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YearSemi-legendary Danish MonarchExtra Information
515First Danish King mentioned by Gregory of Tours (538 – 594)
Suffered a defeat in the year 515 during a naval expedition to the Frankish Empire
6th CenturyAppears in Beowulf, Norse sagas and Danish chronicles as a Scylding, the son of Healfdene and the brother of Hroðgar; In Beowulf, his relationship to Hroðulf is not explained: may have been his father (Scandinavian tradition) or his uncle
Family feud with Froda and Ingeld
Incestuous relationship with his daughter Yrsa resulted in Halga's son Hroðulf
710Generally regarded as first official king of Denmark
Saint Willibrord met him and returned with 30 boys to instruct in missionary work
Wrote that he was 'more savage than any beast and harder than stone'
9th CenturyNamed as former king in relating 9th century events, perhaps model for legendary Harald Wartooth
780s–790sPossibly the second official king of Denmark
804-810According to Notker of St Gall, the bodyguard who murdered him was his own son
Successful raids against Charlemagne
Some identify him with Gudröd of Ynglingatal, semi-legendary king of Vestfold
810-812Mentioned in the Royal Frankish Annals
His predecessor had invaded Frisia, and after his death this King made peace with Charlemagne
812-813; 819-827826 in exile with the Frankish emperor Louis the Pious
Last written mention in Annals of Fulda: Executed for treason 852
 
827-854Harrassed Louis the Pious, attacking the Frankish empire
Resisted conversion to the 'enemy' Christian religion; Killed by a nephew he had driven into exile
854 - 860sLegend: He was the only royal child left after a brutal civil war (but monarchy wasn't hereditary)
Under his reign, Danish vikings began colonizing England; Tolerant of Christianity, allowed bells to be rung though the pagans were afraid they would chase away land sprites and ruin the harvest
 
860s - 871One of the leaders of The Great Summer Army invasion of Wessex
Killed at the Battle of Ashdown fighting a force led by King Ethelred and the future Alfred the Great
871 - 877One of the leaders of The Great Summer Army invasion of Wessex
Conquered Dublin, deposed while away, killed while trying to retake it
c. 873 - 891First appearance as king in the Frankish annals is 873, but may have been king as early as 864
Baptized 882
880sHad probably been with the Great Heathen Army, descended on the continent, and became a vassal of the emperor Charles the Fat, controlling most of Frisia; Charles became his godfather
 Mentioned in the two Sigtrygg Runestones
9th or early 10th centAccording to the Danish king Sweyn Estridson and Adam of Bremen: A Swedish chieftain who conquered Denmark in the late 9th century or early 10th century and founded the House of Olaf
10th centRuled together according to Swedish tradition, one of whom received a forced baptism
10th centRemembered on the two Sigtrygg Runestones found near Schleswig, (DR2 and DR4), erected by his mother after his death, suggesting this area represented the power-base of the family
Mention of other kings of the time suggest Denmark was not a united kingdom
10th centRuled for 30 years after deposing previous king
Came from 'Northmannia,' the 'land of the Northmen,'
which may have meant Norway, Normandy, or even northern Jutland

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