Legendary Danish Kings Merge
This page is for coordinating merges of Skandinavian kings from around 300-700, focusing mostly on the sequence of Danish kings.
Real source information is very scarce, so it is mostly a matter of piecing together the most likely tree based on what is found in sagas and in a few scattered mentions from contemporary historians in other parts of europe. There are Danish historians like Saxo who, much later, claimed to know the sequence of kings, but that isn't necessarily better information than the sagas. But there are many details that these various sources don't agree on, so choices need to be made.
- Wermund the Wise, c.366-400
- Offa, King of Angel, c.391-456, ancestor to the kings of Mercia
- King Dan, the Great, c.412-450
- Ivar Vidfamne, c.612 - 647
- Aud, the Deep-Minded, c.633-?, married to Radbard of Gardariki, c.638-719, and Rørik Slyngebond, c.670-?
- Harald Hildetand, c.700-770
There's of course a good deal of cross-over between Danish, Swedish and Norwegian lines. For example:
- Frode III Dansson, c.433-480, was married to Inga Yngvesdatter, c.437-?, who descended from interesting Swedish kings, like Dag the Wise, c.403-?, back to Fjölnir, c.256-277, Njörd, 214-235, etc.
Branches leading other interesting places
- King Skjold is traditionally regarded as the son of Odin of Asaland, who has a long list of ancestors according to some sagas, and Frigg, who appears to go back to early British kings, Romans and Biblical figures.
- The Whitlaeg currently used as Wermund's father leads back to some early (~200) Goth/Visigoth kings
- Offa (Uffe hin Spage) becomes the ancestor of the kings of Mercia
- Valdemar Roarsson married Hildis of the Vandals, who comes from Vandals, Goths and Romans.
- Halfdan Haraldsson married Moalda Kinriksdotter, who came from the Kings of Wessex
- Overall there's plenty of cross-over between Denmark and England, because, well, the vikings were busy.
- Vermund the Wise ancestry, Traditional Danish king list, Goths, Odin's grandson? I prefer the version where he descends from the Goths, but marries a daughter of the previous Danish king, and his daughter Olöf marries King Dan I and continues the blood line of Danish kings. There's a lot of confusion about names and genders there, and all of it is controversial in the first place.
- King Dan There are several Dans, at different times. Hard to say which one was the first. And several other people with confusing names starting with "Dan" as well.
- Helge and Yrsa. The official legend is clear, but when people don't know it, they've often gotten confused. Helge was a man, married Olof the Mighty, who was a woman. They had the daughter Yrsa. Olof tricked Helge and Yrsa into becoming incestruous lovers, and they had the son Rolf Krake.
Coordinator: Flemming Funch. I seem to be the manager of most of the profiles and have merging rights for most people who have added profiles around there.