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The Vikings!

Our Viking Ancestors 

Design found on the Oseberg Burial Ship
Located on the Prow of the Ship

Carving Found on the Oseberg Ship
Now in Museum

Numbers Indicate Generation Number

39.) Rögnvald Øysteinsson

40.) Aseda "Ascrida" Rögnvaldsdottir 814 S: Eystein Ivarsson-Ivar Oplaendinge Jarl of Uplanders--Halfdan

41.) Rögnvald Olafsson

42.) Olaf II Gudrödsson 770, Norway/840

43.) Gudröd "Jagtkonge" Halfdansson 764-840

44.) Halfdan "The Meek" Olafsson 744

45.) Øystein "Fret" Halfdansson

46.) Halfdan "Hvitbein" Olafsson 704

47.) Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson 682

48.) Ingjald "Braut" Onundsson 660 King of Uppsala Sweden

49.)Onund "Braut" Ingvarsson 638

50.) Ingvar "The Tall" Øysteinsson 616

51.) Øystein Adilsson 594 Sweden (See Continued Below for Mothers line)

52.) Adils "Athils" Ottarsson 572 Spouse (51 Below): Yrsa Helgasdottir 565 Denmark

53.) Ottar "Vendilkrata" Egilsson 551

54.) Egil Anunsson 530

55.) Aun "Ani" Jorundsson 509

56.) Jorund Yngvason 487 Sweden

57.) Yngvi Alreksson 466

58.) Alrek Agnason 445

59.) Agni Dagsson 424

60.) Dag Dyggvason 403 Sweden

61.) Dyggi Domarsson 382

62.) Domar Domaldson 361 S: Drott Danpsdottir d/o Danp Riggson

63.) Domaldi Visburrsson 340

64.) Visbur Vanlandason 319 Uppsala Sweden

(Aledged Bloodline dating back to Abraham and Sarah)

Abraham -

sp: Sarah

1-Isaac (-)

sp: Rebekah (-)

 2-Jacob (-)

 sp: Leah (-

  3-Judah (-)

  sp: Tamar (-)

   4-Zara (Zarah) (-)

   sp: Electra (One of the Pleides) (-)

    5-Dardanus Darda (-)

    sp: Batea Asia Ilium (-)

     6-Erichthonius (-)

     sp: Astvocho Ilium (-)

      7-Tros (Troy) (-)

       8-Ilus (-)

        9-Laomedon (-)

         10-Priam (King of Troy) (-)

          11-(Daughter of Priam) (-)

          sp: Memnon (-)

           12-Thor (Tror) (-)

            13-Vingener (-)

             14-Hloritha (-)

              15-Eiaridi (-)

               16-Vingethorr (-)

                17-Vingener (-)

                 18-Moda (-)

                  19-Magi (-)

                   20-Seskef (-)

                    21-Bedweg (-)

                     22-Hwala (-)

                      23-Hathra (Athra) (-)

                       24-Itormann (-)

                        25-Heremod (-)

                         26-Scelda (Sceaf) (-)

                          27-Scealdea (-)

                           28-Beowa (-)

                            29-Taewa (Tecti) (-)

                             30-Geata (-)

                              31-Godwulf (-)

 32-Flocwald (-)

  33-Finn (-)

   34-Freothelaf (-)

    35- Fridulf (abt 155 BC-)

    sp: Beltsa (-)

     36-Odin (abt 125 BC-abt 30 BC)

     sp: Frigg (-)

      37-Njord or Yngve (abt 95 BC-20 BC)

       38-Froy "Yngve-Froy" Njordsen (abt 65-abt 10 BC)

       sp: Gjerd Gymesdatter (-)

        39-Fjolne Froysen (abt 35 BC-abt 14)

         40-Sveigde Fjolnesen (abt 20-abt 34)

         sp: Vana (-)

          41-Vanlande Sveigdesen (abt 50-abt 48)

          sp: Driva Snosdatter (-)

           42-Visbur Vanlandesen (abt 70-abt98)


Here is the information that I have (below)

65.) Vanladi Svegdason 298 Uppsala Sweden Spouse: Driva Snaersdottir

66.) Svegdi Fjolnarsson 277 Spouse: Vana

67.) Fjolnir Yngvi-Freysson 256, Uppsala, Sweden/ Death: Hleithra, Denmark

68.) Yngvi-Frey Spouse: Gerd Gymersdottir

67.) Njord (King of the Swedes) 214

51.) Øystein Adilsson 594 Sweden Continued..

52.) Yrsa Helgasdottir 565 Denmark Spouse( 52 above): Adils "Athils" Ottarsson 572

53.) Helgi Halfdansdottir

54.) Halfdan Frodason

55.) Frodi Fridleifsson

56.) Friedleif Frodason 456

57.) Frodi Olafsson

58.) Olaf Vermundsson

59.) Vermund Frodason

60.) Frodi Havarsson 347

61.) Havar Fridleifsson

62.) Fridleif Frodason

63.) Frodi Fridleifsson

64.) Fridleif Skjoldsson

65.) Skjold

66.) Odin

67.) Frithuwald

68.) Froethelaf

69.) Frithuwald

70.) Fin

71.) Godwulf

72.) Geata

73.) Taetwa

74.) Beaw

75.) Sceldwa

76.) Heremod

77.) Itermon

78.) Hathra

79.) Hwala

80.) Bedwig

81.) Sceaf

Oseberg Viking Ship Found in Oseberg
Now in Museum

Queen Aasa (# 26 Below) of Agder's Burial Ship
When found in Oseberg Sweden

Please excuse the tripod typos, the foreign fonts sometimes come back causing the "to" to say "to" or "Co" I have made efforts to fix this but they just go back to the original mistake after hitting the done button.  Please forgive this error.

In  ancient years, the word King meant something different than it does today.

The word "King" really meant more like Land Baron, Jarl, Farm owner, or Land owner than a true ruling King that ruled over a whole Country.


Numbers indicate generation number from Yngve Frey, born about 65 BC - ie. Harald the Fairhaired in generation #28, and Cornelia is generation #56.

In "The Yngling Saga" of Heimskingla, The Saga of the Norse Kings Snorri Sturleson recounts the story of Yngve Frey (King of Svitjod, 65 B.C.-10 A.D.) son of Njorth.

1. YNGVE FREY - King in Svitjod, probably from Uppsala, Sweden, born about: 65 B.C. and died about: 10 A.D.Yngve was the son of Njorth. He was married to Gerd Gymnesdatter. Their son was:

2. FJALNE or FJOLNIR- born-about 32 B.C. and died in 14 A.D. The saga tells of his unusual death. While on a visit to Frode, the King of Denmark, a great feast was prepared in Fjalne's honor to which the King invited many guests from throughout the country. A great vat had been constructed on the lower floor of Frode's big house, above which was a loft. A hole had been made in the floor of the loft to accommodate the preparation of mead (a strong alcoholic liquor) in the vat. Fjalne and his party had rooms on the level of the loft above the vat of mead. During the night Fjalne felt "nature's call" and left his room to relieve himself. The saga states: "he was very sleepy and exceedingly drunk." On his return to his room he slipped from the gallery into the vat of mead and drowned. His son was:

3. SVEGDE - King of Svitjod as well as a place in Russia from where he got his wife who was named Vana. Svegde was born in 1 B.C. and died in 34 A.D. The Saga tells of his strange demise, also in a state of drunken-ness like his father. One night when Svegde and his men had been drinking excessively and were about to retire for the night, Svegde looked out and saw a large stone with a dwarf sitting under it. He rushed to the stone where the dwarf opened a door and urged Svegde to enter in order chat he could see Odin. Svegde went in and never came out. He and Vana had a son who was:

4. VINLANDE or VINLANDI- a Swedish king who married Driva, daughter of Snow the Old from Finland, where he spent one winter. Vinlande left Finland in the spring, promising to return within three years. When he had not returned after ten years, Driva sent the son she had by Vinlande to his father in Sweden and sought: the help of a witch to either kill Vinlande or force him to rerurn to Finland. During a nightmare, Vinlande was trampled to death by "Mara" (the nightmare or female ghost). Their son was:

5. VISBUR - Swedish King who was killed by his sons from his first wife. After Visbur senr away his first wife and two sons in order to take another wife, the first wife sent the two sons back to Visbur to ask him to return their mother's dowry - three large farms and a gold ornament. Visbur refused to return anything to them. During the night they gathered a group of men and went to Visbur's house where they burned the house with Visbur in it. His son was:

6. DOMALDE - A Swedish King who died in 130 A.D. During his reign, Sweden was ravaged by famine. No amount of sacrifice would appease the gods, so at last it was decided to offer the King as a human sacrifice. This was done and the country then had good crops and people lived in peace. His son was:

7. DOMAR - King of Sweden from 130 A.D. until his death in 162. Domar had a long and peaceful reign. He was married to Drott, daughter of King Danp, and sister of King Dan Mikkillati, after whom Denmark was named. Their son was:

8. DYGVE - King of Sweden from 162 until he died in his bed in 190. His son was:

9. DAG - King from 190 to 220. The Saga tells that Dag had a special gift and could communicate with the birds. He had a sparrow which he would send to other countries to gather information for him. On one of the sparrow's visits to another country, a peasant killed the sparrow. When Dag heard about this he took a great plundering expedition to avenge the bird's death. After plundering, raiding and killing many people. Dag was returning to his ship when a workman in the field threw a hay fork into the troop, striking the king in the head, killing him. His son was:

10. AGNE - King from 220 to 260. Agne took an army to Finland where he defeated the chieftain Froste and took his daughter Skjalv and her brother Loge. He married Skjalv and prepared a great burial feast in honor of her father, Froste. Agne now was in possession of the gold ornament which Visbur had refused to return to his first wife. It was securely tied about Agne's neck, when he fell into a drunken stupor after a great drinking bout at the burial feast. Skjalv, his wife, fastened a noose under the ornament while Agne slept, and with the help of her men threw the rope over a branch of the tree above and hanged Agne. His son was:

11. ALRIK - King from 260 until 280. He was born in 240 A.D. and had a brother, Erik. The Saga tells that the two brothers rode out into the fields one day and did not return. Upon investigating, they were found dead, their heads crushed. As they had no weapons, it was believed they had used the bridles of their horses to beat each other to death. Alrik's son was:

12. YNGVE ALRICKSSON - King in Svitjod from 280 until killed by his brother in the year 306 A.D. King Alf was very jealous of his brother Yngve. Alf's wife taunted him by making flattering remarks about Yngve, and preferred the company of her brother-in-law to that of her husband. One night after a drinking bout where the guests were so drunk they did not see the King enter the room, he went to the high seat where his wife sat with Yngve. Alf stabbed Yngve to death, but not before Alf returned the favor, and both fell dead. Yngve's son was:

- King in Uppsala, Sweden from 302 until he was hanged in 312 A.D. He went on many expeditions, which suddenly ended when he was captured and hanged in 312. His son was:

14. AUN (ON OR ANE) THE OLD - King of Sweden until 380 A.D. Aun was not a warrior, but stayed "quietly at home." Several times he fled from attackers, always returning. In return for a long life, Aun sacrificed nine of his sons. At last the people of Sweden refused to let him sacrifice the tenth son. Aun died without pain at a very old age. His son was :

15. EGIL - King in Svitjod until 456. Egil, like his father, preferred sitting at home to fighting, yet he engaged in many battles before fleeing to Denmark. Here he got the support he needed to recover his kingdom. Three years later Egil was gored by a bull and died. He was buried in a mound at Uppsala, Sweden, His son was:

16. OTTAR VENDELCROW - King in Svitjod who died in 460. After many encounters between Ottar of Svitjod and Frode of Denmark, Ottar was at last killed
and his body left for the ravens and wild animals to consume. His son was:

- King in Svitjod 460 Co 505. A very rich king who went on many Viking expeditions during his long reign. On one expedition Adils and his men plundered a King's house on the coast: of Holstein and took a large herd of cattle as well as all of the people tending the herd, among them an especially .attractive girl called Yrsa. She became the wife of Adils. As a result of an accident, Adils was killed in 505. His horse stumbled, fell, and threw Adils so that his head struck a stone, crushing his skull. His son was:

- King in Sweden from 505 Co 531. A marauding sea king surrounded the house where Eystein was sleeping, set it afire, burning the king and all his court. His son was:

- King in Sweden from 530 until 545, when he fell in a battle with men from the Baltic lands. His son was:

- who was King in Svitjod from 545 Co 565. Onund was one of the most popular kings. He built roads, hence his name, cleared land and brought it into cultivation. As Onund was passing through a deep, narrow, valley following heavy rains, he and many of his party were buried by a landslide. His son was:

- who was King in Sweden from 565 Co 623. Ingjald was fed the roasted heart of a wolf when he was a young boy and from that t ime forward he was a ferocious person. On one occasion, Ingjald prepared a great feast to which he invited many of the important leaders in Sweden. Among others, six kings were present. When the guests became adequately drunk, Ingjald and his cohorts set fire to the house, burning all those inside. This strategy was used several times by Ingjald - the last time when he found himself facing defeat - and rather than face his enemies, he and all his party became dead drunk, set the hall on fire, consuming all within. His wife was Gauchild. Their son was:

- who was King in Sweden from 623 Co 640. After his father's death, Olaf fled to Vermland. He was married to Solveig, a daughter of Halfdan Guldtand. When famine came to the land, the people burned Olaf's house with him in it as a sacrifice to appease the gods. Their son was:

who was king in Denmark about 710. Halfdan was brought up by his uncle Solve, the brother of Halfdan's mother. Some of the Swedes decided it had been unfair to blame Halfdan's father for the famine, and the real cause was overpopulation, so they sent a force against Solve, killed him, and brought Halfdan back as a prisoner. Halfdan was made a chieftain and later became a great king in Vescfold. He married Aase, daughter of Eystein The Severe, King of Hedmark and Upland. Halfdan died in his bed as an old man in 740. Aase and Halfdan's son was:

- who was King in Vestfold and Romerike. He was born in 710 and died in 789. He married Hild, daughter of King Eirik Agnarson. On one of Eystein's Viking raids, as he was in his ship returning home, the boom of another ship knocked Eystein into the water and killed him. Their son was:

25. HALFDAN THE MILD - who was King of Vest fold about 780. He was also called the "Bad Entertainer" as he did not feed his men well. He married Liv, daughter of King Dag of Vestmare and lived at the Holte Farm. He became ill and died in his bed. Their son was:

26. GUDROD HALVDANSON - "Gudrod the Hunter" or Gudrod the Magnificent". He was King of Vestfold and Romerike until he was killed in 821.

After Gudrod's wife died, he sent to King Harald of Agder for the hand of his daughter, Aasa of Agder, in marriage.

He was so insulted and incensed when he was refused, he put to sea with a large fleet and many Viking warriors.

He arrived at Agder where he killed the king and his son, then kidnapped Aasa and took her for his wife.

Aasa had revenge by having one of her bondsmen kill Gudrod, after which she ruled in the name of her son who was less than one year old when his father was killed.

Aasa is the Queen who is believed to have been buried in the Oseberg Viking ship, excavated in 1904 and now on exhibit in the Viking Ship Museum on Bygdoy in Oslo.

*See her Oseberg Viking Burial Ship Above* 

Their son was:

- who was born in 820 and died in 860. Halvdan grew up in Agder, becoming strong and black-haired and known as Halvdan Svarte Black.

Halfdan was married to Ragnhild, daughter of Sigurd Hjort, a strong and handsome king in Ringerike, and his wife Thorney, who was a daughter of a king in Jutland. Halfdan's death is described in detail in Heimskringla.

As he was returning from a feast in Hadeland, he had to cross the ice on Randsfjord. It was during a great thaw in the spring of about 860 A.D. At the place he chose to cross, a hole had been made in the ice where cattle could drink. The dung from the cattle caused the ice to thaw, weakening it to such an extent that Halfdan and his party fell through the ice and drowned. His subjects, in each of the four districts where he ruled, wanted his body buried in their district. It was decided to divide the body in four so that one part could be buried in each district. (It is believed that Halfdan's half-brother, Olav Gierstad Alv, is the Viking King who was buried in his ship at Godstad. This ship was excavated in 1890 and can be seen at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.)

Halvdan and Ragnhild had a son whom they named Harald, who became king on Halvdens death. (Studies are now underway to determine if he was buried in a mound at Stein in Hole farm in Ringerike.)

Halfdan and Ragnhild's son was:

28. "HARALD THE FAIRHAIRED"was born in 850 and died in 933. For a Viking, Harald lived a long life. He died in his bed at the age of 83. At the age of 10 years he became King. Among Harald's wives were Ragnhild, for whom Harald put away nine wives in order to marry her; Gyda, who was initially responsible for his gaining the name "Fairhaired;" and also Svanhild, Ashild, and Snaefrid. With his many wives, Harald had at least 20 sons and several daughters.

The wife best known from the sagas is Gyda. She refused to have Harald for a husband until he succeeded in uniting all of Norway. Harald vowed he would not cut or comb his hair until he had fulfilled Gyda's wishes. For ten years his hair remained uncut and uncombed, during which time he was called "Lufa," meaning with rough and matted hair. After Harald succeeded in uniting Norway, Earl Rangvald cut and dressed his friend's hair following a feast at More. It was Earl Rangvald who then gave him the name "Harald the Fairhaired." With his wife, Svanhild, Harald had Olaf of Viken and Bjorn the Traveler. With another wife, Ragnild, he had Erik Blood-Axe  Starting with Vestfold, Oppland and Viken, which he had inherited, Harald with the help of his friend Earl Haakon Grjothardssen, conquered Trondelag. He made alliances with some of the jarls (earls), ruthlessly waged war against others and suppressed those under his rule..

The first major sea battle in Viking ships was fought between Harald and his followers against seven rebellious nobles at Hafrs fjord in 872. To prevent raids on Norwegian shores, he attacked Viking camps in Scotland and England where he formed an alliance with King Athelstan.

Many prominent and wealthy families fled Norway, often to Iceland. Trying to stem the tide, Harald imposed an emigration tax. The sagas tell of one jarl, Herlaug, who refused to submit to Harald, choosing rather to have himself buried alive in a funeral mound instead..

In ten years, Harald brought Norway under his rule. As he made plans to marry Gyda, his friend Earl Ragnvald cut and dressed his hair for a feast at Moreand gave him the name Harald Harfagre (Harald Fairhair).

He also acquired eight more wives. Among them was Snefrid or Snofried Svasedatter.

When Harald tried to make Ragnhild, princess of Denmark, wife number nine, she refused, demanding he first drop all the others. And he did. He and Ragnhild had a son, Eirik, in 895 who, although he was the youngest of at least nine sons, was named by Harald to succeed him in 933, five years before his death. He became known as Eirik Blodoks (Blood Axe).

Although Norway had become a single kingdom under Harald, many of the deposed jarls and their subjects wanted to remain independent.

Haralds successor Eirik had married Gunhild Gormsdatter, the daughter of King Gorm the Old of Denmark. With her encouragement, he sought to eliminate all threats to his rule by brute force and intimidation. He had two of his half-brothers killed, earning him the name Blodoks (Bloodaxe)by which he has since been known.

 But his youngest brother, Haakon Adalsteinforstre The Good, forced Eirik Bloodaxe out of the country. Eirik fled to Northumberland in Brtain and later became its king. He was killed in a plundering expedition into England in 954.

Haralds fourth wife was Svanhild Oysteinsdatter. They had a son, Bjørn, who had a son, Gudrod, who had a son Olav 2 Haraldsen who was killed in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030 and was canonized as St. Olav.

Haralds third wife was Snefrid or Snofried Svasedatter. They had a son named Sigurd Haraldson Rise, born about 910.

Sigurd and a wife we have not identified, had a son, Halvdan Sigurdsen, (930-960), who, like his great-grandfather was called Halvdan Svarte or Halvdan the Black.

Halvdan became King of Oppland and with his wife, Ei Randesdatter, had a son, Sigurd Halvdansen Syr, born about 960.

Sigurd Halvdansen Syr became king of Ringerike and married Åse Gudbrandsdatter. He died in February of 1018 in Bonsnes, Ringerike, and is sometimes known as Sigurd Halfdansen Syr Bonsnes.

He and Åse had a son, Harald Sigurdsen Harade, who was born in 1015. Harald had at leaast two wives. The first was Tora Torbergsdatter Giske with whom he had two children: TorBjørg Halvdansdatter (sic), born 1040 in Oppland; the second was Olav Haraldsen Kyrre, born about 1040.

Haralds second wife was Yelisaveta Elisabeth av Kiev, probably a royal. They were married in Ukrainia in 1045. Their daughter was Ragnhild Maria Haroldsdatter, born in 1047.

Ringerike. "Lift mere om Elsrud-stten: av Kjell Hallmann og Thorleif Solberg" 1983, traces the history from Harald Harfagre to Hans Olsen Rustand as follows:

29. ERIK HARALDSON BLOOD-AXE - king in Norway from 930 Co 934. He married Gunhild. daughter of king Gorm the Old from Denmark. Erik and his wicked queen tried to get control of all of Norway. He had two half-brothers killed, including Olaf (#29 Olaf Haraldson mentioned above). Erik was a great warrior and attempted to preserve the kingdom of his father by brute force, earning him the ride, "Blood-Axe". He conducted many Viking raids in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Hebrides. He was killed on a plundering expedition to England in 954. His son was:

- King of the Isle of Man in the southern part of the Inner Hebrides. He led an expedition to Norway to win back the throne from Olav Trygvason. Gudrod was killed in battle at Viken in 999. His son was;

- from Islay. King of Man - died in 1040. His son was:

- died at Islay in 1095. He participated in the battle of Stanford bridge in 1066. When he came home from the battle, he made several attempts to win the throne of the Isle of Man, and finally succeeded. Gudrod became a great king at Man and acknowledged King Magnus Barefoot as his overlord. His son was:

- Because of his small stature he was called "Olaf Dwarf". King of Man from 1113 Co 1153. Olaf was raised in the English Court but returned to the Isle of Man in 1113. His first wife was the daughter of the Earl of Galloway, and his second wife was Ingeborg, daughter of Hakon Paalsen, Earl of the Orkney Islands. A nephew of Olaf's attacked him during a meeting and cut off his head. A son by his first wife was:

- died 1187. Married Finola, an Irish princess. He was sent to Norway in 1152 to pay taxes as well as to pay homage to the king. In 1153 he became King of Man. He had made many conquests during his reign, including Dublin, so he reigned now over a large kingdom. Gudrod had 3 sons of whom Reginald was the oldest, but since he was the son of a mistress, it was the youngest son, Olaf, who had the inherited right to the throne, but he was only 10 years old so Reginald (Rangvald) became king. Son:

- was killed in 1228. He was a great sea king and it is said that for three years he did not sleep under a roof a single night. He had trouble with his brother, Olaf, who was married to Christina, daughter of the Earl of Ross of Scotland. Olaf came to be known as "Olaf the Black" and reigned over Lewis in the Hebrides. Reginald's son was:

- King of Man, until his death about 1230. His son was:

- King of Man. He went to Norway in 1250 and died there in 1287. (Magnus Olafsson, son of Olaf the Black and his wife Christina of Ross, was the last King of Man who was of Norwegain family.) Harald's son was:

- who was living in 1280, and married to Princess Magnild (Maud, Matilda) who died in Norway in 1292. She was a sistcr of the king, Magnus Olafsson, who died in 1265. Their son was:

- emigrated from Man in 1275 and settled in Norway, where he died in 1345. In 1292 his mother also moved to Norway and died there in 1302. Halstein used the Skancke coat of arms, which he probably got from his mother. He was a district governor in Jemtland (a province of Sweden which was part. of Norway at the time), and also served the king in Trondelag. He lived at a large farm, Egge, in Sparbu. His son was:

40. NILS HALSTEINSON - married to the rich Kristina Halvardsdatter. daughter of the judge Halvor. Halstein and Nils both used the Isle of Man coat of arms which was first used by Olaf the Black during his reign at Man from 1251 to 1265. Their son was:

- known to be living in 1410. His son was:

- lived at the Hove farm in Jemtland ca. 1430. He had the same standing as nobility and is regarded as the progenitor of the Skancke family in Jemtland. His son was:

- known to be living in 1469; died in 1488. Owner of part of the Hov estate and also the Hillestad farm in Hackaas. His son was:

- pastor in Toten, later Bishop in Hamar, born in Sweden in 1460 and died in Oslo in 1512. He was persecuted and imprisoned by Prince Christian (later King Christian the llth), because he was suspected of being in alliance with a group whose purpose it was to drive the Danish lords and masters out of Norway. He tried to get away from the Bishop's stronghold in Hamar by lowering himself down from a window with the help of bedclothes, but fell and broke his leg. He managed to get away and hide in a hollow tree, but he left tracks in the snow and was found by the prince and his people with dogs, and the bishop was taken to prison in Oslo. Anxiety and poor treatment of his wounds led to his death in 1512. While he was priest in Toten, he found himself a "wife" and had a child with her. As a Catholic bishop, he was supposed to live in single celibacy, but in Norway it was considered acceptable for the bishop to live together with a woman without the benefit of marriage. When the bishop was imprisoned, he sent the woman and their children to the farthest estate in the area, "Landaasen" in Fluberg, and from there his descendants have spread themselves to many communities in Oppland, including Toten, Begnadalen, and Hedalen. One of their sons was:

- the oldest son of Karl, born before 1500. One of his sons was Johannes Jensen Landaasen, probably born about 1520 -30. Another son was:

- married to Damoy. When Bishop Jens Nielsen made his trip of inspection in the late 1500s, he went to the Hov church in Toten and there participated in a famous wedding at the farm Hallingstad, where Sir Niels also came in contact with Oluf and Damoy. Damoy met the bishop's entourage and treated them to beer. Oluf and Damoy had a son:

- a rich man who owned Landaasen as well as property in Begnadalen. His oldest son, Ole, became owner of Landaasen. Another son was:

(1605-1689). Lived in South Land. He was married twice, the second wife was named Gjertrud. With his first wife he had two daughters. Inger and Tarand. Inger and her husband lived at North Hougsrud; Tarand and her husband lived at South Hougsrud.

49. TARAND MONSDATTER HVALDBYE. She married Ole Gudbrandson Hougsrud. Their son was:

50. MONS OLSEN (born about 1669 at Sorum, Sorlandet, Buskerud, Norway). Mons married Siri Gulsdatter, daughter of Gul Olsen Stugaarden and Gunhild Jonsdatter Tollefsrud. Siri also has royal roots - her lineage traces back to Charlemagne, and such royalty as Alfred, King of England, and Charles I, King of France. Mons and Siri's son was:

51. OLE MONSON SORUM (born about 1705 Sorum, Sorlandet, Buskerud, Norway). Ole Monson Sorum married Barbro Knutsdatter Kvarteig, and their son was:

52. HANS OLSEN RUSTAND (born 1789, died 1861 in Iowa). He married Kari Olsdatter, and their son was:

53. NILS HANSEN RUSTAND VIKER (Born 7 Jul 1792 Rustand, Ytre Ada1, Buskerud, Norway). Nils and his wife Kari Thorsdatter had a son:

54. OLE NILSON VIKER (born 10 Feb 1830 Viker, Ada1, Buskerud, Norway). Ole Nilson Viker immigrated to America in 1850 and spent a few years in Wisconsin and Iowa before settling in Minnesota in 1856. He married Margit Nubsdatter Onsgaard in 1853 in Wisconsin. Ole Nilson and Margit had a daughter:

55. INGEBORG VIKER (born 16 Nov 1855 in Rock Creek, Mitchell Co., IA). Ingeborg married Ole Pederson Lunde. It is interesting to note that Ole Pederson Lunde is a also a descendant of Ole Gudbrandson Hougsrud in #49 above from his first marriage to Siri Hansdatter Vasslien. He was married second to Tarand Monsdatter Hvaldbye. So Ole Lunde & Ingeborg Viker share Ole Gudbrandson Hougsrud as a common ancestor. Ole and Ingeborg had a daughter:


The Isle of Man Coat Of Arms:

(As seen Below)

The Arms are an augmented version of the traditional arms which comprise the Three Legs conjoined on a red shield surmounted by a Crown and with the motto Quocunque Jeceris Stabit underneath.

In heraldic terms the Arms are described:

"For the Arms: Gules a Triskele Argent garnished and spurred Or And for the Crest ensigning the Shield of Arms An Imperial Crown proper and for the Supporters Dexter a Peregrine Falcon and sinister a Raven both proper together with this Motto Quocunque Jeceris Stabit."
The Peregrine Falcon (as seen below)
In 1405, King Henry IV gave the Isle of Man with all its rights to Sir John Stanley on condition that he paid homage and gave two falcons to him and to every future King of England on his Coronation Day. Sir John's descendants ruled as Kings or Lords of Mann for 360 years until George III assumed the Lordship, while the presentation of two falcons continued up to the Coronation of George IV in 1822.
The Raven (as seen below)
The Raven is a bird of legend and superstition and there are a number of places on the Island which include Raven in their names. The Island has a strong Viking element in its history and Odin, the Norse God, was, according to mythology, accompanied by two Ravens. During the Millennium Year of 1979, a replica of a Viking longship was sailed from Norway to the Isle of Man by a mixed Norwegian and Manx crew. The longship, which is now preserved on the Island, is called "Odin's Raven".
The Motto (as seen below)
The motto "Quocunque Jeceris Stabit", which translates literally as "whichever way you throw me, I will stand", continues to feature on the Coat of Arms. This motto has been associated with the Isle of Man since circa 1300. It was, reportedly, in use before this date by the MacLeods of Lewis as ancient Lords of the Isles of Scotland which, after 1266, included the Isle of Man.
The Three Legs of Mann (as seen below)
The three legs symbol seems to have been adopted in the Thirteenth Century as the armorial bearings of the native kings of the Isle of Man, whose dominion also included the Hebrides - the Western Isles of Scotland.
After 1266, when the native dynasty ended and control of the Island passed briefly to the Crown of Scotland and then permanently to the English Crown, the emblem was retained, and among the earliest surviving representations are those of the Manx Sword of State, thought to have been made in the year 1300 AD. The Three Legs also appeared on the Manx coinage of the seventeenth-nineteenth centuries, and are still in everyday use in the Manx Flag.
Why the Three Legs were adopted as the royal arms of the Manx kingdom is unknown. It was originally a symbol of the Sun, the seat of Power and Life. In ancient times the emblem was particularly connected with the island of Sicily (probably because of its triangular outline) but the Sicilian "Legs" were always naked and generally displayed Medusa's head at the central point.
A rather similar device was popular amongst the Celts and Norsemen in NW Europe, and in view of this it has been suggested that the Manx Three Legs were a heraldic modification of a native badge or emblem. Support for this theory may be seen in the appearance of the 'triskele', or simplified "Three Legs" emblem, on coins of the tenth century Norse King, Anlaf Cuaran, whose dominion included Dublin and the Isle of Man; and it is probable that the later Manx Kings were a branch of the same dynasty.

The Ancient Manx Sword of State - Tynwald Day.

The ancient Manx Sword of State (as seen left)

The Ancient Manx Sword of State is carried by the sword bearer before the Queens personal representative to the Isle of Man, the Lieutenant Governor, at each meeting of Tynwald day at St. John's. The Sword of State dates from not later than the 12th Century.

It is traditionally the sword of Olaf Godredson (Olaf II or Olaf the Black), who became King of the Sudreys (Southern Hebrides and Man) in 1226. Together with an army of northern Manx men he successfully routed a challenge to his rule on 14th February in 1228 at Tynwald (considered to be Tynwald Hill, St John's).

The ceremonial sword is used at the Tynwald Day sitting at St Johns and is carried by the Sword Bearer preceding the Lieutenant Governor in the procession. It also appears when Tynwald sits in the Legislative Chambers in Douglas where a replica of the sword is displayed on non-sitting days.

The sword signifies the duty of the Sovereign, acting through Tynwald, to protect and defend the people from the incursions of their enemies, in peace and in war. Tynwald is not properly constituted and no proceedings can take place without its presence. Members show deference to its authority by standing in their places as the sword is brought in and placed in position prior to commencement of business.

The ancient Manx Sword of State has a two-edged steel blade, 29 inches long, with a hardwood hilt, 9 inches long, which tapers from the guard to the pommel. The guard is a thin steel band, 11 inches across, surmounted where the guard intersects the blade with shields carrying the Three Legs, which also appear on the flattened pommel.


Isle of Man Coat of Arms