995 – July 29, 1030), king from 1015–1028, (known during his lifetime as the Stout and after his canonization as Saint Olaf), was born in the year in which Olaf Tryggvason came to Norway. ... // Team# 1018 Pike High School Robotics Team Team #1018 FIRST Logo Check Out Our FIRST WIKI Page Events Bulgaria becomes part of the Byzantine Empire. ... For other uses, see Earl (disambiguation). ... Westrogothia (Västergötland) is a historical Province (landskap) in the southwest of Sweden. ... Ragnvald Ulfsson the Old, Jarl of Westrogothia ca 1010-1020, and later of Staraja Ladoga and Ingria. ... Björn Stallare was an 11th century Norwegian diplomat involved in the marriage negotiations between Olaf II of Norway and Olof of Sweden about Ingegerd Olofsdotter; these also involved Ragnvald Ulfsson and Hjalti Skeggiason. ... Hjalti Skeggiason was an Icelandic chieftain who supported Gizzur the White for the introduction of Christianity in Iceland, on the Althing in 1000. ... Look up thing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Uppsala (older spelling Upsala) is a Swedish City in central Sweden, located about 70 km north of Stockholm. ... Ingegerd Olofsdotter, born 1001 in Sigtuna, Sweden, was the daughter of Swedish King Olof Skötkonung. ... Þorgnýr the Lawspeaker (Old Icelandic: Þorgnýr lögmaðr, Swedish: Torgny Lagman) is the name of one of at least three generations of lawspeakers by the name Þorgnýr. ...


Thorgny delivered a powerful speech in which he reminded the king of the great Viking expeditions in the East that predecessors such as Erik Eymundsson and Björn had undertaken. Torgny, himself, had taken part in many successful pillaging expeditions with Olof's father Eric the Victorious and even Eric had listened to his men. The present king wanted nothing but Norway. This displeased the Swedish people,[citation needed] who were eager[citation needed] to follow the king on new ventures in the East to win back the kingdoms that paid tribute to his ancestors, but it was the wish of the people[citation needed] that the king make peace with the king of Norway and give him his daughter Ingegerd as queen. Erik Anundsson (d. ... Björn was the father of Olof (II) Björnsson and Eric the Victorious, according to Hervarar saga. ... Eric the Victorious (VI), or Erik Segersäll, (985?- 995), was king of the Swedes during the last two decades of the 10th century. ...


Thorgny finished his speech by saying: if you do not desire to do so, we shall assault you and kill you and not brook anymore of your warmongering and obstinacy. Our ancestors have done so, who at Mula thing threw five kings in a well, kings who were too arrogant as you are against us. Fragments of comemmorative stones from the monument Stone of Mora was the monument where the Swedish kings were elected. ...


However, Olof married his daughter to Yaroslav I the Wise instead. An impending was settled when Olof agreed to share his power with his son Anund Jacob. Olof was also forced to accept a settlement with Olaf II of Norway at Kungahälla, who already had been married (unbeknownst to Olof)[citation needed] with Olof's daughter, Astrid, through the Geatish jarl Ragnvald Ulfsson. Mikhail Gerasimovs reconstruction of Yaroslavs appearance, based on his examination of Yaroslavs skull Yaroslav I the Wise (c. ... Coin minted for Anund Jakob Anund Jakob (king of Sweden 1022-1050) was born as Jakob but when the Thing was to elect him the co-ruler of Sweden, the people objected to his non-Norwegian kings Olaf II and Magnus I against Denmarks king Canute during the 1020s... Olaf II Haraldsson (995 – July 29, 1030), king from 1015–1028, (known during his lifetime as the Stout and after his canonization as Saint Olaf), was born in the year in which Olaf Tryggvason came to Norway. ... Kungahälla (Norwegian: Konghelle) was a medieval Norwegian settlement in southern Bohuslän on what is presently the property of KastellgÃ¥rden in Kungälv Municipality. ... Geats (Gautar Old Norse or Götar in Swedish) is the Old English spelling of the name of a Scandinavian people living in Götaland, land of the Geats, currently within the borders of modern Sweden. ... Ragnvald Ulfsson the Old, Jarl of Westrogothia ca 1010-1020, and later of Staraja Ladoga and Ingria. ...


Olof was baptised, probably by the missionary Sigfrid, c.1008, and he was the first Swedish king to remain Christian until his death. However, according to Adam of Bremen, the fact that the vast majority of the Swedes were still pagan forced him to limit Christian activities to the already Christian border province of Westrogothia. Saint Sigfrid (Sigfried, Siegfrid, Siegfried, Sigfridus) (Glastonbury, ?–Växjö, 1045) was a Benedictine evangelist in Sweden; he converted king Olof in 1008. ... Events Olof, king of Sweden, is baptized. ... Adam of Bremen (also: Adam Bremensis) was one of the most important German medieval chroniclers. ... Westrogothia (Västergötland) is a historical Province (landskap) in the southwest of Sweden. ...


His death is said to have taken place in the winter of 1020-1021. Events Hospice built in Jerusalem by Knights Hospitaller City of Saint-Germain-en-Laye founded Third Italian campaign of Henry II of Germany Canute the Great codifies the laws of England Births Harold II of England (approximate) Empress Agnes of Poitou, regent of the Holy Roman Empire (d. ... // Events Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, sixth Fatimid Caliph of Egypt disappears on a trip to al-Muqattam hills. ...


Since the 1740s, it has been claimed that he was buried in Husaby in the Christian part of his kingdom, but it should be noted that such identifications are speculation, and by no means uncontroversial. Events May 31 - Friedrich II comes to power in Prussia upon the death of his father, Friedrich Wilhelm I. October 20 - Maria Theresia of Austria inherits the Habsburg hereditary dominions (Austria, Bohemia, Hungary and present-day Belgium). ... Husaby, near Kinnekulle, is a village in the province of Westrogothia, Sweden. ...


The Icelandic skald Óttarr svarti spent some time at Olof's court and composed the poem Óláfsdrápa sœnska describing Olof's war expeditions in the east. Other skalds who served Olof were Gunnlaugr ormstunga, Hrafn Önundarson and Gizurr svarti. The skald was a member of a group of courtly poets, whose poetry is associated with the courts of Scandinavian and Icelandic leaders during the Viking age, who composed and performed renditions of aspects of what we now characterise as Old Norse poetry. ... Óttarr svarti (The Black) was an 11th century Icelandic skald. ... Óláfsdrápa sÅ“nska was a skaldic poem composed by Óttarr svarti in honour of the Swedish king Olof Skötkonung. ... Gunnlaugr ormstunga was an Icelandic champion and skald who was born c. ...

House of Munsö
Preceded by
Eric the Victorious
and Olof Björnsson
King of Sweden Succeeded by
Anund Jacob

The House of Munsö is the Scandinavian semi-legendary dynasty which is descended from Björn Ironside, one of the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok. ... Eric the Victorious (VI), or Erik Segersäll, (985?- 995), was king of the Swedes during the last two decades of the 10th century. ... Olof Björnsson (ca 970 - 975), was a semi-legendary Swedish king, who according to Hervarar saga and the Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa ruled together with his brother Eric the Victorious. ... This is a list of Swedish monarchs, that is, the Kings and ruling Queens of Sweden with Regents and Viceroys of the Kalmar Union up until the present time. ... Coin minted for Anund Jakob Anund Jakob (Old Icelandic: Önundr Óláfsson, Old Swedish: Æmundær colbrænnæ, meaning Emund coal-burner) was King of Sweden 1022-1050. ...

References

  1. ^ Sawyer, Peter (1997). The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0192854348, p.169.
  2. ^ Adam of Bremen (book 2, chapter 30)
  3. ^ Snorri Sturluson, "Heimskringla" (Olav Tryggvason's saga, chapter 113)

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Olof of Sweden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (802 words)
Olof of Sweden or Olof Skötkonung/Skottkonung (the meaning of the cognomen is disputed) was the son of Eric the Victorious and Sigrid the Haughty.
In 1018, Olof's cousin, the earl of Westrogothia, Ragnvald Ulfsson and the Norwegian king's emissaries Björn Stallare and Halte Skeggesson had arrived at the thing of Uppsala in an attempt to sway the Swedish king to accept peace and as a warrant marry his daughter Ingegerd Olofsdotter to the king of Norway.
Olof was also forced to accept a settlement with Olaf II of Norway at Kungahälla, who already had been married (unbeknownst to Olof) with Olof's daugher, Astrid, through the Geatish jarl Ragnvald Ulfsson.
Eric VI of Sweden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (385 words)
The Norse sagas relate that he was the son of Björn Eriksson and that he ruled together with his brother Olof Björnsson.
The Swedes refused to accept his rowdy nephew Styrbjörn Starke as his co-ruler and the controversy was settled when Eric suggested that the new co-ruler would be his and Sigrid's unborn child, on condition that it was a son.
Styrbjörn returned to Sweden with a major Danish army, which Eric defeated in the Battle of the Fýrisvellir at Old Uppsala.
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