Who's Who in the Viking Age
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Harald Fairhair

LifeHarald I, Harald Hárfagri (c. 860-940).
Ruler of Vestfold, Norway.
King of Norway (c. 946 – 961).
FamilyFairhair Dynasty.
Father is Halfdan the Black.
Mother is Ragnhild Sigurdsdottir.

Married to: (1) Asa Haakonsdatter (2) Gyda (3) Svanhild (4) Snæfried (5) Alvhild (6) Ragnhild Eriksdatter ‘the Mighty’ (c. 894). Mistress: Thora Mosterstang.

Children: Asa: Guttorm, the twins Halfdan Black and Halfdan White, Sigröd. Gyda: Alof, Rörik, Siggtrygg, Frode, Thorgils. Svanhild: Olaf, Bjorn, Ragnar. Snæfried: Sigurd, Halfdan Haaleg, Gudröd Ljome, Ragnvald Rettilbein. Alvhild: Dag, Ring, Gudröd Skirja, Ingegerd. Ragnhild: Erik Bloodaxe. Thora: Haakon the Good.
EventsBattle of Hafrsfjord, (868-900). Norway united for the first time.
Sends his son Haakon to be fostered by king Æthelstan along with a beautiful warship.
Divides his kingdom among his sons which leads to a bloody strife.
Abdicates in 930 for his son Erik Bloodaxe.
Sources: Avaldsnes, Britannica, FMG

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