Bjorn Ironside: the Legendary Viking Warrior From the Historical Sagas

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You may know him from the TV series Vikings, but Bjorn Ironside is a legendary Viking known from the medieval stories and historical sagas of raiding alongside his father Ragnar Lothbrok and his brothers, with the most well known being Ivar the Boneless, Hvitserk and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye. The legends of Bjorn and his family are all set in the 9th century CE, but the three sources he is known from the best were all written in the 13th century, hundreds of years after the alleged facts.

What none of the sources mention about Bjorn are whether he had any wives, or the manner of his death. Much like the rest of Bjorn’s family, Bjorn Ironside may be inspired by one or even multiple famous Vikings from the 9th century and his life and heroic story is one of legend, rather than history. It seems that his epithet of ‘Ironside’ is quite literal, and refers to the strength of his sides. The adventures of Bjorn and his brothers take them all over from Scandinavia to Anglo Saxon England, and in some to Normandy, the Frankish Kingdoms and Lombardy!

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0:00​ Introduction
0:53 Who is Bjorn Ironside?
2:21 Bjorn Ironside in The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok
5:07 Bjorn Ironside in The Tale of Ragnar's Sons
6:18 Bjorn Ironside in Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum
9:20 Outro

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Vikings TV Series - Truths and Fictions https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1285/vikings-tv-series—-truths-and-fictions/
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Viking Warfare https://www.worldhistory.org/Viking_Warfare/

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, November 09). Bjorn Ironside: the Legendary Viking Warrior From the Historical Sagas. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2679/bjorn-ironside-the-legendary-viking-warrior-from-t/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Bjorn Ironside: the Legendary Viking Warrior From the Historical Sagas." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 09, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2679/bjorn-ironside-the-legendary-viking-warrior-from-t/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Bjorn Ironside: the Legendary Viking Warrior From the Historical Sagas." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 09 Nov 2021. Web. 06 Dec 2021.

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