There are lists of Swedish pagan monarchs with dates far older than these. These records contain the early kings, of the House of Yngling, and give an explanation to the numbering of the monarchs, particularly the names Erik and Karl (Eric and Charles). However these records are in many cases derived from historical romances and therefore of dubious historical authenticity. Because of this, lists of succession traditionally start with the first baptized Christian king of Sweden, Olof Skötkonung, and his father Erik Segersäll. These have often been classified as belonging to the Swedish house of Ynglings, even though the sagas tell that this line of kings was broken (see Ingjald and Ivar Vidfamne), and trace them back to Sigurd Ring and Ragnar Lodbrok. As there is no evidence that Eric and Olof ever used the Yngling name themselves, modern historians instead refer to their family as the House of Munsö, the House of Ivar and Ragnar Lodbrok, the Old Dynasty or the House of Uppsala.
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